Christianity

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

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:
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 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 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...
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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)
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...
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...

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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.