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Have you ever wondered why so much blood has been shed over the past 1900 years in the name of the Prince of Peace? So have we, and we've found some answers to the enigma of division, persecution, and war being the hallmarks of Christian religion. The articles in this section explore this mystery and shed light on the path to peace.

In the darkness of the night, in his huge, elaborately decorated bed chamber, the mighty king tossed restlessly to and fro in his lavish bed. He was dreaming a terrifying dream. In his mind’s eye, King Nebuchadnezzar stood gazing at a great and tall statue of extraordinary splendor which was standing before him.
Since the establishment of Christianity, the ones who were willing to do God’s will have sensed that something was wrong.
Can you imagine life under the rule of a civil government controlled by the church? A look at Roger Williams’ life can help us see what it would be like. Roger Williams was born in England around the year 1603. He grew up at a time when religious issues and strong religious feelings rocked the country.
Many Scriptures support the separation of church and state,1 and men of conscience like Roger Williams have seen the evil that results when they are not separate. 1. Acts 18:12-17 is the prime text, and Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 is another. Acts 12:1-4 is a negative example, as is the Jews before Pilate, John 18,19.
If any man hears my words, and believes not, I judge him not.1 Our Master’s declaration almost two thousand years ago established for all time how those who believe in Him should treat those who don’t believe. He made it clear that the judgment for unbelievers who rejected Him and His words would come “at the last day.” 1. John 12:47
If any man hears my words, and believes not, I judge him not. (John 12:41) That declaration spoken by our Master 2000 years ago established for all time how those who believe in Him should treat those who don’t believe.
The Founding Fathers who created the American system of government understood well the lessons of history, from the early days of the Crusades through the Inquisition, the Reformation, and into 16 th and 17 th century England. This bred in them a deep mistrust of religion — any religion — if it were combined with the power of the state. It was little different in the New World. In almost every colony, one religious persuasion would gain the reins of civil government to persecute...
As the end of the twentieth century races toward us, it's hard to escape the feeling that history is about to turn a very significant corner. One of the compelling questions that many people ask is, “Is this the end of the age?” Several Christian writers and radio preachers have recently announced the date of Christ's return, and many more will offer their opinions as the millennium proceeds. But one of the most overlooked mysteries of the end of the age is the reuniting of...
Roger Williams came to the New World in 1631 with much the same hopes as the first Pilgrim Separatists. His heart’s desire was to see a pure church raised up, with no ties to the Church of England and its corruption, compromise, and oppression.
In the early 200s Christians were faced with state-mandated worship of gods they did not believe in. Thomas Jefferson, one of America’s founding fathers, could have spoken Tertullian’s stirring words about the rights of man in response to this persecution:
Many are dying in the churches of Christianity today. Perhaps you are one of them. I was. I sat in a pew, Sunday after Sunday, year after year, listening to sermons. I would try to focus my mind on what I was hearing, sometimes with delight, sometimes with an overwhelming tiredness, almost always with a desire to surrender my life to God, but not knowing how to do it.
The effects of having no discipline as a child have been devastating to my life. With no father in the home, and a mother who was too busy working, I grew up with so much freedom that when an authority figure tried to direct me or restrict my actions in any way, I rebelled by lying, sneaking around, or by outright disobedience.
 
On stage, there are actors with parts to be played,  There are scenes with signs and wonders displayed. 
Perhaps you are like me. I am a simple man. I just can’t seem to wrap my mind and my heart around something I cannot see with my own two eyes.
“I am Yahshua, whom you are persecuting.” Those words burned right into the soul of the man who would later be called the Apostle Paul. The revelation he gained in that moment permeated everything he taught and wrote to the churches for the rest of his life.
One day Yahshua’s disciples came to Him and asked, “Master, why do you speak to the people in parables?” He had just told them the parable of the sower, and they were not sure whether they understood what it meant. When they were alone with Him, he was usually very straightforward in what He said to them, but when there were religious people around, especially leaders, He tended to tell little stories.
What does the return of the Jews from Babylon, and Abraham’s call to leave Ur and go to the Promised Land have to do with the Gospel? EVERYTHING!
