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The Gospel Banner and Millennial Advocate 1867

Benjamin Wilson was a contemporary of John Thomas. In fact it has been suggested he was baptised with his brother Joe, by him. Although initially they considered each other brethren they separated over whether the saints would be raised mortal or immortal. John Thomas believed they were raised mortal and went on to found the Christadelphians. Benjamin Wilson believed they were raised immortal and established the Church of God of the Abrahamic Faith (COGAF). Both movements were to subsequently divide and some Christadelphians today would like to reunite with a remaining element of the COGAF. Benjamin Wilson also self taught himself Greek and published the Emphatic Diaglott, a word by word translation which was largely to support the views he shared with John Thomas. The Jehovah’s Witnesses (who share many similarities) subsequently bought the copyright and it played a role in their New World translation of the Bible:

The following is a scan of issues of a periodical called The Gospel Banner for the year 1867 published by Benjamin Wilson:


(this will take a long time to load up because it is a very large file)

David King, a British leader in the Restoration Movement quoted from it (its on page 268) to show the kind of diatribes John Thomas engaged in.






Christadelphian Quotes

You lay a great stress upon facts throughout your letters, and are incessant in your demand that I should attend to them. This is good; but facts have to be rightly put together, and then you must have all the facts. I do not think you put the facts rightly together, and you leave out some, I am sure.

(Robert Roberts, a Christadelphian Pioneer, quoted

by Ruth McHaffie in Brethren Indeed)

The Spirit of liberty, based upon the law of faith, is the Spirit of Christ; and this spirit all the Sons of God are privileged to possess, and having it, to breathe. I claim the right of exercising this privilege, as well as my contemporaries; and I require of them that they should do to me as once they loudly required others to do to them…

(written by John Thomas, the founder of the Christadelphians, when he was against creeds in 

The Apostolic Advocate magazine, August 1836)

(John Thomas, from Apostacy Unveiled, p. 137,

quoted in The Christadelphian Magazine, January 1906)

Must a man never progress? If he discovers an error in his premises, must he for ever hold to it for the sake of consistency? May such a calamity never befall me! Rather let me change every day, till I get right at last.

(from a letter written by John Thomas in 1848, quoted by Robert Roberts, in Dr. Thomas: His Life and Work)

Do what is right; be valiant for the Truth; teach it without compromise, and all lovers of the Truth will approve you. For all others you need not care a rush!

(from a letter written by John Thomas to Robert Roberts and published in The Christadelphian magazine, February 1866)