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New and Living Way Apostolic Church -
NEW AND LIVING WAY APOSTOLIC CHURCH
Written by Mark Neddeau
Thursday, 04 November 2010 04:17
Apostolic \Ap`os*tol"ic\, Apostolical \Ap`os*tol"ic*al\, a. [L. apostolicus, Gr. ?: cf. F. apostolique.] 1. Pertaining to an apostle, or to the apostles, their times, or their peculiar spirit; as, an apostolical mission; the apostolic age. [1913 Webster]
2. According to the doctrines of the apostles; delivered or taught by the apostles; as, apostolic faith or practice. [1913 Webster]
Acts 2:42 talks of pursuing a course of action and staying true to the apostle's DOCTRINE. This doctrine was taught to the apostle's by Jesus Christ himself and opened to them through spiritual revelation. Hence, it is safe to say that the apostle's doctrine (the basis of teaching, the very teaching itself) is the best method to discovering God's will and purpose in your life, along with the means to enter into glory - which is, or should be, every Christian's goal. For there we will see Him as he is and be allowed to serve at his throne!
However, at present there is a movement afoot in monotheistic Jesus name circles to forsake the term Apostolic. Some tell me that they are NOT apostolic, merely believers or saved. I submit that if you follow the methodology and purpose of the apostles, you are by default APOSTOLIC. Regardless of what you call yourself, the form and fashion of salvation; the true Biblical plan found rooted in the understanding of Deuteronomy 6:4 and activated in Acts 2:38, is the key. To become wrapped up in an argument of titles is as foolish as being baptized in the titles once you have been spiritually awakened to the significance of Jesus - the name of the living God.
Jesus did not intend that we as the church of the living God become embroiled in such foolish contentions. In fact, "strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers" (II Timothy 2:14) is a very good way to look at this situation. The Word (Bible) is made up of words and rightly dividing words is the key to understanding doctrine. Getting hooked on titles and arguing over word usage is not going to help anyone come to salvation which is the key to our service in God - SAVING SOULS.
Let's go forward in the unity of the FAITH (Eph. 4:3-13) and trust God to work out what you are, regardless of what you wish to call yourself. Being saved is enough for now. For me, I am apostolic as I follow the apostle's doctrine.
New and Living Way Apostolic Church -
NEW AND LIVING WAY APOSTOLIC CHURCH
Written by Mark Neddeau
Saturday, 01 May 2010 12:51
And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it. Numbers 13:30
I was just thinking about life and the ups and downs. There is a type of Christian that never has any down time, nor ever stops smiling, and I for one fear that type. The bible tells us that there is a time for everything under the sun, and believe me when I tell you there are times that we just lean on God and wait for the sun to shine again. It doesn't mean that we have lost our joy or our salvation when we admit that we simply don't see ways around a subject or problem, but it must be that we become more aware of ourselves and our weaknesses in order to reach the end result.
Things are going to bother you. If they don't then you are better than Jesus, who got so mad at the money changers in the temple, that he made a rope whip and sent them scurrying out of the temple in a fury. God rebukes....do you think that means that at times even God himself stops smiling? We must quit trying to put on a show, and simply begin to understand what scripture and a life of Christ means.
We are humans in a spiritual realm. We are spirits in a material world. We are the combination of both, which makes us unique among God's creation and thus we see and have access to BOTH worlds, which is amazing! The fact is that while our flesh and while our minds struggle through the downs of life, our spirits can connect with a God who created us, and our spirits can rise above the fray so that, while our flesh is suffering and our smile is gone, our souls can feel the peace that passes the understanding of our minds. It is wrong to assume that just because you are down and out in the natural, you have lost your salvation. David himself had to be encouraged, Moses himself lost his control and smote the rock in anger...these are all known to us, but we sometimes think we have to act so piously, and give no indication of our problems to others.
Now, I don't advocate and do not practice walking around telling of my troubles. Rarely, if ever, do my tenants hear of my struggles. It is my job to be in control of the building and help them with THEIR issues. But rest assured there are men of God and my wife especially to whom I DO confide my troubles! I don't keep a smile every day, nor should you. I resist people who throw scripture around like a club, trying to prove that you should never admit that you are broke. If you have no money you are broke! However you are NOT brokEN!
2 Cr 4:7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. 2Cr 4:8 [We are] troubled on every side, yet not distressed; [we are] perplexed, but not in despair; 2Cr 4:9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; 2Cr 4:10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. 2Cr 4:11 For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh. 2Cr 4:12 So then death worketh in us, but life in you.
