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Ellen Call
The Christadelphians, to whom my family belong, are a group of sincere, Bible-believing people, who do their best in their personal lives to follow the example set by Jesus Christ and in their churches to follow the pattern of the churches of the first century. Not much wrong with that, you might think.

But unfortunately, Christadelphianism is a demonstration of how you can be sincere but sincerely wrong, of the inadequacy of reading the Bible without the Holy Spirit to interpret it, and of the way in which an attempt to earn peace with God through good works cannot succeed.

All Christian groups, be they evangelical or liberal, are equally condemned by the Christadelphians as failing to believe the Bible to be the inspired Word of God. I grew up to believe that the only true Christians were the Christadelphians. However, in my late teens I began to reject my parentsí religion and the God of the Bible as I then understood Him.

I never really doubted the existence of God, but I was determined to find a different pathway to Him than the way I had been told was in the Bible, that is baptism followed by a life-time of obedience to Christ. Away at university my search led me to dabble with drugs and with religions of the East. It also brought me a great deal of unhappiness, because deep down I knew that I was not right with God and that my lifestyle was all wrong. I was keeping in touch with young Christadelphian students and attending their meetings on Sundays. Yet it was a double life I was leading. Respectability on Sundays, but a life of self-centredness of which the highlights were rock music and parties whenever studies allowed during the week. My own hypocrisy sickened me, yet I felt powerless to do anything about it.

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