In our life we may try to do a lot of things. We learn by trying, succeeding or failing, falling and standing up again.
In my life I tried a few things and those things I tried to do were not always easy to achieve. First there was my will to become a servant of God, but not a priest, because I did not like celibacy, even when I was only six. Secondly I also wanted to become a musical star. But when I mentioned to my parents that I would love to study theatre I felt and heard it so much they could hear it thundering in Cologne.
Working hard and figuratively and literally ‘fighting’ for what I wanted to become, a performer, I gave my soul for about 45 years to the art of dance. Having enjoyed it and not wanting to miss it, at last I had to make a cross over my dance career and found me in a position where I could devote much more time to the work for God.
But having grown up in a the Old Roman Catholic Church and having done some church shopping before I became a non-trinitarian, religiously my life was also not without thorns. Choosing for the least loved side of Christianity it was not the place to have much friends. In the Roman Catholic country of the 1980s this was felt much more than in England.
I tried to associate with Vrije Christenen or Free Christians, but coming from non-trinitarian Baptists, the leaders of the group, an ex-Jehovah Witness and an ex-Pentecostal pastor, were at first very worried before taking my up in their group. Strangely the JW man became later a Muslim and the pastor became an atheist. When they got so much problems with their own faith, the group resolved.
I tried to reconcile people and those actually interested in the Bible, the Word of God to bring them together, but did not succeed. From 1993 I was trying to find people who were fascinated by the Holy Scriptures who would like to like to investigate that Word of God.
Believers, non-believers, seekers and convinced in one or the other,
This platform will hopefully be a meeting place for those who are serious about biblical texts, Bible translations, Bible distribution and the like to come to an exchange of ideas.
It would be the most beautiful when all the visitors could exceed their denominations and with each other, in imitation of Jesus Christ, to pursue the true Christian charity and go together on the way to discover the essence of the Word of God.
Though for the people it seemed very difficult to get over their denominational doctrines and to come closer to other Christians. Lots of turbulence was to be found in the many churches. People did not know where to go or where to look at, but at the same time they did seem to be afraid to come into contact with other denominations.
For the “Christian charity” it seemed very difficult to get our aid material to the countries (Chechnya and India) and we did not receive, not to say none, financial help to do our aid and our day to day research and preaching work.
Not many wanted to step in the footsteps of the one man which gave the name (according to them) to their religion. Being a man of peace, a pacifist and communist avant la lettre, Jesus called everyone to come together under his wings, to be part of his body. Man does not want to see the variety and necessity of the different parts of such a body.
I wrote further:
Exciting and enriching it can be when one does not shy away from the theological issues, but dares to openly expose them in a modestly peaceable way, not for the debate or confrontation itself, but really to enrich themselves and the others continually for a better understanding.
By daring to go deeper on individual thinking we will be able to understand each other better, and shall be able to access each-other more easily.
My sincere hope was
That respect for each other’s vision will be strengthened and that several people here can find their way to the church of which Jesus Christ is the cornerstone. The “ecclesia” that transcends state beyond labelling and all forms of human populations.
You are kindly invited to partake in the great family that looks to the Kingdom of God.
In 2010 I tried to go ahead for setting up an association that would bring together the various scholars on Bible and religious matters. I did hope to get several interested Bible Students, scholars and archaeologists together with Bijbelvorsers, Vereniging voor Bijbelstudie, or Bible Scholars, Association for Bible study. I created the Bijbelvorsers Webs website in the Summer of 2010.
Not many people joined. Like my call for writers on Stepping Toes and From Guestwriters I did not get many replies. I can tell them on one hand. At the peak we got 62 members but it were always the same persons doing all the work and trying to come to a consensus by debates. Last academic year I tried to bring the many different Bible Students groups and Christadelphians to co-operate with each other and to exchange ideas and information about their services. This turned out to be a disastrous move, creating even more division and leaving me in the cold, even more isolated than before.
As a result I consider the discontinuance of the association for Bible study. Before the adjournment of the website I shall give some time to have the few articles replaced on other sites.
The annulment of the association is a burden I do not want to take any more. The time is not ripe for bringing more people with different ideas, together in peace. From my efforts to create an open Christian lifestyle magazine I also have to come to the conclusion that in our capitalist system people have become such egoists and greedy persons who do not want to share with others for free, that my utopian ideas shall not come into fulfilment easy. Therefore I want to concentrate me more on the preaching of the Word of God and not loosing so much energy in getting consolidation between several groups.
- 10 greatest revivals ever: From Pentecost to the present (examiner.com)
Although Halloween, one of the most widely celebrated American holidays, takes place on Oct. 31, many people across the globe also recognize the last day in Oct. as Reformation Day. Martin Luther, Augustinian monk and professor of Scripture at the University of Wittenberg, posted his famous 95 theses or points of debate on the door of the Wittenberg Cathedral on the Eve of All Saints Day, Oct. 31, 1517.
With that defiant act, Luther ignited the Protestant Reformation, cited by Elmer Towns and Douglas Palmer, authors of The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, as “the most significant religious event of the church from Pentecost to the present day.”
