A Brief History and Overview
We consider liberty of thought under the guidance of the Holy Spirit to be essential to Christian belief and practice. Therefore we encourage the unhindered study and open discussion of Scripture. We uphold the individual’s freedom of conscience in seeking to determine and obey the will of God. The following statement is not intended to be exhaustive, but is an expression of our common belief, which is derived from our understanding of Scripture. (2 Corinthians 3:17-18; 2 Timothy 2:15; Romans 12:2; Ephesians 4:3-6 ,15; Romans 10:17;
2 Timothy 3:16-17.)
1. We believe that the true and living God, the first person of the Godhead, is our heavenly Father, and He, by His Son, Christ Jesus, created all things. (Matt. 28:18-19; 1 Cor. 8:5-6; Eph. 3:9; Jer. 10:10-12; Heb. 1:1-3; Acts 17:22-29; Col. 1:16-18.)
2. We believe that Jesus Christ, the second person of the Godhead, and the eternal Son of God, is the only Savior from sin; and man’s salvation is by grace through faith in Him. (Matt. 28:18-19; John 3:16; Micah 5:2; Matt. 1:21; 2:5-6; Acts 4:12; 1 John 5:11-12; Eph. 1:9-15; 2:4-8; Rom. 3:23-26.)
3. We believe that the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Godhead, is Christ’s representative on earth, and leads sinners to repentance and to obedience of all God’s requirements. (Matt. 28:18-19; John 14:26; 15:26; 16:7-15; Rom. 8:1-10; Eph. 4:30.)
4. We believe that through Christ, believers receive forgiveness of sins which are forsaken and confessed, and for which, as far as lies in their power, restitution is made. (Eph. 1:7; Col. 1:14-15; 1 John 1:7-9; Isa. 55:6-7; Ezek. 33:15; Matt. 5:23-24; 6:14-15.)
5. We believe that the Bible is God’s inspired word, and is the fully reliable, sufficient, infallible, basic rule of faith and practice. (2 Tim. 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21; Ps. 119:9, 11, 105, 130; 1 Thess. 2:13; Isa. 8:20; Jer. 15:16; Heb. 4:12.)
6. We believe that all who enter the kingdom of heaven must have experienced conversion, or the new birth, through which man receives a new heart and becomes a new creature. (Matt. 18:3; John 3:3; 2 Cor. 5:17; Ezek. 36:26-27; Heb. 8:10-12; 1 Peter 1:23; 2:2.)
7. We believe that Christ dwells in the regenerate heart, writing upon it the principles of God’s law, leading the believer to delight to obey its precepts, and imparting power for such obedience. (2 Cor. 6:16; Ps. 40:8; Heb. 8:10-12; John 14:15; Col. 1:27; 3:16; Gal. 2:20; Eph. 3:14-21.)
8. We believe that upon His ascension Christ began His ministry as high priest in the holy place of the heavenly sanctuary, which sanctuary is the great original of which the sanctuary built by Moses was a copy. As in the earthly sanctuary, a work of investigative judgment began as Christ entered the second phase of His ministry, in the most holy place, foreshadowed in the earthly service by the Day of Atonement. This work of the investigative judgment in the heavenly sanctuary began in 1844, at the close of the 2300 years, and will end with the close of probation. (Heb. 4:14; 8:1-2; Lev, 16:2, 29; Heb. 9:23-24; Dan. 8:14; 9:24-27; Rev. 14:6, 7; 22:11.)
9. We believe that the second coming of Christ is the hope of the church, the climax of the gospel, and the goal of the plan of redemption, when Jesus will come literally, personally, and visibly, with all His holy angels. Many signs of the times testify that His coming is at hand. And the almost complete fulfillment of all the various lines of prophecy indicate that “He is near, even at the doors.” (John 14:1-3; Titus 2:11-14; Heb. 9:28; Acts. 1:9-11; Rev. 1:7; Matt. 25:31; Luke 9:26; 21:25-33; Matt. 24:14, 36-39, 33, margin.)
10. We believe that the righteous dead will be raised to life at Christ’s Second Advent. Together with the righteous living, they will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air, and will go with Him to heaven, there to spend the one thousand years known as the millennium. (Rev. 1:7; John 5:25, 28-29; Hosea 13:14; 1 Cor. 15:51-55; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; John 11:24-25; 14:1-3; Rev. 20:4-6; Isa. 25:8-9.)
