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The New Testament Churches

“The New Testament is the worthy completion of the Old. It is the only proper end to which the Law and the Prophets could have led. It does not do away with them, but enriches in fulfilling and replacing them. It has in itself the character of completeness, presenting, not the rudimentary beginning ... Read More

The Pilgrim Church - Part 1

The Pilgrim Church by E. H. Broadbent BEING SOME ACCOUNT OF THE CONTINUANCE----- THROUGH SUCCEEDING CENTURIES---- OF CHURCHES PRACTISING THE PRINCIPLES TAUGHT---- AND EXEMPLIFIED IN ---- THE NEW TESTAMENT LONDON_PICKERING & INGLIS LTD.___ PICKERING & INGLIS LTD._29 LUDGATE HILL, LONDON E.G.4_229 BOT... Read More

The Pilgrim Church - Part 2

[Epistle to Diognetus] Amidst the confusion of conflicting parties there were true teachers, able and eloquent in directing souls in the way of salvation. One, whose name is unknown, writing in the second century to an inquirer named Diognetus,[14] sets himself to answer the questions asked as to th... Read More

The Pilgrim Church - Part 3

[Fall of Rome] In one year great provinces such as Spain and Gaul were destroyed. The inhabitants, long accustomed to peace, congregated mostly in the cities for the sake of the ease and pleasure afforded there, saw the armies which had so long guarded their frontiers disappear; the cities were wipe... Read More

The Pilgrim Church - Part 4

[Clergy-Laity Distinction Opposed] Such teachings soon brought these circles into conflict with those of the Roman Church, especially as represented by such a scheming, political bishop as Hydatius. The clergy saw in the holy life of the ordinary believer that which assailed their peculiar position.... Read More

The Pilgrim Church - Part 5

[Persecution by Theodora] Systematic slaughter, beheading, burning, drowning, began afresh under the Empress Theodora's orders, and continued for many years; but it failed to shake the steadfastness of the believers. It was claimed that between the years 842 and 867 the zeal of Theodora and her inqu... Read More

The Pilgrim Church - Part 6

[Homilies of Afrahat] Among the writings which remain from that time are the Homilies of Afrahat, called "The Persian Sage."[35] The sharp dividing line between the Roman Empire and the countries outside of it is illustrated by the fact that these "Homilies", which contain an exposition of doctrine ... Read More

The Pilgrim Church - Part 7

[Provence Devastated] In Languedoc and Provence in the South of France, there was a civilization in advance of that in other countries. The pretensions of the Roman Church to rule had been generally opposed and set aside there. The congregations of believers who met apart from the Catholic Church we... Read More

The Pilgrim Church - Part 8

[Walther of Cologne c. 1322] Strassburg and Cologne were, for centuries, chief centres of the brethren; the churches of God there were large, and influenced many beyond their own circles. A chronicle relates that in 1322 a certain Walther came to Cologne from Mainz. He was "a leader of the Brethren ... Read More

The Roman Empire

The Roman Empire was gradually drawn into an attack on the churches; an attack in which eventually its whole power and resources were put forth to crush and destroy them. About the year 65 the Apostle Peter was put to death, and, some years later, the Apostle Paul. * The destruction of Jerusalem by ... Read More

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