Trail of Blood StudiesChurch History As It relates To Missionary Baptists
Week 7 and 8 Century 301 – 400Review of the History275 NOVATIANS – 275 ANABAPTISTSNeed for purity303 ROMAN Emperor GALERIUS directs persecution /destruction of Christian faith313 Persecution fails and now Emperor CONSTANTINE merges “Church and State”.325 Council of Nicea325 PURITANS and DONATISTS384 Title of POPE Claimed by SIRICUS, “Bishop of Rome”The New Testament Church practiced DisciplinePower of DisciplineCultural DisciplineCorrective DisciplineChurch DisciplineAssignments: Trail of Blood, Introduction, Pages 6-10, Study Trail of Blood Chart
Anabaptist“Nothing but Christ can draw the sinner. Nevertheless, as pictures are in thechurches, let no violence be used, but of the preaching of the word let thepeople be instructed till they are in favor of their removal. … Among thereforms which he advocated are justification by faith only, the confession ofsin, the marriage of priests, the proper support of ministers who preach thegospel, and the right of a congregation to dismiss a minister who does notpreach the gospel. … He used to say: ‘Baptism stands for faith and thesupper for love. If one knew no other word of Scripture, but understood thetrue meaning of baptism and the supper, he knows God and angels, faith aidlove, law and prophets.’ ‘Where there is no baptism there is neither churchnor ministry, neither brothers nor sisters, neither discipline, exclusion norrestoration.brothers and sisters can mutually recognize each other.’ Replying to Zwingli,Hubmeyer said: ‘We must do as God pleases, consult the word, not the church;hear the Son, not Zwingli or Luther. … We are not condemned for not beingbaptized … but for unbelief. He that believes will be baptized if he can get towater and a baptizer.’
Anabaptist“What were sonic of the ideas that characterized the Anabaptist movement….The following are especially worthy of attention:(1.) That the Scriptures are the only authority in matters of faith andpractice. (2.) That personal faith in Jesus Christ only secures salvation;therefore infant baptism is to be rejected. (3.) That a church is composed ofbelievers who have been baptized upon a personal confession of their faith inJesus Christ. (4.) That each church has entire control of its affairs, withoutinterference on the part of any external power. (5.) That the outward lifemust be in accordance with such a confession of faith, and to the end it isessential that church discipline should be maintained. (6.) That while theState may properly demand obedience in all things not contrary to the law ofGod, it has no right to set aside the dictates of conscience, and compel thehumblest individual to set aside his views, or to inflict punishment in casesuch surrender is refused.Every human soul is directly responsible to God!.
Anabaptist“ … His numerous publications bear witness to his evangelical spirit and hisdevotion to Baptist principles. ‘Baptism,’ he says, ‘is an ordinance of JesusChrist.It is not enough that one believes in Jesus; he must confess him openly. Hewho confesses Christ before men, Christ will confess before his Father. Thedivine order is, first, the preaching of the word; second, faith: third,baptism.’
Galerius Interesting facts about the life of GaleriusGalerius and the ChristiansGalerius had a bitter hatred of the Christiansand encouraged his co-rulers in the persecutionof the Christian sect. The persecution of theChristians raged in the East under Galerius andMaximin Daza. Christians were hunted downlike wild beasts from one end of the empire tothe other.The persecution of Christians began A.D. 303, and continued for nearly tenyears. The persecution of the Christians raged in the East under Galerius andthe Caesar he had appointed, whose name was Daza, but who called himselfMaximin. The following link provides details of the Edicts of Diocletian andthe persecution of Christians.
GaleriusThe word "Caesar" was originally the name of the famous aristocratic patricianfamily of ancient Rome and became synonymous with the Roman Emperors.Refer to the comprehensive List of Roman Emperors for the names of themost famous Romans, their dynasties and the historic eras of all the RomanEmperors and usurpers. Read about the life of Galerius who can be describedor remembered as: "The Emperor who persecuted the Christians but eventually begged for their prayers..." Short Biography about the lifeof GaleriusShort Biography profile and facts about one of the most famous Romans of all,in the life of Galerius, Emperor of Rome and provinces of the Roman Empire.Name commonly known as: GaleriusLatin Roman Name: Gaius Galerius Valerius MaximianusReigned as Roman Emperor / Caesar: Reign 293 - 305 as Caesar, underDiocletian and 305 - 311 as Augustus alongside Constantius ChlorusConstantius was Augustus in the westDynasty / Historical Period: In 285 the Roman Empire was split in half byDiocletian - The Western Roman Empire and the other half became known asthe Eastern Roman Empire or the Byzantine Empire.
The preaching, the ordinances, the administration of discipline — all thework of the gospel — having been committed, not to a general,indefinable, intangible, invisible, body of men and women, with no placesof meeting, no objects before it, but to organization, it is clear that, what-ever may be promised to a non-organization, the very mission and thevery design of the church lead us to expect its preservation.When Paul directed Timothy “how men ought to behave themselves in thehouse of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and groundof the truth,” —1 Timothy 3:15 — he spoke of organization with officers — “bishops” and“deacons” — see the context, in verses 1-13. The election of officers, thereceiving, the discipline and exclusion of members, the keeping of theordinances, — everything necessary for the work of the gospel and thesalvation of a lost world was committed to “organized churches.”Revelation 2:14; 3:10, in which it will be seen that the churches elected theirofficers, received, excluded members, preached the gospel, kept everything inorder.
Galerius: Reigned as Roman Emperor / Caesar: Reign 293 - 305 as Caesar, under Diocletianand 305 - 311 as Augustus alongside Constantius
Page 16 -18 T of B:1. A.D. 325 Council of Nicea2. A.D. 381 Council at Constantinople3. A.D. 431 Council by Theodosius4. A.D. 451 Council at Constantinople (2nd time) Mariolatry – Worship of Marry5. A.D. 553 Council at Constantinople (3rd time)6. A.D. 680 Council at Constantinople (4th time)7. A.D. 787 Council at Nicea (2nd time) Image Worship, Saints Worship8. A.D. 869 Council at Constantinople (5th time) - Eastern Councils. Two Separate Branches of Catholicism… mend issues… InfantCommunion.
325 Council of Nicea: Page 16 -18 T of B: A.D. (Anno Domini is Medieval Latin - The Year of Our Lord) 6012, Ist ---- Egyptians ---- sotare (Salvation)The year was 325 A.D. according to the Roman calendar.A council was convened by order of Constantine, the Roman emperor. He had been a leader in the cult known as Sol Invictus (Invincible Sun) and now wanted to unite the Christian sects in the empire under his existing church; the Universal Church of Rome.Many changes to the religion of Christianity were about to take place at that council, including:1. Formulation for wording concerning the Trinity based on Anthanias (description of the formulation is mentioned below) Changing Verses of Bible eliminating certain verses and books from the Bible2. Declaring Arians "unitarian" (belief in the Unity of God) as heresy3. Changing the day of worship from Saturday to Sunday4. Changing the date of Jesus birthday to December 25th5. Introduction of Easter (pagan worship called "Feast of Ishtar")6. Church of Roman "officially" became the "Universal Church of the Holy Roman Empire" (the word Catholic means universal‘)
Trail of Blood Studies– Admit where we are on this journey!– Knowing the history helps– Study the history and bible– Build confidence– Commit to serving Jesus– Tell others
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