11. We believe that the wicked who are living at the time of Christ’s Second Advent will be slain by the brightness of His coming. These, with the wicked dead of all ages, will await the second resurrection, at the close of the one thousand years. (2 Thess. 1:7-10; 2:8; Jude 14-15; Rev. 20:5, 12, 15; John 5:28-29; Acts 24:15; Isa. 24:21-22.)
12. We believe that at the end of the one thousand years, the following events will take place: (a) Christ and the righteous will descend from heaven, with the Holy City, the New Jerusalem (Rev. 21:2, 10); (b) the wicked dead will be resurrected for final judgment (Rev. 20:11, 12); (c) the wicked will receive the final wages of sin when fire comes down from God out of heaven to consume them (Rev. 20:7-10, 14-15); and (d) this fire, which destroys the works of sin, will purify the earth (2 Peter 3:10-14; Mal. 4:1, 3; Rev. 20:4, 8.)
13. We believe that the earth, cleansed by fire and renewed by the power of God, will become the eternal home of the redeemed. (2 Peter 3:9-13; Isa. 65:17-25; 35:1-10; 45:18; Matt. 5:5; Mal. 4:1-3; Prov. 11:31.)
14. We believe that the seventh day of the week is the eternal sign of Christ’s power as Creator and Redeemer, and is therefore the Lord’s day, or the Christian Sabbath, constituting the seal of the living God. It should be observed from sunset Friday to sunset Saturday. The Sabbath, along with marriage between a man and a woman, are two institutions that came from the Garden of Eden. The Lord created each one as male or female, not to be altered or used in any unnatural or unbiblical way. (Gen. 2:1-3; Ex. 16:23-31; 20:8-11; John 1:1-3, 14; Ezek. 20:12, 20; Mark 1:21-32; 2:27-28; Isa. 58:13; Luke 4:16; 23:54-56; 24:1; Acts 17:2; Heb. 4:9-11; Isa. 66:22-23; Lev. 23:32; Gen. 2:21-24; Matt. 19:4-6; Rom. 1:26-27; 2 Tim. 3:1-5.)
15. We believe that the tithe is holy unto the Lord, and is God’s provision for the support of His ministry. Freewill offerings are also part of God’s plan for the support of His work throughout the world. Tithes and offerings are to be brought into God’s storehouse where meat-in-due season or present truth is dispensed. (Lev. 27:30-32; Mal. 3:8-12; Num. 18:20-28; Deut. 14:23; Matt. 23:23; Prov. 3:9, 10; 1 Cor. 9:13-14; 2 Cor. 9:6-7; Ps. 96:8.)
16. We believe that immortality comes only through the gospel, and is bestowed as a gift from God at Christ’s second coming. (1 Cor. 15:21-22, 51-55; Ps. 146:3-4; Eccl. 9:5-6, 10; 1 Tim. 6:15-16; 2 Tim. 1:10; 1 John 5:11-12.)
17. We believe that the condition of man in death is one of unconsciousness. All men, good and evil alike, remain in the grave from death to the resurrection. (Eccl. 9:5-6; Ps. 115:17; 146:3-4; Job 14:10-12, 21-22; 17:13; John 11:11-14; 1 Thess. 4:13; John 5:28-29.)
18. We believe that the Christian is called unto sanctification, and his life should be characterized by carefulness in deportment and modesty and simplicity in dress. (1 Thess. 3:13; 4:3, 7; 5:23; 1 Peter 2:21; 3:15, 3-5; Isa. 3:16-24; 1 Cor. 10:31; 1 Tim. 2:9, 10.)
19. We believe that the Christian should recognize his body as the temple of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, he should honor God by caring for his body; abstaining from such things as alcoholic beverages, tobacco in all its forms, and all unclean foods. (1 Cor. 3:16-17; 6:19-20; 9:25; 10:31; 2 Cor. 6:16-18; 7:1; Gal. 5:17-21; 6:7-8; 1 Peter 2:9-12; 1 Cor. 10:1-11; Rom. 12:1-2; Lev. 11:1-8; 19:28; Gal. 6:8; 2 Tim. 3:1-2.)
20. We believe that the church is to come behind in no gift, and the presence of the gift of the Spirit of prophecy is to be one of the identifying marks of the remnant church. (1 Cor. 1:5-7; 12:1-28; Amos 3:7; Hosea 12:10, 13; Isa. 8:20; Rev. 12:17; 19:10.)