Tell me what part of that sounds fun? However, during all of it we are MORE THAN CONQUERERS. But know this, a conquering hero on the battlefield is not smiling in the midst of the battle. But here's where a life in Christ is different. The joy of the Lord is not some emotional roller coaster. It is a deep and continuous way of LIFE and holding to that joy means that while you may be crying tears of struggle, you are speaking words of life, and seeing the END RESULT before it manifests itself. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen! You can have the same vision God does for your life, and separate your current struggles from the END RESULT.
Victory does not only come in the morning, it is with you always. It just may take a bit of time and effort and struggle to reveal itself, but it is clearly a PRESENT HELP to carry you through. What I am saying in all of this is that you must begin to see your struggles as irrelevant to the end result of your life. Not irrelevant to the strengthening of your faith, or the development of your character which will bring you to the end result no, but irrelevant to the END RESULT ITSELF, which is the deliverance of your soul FROM your body and INTO the presence of the Lord. Nothing you go through will matter in the END. Nothing you face now will mean anything in the next life when you stand in the presence of the Lamb! And if you can LOOK UP and keep your spiritual eyes fixed on Jesus, the natural problems and mental stresses will only work together for your good, because you will know that they are but a vapor in the overall picture, and meant to keep you humble and fixed on the END RESULT.
New and Living Way Apostolic Church -
NEW AND LIVING WAY APOSTOLIC CHURCH
Written by Mark Neddeau
Thursday, 19 November 2009 00:00
ADMINISTRATOR'S NOTE:While neither I, nor anyone else currently associated with this website authored this chronology, we do reproduce it with permission, and it is nonetheless important to our effort here because it clearly outlines the Monotheistic Church from the days of the first outpouring on Pentecost to recent times! It helps put our effort in perspective when trying to unite the APOSTOLIC movement once again! We Acts 2:38 observers are clearly fractured and hindered by our organizational lines and we MUST UNITE to push our truth outward and reveal the TRUE CHURCH for which Jesus is returning!
APOSTOLIC CHURCH HISTORY
I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it (Matthew 16:18).
Christ is the head of the church: and he is the Savior of the body (Ephesians 5:23).
It would be good to review the list of those attending the first church service ever recorded. In the book of Acts we see that people were there from every nation. The Lord planned this special meeting so His Word could be taken back to every nation. Most Christians are only familiar with other Church services as recorded in the Bible. Undoubtedly church services were being held at many other places that we have no Biblical record of. There are many records available for large Acts 2 Christian Organizations throughout every century. It has always been hard for me to believe that the Lord died only for the first century and the last century. The gates of hell has never prevailed against His church.
"....devoted men out of every nation under heaven." Acts 2:5 Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes, Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God (Acts 2:9-11).
Think of the eyewitness story they had to tell when they went back home. Has this important passage slipped by without analyzing the potential explosive evangelistic tool that the Lord set in motion? In this study I want to address the following question. Has the church been alive and well since the day of Pentecost? Did the church die, or lay dormant during the so-called "dark ages?" Was the Azusa Street and the Topeka, Kansas outpouring of the Spirit the first recorded in America? Why is there not more Apostolic Christian history available? The church has suffered many setbacks but the worst have consistently been when men went outside the Word of God to operate it. That is what happened in the Garden of Eden. That is what is happening today by dogmas of men. The Holy Scripture is all we need.
Historians and Theologians have omitted the true church from history by deliberately destroying historical documents and by their biased and prejudice teachings. However, after much research of the TRUE CHURCH OF CHRIST I have found the following inspiring information. The church, that the Holy Spirit started on the day of Pentecost, has never died, never been weak, but has been alive and well on planet earth for the last 2000 years just like Jesus said it would be. Both historians and religionists smeared, named called, bad-mouthed, and libeled Apostolic One God Christians. Therefore, we cannot rely upon history as pertaining to religious qualities of non-Catholics. Why? Because Bible believers were defamed by the writers of religious history that hated the Apostolic message. American religious history books are full of such slander. The slander and religionists smearing of the Apostolic Church is the way investigators were able to discover the true church during each century. All that researchers had to do was look at those groups that the Catholic Church were against. Who and what were these HERETICS? They were surprised to find that almost all of them were Jesus Name Pentecostals. These so called Heretics used many organizational names, throughout the centuries as we will discover in this study. Such names as Donatist, Samosatene, Celtic Christianity, Albigensians, Anabaptist, Cathari Mani, Noetus, Priscillianism, Sabellians, are just a few of the Jesus Name Organizations that have been alive and well since the Day of Pentecost.
