To quote a BBC article on the Christadelphians:

Christadelphians believe that they should have nothing to do with violence, because the Bible tells them to love their enemies. They won’t join the armed forces or police or prison services, nor will they work in security or the armaments industry. Those who become Christadelphians after joining the military or police are expected to try to leave by legally and scripturally appropriate means. If Christadelphians are called up for compulsory military service they will refuse to fight, no matter how serious the situation for their country.

The name Christadelphian came into existence during the American Civil War, and was the result of our American brethren’s efforts to obtain exemption from Military Service. The Christadelphian position was subsequently tested again in World War 1, World War 2, and during cal-lup for National Service in the 1950s and 60s.

Three key principles which have always characterised the Christadelphian position:

  • The biblical basis for our stance against involvement in military service;
  • The consistent application of these beliefs in all areas of life (not just at times of national crisis);
  • A willingness to undergo personal hardship as a result, in hope of a better and more lasting reward at Christ’s return.

These things have always been noticed (sometimes admired) by the authorities, and they have even distinguished us from others claiming exemption on grounds of conscience. An analysis of conscientious objection released by the Government of the United States in the 1950s stated as follows:

” …  [Christadelphian] members always applied to the Government to be relieved from military duty in consequence of religious and conscientious scruples. In order that they might be identified, they adopted the name ” Christadelphian” . They have consistently maintained that their faith prohibited participation in the armed forces...the Christadelphian church as a whole was perhaps the most strict of the non-resistance groups…the Christadelphians did not work against the war; each one simply took his individual stand…a very definite stand was taken by this church…a table has been prepared which lists the denominations in the order of the ratios of conscientious objectors in camps to the total membership. This reveals, in general, the degree to which the registrants [members] of these churches objected to service in the armed forces…ratios per 1000 of church membership: Christadelphian, 49, Jehovah’s Witnesses 7, Church of God 1...it would appear from table No. 25 that the members of the Christadelphian church followed more closely than any other denomination the doctrine of their denomination as it related to conscientious objection…ratios of camps assignees [i.e. conscientious objectors] to church membership show the Christadelphians highest” .