21. We believe that the church of God is all believers gathered by the Holy Spirit and joined into one body, of which Christ is the Head. We believe that the local church is a community of believers organized in covenant relationship for worship, fellowship and service, practicing and proclaiming common convictions, while growing in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We believe in the priesthood of all believers and practice the autonomy of the local congregation, as we seek to work in association with others for more effective witness. (Acts 20:28 ; 1 Corinthians 12:13 , 14 , 27 ; Romans 12:4-5 ; Colossians 1:18 ; Acts 2:42 ; Ephesians 2:19-22 ; Romans 15:5-7 ; Ephesians 4:11-16 ; 2 Peter 3:18 ; 1 Peter 2:4-10 ; Matthew 18:20 ; Hebrews 10:24-25.)
22. We believe that baptism by immersion typifies the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ, and openly expresses faith in His saving grace, and the renunciation of sin and the world, and is recognized as a condition of entrance into church membership. (Matt. 3:13-17; 28:19; Acts 2:38, 41-47; 8:35-39; 16:32-33; 22:16; Rom. 6:1-11; Gal. 3:27; Col. 3:1-3.)
23. We believe that the ordinance of the Lord’s supper commemorates the Savior’s death, and participation by members of the body is essential to Christian growth and fellowship. It is to be preceded by the ordinance of foot washing as a preparation for this solemn service. (Matt. 26:26-29; 1 Cor. 11:23-30; John 6:48-56; 13:1-17.)
24. We believe that in the Christian life there is complete separation from worldly practices, such as card playing, theater-going, dancing, etc., which tend to deaden and destroy the spiritual life. (2 Cor. 6:15-18; 1 John 2:15-17; James 4:4; 2 Tim. 2:19-22; Eph. 5:8-11; Col. 3:5-10.)
25. We believe God speaks to us through the study of His holy Word, imparting new light and strength; and through prayer the soul is united with God. These are Heaven’s ordained means for obtaining victory in the conflict with sin and for the development of Christian character. (Ps. 19:7-8; 119:130; John 6:63; 17:17; 1 Peter 2:2; 1 Thess. 5:17; Luke 18:1; Ps. 55:17; Isa. 50:4.)
26. We believe that Jesus Christ commissions us to proclaim the Gospel, to make disciples, to baptize and to teach observance of all that He has commanded. We are called to be witnesses for Christ throughout the world and in all human relationships. Every church member is under sacred command from Jesus to use his or her talents in personal soul-winning work in helping to give the gospel to all the world. When this work is finished Jesus will come. (Matt. 25:14-29; 28:18-20; Rev. 22:17; Isa. 43:10-12; 2 Cor. 5:17-20; Rom. 10:13-15; Matt. 24:14.)
27. We believe that in accordance with God’s uniform dealing with mankind, warning them of coming events that will vitally affect their destiny, He has sent forth a proclamation of the approaching return of Christ. This preparatory message is symbolized by the three angels’ messages of Revelation, chapter 14, and meets its fulfillment in the great Second Advent Movement today. This has brought forth God’s remnant people, who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. (Amos 3:7; Matt. 24:29-34; Rev. 14:6-10; Zeph. 3:13; Micah 4:7-8; Rev. 14:12; Isa. 26:2; Rev. 22:14.)
Statement of Faith compiled from the Seventh-day Baptist and Free Seventh-day Adventist websites as a summary of our combined faith as Bible-believing, Sabbath-keeping Christians.
A Summary of Our Position on Social Issues
1. We affirm the fundamental truth that life begins at conception. We strongly oppose abortion, infanticide, and human stem cell research in any form.
2. We strongly affirm that the divinely instituted union of marriage is solely between a man and a woman. We oppose same-sex marriage, same-sex unions, and its practices in all forms.
3. We affirm and uphold the importance of the family unit - father, mother, and children - as the foundation of a healthy society, and believe that the family unit and home life is best nourished and cultivated by an active Christian faith. We affirm the importance of protecting children from harm and abuse in the home, church, and school, and support efforts to protect our children from predators and abusers of all kinds, including the just enforcement of laws punishing those who would seek to do harm to our children.