- Blessed With Every Spiritual Blessing (burningfireshutinmybones.wordpress.com)
If I discovered that many spiritual blessings in this one shore book, how many more of these spiritual blessings are listed in the other sixty-five books? It’s mind boggling. As I searched out the blessings, I felt joy and peace settle on me. How great the love of God is for His people!
if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is the Son of God, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved, and you, too, will be blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms.
Therefore, each one who has experienced hatred and rejection, can rejoice, because the first spiritual blessing in Ephesians, assures each one of us that We are Loved.
- ex-Anglicans now 10% of the R C. Parish Clergy in England & Wales (kiwianglo.wordpress.com)
It is estimated that one in 10 priests in diocesan ministry in the Catholic Church in England and Wales began his priestly vocation in the Church of England. Many of them are married. This is very relevant to the question increasingly being raised about the compulsory celibacy of the Catholic priesthood – compulsory except for former Anglican clergy, who are given a dispensation. And what makes it urgent is the growing realisation at all levels of the Church that the shortage of priests is gradually having a profound effect on Catholic parishes, who are finding themselves – often with little consultation – being closed, merged, or told to share a priest.
- Preaching from the boss: Employer’s faith can prompt religious discrimination lawsuits (bizjournals.com)
Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints can be very public about their faith and its behavioral code.
When that LDS member is the boss or hiring manager, it can create potential problems — and federal discrimination lawsuits — if employees or job applicants of other faiths believe they are getting an unfair shake. The same problem arises for evangelical Christians and other faiths that involve proselytizing.
In Arizona, LDS-related employment and workplace discrimination usually gains more attention. The Mormon church is the second-largest in the state, behind only the Roman Catholic Church. And Mormons run or own some well-known businesses and hold key elected offices in the state.
- The Knowledge Of Christ Is Fundamental To Christian Hope (birdchirp.wordpress.com)
The knowledge of Christ brings faith, faith in Christ brings hope; and we hope in God because we have heard the good news of the atonement. Apart from Christ there is no hope.
Without the knowledge of Jesus Christ and Him crucified, man cannot believe unto salvation, he cannot possess hope in God, he cannot pray acceptably.
- Pope: “Man’s Greed Will Destroy The World” – New Doctrine Declares Catholic Greed Is The Only Infallible Greed (thefreedomreport.us)
OK, the Pope hasn’t declared all Catholic greed to be infallible, just his own greed.
The problem here is that Catholics are blindly following the rules and laws of a man-made institution, not Jesus Christ and the Word of God. Man is fallible and therefore ALL institutions made by man are fallible. There are so many non-Biblical doctrines and practices in the Catholic Church that you can not be Christian and Catholic at the same time. The two by practice and by rule are exclusive. Unfortunately Catholics still think they are both without reading the fine print (i.e.,the Bible).
- Thus, Dunkin’ : (brothersjuddblog.com)
John Smyth, who often is credited with being the first Baptist, pastored a church where many of the Christians who later came to be known as Pilgrims were members. But when Smyth began to argue with the future Pilgrims over church government, they formed another church under the leadership of John Robinson. In 1620, a portion of Robinson’s congregation sailed to Plymouth, Mass., aboard the Mayflower.
- 2000 years of Christianity : what happened? – Part V – 1600AD – 2000AD (biblethingsinbibleways.wordpress.com)
The Inquisitions were also established where people who had differing beliefs to the Roman Catholic ways were tortured, penalized, exiled or faced death. Meanwhile, the reformation was at hand with thinkers such as Wycliffe, Hus and Savonarola being assisted greatly with the invention of the printing press which made the Bible available to everyone for the first time. The eastern part of the Roman empire, would fall to the hand of the Muslim Ottomans, becoming part of the Muslim empire although Greek Orthodox beliefs continued in the region. With the sale of indulgences, the reformation would officially begin at the hand of Martin Luther and the likes of Ulrich Zwingli. Protestantism which spread quickly even with heavy opposition from the Catholic church, even leading to wars between the two groups, would also give birth to the Anglican Church in England, a separate entity from the church in Rome. While Calvin’s teachings were soaked in by Protestantism, a counter reformation was underway inside the catholic church which did not reform many of its earlier teachings.
- Episcopal Ring – Sign of Fraternity for Canterbury and Rome (kiwianglo.wordpress.com)
This year, 2014, marks the 50th anniversary of the promulgation of the Decree on Ecumenism by the Second Vatican Council in November 1964, a document which transformed Roman Catholic attitudes to other Churches and to ecumenical engagement.
This was followed by a meeting between the Archbishop of Canterbury, Michael Ramsey to Pope Paul VI in March 1966, at which the Pope gave an Episcopal Ring to the Archbishop.
That meeting led to the setting up of the Anglican Centre in Rome that same year, and to the inauguration of the series of dialogues between the two traditions known as ARCIC (Anglican Roman Catholic International Commission).
- The Pope (youngcalvinists.org)
Pope Francis I, the latest head of the Roman Catholic Church, went on record recently saying that the Big Bang theory is correct. He is also accommodating on homosexuality. How are we to react to this man and his claims? Should we have respect for him and call him “His Holiness” as many people do? Should we rely on his interpretation of the Bible as being authentic?