The following is a brief report of the church during each century since the Day of Pentecost. I first list the Apostolic Church, then just below in each time period I list the Catholic system. Note the Catholic information is italics. This study is by no means an attack on the Catholic Church. However, it is a factual testimony of how man made rules overruled God's commands. This led to a great persecution and slaughter, of Jesus Named people, by the Catholic system. Historical references are listed after each quote, with author and page number of the quote. The name of the books can be found in the Bibliography at the end of this study.
???? AD 34 Phillip baptized the Ethiopian. This new convert took the Acts message to North
Africa and started North African Christianity. This message spread through all of Africa. (A. Neander,pp.71,79,132,424) It never perished.
???? AD 46-50 Paue, et.al., evangelized Asia Minor and lower Europe. (Acts 15:14)
???? AD 51 Paul preached on Mars Hill at Athens, Greece. (Acts 17:22)
???? AD 50-60 Apostle Thomas indoctrinated Malabar, India with Acts 2:38 doctrine. (A.S. Atiya,pp. 53,261)
AD 66-90 THEY WENT OUT FROM US, because they were not of us. (1 John 2:19;Jude 1)
???? AD 90 CATHOLIC CHURCH starts. TRINITARIANISM invented. (L. Paine, pp.86,287). Itwas derived from Plato's celestial arithmetic. (L. Hogben, p.266). Tertullian twisted Plato's TIMAEUS into his "TRINITAS." Here started the Trinity.
The Acts water baptism continued. (A. Neander,p.301) Tongues speaking continued. (W.Horton, pp. 71-75,150). They preached the Apostolic One God message. (Blunt, p. 440).
???? AD 96-100 Apostle John died. He had carried on for Paul and evangelized the Roman world, Armenia, Malabar, Saxony, and Glastonbury.
???? AD 117 Celtic missionaries spread Acts 2 over Western Europe. (A. Neander,p.49). Gospel preached in China. (Langer,p.537). Apostolics had Bibles. (Blunt,p.127).
???? AD 157 MONTANISM amplified. (Blunt,pp.338,440). Montanist were One God tongue talkers, Acts 2 Christians. Montanist were also called SABELLIANISM. (Blunt, PP.340,440). Montanism was alive as late as 1909 in Moravia. R.A. Knox, p.402).
???? AD 180 THE NORTH AFRICAN APOSTOLIC CHURCH fought the Catholic system. (A.Neander,p.132;H.C. Frend, p.91)
???? AD 175 Early ideas about purgatory, catechism, and confirmation seeped into Catholicism which was adopted from the Orphic cult. (Bernstein & Green,p. 78).???? AD 193 Emperor SEPTIMUS SEVERUS forbade any to join Apostolic Christianity or Judaism! (H. F. Frend,p 91).
???? AD 200 Hundreds of thousands continued Holy Spirit tongues, gifts of the Spirit. This Apostolic doctrine was in Europe, Eurasia, Asia, including China, and North Africa. (Heick,p.150;M.T. Kelsey,pp.40,41).
???? AD 204 Basilides martyred because he preached Acts 2 message.
???? AD 230 TERTULLIAN declared that tongues-speaking Monarchians outnumbered Catholics. (A. C. Mc Giffert,p.239).
???? AD 240 MANI, born in Persia, baptized in Jesus Name, knew glossolalia, and kept the feast of Pentecost. (Blunt,p.289;J.Laux,p.141).
???? AD 275-300 MAMAS and DONATUS came on the theological scene. Donatism was of Sabellianism. In AD 350 this group had 400 churches. (L. Verduin,pp.30,258). QUOTE: "In the forms of some of the different sects (Montanist, Donatist, Sabellian, Arian, ect,.) the Monarchian controversy agitated the church of Rome...during the third century, and in the fourth, and called for the two great Councils of Nicea and Constantinople." (J.H. Blunt,P.332).
???? AD 217-222 CALLISTUS devised the hail Marys, self-tortures and proclaimed himself: PONTIFF MAXIMUS. (O.W. Heick,p 101).
???? AD 252 The Council of Cartage directed that newborn infants be baptized within 8 days. (N.C. Eberhardt,p 117).
The major churches of the...East were of Apostolic origin." (A. S. Atiya)
???? AD 320-340 WOLFLEIN (Little Wolf) was one of the greatest Apostolic preachers. He translated the GOTHIC BIBLE. He was responsible for baptism of millions of Europeans in Jesus Name. (H. Daniel-Rops,p.110). After the Nicean Council persecution was more severely levied against them. Only Apostolic Churches continued. (Neander,p. 126)
???? AD 304 Emperor Diocletian killed Jesus Name people. One God Christians were martyred by Rome. (Martyrs Mirror, p.155).
