Christianity

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

The Crusades are the most well known events of the Middle Ages, a bitter flowering of “faith” that saw vast armies clash over God and gold.
The worst airline crash in history happened when a 747 failed to get off the ground. Instead, it hit another jumbo jet and exploded in a cataclysm of ruin. The full tanks of jet fuel were the final, lethal touch for most of those who survived the impact. The runway became a nightmare landscape of...
“The Roman Church is not ashamed to say that they are the sheep and lambs of Christ, and they say that the heretics they persecute are the church of wolves. But this is absurd, for the wolves have always pursued and killed the sheep, and today it would have to be the other way around for the...
No more striking contrast between the words of Christ and His apostles, and the deeds of Christians exists than on the subject of war. From Constantine to the present day, the might of Christendom on the battlefield has been awesome and with a few notable exceptions, unstoppable.
The ninety-five theses Martin Luther posted on the door of Wittenberg Church on October 31, 1517, are very famous. They began a revolution in world affairs religiously, politically, and even socially. Four years later he was called to account before the greatest spiritual and secular powers on...
You may think it absurd to suggest that the American Revolution was a Holy War. The term conjures up images of wild-eyed religious fanatics seeking the glory of martyrdom. However, in view of the historical revisionist tactics of the Christian Right, the question should be asked plainly: Was the...
Christianity’s persecution of the Jews has dominated Jewish history since the Christianization of the Roman Empire under the Emperor Constantine in the early fourth century AD. To the Jews, the cross has been as much a symbol of persecution and terror as the swastika, only provoking dread.
A chorus of men and women of various races and backgrounds assembles on the stage area. The Leader of the Chorus steps forward and introduces the skit. Leader: Please come and join us. We are from the Twelve Tribes Communities and we would like to welcome you to our play.
Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your strength.(Deuteronomy 6:4-5)
The decline that began shortly after the Pilgrim’ first harvest celebration, which was filled with thanksgiving, can be best understood by looking at what happened in Massachusetts ten years later with the arrival of Roger Williams in 1631 (who would eventually become the founder and governor of...
What does freedom of religion really mean in the 21st Century? In the past, countries were established and wars were fought so that freedom of faith could be guaranteed, but such protection is not an issue today. Or, is it? Let us reflect on the past, particularly in this country, the United States...
If any man hears my words, and believes not, I judge him not. (John 12:41) That declaration spoken by our Master 2000 years ago established for all time how those who believe in Him should treat those who don’t believe.
The sound of wedding bells echoed through the air in the city of seven hills, proclaiming to all the union of a seemingly idyllic couple. The groom was a man of stature, risen to the rank of general, fresh from the battlefield in triumph. The bride was a lovely lady, her upbringing having been...
Old Saint Nick has another side to his character. At the Council of Nicaea in AD 325, the bishops had gathered to judge Arius’ doctrine. They all watched in astonishment as Bishop Nicholas of Myra rose up and struck Arius forcefully to the ground.
Roger Williams came to the New World in 1631 with much the same hopes as the first Pilgrim Separatists. His heart’s desire was to see a pure church raised up, with no ties to the Church of England and its corruption, compromise, and oppression.

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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.