Welcome to Christadelphians of Tanzania
The Christadelphians (a word created from the Greek for "Brethren in Christ"; cp. Colossians 1:2 — "brethren in Christ") are a Christian group that developed in the United Kingdom and North America in the 19th century. The name was coined by John Thomas, who was the group's founder. Christadelphians hold a view of Biblical Unitarianism. The group has often been described as a form of Messianic Judaism, as they share many of their beliefs and hopes with Judaism; notably the promises made to Abraham, Isaac and Israel whilst they also believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is the promised Messiah.
Although no official membership figures are published, the Columbia Encyclopedia gives an estimated figure of 50,000 Christadelphians, who are spread across approximately 120 countries; there are established churches (or ecclesias, as they are often called) in many of those countries, along with isolated members. Census statistics are available for some countries. Estimates for the main centres of Christadelphian population are as follows: United Kingdom (18,000), Australia (9,987), Malawi (7,000), United States (6,500), Mozambique (7,500), Canada (3,375), New Zealand (1,785), Kenya (1,700), India (1,500) and Tanzania (1,000). This puts the figure at around 60,000.
Reading: I Corinthians ohs, 8 and 9
It is a fact that has not escaped the notice of those outside who write books about us, that we as a community tend to be somewhat combative and not a little critical among ourselves. There are good reasons to account for this feature of our communal life. Fundamentally we are all protestants and we not only protest against Roman Catholicism, but against the Church of England, Wesleyans, Congregationalism, Jehovah’s Witnesses and all shades of nonconformists. Many of our number have had the courage to leave these bodies and join us, which proves that already they have had the faith and will to stand up for principles.
Then we are all individualistic. Our readiness to accept the call of separation proves that we are not like them; we are not easily led; we are not influenced by mass media; we are not afraid to swim against the stream. We can each think and act for ourselves and have the capacity to make decisions irrespective of consequences. These are commendable traits-of character and it is probably because so few people have the courage to stand up for principles and to think and act for themselves, that so few accept the Truth. Most people subject their so-called principles to their self interests.
In the Truth these estimable qualities of strong will and individualism can have what is called today a “back-lash”. Havin