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The strange name Christadelphians means The Brethren of Christ. It was coined from the Greek language in 1864 by the founder of the sect, a John Thomas. He could not stand the name Christian because it represented to him everything degenerated and anti-Christian. Therefore he meant to displace it with an invention of his own which he supposed represented the revival of original apostolic religion. Thomas was born in England in 1805, the son of an Independent minister.

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God’s plan of the ages is not the mere unfolding of the eras of time until the last when eternity is ushered in. The periods of the world are directed in the providence of God through their beginning, continuance and end according to the will of God for all things. Each period is marked by a particular progressive development of the divine purpose to the end that the promise gradually revealed be seen in ever clearer light until it is realized in its most comprehensive fulfillment. The dispensations begin then with not man, but the promise.

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The Apostle John wrote in his gospel, “For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.” (1:17) John referred to the law as the day of shadows, and grace and truth as the realities. The law provided Israel with a copy of things to come. Grace and truth brought the genuine articles. The law furnished the sketch, while grace and truth completed the finished picture. The “Scofield Reference Bible” at this point is then in error. When we have here is not a contrast between law and grace, but a comparison of the two...

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The name comes from the Russian dukhabortsy, meaning “spirit-wrestlers,” which signifies in the divinity of man the struggle of his soul with the god within, thus disclosing an inherent albeit unphilosophical pantheism. An illiterate peasant cult, it ‘stems from the Raskolniki, schismatics, from the established Russian Orthodox Church. It denies the objective, written Word of God and the sacraments. It also rejects government, which it regards as a Pharaoh persecuting the Hebrews in Egypt.

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“I will build My Church” (Mt. 16:18). These words of Christ are appealed to by dispensationalists in their attempt to prove that there was no church in the Old Testament. They insist that such saints as Abraham, Moses, David, Isaiah, Daniel, Malachi and John the Baptist were not in the church. The words, “I will build My, Church” are said to be in the future tense, implying that the Church did not then exist, nor prior to that time, but was yet to be established at Pentecost.

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I. AS TO DOCTRINE The most important branch of the Eastern church is unquestionably the Russian Orthodox Church. It came into being in the tenth century when Christendom was introduced to the Russian barbarians by way of an icon and the rite of immersion. Denominational headquarters became centered in Constantinople until 1461, when the Metropolitan of Moscow was advanced to Patriarch, making Moscow the Rome of Russia. 

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The Bible of modern Dispensationalism, of which C. I. Scofield was editor-in-chief, states in a footnote on Eph. 3:6 that “The mystery ‘hid in God’ was the divine purpose to make Jew and Gentile a wholly new thing, ‘the church, which is his (Christ’s) body’ . ..The revelation of this mystery, which was foretold but not explained by Christ (Mt. 16:18), was committed to Paul.

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The most popular, but not the only, form of Premillennialism is known as Dispensationalism. It is a pseudo-hermeneutical system which claims to be the only correct method of interpreting the Scriptures. Its motto is, “Rightly dividing the Word of truth.” In the English-speaking world its origin may be traced back one hundred and thirty-five years to the Plymouth Brethren. It is called Brethrenism, Darbyism (after J.N. Darby) and, in this country, Scofieldianism. 

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