3 JOHN


5 Beloved, thou doest faithfully whatsoever thou doest to the brethren, and to strangers;

Cordiality to Strangers


In some sectarian places, it is made a rule to be attentive to strangers who step into a place of meeting. This is well, when it is not overdone. It is overdone frequently with the effect of repelling intelligent visitors who wish to be left to the power of conviction and not to be embarrassed with personal importunity. But it is possible to go to the other extreme.

We have heard of meeting places of the brethren where no one speaks to visitors, and where even brethren visiting have thus been overlooked, and been obliged to go away without making themselves known. This is certainly inconsistent with the cordial urbanity that belongs to the House of Christ.

The Christadelphian, Feb 1886



9 I wrote unto the ecclesia: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not.

Brother Thomas answered his critics who accused him of wanting to be the head of a sect:

"As to desiring to be the head of a religious party in this country, I scorn the position as unworthy a Christian man. When I reflect upon who have been the heads of the religious parties in the world, I feel that I should be degraded were I to be added to their coterie. A man can attain to no higher honour in this state, than to that of being an heir of God and a joint heir with Christ of the promise made to Abraham. The head of a sect! Contemptible! I leave such vanities to those whose empty heads are best pleased therewith; they have no charms for me."

Life and Works of Dr Thomas.