THE UNEASY HISTORY BETWEEN THE JEWS AND THE CHURCH -- by Merv Watson

I have just come across a book called “The Church and the Jews” by Dan Gruber. It is an extremely clear statement as to what happened at the Nicene Conference of 325 AD when Catholic (Universal) Orthodoxy was born. Anyone not acknowledging the church created by Constantine as the sole representative of Christ’s truth, was branded as an heretic and threatened with death if he did not repent and follow the Constantine “line”.

A controversy started when it had to be decided when to celebrate Passover. Constantine maintained that the church must not celebrate anything that the Jews celebrated, since they were really “vicious killers that killed our Lord!” So from that time on the church was to celebrate on Easter Sunday - since “Sun” (Apollo) worship was already doing well in Rome. The church (he claimed) would be unified if Sunday was the day chosen to worship.

From this simple beginning, the Church developed more and more distance from anything Jewish. Constantine really shifted the church’s foundation from its Biblical Judaic position to a Graeco-Roman foundation, in an attempt to eliminate any association with the Biblical festivals and God appointed worship times. Without any authority but his own, he made myriad changes in the church, which eventually lead to a calendar based on the Sun and not the moon, and to all the days of the week being named after Greco-Roman gods. It is amazing how there are now many writers and commentators who see this very serious, high handed move of the Roman emperor, as one which created a church dependent on the State for approval and support.

The God of the Bible was placed in a secondary role while a “holy Roman empire” emerged as friend and provider for observant Christians. Any person or group finding itself in opposition to this arrangement was considered a rebel seditionist, worthy only of elimination. Millions were done away with once the orthodox creed was established as the only way to think - the Spanish Inquisition was a direct result of this thinking.

Praise the Lord that the power of the Inquisition was finally done away with in 1823, and we as believers are gradually edging towards a new revelation of the importance of following the Bible, and not just political decisions. This will be costly but it is the only way to go!! (A loud resounding “AMEN” from the editor!!)

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