Most of the first two or three parts of this section of Church History come from a booklet by Richard Booker called How the Cross Became a Sword. I will be reading large excerpts from it with occasional PowerPoint slides to emphasize or expand sections I find of special interest.
In a few weeks we will move on to Church History from a different perspective based on the writings of Andrew N. Dugger and Clarence O. Dodd titled A History of the True Religion Traced From 33 A.D. to Date
Eventually we will examine Church Doctrine based on a book titled, This We Believe, Teachings of the Church of God (Seventh Day) published by “Bible Advocate Press.”
Perhaps the most significant point I hope to make is this, we are not Protestants in the ordinary sense. Our Church predates the Catholic Church and many of the doctrines we profess have been corrupted by a system that is largely political in nature. Many of the things we will learn may seem astounding; nevertheless they are well known but seldom discussed. It may be difficult at times to accept the truth we will discover in this series. I encourage you to keep an open mind and verify such things on your own. Here is some encouragement from the scriptures.
1 Thessalonians 5:21 (NIV) 21 Test everything. Hold on to the good.
2 Timothy 2:15 (NIV) 15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV) 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.