Christianity

These articles address the gap between the abundant life promised by the Master and the churches as they are today.

There came a time when the life of Messiah,1 whose life was the light of men, could no longer be found. The last of the overcomers died or were put out of the churches by men like Diotrephes,2 who forcefully suppressed any perceived threat to their solitary authority, or interruptions to their...
What is the name above all names? Is it a Greek or a Jewish name? Doesn’t a disciple of His have the right to know the very name and pronunciation given by the angel Gabriel (Luke 1:31), when he brought such good news to the virgin Miriam (Mary)?
(The First Radical Pamphlet in Christian History and Why Martin Luther Reviled It)
Since the establishment of Christianity, the ones who were willing to do God’s will have sensed that something was wrong.
Martin Luther and John Calvin, the fathers of the Protestant Reformation, taught that salvation was by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, and that any who lack such saving faith are condemned to eternal damnation, regardless of whether they have ever had the chance to hear the gospel.
The physical world often gives us insight into the unseen, spiritual side of creation, just as creation itself proclaims the glory and power of its Creator. The Living Bible very clearly describes this knowledge: For the truth about God is known to them instinctively. God has put this knowledge...
Since we know that the Bible is an inspired book, every word being God-breathed and full of meaning, then what would motivate a preacher to come against a whole book of the Bible and say it was not from God?
The stirring words of this hymn have brought many of us to tears, as we considered how much we have to give thanks for as Americans. Yet, the glory of America seems very tarnished in the midst of the profound moral corruption overtaking this society. The faith with which we once sang, “America,...
The Founding Fathers who created the American system of government understood well the lessons of history, from the early days of the Crusades through the Inquisition, the Reformation, and into 16 th and 17 th century England. This bred in them a deep mistrust of religion — any religion — if it...
The Pilgrims were part of a greater movement — stretching back to Wycliffe and Tyndale — to place the Scriptures into the hands of the common man. Yet what they tried to do with those Scriptures is virtually unknown, even though their moving story is told year after year in America.
The nightmare known as the Inquisition is many centuries older than its first use against heretics at the end of the twelfth century. It began with the degradation of the once noble system of Roman justice in the first three centuries of the Christian era. Its corruption proceeded from one source...
The high drama of the first council of Nicaea has sadly been much neglected by playwrights. Not only is this event called “one of the most important in the history of Christianity” by Encyclopedia Britannica,1 but its powerful images cry out for the Shakespeares of the world to imprint them on the...
In the early 200s Christians were faced with state-mandated worship of gods they did not believe in. Thomas Jefferson, one of America’s founding fathers, could have spoken Tertullian’s stirring words about the rights of man in response to this persecution:
In response to the request of their Catholic majesties, Isabella and Ferdinand, for the Inquisition to come to Spain, Pope Sixtus IV ordered that heretics be rooted out “ by way of fire .” So began the most famous Inquisition, the Spanish Inquisition, in AD 1478, and its way was the way of all the...
The Crusades were such an evil witness of Christ. It has been centuries since the Crusades, but even today Muslims hate Christ because of them. Can the blood ever be washed off the Church that called for them?

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The Twelve Tribes is a confederation of twelve self-governing tribes, composed of self-governing communities. We are disciples of the Son of God whose name in Hebrew is Yahshua. We follow the pattern of the early church in Acts 2:44 and 4:32, truly believing everything that is written in the Old and New Covenants of the Bible, and sharing all things in common.