Definition of Our Faith and Denominational Affiliation
For the sake of those who may question our denominational affiliation and doctrinal alignment, we wish to offer this brief explanation in order to better define our faith. At the core level we identify simply as independent, fundamentalist, Bible-believing, Commandment-keeping, born-again Christians who love Jesus and wish to serve Him and live for God. However, as can be easily deduced by reading our Statement of Faith above, we do hold in common many Bible truths believed and taught by Seventh-day Adventists. For many years we were members in the Seventh-day Adventist church, having planted and pastored churches both in the Conference as well as those independently organized. A number of years ago, however, we chose to voluntarily withdraw our membership from the Seventh-day Adventist church over the issues of abortion and women's ordination. When we were originally baptized into the church we were unaware of the Seventh-day Adventist denomination's official stance and position on abortion (the SDA church is officially "pro-choice", a position which we disagree with and find morally repugnant since it supports the killing of innocent children); neither were we aware that elective abortions were being performed in Seventh-day Adventist hospitals for profit with the support and sanction of the General Conference leadership (for more information on this please visit the link below, entitled: "Abortion: History of Adventist Guidelines", by George B. Gainer). This caused a moral dilemma in our minds as we prided ourselves in belonging to a church which professed to keep all 10 of God's commandments while it willfully and repeatedly violated the sixth commandment which plainly states: "Thou shalt not kill". The church we loved had been murdering infants in their mothers' wombs, for profit, since 1970 - antedating the now infamous Roe v. Wade decision handed down by the United States Supreme Court in 1973! Furthermore, the push to ordain women as pastors and elders in the church - specifically within the North American Division - we found to be unbiblical and undermining to our family values and scriptural understanding of spiritual headship in the home and church. We officially left the Seventh-day Adventist denomination in 2013.
Since that time, we have consistently maintained our faith in many, if not all, of the doctrinal and prophetic truths which we learned while members of the church, but have disagreed with the denominational structure of the SDA church for many years even prior to officially leaving. Our belief in religious freedom and liberty of thought to study the Bible unhindered by man's rules; and the basic principle of church autonomy and freedom from the maxims, traditions, and control of men, led us to plant and pastor several independent SDA churches over the years. However it has been our experience that even in independent circles often runs a current of doctrinal fanaticism and control which we find abhorrent, antithetical to the Christian gospel, and diametrically opposed to the teachings and example of our Lord Jesus Christ. We believe the position of the Seventh-day Baptists and their understanding of liberty of conscience, the definition of the church, local church autonomy, and their position on social issues, to be much more in harmony with the Bible.Therefore we included those things in our Statement of Faith. However we also disagree with them over some, but not all, doctrinal issues: namely, the condition of man in death and whether hellfire is eternal. In these matters we hold to the traditional Seventh-day Adventist understanding that man in death is in an unconscious state due to him not being inherently immortal (we believe that immortality is given as a gift by Christ to the believer at the resurrection of the just at His Second Coming), and that hellfire will not be burning for eternity but rather that the fires of that Last Great Day will burn the wicked and Satan to ashes.
We disagree with both denominations, however, in their understanding of the Godhead and their support of the Trinity doctrine which we believe hails from Rome, is pagan in nature, and destroys the personalities of God and Christ. In this matter we are in harmony with the Pioneers, or founders, of the Seventh-day Adventist church who were almost unanimously opposed to the so-called Trinity doctrine and instead held that the One True God is our Heavenly Father, and that the Lord Jesus Christ is the Son of God (see John 17:3; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Romans 15:6; 2 Corinthians 1:2; 11:31; Ephesians 1:3, 17; Philippians 2:11; Colossians 1:3; 1 Thessalonians 3:11; 1 Peter 1:3). For a summary of our belief and understanding of the Godhead, please see the article below, written by Uriah Smith, entitled, "Christ as Creator", which is chapter 2 of the book, "Looking Unto Jesus", written by the same author. We have also included a link to a website below that contains voluminous evidence from the writings of the pioneer authors of the Seventh-day Adventist faith as to what they once very nearly unanimously believed. Although this is our official position, we do not disparage or condemn those individuals who choose to believe differently than us in this matter.
In conclusion then, as has been stated throughout this page, we hold to the fundamental principle of liberty of conscience and reserve the right to believe the Bible as the Holy Spirit shall lead and guide us "into all truth". We believe that truth is progressive, that "the path of the just is as the shining light, which shineth more and more unto the perfect day" (Proverbs 4:18), and that as Christians we are obligated and called to walk in the light as He, our Great Example, is in the light - He who "lighteth every man which cometh into the world." John 1:9. As Christians we hold charity toward all men, seek to fellowship with other like-minded believers, and hold out the gospel of Jesus Christ as the only hope of salvation to men and women in all walks of life, recognizing the inherent value of each precious soul throughout the world for whom Christ died.
For more information, or to fellowship with us on Sabbath, please contact us at:
Good Shepherd Bible Sabbath Fellowship
PO Box 342
Glennallen, AK 99588
We hope to hear from you soon! May God bless you!
