Ancient Protestants Fought Against Ancient Muslims — A Call For Unity

By Theodore Shoebat 

While the Christians of antiquity called themselves Catholic, there was a sect who rejected the legitimacy of the Papacy, on account that it reaccepted lapsed Christians who, out of fear, gave sacrifices to pagan gods during the early persecutions. These were called Novatians.

One could argue that these were the ancient equivalent to the Protestants, since they did not hold anti-Christian doctrines, as the Arians (who denied Christ’s divinity) or the Macedonians (who rejected the Holy Spirit as God), but subscribed to orthodox beliefs such as the Trinity and the Incarnation.

Regardless of this, there was enmity between the Catholics and the Novatians, and there seemed to be no prospect of them ever having concord with another, until a persecution came, and it was from an enemy who held indignation for both of them more than they had hatred for each other. These were the Arians.

The Arians, who were really the precursors to Muslims, were founded by one Arius, a fourth century presbyter in Egypt who denied the divinity of Christ, and who would later become one of the major influencers for the false prophet Muhammad, though the Arabian heretic and founder of Islam lived centuries after the death of Arius.

After Arius perished, Arianism had already infiltrated the Roman government, and over half of the empire was Arian, including the emperor, Constantius. A fervent follower of Arianism, Macedonius, was given license by the Roman king to exile and punish the bishops who did not accept Arianism; the mindset of these were no different than the Muslims today who conduct reminiscent persecutions against Christians .

The Arians began to inflict Catholics with numerous calamities, but their tyranny was not confined to only them, but also to the Novatians, regardless of the fact that they, like the Protestants, were not members of the Church, because they still, also like the Protestants, believed in the Holy Trinity.

The Arians were savage in their bloodlust; they took Novatian women and sawed off their breasts, and burnt the flesh of those resistant to their impiety.

In Constantinople, the Arians demolished many churches, both Catholic and Novatian, for their upholding of the Holy Trinity. The Novatian church in Cyzicus was as well destroyed, and after this the Arians headed toward a Novatian area in Paphlagonia. Now, it must be remembered that these Arians were not just wild zealots thirsty for blood, but trained warriors in the Roman army who converted to Arianism, and who were now being used by the heretics to extinguish the Christians.

When the Novatians heard of their coming, they armed themselves with hooks, hatchets, and whatever weapons they could possess. The army of heretical soldiers arrived and a battle ensued; the Novatians fought with great valiancy and zeal, and slew the great majority of the Arians.

It came to a point, within this great persecution, that Catholics and Novatians united, and even attended the same churches together in unison and concord one with another against the conspired violence of the Arian heretics.

The power of the Arian heresy was most effectively crushed by the Christian Roman Empire in a great war against the Vandals, who were slaughtering Christians for their belief in the Trinity, thanks to the formidable general, Belisarius. Eventually the same heretics were vanquished in Italy, Spain, and France, and orthodoxy was again reestablished.

But then in Arabia,  a land not under the influence or jurisdiction of Christendom, an Arian monk met with an  Arabian pagan, taught him his unitarian interpretations of the Scriptures, and the man would then adopt Arianism and build on it the heresy of all heresies. This Arabian was Muhammad, and his sect was Islam.

The Muslim attack upon Christendom is no different today. Muhammad was the most infamous student of Arianism, and today Christians are still being killed, and their churches destroyed, by these Arians who call themselves Muslims.

The haters of the Trinity will always seek the destruction of those who still believe that Christ is God in the flesh, regardless if you are Catholic or Protestant.

This struggle between Christian and Muslim is an eternal war, between the Unitarian and the Trinitarian, which has been lasting for innumerable centuries, and our only resolve will be to unite in the name of that most sacred Trinity, which will forever more be the vanquisher of the followers of the crescent.

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(1) This entire account of the Arian persecution was procured from Socrates, Ecclesiastical History, 2.38

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The Best Argument Against Mormonism

By Theodore Shoebat

Here is a good argument I use against Mormons (this argument does away with all of the assertions of Mormons and gets right to the point). If the LDS cannot prove that their church can be linked all the way from the Apostles, they have have no argument for the rest of their heretical beliefs.

If the LDS is the true church, then find me a reminiscent church that existed before Joseph Smith. If they say they can’t think of any, or that the true faith was unknown until Joseph Smith, then that means God allowed the world to be in the dark until the 19th century (1800s)

Now, if they are of the learned sort, they may try to use history, and say that the earliest Christians were anti-Trinity, just like the Mormons are today, and that this remnant of true Christianity was eclipsed by the Council of Nicaea.

The problem with this argument is that the so-called “early Christians” that they associate themselves with are the Arians, a group of heretics founded by Arius in the fourth century, who denied the Trinity.

If you would like to learn more on Arianism, how it persecuted the Church, and how it was condemned by the Council, here is my essay on the history of Arianism:

http://shoebat.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Heresy.pdf

It was this very sect that was condemned by the Council of Nicaea. It is for this reason as to why the LDS condemns the Nicene Creed, which was declared to affirm and define the Trinity.

The official Latter Day Saints website has a condemnation of the Council of Nicaea, as the move which prevailed over the so-called “true Christians” which they have fabricated (when in reality it simply anathematized the Arians):

“The collision between the speculative world of Greek philosophy and the simple, literal faith and practice of the earliest Christians produced sharp contentions that threatened to widen political divisions in the fragmenting Roman empire. This led Emperor Constantine to convene the first churchwide council in A.D. 325. The action of this council of Nicaea remains the most important single event after the death of the Apostles in formulating the modern Christian concept of deity. The Nicene Creed erased the idea of the separate being of Father and Son by defining God the Son as being of “one substance with the Father.”

The Mormons are correct when they say that the Arians denied that the Trinity, and that they are doctrinally in agreement, but they are wrong when they identify them as being of the original church, or the Apostolic Church. Arius dissented, and broke away, from the Church.

The Arians were never a part of a pre-existing church, but were merely schismatics. If the Trinity was some how concocted by the Council of Nicaea, then why was Arius excommunicated before the Council? The only explanation is that belief in the Trinity was already in existence and a part of orthodox teaching before the Arian controversy.

The Trinity was taught in the Gospels.

The divinity of Christ was proclaimed by St. Matthew when he wrote that Christ was Emanuel, or God with us:
Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. (Matthew 1:23)

Christ declared His divinity in the Gospel of John

Philip saith unto him, Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. (John 14: 8-10)
I John 5:7 says:

For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

Not only does the LDS deny the divinity of Christ, they cannot find any prior sect which resembles them.

The Mormon is then put in a corner, either he has to admit that God kept the world in darkness until the 1800s, or that there was a sect in existence long ago.

But they cannot find any historical reference to these ‘underground’ sects without finding mention of them being heresies which broke away from the original church.