110AD Pliny: they were in the habit of meeting on a certain fixed day before it was light, when they sang in alternate verses a hymn to Christ, as to a god, and bound themselves by a solemn oath not to (do) any wicked deeds, never to commit any fraud, theft, or adultery, never to falsify their word, nor deny a trust when they should be called upon to deliver it up; after which it was their custom to separate, and then reassemble to partake of good food—but food of an ordinary and innocent kind. (About three years after the death of Ignatius in 250, an important official communication was sent from one Pliny to Trajan the Roman emperor. Pliny, the Roman governor of Bithynia, wrote of the Christians who had been congregating there probably from at least A.D. 62 onwards. In this remarkable it is explicitly stated that these early Christians observed the substance of most of the Ten Commandments, and it is implied that they observed all ten as far as they were able to do so. As far as they were able, for as most of the early Christians were of slave stock or from other lower classes’-, and those who had heathen masters or employers—the vast majority—would be forced to work on their day of rest, which was unfortunately an official working day throughout the empires’ until Constantine’s “Sabbath” Edict in 321 A.D. gave them some measure of public protection. Hence one reads that after meeting “on a certain fixed day before it was light”, the first century Bithynian Christians had “to separate”—many of them having to labour for their masters and/or employers from dawn to dusk—”and then reassemble to partake of . . . food”. The “certain fixed day” [stato die”‘] on which the Christians met, is regarded by Seventh-day Adventists as Saturday’-. Certainly the expression would seem to indicate a regular day of meeting, probably each week. But Sunday is far more likely to have been the “certain fixed day” than Saturday. For if Pliny had been referring to the old Saturday Sabbath, as a Roman he would doubtless have referred to the “later” meeting first and only then to the morning meeting on the day al ter the “certain fixed day”, seeing that the old Saturday Sabbath was demarcated from the evening of one day to the evening of the following day. But Pliny makes no such reference. Instead, he mentions that the pre-dawn meeting took place first—and only afterwards the later meeting; and that both meetings took place on the same “certain fixed day”. This rather points to the Roman (and—more importantly!—New Testament) midnight to midnight demarcation of modern Sunday-keepers than to the evening to evening demarcation of the Jews and the Seventh-day Adventists. (The covenantial Sabbath, Francis Nigel Lee, Pg 242)
100 AD BARNABAS: Moreover God says to the Jews, ‘Your new moons and Sabbaths 1 cannot endure.’ You see how he says, ‘The present Sabbaths are not acceptable to me, but the Sabbath which I have made in which, when I have rested [heaven: Heb 4] from all things, I will make the beginning of the eighth day which is the beginning of another world.’ Wherefore we Christians keep the eighth day for joy, on which also Jesus arose from the dead and when he appeared ascended into heaven. (15:8f, The Epistle of Barnabas, 100 AD, Ante-Nicene Fathers , vol. 1, pg. 147)
100 AD BARNABAS “We keep the eighth day [Sunday] with joyfulness, the day also on which Jesus rose again from the dead” (The Epistle of Barnabas, 100 AD 15:6-8).
While Sabbatarians will quote 20th century authors who guess about what happened 1900 years earlier, we quote Christians whose writings are 1900 years old!
(Date of the writing given first)
- 90AD DIDACHE: “Christian Assembly on the Lord’s Day: 1. But every Lord’s day do ye gather yourselves together, and break bread, and give thanksgiving after having confessed your transgressions, that your sacrifice may be pure. 2. But let no one that is at variance with his fellow come together with you, until they be reconciled, that your sacrifice may not be profaned. 3. For this is that which was spoken by the Lord: In every place and time offer to me a pure sacrifice; for I am a great King, saith the Lord, and my name is wonderful among the nations.” (Didache: The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles, Chapter XIV)
WHY PASTORS TEACH TITHES IN CHURCH?
Question: “If God did not authorize tithes to be taken in churches, why then are pastors teaching their church members to tithe?”
Answer: Pastors could be teaching their church members to tithe for more than one reason.
1. Ignorance of what God’s word says concerning tithes, i.e they have not properly studied the topic in the Bible
2. rebellion against what God’s word says concerning tithes, i.e they have studied the topic of tithing in the Bible and disagree with what God said concerning tithes
3. Greed, i.e they are covetous after money
4. Denominational standards, i.e tradition
5. Fear of losing position in the church if they teach contrary to denominational standards, i.e they are afraid that they will not be able to continue as pastor over that congregation.
Salvation is 100% by grace/Christ’s work on our behalf and 0% by works/man’s work(Rm 4:5, Eph 2:8-9)!
We just have to receive this gift of salvation by faith.
If doing good didn’t save you, doing bad doesn’t unsave you.
For you to lose Salvation, Jesus must come to undo his grace by dying again, which will never happen!
That is how grace disrespected religion and gave all respect to Jesus. Glory to Jesus!
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The bible is a complete word of god and the only source of truth on all matters, unless IF GOD IS GONNA DECIDE TO BRING ANOTHER TESTAMENT.
BUT FOR NOW WE ARE LIVING IN THE NEW AND LAST TESTAMENT ACCORDING TO THE BIBLE.
Sometimes we can focus on the wrong things when it comes to love, but we have to remind ourselves the template for true love isn’t found in another person.
It’s found in God because He is love.
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To think you can loose salvation it simply means you don’t know how you got to Christ….and that might mean you don’t even believe in Christ.
If you think you came to Christ on your own then you have a reason to believe you can lose salvation because the way you came that’s the way you will go back.
A true believe never brought him/her self to Christ but God did.
So if God brought you to Christ then Christ promised not to loose any of those the Father brought to him.
Everyone the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will certainly not turn away. For I have come down from heaven to do not my own will but the will of the One who sent me. And this is the will of the One who sent me: that I should not lose any of all those he has given me but should raise them up on the Last Day.
Yochanan (Jhn) 6:37-39 CJB
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