and John Bedson (Australia)
HI JOHN LOVING GREATINGS IN THE NAME OF JESUS. WE ARE IN KENYA SMALL GROUP. WE REQUEST TO WORK TOGETHER. WE THANK BROTHER MBALANGA FRANCIS FOM ZAMBIA AFRICA. WE ACCEPT TO WORK TOGETHER. WE HAPPY AND WE HAVE FRIEND NEED BAPTISING IN OUR ECCLISIA TO BE A FRIEND IN ISOLATION SO WE NEED HELP IN GOSPEL. GOD BLESSING JOHN AND FRANCIS. R KIBET.
Thank you for your email Reuben.
I agree that your ecclesia should go ahead and baptise the friend that you mention, but I want you, your friend and your ecclesia to understand the following:
1. I have no authority to speak for the Ex-Christadelphians because we are an international, informal group of friends who have either rejected formal Christadelphianism or who have been disfellowshipped by the Christadelphians. We are not a fellowship in the Christadelphian use of that word. I am the owner and editor of the Ex-Christadelphians website, but I can only speak for myself and give your my own advice.
2. Different Ex-Christadelphians hold a very wide variety of different beliefs which range from Atheism (not believing in God) to Theism (believing in God). For example Francis believes in God but I do not. But we are both Ex-Christadelphians and we work together with the same aim of freeing people from the CBM and Christadelphians. Some Ex-Christadelphians believe exactly the same as the Christadelphians and some believe very different things. There is no fixed and agreed Ex-Christadelphian set of beliefs and we like it that way. You and your ecclesia and your friend can believe whatever you want and I am OK with that.
3. If the CBM has forced you to disfellowship anyone in your ecclesia, I recommend that you cancel that disfellowshipping and readmit them to your fellowship immediately. Forgive them in the spirit of Christ if they have done anything wrong and put it behind you.
4. I recommend that you NEVER disfellowship anyone in the future for any reason whatsoever. Instead I suggest that you forgive them.
5. I recommend that you and your ecclesia get the CBM out of your lives by writing to them resigning from the CBM fellowship.
6. I recommend that you consider that your ecclesia is independent and autonomous. Decisions about your conduct and beliefs should be made collectively by your ecclesia and not forced upon you by others from outside, as the CBM do to African Ecclesias in their fellowship. There is no scriptural support for such a concept as the CBM telling everyone what they should believe and how they should behave.
7. I recommend that you work together with Francis Mbalanga, Emmanuel Gubika in Uganda and others who have left the CBM in Africa, to build a new fellowship of ecclesias, operating along Ex-Christadelphian principles of tolerance, friendship and forgiveness. You can use this website to publicise your work and the development of that fellowship. But it should be a fellowship of friends within the Ex-Christadelphians circle of friends, not a formal, legalistic fellowship as practiced by the CBM and other Christadelphian fellowships.
8. I recommend that African Ex-Christadelphians join the Facebook Ex-Christadelphians Discussion Group for mutual support, advice and discussion with hundreds of other Ex-Christadelphians who will be keen to help you. You can also discuss and ask for help and advice on this website.
10. If you want theological guidance, I recommend that you consult with Francis in Zambia and Emmanuel in Uganda who are well versed in scriptural matters. As I do not believe that God exists I can't help you there. However there are a considerable number of Ex-Christadelphian Theists in the Facebook Discussion Group who will be able to give you assistance.
So good luck with your baptism and please send us a picture, because to the best of my knowledge, your friend will be the first person to ever be baptised into the Ex-Christadelphians. I rejoice with you that this lucky person will not have to suffer the curse of CBM Christadelphian humiliation, indoctrination and subjection. Instead they will enjoy the freedom of conscience and belief, love and tolerance of the Ex-Christadelphians.