When I was a child attending the public school, I was taught that treason occurred when a person betrayed his country and abandoned its cause for the sake of the cause of another country. I was taught that to betray the interests of the United States was the most hideous thing a person could do.
(The First Radical Pamphlet in Christian History and Why Martin Luther Reviled It)
About the year 1945, two clean-cut young men met one another for the first time in the dormitory room they would share together during their first year of college. Robert watched with curiosity as Howard emptied the contents of his duffle bag onto his bed.
And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak also to the children of Israel, saying: ‘Surely My Sabbaths you shall keep, for it is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am the LORD who sanctifies you. Therefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant. It is a sign between Me and the children of Israel forever; for in six days the LORD made the heavens and the...
And He gave to Moses, when He had finished speaking with him on Mount Sinai, the two tablets of the testimony, tablets of stone, written with the finger of God. (Exodus 31:18)
The Sabbath is the commandment the world has forgotten, even most of those claiming somehow to be Israel. This is all the more striking, even ironic, in that it begins with the words, “Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.”1 And no other command in the Law of God receives more explanation than this, or has more prophetic vision attached to it, and which culminates in the stirring words, “Proclaim liberty throughout all the land.”2 1. Exodus 20:8 2. Leviticus 25:10
If the early believers did not honor the seventh day Sabbath (as so many say), then it certainly matters very little what day believers gather together. But if they did, and if those gatherings were full of spiritual and prophetic meaning, then the Sabbath is just as important to New Covenant Israel as it was to Old. While it would be strange if it weren’t, given its importance in the Old Covenant scriptures (which is all the church had in the beginning), so many say it isn’t. And...
Most Christians today have no idea that the basic tenets of their faith, religious practice, and doctrine come from the integration of the church and the state1 during the reign of the Roman Emperor Constantine. That may not initially seem so alarming, 1. The Edict of Milan, early in 313.
Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.
One of the highest hopes of the New Covenant is the royal priesthood of all believers. It ties together what God spoke to old Israel and what He hoped to accomplish in the spiritual Israel of the New Covenant.
“Grammy look, what is that?” The young girl had seen very few flying insects in her few short years, but this one was quite unique. Young Jaime would often spend time with her dying grandmother on the weekends, cherishing what seemed to be her last days. They didn’t know exactly what was wrong with Grammy. Some said she had lost her will to live.
In 1822, the German composer Franz Schubert began his Symphony No. 8 in B minor, completing two movements and an apparent study of a third before he died. It is perhaps his best-known and cherished work, often called The Unfinished Symphony, and has stirred many composers to try their hand at completing it — so far without success.
Part 1: Why the Son of God came to Earth A documentary presents facts — the objective evidence for the case it presents. A case must be made for why the Son of God came to earth because of the rampant confusion that surrounds Him and His message. Although the New Covenant is clear, an overlooked but supremely important reason stands behind all the confusion. No amount of evidence will ever overcome a person’s unwillingness to do God’s will.
Jim and Laura were the kind of people you instantly warm up to — kind, hospitable, and real. Their home was always open and full of activity, not the least of which was due to their three active boys. Generally there were guests at their table, especially after Sunday services at their independent and very evangelical church.
According to a report published by the Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, in mid-2011 there were over 42,000 Christian denominations worldwide.1 Furthermore, that number is increasing at the rate of 2.2 new denominations per day. This is a rather shocking statistic, considering the earnest prayer of Yahshua,2 the Son of God, just before he was crucified: 1. 2. Yahshua is the original Hebrew name of the Son of God; see also The Name Above All...
It was a trying day1 for Yahshua. The Feast of Booths had just ended, which was supposed to have been the warmest time of fellowship for Israel, yet there was no warmth in Jerusalem. Early in the morning He walked down from the Mount of Olives, where He had spent the night, sat down on the steps of the temple courts, and began to teach the people who flocked to Him. As He spoke about the kingdom of God, a small crowd of scribes and Pharisees, in their fine robes, dragged a young woman before...
Have you ever wondered why what calls itself the church today bears little or no resemblance to the church you can read about in the book of Acts? Or have you ever wondered why so much blood has been shed over the past 1900 years in the name of the Prince of Peace?