???? AD 313 CONSTANTINE became Emperor of all Rome. AD 325 he held the NICENE COUNCIL, the start of TRINITARIANISM.
???? AD 361 Apostolic churches confiscated by Catholics of Constantinople. We have been duped into supposing Catholicism was dominant by AD 370. There was but a handful of them in Africa. (R.A. Knox,p.58).
???? AD 390 Emperor Theodosius II killed 7000 Jesus Named Thessalonians. (Wm. Langer,p.129)
Beyond the reach or Rome in outlying places such as Saxony, Netherlands, Languedoc, etc., there were whole organizations of Acts 2 Christians. (J.H. Blunt,p. 15).
???? AD 502 The majority of people in W. European tribes had been baptized into the Name of Jesus. (H. Daniel-Rops, p.110)
???? AD 540-670 Bede, "English History" p. 148, found one-God people throughout England.
???? AD 431 COUNCIL OF EPHESUS (laux. p.154) The popes (199 of them) proclaimed Mary to be the "MOTHER OF GOD." (E. Fodor, Turkey 1970, p.243).
???? CATHOLICS BURN ALLEGED HERETICS! (J.B. Russell, p. 22).
???? AD 453 Pentecostal glossolalists martyred by Pope Leo I, some were tongues speaking Priscillianists. (Roth, p.35).???? AD 476 ROMAN EMPIRE FELL! Rome could no longer lord over other nations. Vain historians wept and moaned over the fall of corrupt Rome.
???? AD 476-1000 THE DARK AGES.
Christianity was found in several Modalistic Monarchian organizations. These were generally referred to collectively as: CATHARI.
???? AD 610 JESUS NAME WATER BAPTISM (Lambert, p. 62). The Jesus Christ water baptism was almost the only one in Frisia until AD 689. There were almost no Catholics. (J.Laux, p. 218).
???? NOTE: For 526 years (since AD 37-42) Apostolic Celts in Britain had kept the 14th NISAN Passover! One God doctrine was the dominant religion by far. (E.T. Thompson, "Through the Ages, pp. 106-108). The world has been duped into supposing Catholicism was the only religion there was.
???? AD 662 MOSLEMS FOUGHT CATHOLICS. Islamism was strong. Muslims had the KORAN, their Holy Book. (Bernstein & Green, p. 172). Muslims in Spain were the Moors; and they protected Jews and other one God Christians from Catholic interest.
???? AD 695 Jews were killed in Spain by the Catholics. The adult Jews were martyred in Spain
Celtic-Gothic (Acts 2) Christianity infiltrate W. Europe. Apostolic Christianity was throughout the Eastern Hemisphere, from Frisia to China, in massive organizations which had different names. Montanist, Donatist, Manichee, etc. There could have been more than 40 One God Apostolic organizations. It is amazing to find so many references concerning ancient One God Apostolic people and preachers.
???? AD 730 Pope Zachary was forced to acknowledge that the Christ baptism was dominant. (J.B. Russell,pp.172-175)
???? AD 717 Moslem armies besieged Constantinople. Moslems mocked at Rome's religioussystem and called it idol worship. (Wm. Langer,p. 158). War started. Moslems (Moors) defeated the Spaniards. This accounts for Catholic-Spanish hate for Moors and Jews. In 1492 Spain regained power and then massed murdered Moors, Jews and Apostolics, 6,000,000 is one figure. (C.Roth,p.123)
???? AD 746-748 Great plagues struck. Cholera, diphtheria, struck and killed millions. ("Ency. Britannica, Vol. 17, Chicago,p.1141).
The Catholic hierarchy slandered all others as, HERETICS! However, alleged heretics filled the lands.
???? AD 800 Quote: "Donatism (Acts 2) was never absent from the medieval scene. It lasted for twelve centuries and it maintained the primitive Apostolic message." (L.Verduin, p.35).
???? The 9th century had more Apostolics than any other. The following references prove this. (Z. Oldenbourg, pp. 29,41,255; J.B. Ressell, pp. 5-14, 172-178). During this period the Catholic system almost suffered total collapse. Apostolic preachers were everywhere. There were more "false priest" as they were called who had been ordained in the Catholic system. (Russell, p. 174).
???? AD 800 Vain kings like Pepin, Charles Martel, Charlemagne, etc., bowed to popes. (Wm. Langer, pp.150-155). Huge land grants were handed to the popes.
???? Charlemagne conquered and confiscated for the Vatican; he made about 54 military campaigns against non-Catholic countries, 18 against Saxony alone. (Berstein & Green, p. 200; E.T. Tompson, pp. 120-125). He then forced people into Catholicism.
