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 (100). This puts the figure at around 57,000.
Reading: Jeremiah ch. 17
The word sin is a very small word, but it is a very objectionable one. It is one we should like to ignore, but sin isconstantly in front of us as something to avoid; an adversary to vanquish. A large part of our education in the Truth is to teach us to watch for it, to recognise it, and to hate it.
We are of sinful nature, so if we find sin objectionable, how much more must the Deity, who is altogether righteous? If we grieve when we commit sins through weakness, how must He feel when His people set out to do wrong?
Such a situation is brought before us in the Prophecy of Jeremiah:
“The sin of Judah is written with a pen of iron, and with the point ofa diamond; it is graven upon the table of theirheart, and upon the horns of your altars.” (Ch. 17.1.)
They were sunk so deeply in sin, it was as if a pen of iron had been used to engrave it upon the soft clay tablet, which had afterwards hardened. Sin was graven upon their heart. Thus the centre of their affections was toward sin, with every appearance of permanence.
Wherein had they so deeply transgressed? It was idolatry; in following the ways of the heathen round about. The Deity had exhorted them through the prophet, “Learn not the way of the heathen.” But they had rejected that counsel.
Idolatry consisted of man-made systems of worship and propitiation of the gods.