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A Catechism From Slavery

Posted by Job on May 28, 2008

A SLAVE CATECHISM

Q. WHO KEEPS THE SNAKES AND ALL BAD THINGS FROM HURTING YOU?

A. GOD DOES.

“Paul had gathered a bundle of brushwood and was putting it on the fire, when a viper, driven out by the heat, fastened itself on his hand. When the natives saw the creature hanging from his hand, they said to one another, “This man must be a murderer; though he has escaped from the sea, justice has not allowed him to live.”He, however, shook off the creature into the fire and suffered no harm.” (Acts 28:3-5)

Q. WHO GAVE YOU A MASTER AND A MISTRESS?

A. GOD GAVE THEM TO ME.

Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart,
just as you would obey Christ. (Eph. 6:5)

Q. WHO SAYS YOU MUST OBEY THEM?

A. GOD SAYS I MUST.

“Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything, not only while being watched and in order to please them, but wholeheartedly, fearing the Lord.” (Col. 3:22) “Tell slaves to be submissive to their masters and to give satisfaction in every respect; they are not to talk back…” (Ti. 2:9)

Q. WHAT BOOK TELLS YOU THESE THINGS?

A. THE BIBLE

Q. HOW DOES GOD DO ALL HIS WORK?

A. HE ALWAYS DOES IT RIGHT.

God made the wild animals of the earth of every kind, and the cattle of every kind, and everything that creeps upon the ground of every kind. And God saw that it was good. (Gen. 1:25)

Q. DOES GOD LOVE TO WORK?

A. YES, GOD IS ALWAYS AT WORK.

By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done. (Gen. 2:2-3)

Q. DO THE ANGELS WORK?

A. YES, THEY DO WHAT GOD TELLS THEM.

Q. DO THEY LOVE TO WORK?

A. YES, THEY LOVE TO PLEASE GOD.

“Bless the LORD, O you his angels, you mighty ones who do his bidding, obedient to his spoken word.” (Ps. 103:20)

 Q. WHAT DOES GOD SAY ABOUT YOUR WORK?

A. HE THAT WILL NOT WORK SHALL NOT EAT.

“For even when we were with you, we gave you this command: Anyone unwilling to work should not eat. For we hear that some of you are living in idleness, mere busybodies, not doing any work. (2 Thess. 3:10-11)

Q. DID ADAM AND EVE HAVE TO WORK?

A. YES, THEY HAD TO KEEP THE GARDEN.

The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it. (Gen. 3:15)

Q. WAS IT HARD TO KEEP THE GARDEN?

A. NO, IT WAS EASY.

Q. WHAT MAKES THE CROPS SO HARD TO GROW NOW?

A. SIN MAKES IT.

Q. WHAT MAKES YOU LAZY?

A. MY WICKED HEART.

Q. HOW DO YOU KNOW YOUR HEART IS WICKED?

A. I FEEL IT EVERYDAY.

“Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land? (Acts 5:3)

Q. WHO TEACHES YOU SO MANY WICKED THINGS?

A. THE DEVIL.

Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, one of the Twelve. (Luke 22:3)

Q. MUST YOU LET THE DEVIL TEACH YOU?

A. NO, I MUST NOT.

*The Negro American: A Documentary History, copyright 1967

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How The Oneness Pentecostal Jesus Only Doctrine Was Originally Justified

Posted by Job on December 1, 2007

Background information: my wife reports that while driving recently she was listening to a local religious call – in show on a gospel radio station. A caller, a recently saved fellow, told the pastor answering questions that he had just started attending a church whose pastor told him that he needed to be baptized in the name of Jesus only. He said that he related that information to his wife, who told him that he had to be baptized in the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. The call – in show pastor told the fellow that he should not listen to his wife, but rather the pastor, that he should be baptized in the name of Jesus only. This pastor then asserted “the Name Father, Son, and Holy Spirit has no power.”