???? AD 858-867 Pope Nicholas admitted that Jesus Name baptism was the valid one! ("Enc. Britannica, 11th ed., Vol 3, pp. 365-366).
???? AD 852-889 FEUDALISM STARTED. This is how Europe became Catholic. Rulers used Catholic armies to crush Bulgaria; that religion was forced upon Czechs and Slavics, etc. Jews were then massacred. (Bernstein & Green, p. 150-1; Laux, pp 275-288).
The Acts 2 churches continued to grow. GLOSSOLALIA, tongue-speaking, was called MYSTICISM, by some historians. (Russell, p. 172). There were divine miracles and gifts of the Spirit. We find that many organizations slandered as HERETICS.
???? AD 923 Eugenia was baptized in Jesus Name.
???? AD 925 Pelagius was baptized in Jesus Name.
???? AD 980 Sympronius was baptized in Jesus Name. ("Martyrs Mirror," p. 256). SIMONY erupted. This denotes offices bought or sold for money or favors. Some popes sold offices to the highest bidders. (Langer, pp. 215-217).
???? AD 995-999 King OLAF I of Norway, martyred thousands and with military might became the "man" of the lord, and served him! Later the lord handed to the bishop legal rights to the lands. Thus lands passed on to the Vatican. (Wm. Langer, p. 204). About the same time Catholic religion, was by power of the sword, imposed in Iceland and Greenland.
???? AD 1000-1100
The name Cathari gradually faded. Then was heard the name ALBIGENSES. Yet later, Albigensian gradually gave way to ANABAPTISM. Anabaptism simply means to re-baptize someone. The Anabaptist would re-baptize any one who was not baptized in Jesus Name.
???? AD 1015 Russians were militarily forced into Catholic belief. (Wm. Langer, p. 243).
???? AD 1029 Swedes were forced to take on Catholic belief.
???? AD 1035 Danes were forced to take on Catholic belief.
???? AD 1035 Salvic tribes were force to accept Catholic belief.
???? AD 1095 THE CRUSADERS. The Crusaders slaughtered Slavics and Jews on the way to Jerusalem. They took Jerusalem, mass murdered the Muslims and butchered 90,000 Jews. (Berstein & Green p. 255) The Crusaders looted murdered and plundered. They spread venereal diseases all over the Mideast. Then the great PLAGUES broke out. In that holocaust millions died!
???? AD 1105 SCHOOLMEN men denied the Trinity.
???? AD 1108 "MULTITUDES OF FREETHINKERS" This is what the Apostolics, that covered the land was called. Pentecostals in Europe numbered about 4,000,000. (Blunt, p. 15,35; J. B. Russell,pp 54-80) It is interesting how these authors, Blunt and Russell, smeared, slandered those people. They were called "Henricians." Russell referred to them on page 76 as, "Apostolic holiness." They preached "hell fire" sermons. They used the Christ water baptism. Glossolalia was a common trait.
???? Waldo, of Lyons, France was one of the first that turned to Rome for doctrinal approval. He created a hybrid protestant religion. (Blunt, 617).
???? Many Apostolics were put to death. One little girl mocked and laughed as she died in the flames, but would not give up her belief in one God. 7000 people referred to as pious witness of Jesus were martyred at Bourges. (J. H. Blunt, p. 412)
???? AD 1121 COUNCIL of SOISSONS defended the Trinity attacked by the Schoolmen. (Blunt, p. 36)
???? AD 1147 St. Bernard of Clairvaux, France stated, "33% of the Catholics went to protestant conventicles!" (L. Verduin, p. 173)
???? AD 1164 PETER WALDO appeared! This was the beginning of PROTESTANT TRINITARIANISM. WALDENSIANISM held Rome's Trinity. In 1179 Waldo's bishops went to Rome for approval. (Blunt, p.617). Waldo set the pattern for modern Trinitarian protestant religion. Luther, Swingli, Menno, etc., followed.
???? AD 1214 On July 27, the frightful happened. France's Catholic government gained control of Languedoc from the English. North France could, under Vatican orders, exterminate the mighty numbers of Apostolics. The papal INQUISITION was unleased upon all non-Catholics. (E. T. Thompson, pp 157-160; Roth, p. 36; Bernstein & Green, pp. 255,302).
???? ALBIGENSIANS MASSACRED. Who were the Albigensians that vain historians, suporting Rome, have so slandered? They were Holy Ghost filled, Jesus Named baptized, God fearing citizens who read their Bibles. They had ecclesiastical systems, schools and hospitals in over 1000 cities. (L. Verduin, pp. 106-115). They were driven out of their cities, then Catholic monasteries appeared. Many fled into Moravia.
