Survey of Church History from the Book of Acts to Today -
Part 2 (watch each video that will continue to play upon completion of the present video):
Part 3 (Documentary on the BIble you have today as well as various Lollard groups)
The above 2 videos provide a very detailed (though not perfect) depiction of some of the majors aspects of the Church's history as well as the formulation of the Bible as we have it today. Though knowing church history is not a true necessity, you will undoubtably be asked some questions on it and it is a good lesson of history to learn from history (good or bad) or you may have to repeat it. The last video is on a lollard-like group of followers that were persecuted by both Catholic and Protestant alike and thus a very good learning of us today:
Who were the Anabaptist?
To conclude our history of the church it is very important to take a moment to review the group called Anabaptists. The Anabaptist were simply devout followers of Christ who were giving the name "Anabaptist" which meant re-baptizer (which was illegal for much of church history since only the official church supposedly had the right to do so). They were Lollards in many ways just like those of Wycliffe's days or with such groups as the Waldensians before them and much of what they were condemned for (and killed by both Protestant as well as Roman Catholics) has since been fully endorsed as biblical and right in-line with the New Testament. Practices such as believer's baptism (not infant), the symbolism of communion, seperation from the secular state and war as well as the priesthood of all believers. Today's offshoots would be the Amish, Mennonites, Hutterites and Brethren. This short documentary like the Lollard one is important in seeing just how we too may one day be persecuted for our faith and will have to seperate from the secular authorities in the same manner as Abraham had nothing to do with Sodom or Gomora.
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1) Instead of asking a ton of questions about church history I will simply leave it in your court to write a short and concise summary of the history of each of the following (a few sentences is fine):
Acts, Church Fathers, Constantine, Byzantinum, Wycliffe, Reformation, Anabaptists, Enlightenment, Great Awakening, WW1 - Russian Revolution and Christian Truce of 1914, WW2 - Positive Christianity and Bonhoeffer, Today's modern church and the post-Christian movement/challenge.
Through a variety of (not-needed) theology and Bible classes, I can find nothing that points to any type of "chosen" institution that we call "church/denomination" today. I am very open for debate on this subject, so please let me know if I am mistaken, because almost every church I have went to has informed me that "they" are the "chosen-church;" so my logic has told me if they all are "chosen" then that presents a problem... Thus I dared to look to the Scriptures and Jesus of Nazareth's teachings, and if anything, I see that He stood for the exact opposite, and thus makes sense when He continually rebuked the Pharisees as well as His own disciples when they discussed which of them were the greatest.
Yet - I still have every institution/denomination (some a denomination within a denomination within a denomination), say that low and behold - I have just entered into the "Chosen" church. Ironic, I know. *But in all seriousness, this is a hugely bold and dangerous statement to make because Christ talked of an annotied "one/Savior/Messiah/Christ" in Himself, so I find it alarming how we still do not learn... *I will leave it un-named out of respect, but yet again, a good friend's church denomination had the audacity to say (I am not exagerating this), that without their church membership and the acceptance of Christ, we could not enter into Heaven... **While you are probably saying "I'm glad that isn't my church!" I would make sure it isn't, because I have found that many of the denominations I enter into (and I have entered into a lot over the years), say they are the "chosen" or elite.
Let us make sure we remember that Christ said there will be "many" in the end saying "Lord Lord! We baptized in your name! We drove out demons in your name!" etc, etc. But His words are "Away from me; for I never knew you."
I pray this serves as a good slap in the face to us all to check ourselves and where our loyalties lie.
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