First off, the claims by the Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Jesus only folks, etc. that the original apostolic doctrines were discarded and that their group is the true church restoring the true faith … well they have been around for awhile. The first known group to make this claim were the “adoptionists”, who claimed that Jesus Christ was born a mere man (though supremely virtuous), received God’s “anointing” at baptism, and did not reach divine status until His resurrection. This doctrine originated in 190 AD, and within a few decades  its followers started claiming that their doctrine was the original doctrine first given to universally accepted by the church until it was changed when the church was led by Zephyrinus, the bishop of Rome from 198 AD to 217 AD. Fortunately there were still people around that were alive before Zephyrinus became bishop of Rome to refute their lies, and further Hippolytus was easily able to trace documents, doctrines, and teachers into the first century, which was the apostolic era itself. So the same lies that Charles Taze Russell, Joseph Smith, and the neo – gnostics like Elaine Pagels and Dan Brown are currently pushing

Second, the notion that Jesus Christ and Michael the archangel were one and the same did not originate with Ellen G. White of the Seventh Day Adventist denomination. Instead, it was first proposed in a crude form by second century figure Hermas. The source of Hermas’ confusion on this matter seems to be that put the Holy Spirit in the place of Jesus Christ in his Similitudes writings. Also in those writings he described a council of six angels, with Michael as the lead, who were called most venerable, holy, and glorious, and were also were given supreme power over the people of God, to pronounce judgment, etc.

Third, the original Jesus only oneness pentecostal, a late second – early third century figure named Noetus, who along with his followers justified their doctrines by rejecting John 1:1-18 by refusing to interpret it literally. In those days, it was a common practice to resort to an “allegorical” or “spiritual” interpretation of scripture whenever one encountered something that they did not want to believe or obey. It was most commonly used to A) discard things in scripture that did not conform to the Hellenistic mindset and B) bash Jews, which appears to have been a beloved pasttime of the early church after the Jewish Christian – Gentile Christian schism. But of course allegorizing and outright taking things out of context was also broadly used by heretics, as it was in this case. Please keep in mind that the views of Noetus actually predated the Council of Nicea by 100 years and the Council of Constantinople, where the full Trinity doctrine was adopted, by over 150 years. Despite what the oneness crowd claims, “Jesus only” and similar was not the doctrine being debated at Nicea and Constantinople, but rather Arianism, which rejected both Christianity and oneness by claiming that Jesus Christ was a created being that was not divine. The Trinity doctrine, then, was fully articulated as a response to Jehovah’s Witness – ism, not modalism, which had been rejected over 100 years earlier. Please consider that it was in response to the teachings of Noetus that Tertullian became the first to refer God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit as “Persons”, and the document in which he did so was produced in 213 AD. Not that Tertullian was an innovator, but rather built on the writings of Irenaeus, and he on other church leaders.

Oh yes, and as to the claim that the early church baptized in the name of Jesus only, the Didache (the Teachings of The Twelve Apostles), which was written as early as 140 AD, says otherwise. So do the writings of Theophilus, who was born around 115 AD and became bishop of Antioch in 169 AD.  Not coincidentally, this same Theophilus is considered the first person to use the word “Trinity.”

Source: Early Christian Doctrines by J.N.D. Kelly.

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Interesting That Athanasius Is Not Studied During Black History Month

Posted by Job on December 1, 2007

Athanasius, called “the black dwarf” by his heretic opponents, is considered by some the one who saved Christianity when Constantine converted to the Arianism heresy (very similar to what Jehovah’s Witnesses believe) and began persecuting Trinitarian Christians. In contrast to the much better known Augustine, Athanasius was never considered a great intellect. He also was not regarded as a great orator, writer, or politician. So how, then, did he prevail against the might of the Roman Empire? By remaining obedient to the example of Jesus Christ and being a humble, pious man of the people who always sacrificed (to the point of having to hide as a fugitive in the desert among the monks, with whom he was very popular and trusted and as such helped hide him from the Roman authorities), never compromised, and never sought the favor of the wealthy or powerful elites in the church or government. It is fitting that Athanasius, whose entire career was one of battle, striving, and struggle, did not live to see the victory that he strove for: the final rejection of the many various heresies and formal adoption of the Trinity formula in its present form. Instead, that battle was won by three members of his beloved monk community: Gregory of Nazianzus, Gregory of Nyssa, and Basil shortly after his death. I believe that it is because it was not the Will of God for the man who spent his life battling an institutional imperial state church to receive validation from that same entity. Rather, Athanasius lived and died according to Acts 5:29b: We ought to obey God rather than men.

http://justus.anglican.org/resources/bio/152.html

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Athanasius_of_Alexandria

ancienthistory.about.com/b/2006/05/10/athanasius.htm

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You Should Preach Like a Dying Man To Dying Men!

Posted by Job on November 20, 2007

From Theology.Wordpress.com

Preach like a dying man to dying men

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The Book of Job and the Sovereignty of God

Posted by Job on November 20, 2007

From Theology.Wordpress.com:

The Book of Job and the Sovereignty of God

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