???? AD 1284 URSINUS OF ETHIOPIA, an Ethiopian scholar, declared that baptism into the Name, Jesus Christ, alone was valid. This indicates that Philip's witness of the Eunuch years earlier was still working.???? A century of CATHOLIC MASS MURDER. The INQUISITION was set in motion. It was insanity, devised by insane minds at the Vatican. AUTO DE FEs (Act of Faith!)
???? AD 1233 the Catholic Inquisition, a system of Catholic Tribunal Courts, was officially founded by Pope Gregory IX. It lasted until July 15, 1834. It's purpose was to punish the heretics and all persons guilty of any offence against Catholic orthodoxy. These Heretics should be deprived of the liberty of speech and that assemblies organized by heretics should be dissolved was the law. ("Ency. Britannica" 1950 Ed. Vol. 12, p. 377). The later part of the 10th century until the beginning of the 12th there were numerous executions of heretics, either by burning or strangling, in France, Italy, and the Empire of England. Remember that the heretics are the one God Apostolic organizations who would not accept the church of Rome.
???? C.S. Lovett, "Voice In The Wilderness" p. 9 said, "68,000,000, persons perished in the INQUISITION!" Most do not know that Adolf Hitler was a Catholic, and 6,000,000 Jews also perished under him and that canon law was again used. Canon law or body of laws is laws established by a church. It is a basis for judgment. This is consider to be the most important part of the mass. I suggest those who are interested in learning more about this awful time of INQUISITION check the Bibliography at the end of this study and review the list of books listed there.
???? AD 1300-1350 Anabaptist organizations (One God) sprang up in many places.
???? AD 1300-1414 Gothic Bibles had been used. English Bibles were used in the early 15th
century. Catholics burned all the Bibles they could fine. (L. Boettner, p. 89).
???? AD 1312-1315 Apostolics were all over Eastern Europe.
???? AD 1381-1383 John Wycliffe, a professor in the University of Oxford, worked intensely to translate the English Bible. He preached against the countless atrocities of the Vatican. He stated that the Bible alone, without tradition, was the sole rule of faith. In AD 1415, the Council of Constance condemned Wycliffe. In 1428 Wycliffe's bones were burned by papal command. (A. Curtis, "Christ History" p. 1985, p. 24). History records indicate multiplied of Apostolics alive during this century.
???? AD 1303 Many histories describe the complete apostasy of the Vatican, it's popes as devils.
???? AD 1391 JEWS MASSACRED IN SPAIN-EUROPE. On March 15, bishop Ferran Martinez started the anti-Jewish riot in Spain. It led to the great SPANISH INQUISITION. 50,000 Jews and Moors were burned in Auto da Fes (Act of Faith), 800,000 more victimized. (Cecil Roth, pp. 14-25).
Most non-Catholics were still refereed to as ANABAPTIST. However, Anabaptist were neither Catholic or Protestant. This was pre-Reformation day. There were great numbers of Apostolic clergymen preaching Acts 2:38.
???? AD 1420 Apostolic religion swept the land in spite of the Inquisition. It was estimated that there were 4,000,000 One God Christians during that period. Blunt wrote of them as "Streams of Heretics." (Blunt, p. 16). Bainton screamed, "They covered the land." (Bainton, p. 279). There were more than 40 Jesus Name Organizations during this period.
???? The Roman Catholic Inquisition turned Europe into a holocaust. During this century billions of dollars and millions of acres of land were seized from Jews, Moors and Anabaptist.
???? Papal permission for SLAVERY was given to Prince Henry the navigator. (Bernstien & Green, p. 302; Wm. Lnager, pp. 486-504). Henry's captains began the slave trade by taking African Blacks to Portugal. Columbus introduced Black and Indian slavery into the Americas, not American Southerners. Blame the Vatican for slavery. ("The Detroit News, Aug.24,1970, Sec. A).
???? AD 1460 Catholic Podebrad persecuted Apostolics. 400,000 pious Manichaeans (Acts 2 Christians) fled into Bosnia (Knox, p. p. 81)
???? AD 1469 FERDINAND and ISABELLA of Spain were married. They became the earth's greatest husband and wife team of Jew killers. After killing the Jews and confiscating their property they became very wealthy. (Lea, p. 333; C. Roth, pp. 71-90). Could this be the way
they financed Columbus in 1492?
???? AD 1496-1500 Malabarese, of Malabar, India, (Acts 2:38 Christians) were massacred by Catholic Inquisitor Alvares Cabral. (A.S. Atiya, p. 359).
This was unique century of religious history. Most think of Luther, Calvin, and Zwingli as classical reformers. However they set the theological trend for the world's modern Protestant Trinity religions.
