Hello everyone, and thanks for coming back. Wow what an interesting question isn’t it? This man King James whom the Protestants hail has a great man, saying such things as “his sole purpose was to share the Gospel to the world,” etc. This man whose version of the Bible was adopted by the Protestants, and the very Bible we study today, has is name on the cover. One has really got to ask, how can this man be a form of antichrist and still be accepted by the Protestant world as a great Christian man? How could so many millions be deceived? All these questions are great questions, and at the end of this portion of this study, I hope we can answer all these questions, and really begin to understand how sneaky satan is, how a little cover up can go a long ways, how the truth over time can be turned into lies and so easily believed. To start, let’s go back to the writings of William Bradford, and take off from there. We are going back to his book Of Plymouth Plantation, Chapter 1, paragraph 3
So as in the ancient times, the persecutions by the heathen and their emperors was not greater than of the Christians one against the other:-the Arians and other their complices against the orthodox and the true Christians. As witnesseth Socrates in his second book.
This above paragraph is really pretty intense, but could very easily just be over read, so I want to pick it apart a bit. William starts out by saying “So as in the ancient times, persecutions by the heathen and their emperors was not greater than of the Christians one against the other:- the Arians and other their complices against the orthodox and true Christians.” Now I had no idea what the word complice, or complices meant, when I looked it up in the Merriam -Webster’s this is what I found.
Complice: Middle English, from Middle French, from Late Latin complic-, complex, from Latin, closely connected, from complicare see 2 Complicate. First known use: 15th century. Then I looked up complicate, a word I am familiar with, and I found this.
Complicate-1: to make complex or difficult 2: Involve; especially : to cause to be more complex or severe.
Now this I can understand, so if we rewrite what William wrote it may go something like this. “The Arians and the others, made it more complex and severe against the orthodox and true Christians.” To me it makes much more sense now. So the persecutions in ancient times was not greater than, the Arians and others, but actually became more complex and severe. This is a huge statement made by William Bradford, the early persecutions in ancient times to the early Congregation was pretty severe, to say the very least. So who are these Arians?
Arianism is a non-trinitarian Christological (Christology) doctrine which asserts the belief that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who was begotten by God the Father at a point in time, a creature distinct from the Father and is therefore subordinate to him, but also divine. Arian teachings were first attributed to Arius (AD 256-336), a Christian presbyter in Alexandria of Egypt. The Arian concept of Christ is based on belief that the Son of God did not always exist but was begotten within time by God the Father.
Well isn’t this interesting, this is a severe misunderstanding of scripture, and totally removes Jesus from being God. So if there is any of you my readers who have been taught this and believe this doctrine here are some verses from the Bible you should really study, to understand the truth.
John 1:1-5 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without was not anything made that was made. 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
One of Jesus’s names is the Word, and John clearly states that Jesus was always with the Father, never was he created later for the sake of the New Covenant. Also John tells us that all things were made by him, from the very beginning. Some might say; how do we know the Word was Jesus, and not just the authoritative Word spoken by the Father, that caused all things spoken into existence. You would be surprised how many people believe that creation was just spoken into existence by the command of the Father God. It’s based on Genesis of course and it does say that “God said.” However when you look at Genesis 2:2-3, you find something different.
Genesis 2:2-3. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. 3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.
Here we find the account of the creation of things, and the words used were work and made, and it was described as work and then made, three times in these two verses. Now to me a spoken word is not work, but to need rest from the work, you would have to be carrying out some sort of physical activity. Speaking takes very little energy, so little, one doesn’t even realize the amount of energy it does take. So you have to look at this in a different way. The seventh day that God rested was considered holy, because he rested from his work, therefore he commanded the children of Israel to also rest from their work (physical activity), and rest from their labor. In the Strong’s Concordance, you will find basically, ( and I won’t write out its full definition), that it means occupation, work, business. If you look at Exodus 20:11 it describes why the sabbath was made, and why it is holy.
Exodus 20:11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea and all that is in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
Then when you look at Exodus 20:10, the sabbath is given to the children of Israel.
Exodus 20:10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within the gates:
God said no work, not any speaking, he didn’t say for six days you shall speak, and on the sabbath day you shall not speak a word. Sounds silly doesn’t it? When creation occurred, it was God the Father who spoke out a command, and then it was God the Son who carried out the work, The Lord God made all things. And in Genesis, there was no separation or distinction made between the Father or the Son, but that it just says God, because there is only one God. Don’t get trapped into that thinking that the Son is separate from the Father, because they are not. There is One God, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, they are all one. How do I know this for a fact? Because Jesus said it, look now at John 10:30
John 10:30 I and my Father are one.
God is one, not three, but one. The trinity doctrine has done nothing but cause confusion and separation, between the Father and The Son and the Holy Spirit, they are not three separate but equal parts, there’s no three, there’s only One, and that One is God. Jesus never spoke about three parts to God, He only spoke as One, the One God, so don’t get caught up in that, we worship One God, and only One God, and they the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are equal. I’ve heard the egg analogy that tries to explain the so called trinity of God, where it says you have the shell, you have the yoke, and you have the white of an egg, all three are separate but all three make up the egg. Really? That’s all nonsense, and was a handed down teaching of man, not God. God is not three separate Gods that make up God, God is One, one complete whole God. Unity would be a better term than trinity, a word that is nowhere in the Bible.
John 14:8-9 Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. V9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?
Again don’t be caught up in this doctrine of man that only causes confusion, just remember God is One. So back to the first question; how do we know Jesus is the Word? Well John already answers that also, look at John 1:14.
John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
Well there it is, no disputing that. Jesus has always been from the very beginning, with God because He is God, and here it is said, he is the Word. It’s a very dangerous thing to separate God, it causes false doctrines like Jesus came later and begotten by the Father to save mankind because the first way (the law) failed, therefore He had to come up with a different plan. This lie is called dispensationalism, and does nothing but cause a division between Jew and Gentile, makes their lie the rapture fit in, and is an extremely dangerous heresy. There are many, many verses that prove Jesus is God and has been from the beginning, so I hope maybe this shined some light on this Arian form of teaching, and that it clearly proves it’s false. So in conclusion, God is spoken of in Genesis as a singular, because simply friends, He is singular. God did not speak into existence creation, but spoke a command and the Son carried out the work, through obedience to the Father, but they are all God, remember ONE GOD.
Ok now that we know that the Arians did not believe that Christ did not always exist, therefore was not really God, like the Father is God. I can easily see where this form of belief would be a huge problem for the Congregation of Christ. Then William Bradford goes on to write that now there’s Christians persecuting Christians. William makes a special distinction here however, he goes on to state the Christians, and then the Orthodox and true Christians. And as usual I want to spend some time on this, so, this will have to be it for this post. Until next time, may the Lord bless your search for truth, leaving no stone unturned.