“What was the early Anabaptist view on pacifism and nonresistance?” Historically, there have been groups of Christians who have restrained from violence in all its forms (cf. Mt. 5:38-42; Rom. 12:14-21). Perhaps most famously today as far as traditions advocating nonresistance and pacifism are the Mennonites. Of course, Mennonites have their origins in the initial … Continue reading Early Anabaptists and Pacifism
When did sprinkling become an acceptable mode of baptism, and what role did the council of Ravenna play in this shift? Though the topic has continually been controversial, baptism is clearly linked to the forgiveness of sins and the joining of Christ’s covenant in the New Testament (Acts 2:38; 22:16; Rom. 6:3-7;1 Cor. 12:13; Gal. … Continue reading Ravenna and Immersion
Did Emperor Constantine see a cross in the sky and was he told by God to conquer in this sign? When Constantine the Great came to power in 306, Christianity had already experienced nearly three centuries of persecution within the Roman Empire. After a succession of ten Emperors who were hostile to Christianity, Christians more than … Continue reading What Did Constantine Really See?
What are the available proofs that John Tyndale may have been the first Puritan? Before it can be discussed whether or not Tyndale was a Puritan, Puritan must be defined. A very basic definition for Puritan from Merriam-Webster is, “a member of a 16th and 17th century Protestant group… opposing as unscriptural the ceremonial worship … Continue reading William Tyndale: Possibly Puritan
When reading through the New Testament, several facts are rationally unavoidable. One is that Jesus Christ promised to build a church (Mt. 18:18). Another blatant fact of Scripture is that said church was established on the first Pentecost after His death: Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there … Continue reading A Departure from the Standard