???? AD 1517 On October 31 Luther nailed his Theses on the Palace Church door. Now the world had not only Catholic Trinitarianism but it also had Protestant Trinitarianism! However, there were still a lot of One God Christians around.
???? AD 1520-1532 GLOSSOLALIA OUTBREAK. Apostolic Pentecostalism was all through Luther and Zwingli's Europe. (W. Horton, pp. 97-138).
???? AD 1533 There were big organizations of Anti-Nicenes and Anti-Trinitarians. Some were classed as Salbellians. (G. H. Williams, p. 663).
???? AD 1553 MICHAEL SERVETUS, a Spaniard, was the greatest influence of the Acts two message during the sixteenth and seventeenth century for all of Europe and Asia. He was put to death in Geneva for denying Rome's Trinity theory. Servetus died in Jesus Name, and Calvin murdered him in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost.(R. Bainton, p. 298). SERVETUS studied law. He later became medical doctor. He was also a preacher. He found problems with the Trinity theory. In fact he wrote a book, "On The Errors of The Trinity" that was published in Hagenow, near Strasbough in 1531. His book was wide spread before it could be censored. He had to change his name after writing his book. Under cover he had an assumed name and he practiced medicine in Lyons. He corresponded with John Calvin. Calvins views were the same as Luthers. Calvin told the Catholics the location of Servetus and they had him arrested. Calvin encouraged the court to find him guilty of capitol crime. Servetus was sentenced to be burned at the stake. The charges were that he did not believe in the Trinity, nor infant baptism. (See: "After the Way called Heresy, by Thomas Weisser, pp. 70-74)
???? AD 1501 Catholics started slavery in the Americas.
???? AD 1521 Luther rejected Biblical Pentecostalism! (Knox, "Enthusiasm", pp.134,135).
???? AD 1531 Luther agreed to the deth penalty in order to annihilate Anabaptist bodies and Jews. (Bainton, p. 279; p. Lapide, "Three Popes and the Jews, p. 25) It appears that Luther was not as sincere about Bible truth as historians and some Christian groups indicate. For instance Mr. Luther fully discused the Acts 2 message with the Apostolics all around him. He rejected it. (See: "Martin Luther," by J. Dillengerger, p. 279; Knox , pp. 134-135).
???? AD 1571 Phillip II martyred about 3,000,000 non-Catholics in the Netherlands. (Thompson, p. 187).
Antibaptist groups continued to grow. Sabellianism was throughout Europe. Many pious clergymen were prepared to lay aside doctrinal differences and become true Apostolic Moravian Oneness. (G. H. Williams, pp. 656,698,670). It would be great if they could do that today!
Frances Cornwell was one of the most educated Baptist in England during this period. He obtained a Master of Arts degree from Emanuel College. He was also trained at Cambridge. He was a vicar with the Church of England. He said, "The Lord opened the eyes of my understandings about the Acts 2:38 message." ("Two Oueries, p. 5) He wrote extensively and eloquently in defence of Biblical doctrines. Yet he is almost totally ignored by Baptist historians.
???? AD 1662 English citizens, meaning Holy Ghost filled Quakers, were deported from England, and sold as salves to rich Spanish Catholic families on plantations in Barbados and Jamaica. These pious glossolalists were sold under the "Conventicle and Five Mile Act. (J.H. Blunt, p. 465,466).
???? AD 1611 the King James Bible was printed. There were 47 scholars appointed as translators. All were Trinitarians, most were Englishmen. They worked for 7 years on the translation.
???? AD 1650-1670 Quietism outbreak, in which 60,000 ex-Catholics experienced Pentecostal glossolalia (speaking in tongues). (Knox, p. 243).
Acts two message continued to spread world wide. Holy Ghost revivals were breaking out all over.
???? AD 1728-1731 there were 600 recorded Miracles! (Knox, pp. 372-376). There was a 100 year prayer meeting started. (A. K. Curtis, "Christ History" Vol. 2, No. 1, p.18) Knox wrote about England being a Pentecostal Babel.
???? AD 1734 Rev. John Wesley and Charles Wesley, went to the Moravian Christians for doctrine. Both turned to Moravianism (One God Apostolics). They witnessed Pentecostalism among in Georgia. (Knox, pp. 466-469).
???? AD 1772 A Holy Ghost outpouring was in Sweden.
