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A Blinding Glimpse of the Obvious

When the conversation recorded in Matthew 16 verses 13 through 20 took place Jesus was about finished with his walkabout through Galilee, teaching and working miracles. It was six months or so prior to his death. He had not openly told anyone who he was, but had taught the Word of God in streets, homes, in local synagogues, and out in front of large outdoor gatherings. He healed all kinds of diseases, raised the dead, cast out devils, and gave sight…

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Muhammad

I have seen the English version of Muhammad’s name spelled with consonants dropped or added and using a variety of vowels. This however is the proper English spelling according to most sources. Philip Schaaf used an “o” in place of the “u” as did most writers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Modern writers and historians now typically use Mohamed conserving a consonant. His full name according to Wikipedia (and which I suspect includes some later accolades and titles, and…

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The Rise of the Empire of Islam

By 606 the Patriarch of Rome, now called “The Holy Father” was collecting and acquiring land, power and titles within the Roman Church hierarchy and its growing feudal society. The structure of the Western Catholic Church now mimicked the pattern of the fading Roman Empire. The Pope became the equivalent of Caesar; Cardinals (now through the College of Cardinals) were the Senators, Bishops, the consuls and proconsuls, Priests and Diocesans governors or provincials. The deacons became the tax collectors and…

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Where are we going?

If you have been reading the recent posts about the start of the denominations, perhaps you have been confronted with some things you never previously considered. I certainly hope so. All of the information comes from well documented sources - out of common history books. I have a businessman friend who used to travel a lot. Once, while in Cleveland he learned that then President Ronald Reagan was to be speaking adjacent to the hotel where he was staying. He…

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Where did all the denominations come from? (Eastern and Western Catholicism Pt 1)

From the beginning of the fourth century, the purity of the churches had been almost entirely washed away through internal corruption. The teaching of the apostles had been superseded by the canons of multiple synods of the intelligentsia, to seize upon an anachronism. The overseer’s office of the local churches had been turned into chorespiscopals, episcopals, bishops and later archbishops, and finally one out of place assumed the seat and title of metropolitan (city bishop), which office would in time give over…

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These are a Few of my Favorite Things (3)

As time passes, and as the persons who had started original ideas, instituting reforms, or who had embraced benevolence in any form leave the scene; then things begin to change. Whether speaking of governments or corporations, townships or kingdoms, without the founders at the helm to maintain the organizational purity, and with different ideas coming in at the top or the bottom --- directions may change and sometimes radically so. I have mentioned these processes before. Take the Disney Corporation…

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In the same hour of the night

Sometimes we lose sight of the fact that Christianity is a completely individualistic pursuit. I don’t read anywhere in God’s instruction book that anyone can be saved corporately. And there are no magic words and incantations for anything. My salvation is based on what I do; and yours is about what you do. Faith or holiness is not found in any building unless some saints are meeting there at the moment. We may be aided by the teaching in one…

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These are a Few of my Favorite Things (2)

Apostasy Unbridled I mentioned some time back that Aurelius Augustinus was for practical purposes the father of all Trinitarians. This is not to suggest that he had been alone in deriving the doctrine that the Living God is a composite being made up of three persons God: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit. But he did provide the most interesting arguments to try to prove it. I am not suggesting that there are either less or…

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Mariolatry

Sometimes things have been given appropriate names. This is an example. Mariolatry is of course, the practice of worshiping Mary as the Mother of God. Right out of the chute, to any reader of the NT, that automatically identifies this as idolatry. I seem to remember that idolatry in any form is condemned in both the OT and NT. Mary was in fact the earthly mother of God, as she gave birth to Jesus. But that does not mean she is or was…

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These are a few of my Favorite Things

Aurelius Augustinus (354 – 430) is known as Saint Augustine. I might offer evidence that suggests he was not a saint at all. You may find a hint of that as you read on. He was responsible for solidifying many of the doctrines of Catholicism. Augustine wrote dialogues on the Trinity and Mariolatry and on a wide number of other topics. His complete works measure at least eight full volumes on my shelves, having used up more words than the…

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