God's Word was preserved and protected for over a thousand years by the primitive Christianity of the apostles.
With the uprooting of the Ostrogoths, the third primitive Christian nation in AD 538,
Rome’s war against the saints moved into a dark stage of history.
A common set of beliefs identified these Christians regarded by Rome as heretics.
They rejected the mysteries of the trinity, transubstantiation, infant baptism, relics,
icons, images, prayers to the saints. And they preserved the observance of the
Edward Gibbon in his famous History said, “This was the primitive form of Christianity” that “spread in the Taurus mountains as far as Ararat.” (Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire, Bury edition, Vol. VI, p. 543). We know much more today of what the Paulicians believed from their manual of faith and practice called “The Key of Truth.” The 1782 copy is written in ancient Armenian script dated to around 800 AD.
These became known as the Paulicians.
“believe, serve, and worship God the Father, and the Son, mediator and intercessor, and the Holy Spirit, the dispenser of grace to us who believe.” (The Key of Truth: A Manual of the Paulician Church in Armenia, F.C. Conybeare: Claredon Press, Oxford, 1898).
Because they opposed the Eucharist of the Mass they were accused of denying the true human nature and literal death of Christ on the cross!
Because they rejected the trinity they were condemned for rejecting “the eternity and deity of Christ.”
Because these original Protestants chose not to accept man-made tradition they were seen as “not even Christian at all.” Such mistaken logic prevails still today.
But the Paulicians soon merged with the Bogomils in ancient Thrace. In the 800s the Slavic Bogomils (“Friends or Lovers of God”) emerged in what we know today as Bulgaria. Their doctrinal beliefs are also sketchy, but threads of Biblical truth can be found.
They disbelieved in Trinity but accepted Christ as divine.” Dojcin Zivadinovic, Sabbath in the Eastern Church, Andrews University, Dec 2007
Satan thus became the evil spirit. Michael was sent to earth to become the man Jesus Christ. Satan engineered his crucifixion and Michael then became the Holy Spirit. Satan, they believed, then created the Orthodox system of churches, vestments, rites, sacraments, monks and priests to draw men away from God.
Considerable evidence exists in the Bible for identifying Michael as the pre-existent Christ. And Satan as the pre-existent Lucifer. Both are princes.
Prince of life Acts 3:15
Prince of the kings of earth Rev 1:5
Prince of the host Dan 8:11
The Prince of princes Dan 8:25
Messiah the Prince Dan 9:25
And Prince of the covenant Dan 11:22
Michael is the great prince Dan 12:1
First of the chief princes Dan 10:13
Satan is the prince of devils Matt 9:34
The Prince of this world John 14:30;16:11
And Prince of the power of the air Eph 2:2
But Michael is the archangel Jude 9
For Christ, the Lord, shall descend with the voice of the archangel at his coming to raise the dead. 1Thes 4:16.
Piecing together a story that began in heaven, Scripture describes a conflict between Michael and Satan, Rev 12:9, the two anointed covering angels who stood in the presence of God (Ex 25:18-20).
in Italy and northern Spain as the Cathars,
and the Albigenses
in southern France.
“First, they teach that we should obey the Law of Mwww.trsc.today/t/wer—the Sabbath, and circumcision, and the legal precepts still being in force. They also teach that Christ, the Son of God, is not equal with God, and that the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit—these three persons are not one God and one being.”
Bonacursus, like many others, did not understand the difference between the Son having an equal nature with God and sharing the same being as God.
But the church was not pleased with this development nor the study of the Scriptures without authorization by the local clergy. Their “contempt for ecclesiastical power” resulted in their excommunication and banishment from Lyon, France. From there they retreated to the mountains where they preserved the Bible for generations with their handwritten copies.
Anabaptists, Baptists, Mennonites...
all identify the Waldenses as their spiritual ancestors.
which begin with the unity of God and the Sonship of Jesus Christ.
The second Article deals with “The Eternal Birth and Godhead of the Son of God,
and His Divine Attributes” “Of the eternal birth and Godhead of the only begotten Son of God, we believe, That the Son of God, from all eternity, came forth (John 16:27), was born, and in an ineffable manner proceeded forth from the true God, his Father; (John 8:42) of the same nature, essence and substance with the Almighty God. A light from the true light. Truly God from the true God. Who being in the form of God (Phil 2:6), the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person. (Heb 1:3)”