???? AD 1774 on August 6, ANN LEE imported tongues speaking into the US and it spread. (E.D. Andrews,pp.15-19). William Penn brought tongues to America in 1677. (See: "After the Way Called Heresy by, Thomas Weisser)
During this century the Catholics and Lutherans killed each other. AD 1733 Thousands of Catholics defected to the state of Georgia, USA and found Holy Ghost salvation. There were many healings and miracles. In 1762, the French government forbade miracles. There were uncountable miracles. (R.A. Knox, pp. 373-388).
???? In 1774 John Wesley lost 400 Methodist to Jesus Name Moravians in London. (R.A. Knox, p. 476).
Why didn't we hear more about Apostolics during the 19th century, is a question often asked? As you recall in this study we found that Waldo and Luther set the trend to compromise to Rome's Trinity Doctrine and ignored the Acts two doctrine. Then Protestant Trinitarian influence lured the greater numbers. Many Christian organizations turned to Trinity doctrine.
???? In 1835, Lowell, Ohio, had a Acts 2:38 Church of Camisardds. (Rev. Joe Nelson, Ph.D., W.VA., had the records)
???? In 1850 Dan Huntington, Boston, Mass. baptized converts according to Acts 2:38. (V. Synan, p. 163).
???? In 1854 there was a 10 year long revival in Lebanon, NY and thousands became Spirit filled. Same thing happened in Canada.
???? In 1856 more than 160,000 tongues speakers in America. (Blunt, p. 467). Many other documented Holy Ghost groups were in America during this century.
???? AD 1804 Napoleon fought the Vatican. He seized papal lands and restricted papal rule. He advocated, "Destroy Rome and the papacy." (M. Martin, "The Decline & Fall of the Roman Church." p. 236).
???? July 15, 1834 the Catholic Inquisition ended. America was about 250 years old at that time. In the 601 years it is estimated that 68,000,000 persons were put to death by the Inquisition. (C. Roth, p.267; Berstein & Green, p. 237 as to dates). Bull fights had its origin after the Inquisition ended. The people had were used to watching brutal murder so bull fights were the next best thing.
???? In 1861 the Civil War started and President Lincoln started to abolish human enslavement.
The war ended in 1864. In 1900 there were 76,000,000 people in America.
???? In 1884-1904 Rev.Alvin E. Velie, of Florida, used the Acts 2:38 message and saw thousands filled with the Holy Ghost.
???? In 1901 the famed Topeka, Kansas outpouring of the Holy Ghost came. In 1906-1909 the Azusa street, in Los Angeles, outpouring filled many with the Holy Ghost. Many other outpourings happened during the early 1900 in America. One God organizations started to form. Today there are scores of Acts 2:38 Christian organizations in America and throughout the word. Jesus said, "....the gates of hell shall not prevailed against His Church."
It is frightful to review history and see where thousands worshiped the Lord in accordance with instructions given on the Day of Pentecost. Countries such as Germany, France, England and many more taught the Acts 2 message. What happen to them? Did lack of unity between organizations destroy them. Did compromise annihilate them? Two man made words, that are not in the Bible, have been used to separate sincere God fearing people. The word Trinity is not in the Bible, neither is the word Oneness. These man fashioned words have driven a line of distrust and doubt between devoted souls. Most people, who you labeled Trinitarian, believe in One God. I hope that all people, who call themselves Oneness, believe in three manifestations of One God. With this understanding it is easy to show Bible truth to all who are sincere.
History proves the Catholic Church was cruel during the past. However, today many of them are receiving the Acts 2 message. I visited St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York recently. I was shocked to find the lesson for that week, for all Catholics, was the record Acts 10 story about Cornelius. This Bible study quoted the account of Cornelius receiving the Holy Ghost and speaking in tongues. It also indicated that Peter commanded these new converts to be baptized in the Name of Jesus. That is a far cry from the Catholics during Great Inquisition. New Testament truth is now being accepted and preached by many organizations that once denounced it. No, they are not coming your way, they are coming God's way. This is good news to the Christian, this is bad news to the legalist.
What are we going to do with this wonderful message that millions died for? Are we going to keep it within our "holy huddle," or share it with the World? I am so pleased to see many New Testament Christians Organizations coming together to present Jesus, and His plan, to the World. Some are still adding man made requirement to the salvation message. By this they separate themselves. It is time again for the pious clergymen to lay aside doctrinal differences and become true Apostolic as they did during the dark ages.
This study was made possible by the millions who shed their blood for Bible truth. Many scholars did extensive research on this subject. I only assembled their efforts in a condensed package so it could be easily studied. I am especially grateful to Dr. Marvin M. Arnold, D.D., Th. D. and Rev. Thomas Weisser for all their research on this subject. Dr. Arnold wrote "Apostolic History Outline." Rev. Weisser authored several booklets on the subject of Apostolic Christianity.
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