- Pastor J. Isaac Richards
Statement of Faith
The English and Dutch reformation also gave rise to the English Puritan movement and the German Anabaptists of Holland and the Netherlands who all sought to separate themselves from any semblance of a church/state union which they viewed as unscriptural and pandering to the world. They emphasized godly living and an inward reformation of life and soul that was attested to by baptism by immersion as an adult. They rejected infant baptism as a man-made tradition instituted by a corrupt church - along with purgatory, saint and Mary worship, and liturgical church services - and instead taught the "priesthood of all believers", upheld the autonomy and independence of the local church which was made up, not of so-called "clergy and laity", but by all believers gathered out of the world and made "one in Christ Jesus". From these groups eventually sprang the Baptist movement in the 1600's who continued these beliefs, but also held as sacred the idea that independence of thought and freedom of conscience to believe as the Holy Spirit should guide the Christian's mind in the study of God's Word was essential to the formation of a right character and a strong mind.
As the light of truth continued to burn as a bright lamp in Europe, the powers of darkness redoubled their efforts to extinguish it. Even in Protestant lands, the powers of church and state united to persecute those who would stand for civil and religious freedom until separation from these lands became inevitable and final for those who would preserve their liberty of thought and independence to worship God according to the dictates of their own conscience.
As our spiritual forefathers fled the Old World and settled the New, in search of a land where the broad principles of civil and religious liberty could be fully enjoyed and practiced, the spirit of intolerance - so long employed by the proponents and supporters of Rome - reared its ugly head even here in America. The Puritans - once the persecuted by the Church of England - became the persecutors and oppressors of all who dared resist its professed Christian faith and control of the colonies established by the Pilgrim fathers. Roger Williams, a Baptist minister, fled in the winter of 1636 from the local authorities who had condemned his writings and banished him from Massachusetts Bay, and established the colony of Rhode Island which would serve as a bastion of civil and religious freedom for the persecuted and oppressed, and stood as a pattern and example for the Founding Fathers to use when later drafting the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights. Roger Williams would aptly name the capitol of his new-found colony "Providence", and would, along with Stephen Mumford, a Seventh-day Baptist minister, go on to greatly influence through their writings and work the minds of such great men as Thomas Jefferson and James Madison who enshrined these principles of freedom and religious tolerance in the Declaration of Independence and in the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights.
Baptist thought continued its influence in seeking truth as for hidden treasure in the Great Advent awakening of the 1800's, when a Baptist minister by the name of William Miller revolutionized the Christian church with his introduction of basic rules of Bible interpretation which codified principles used successfully by the Protestant Reformers to unlock Bible prophecy. The unsealing of the book of Daniel, along with the study of Revelation, and a general increase of knowledge of the prophecies, led great numbers to expect the Lord's appearing in 1844.
Although Christ did not come as expected and a Great Disappointment followed, Christian believers from various denominations continued to study and pray together, meeting in homes and small churches, seeking for clarity and light. The understanding of Christ's high priestly work and ministry in heaven - commencing when He resurrected from the grave and ascended to His Father in heaven - connected with the restoration of the truth of the Sabbath - being introduced by a Seventh-day Baptist woman in Washington, New Hampshire, named Rachel Oakes Preston - gave rise to the first Sabbatarian Adventist church on March 16, 1844. Frederick Wheeler, an ordained minister originally from the Methodist-Episcopal church, pastored this newly organized Sabbath-keeping Adventist church which was named the "Christian Brethren" congregation. Frederick Wheeler then shared this truth with T.M. Preble, a Free-Will Baptist preacher and follower of William Miller, who wrote a pamphlet on the Sabbath later read by Joseph Bates, a former sea captain, temperance reformer, abolitionist, and Millerite, who wrote a tract entitled, "The Sabbath, A Perpetual Sign". This tract influenced many of the Advent believers who later formed to be Seventh-day Adventists, upholding such truths as the Sabbath, the heavenly sanctuary ministry of Christ, and the Three Angels' Messages of Revelation 14.
Thus the work of reform has continued, preaching truth and spreading the Everlasting Gospel of Jesus Christ (Revelation 14:6), until today knowledge of the Sabbath and the soon-coming of Christ has spread across the globe. It is in this spirit of doctrinal and moral reform - while upholding the individual's liberty of conscience and practicing the simplicity and autonomy of the local church as in apostolic times - that Good Shepherd Bible Sabbath Fellowship exists. We seek to hold fast to the former truths held by our forefathers of the ancient Christian faith in the New Testament, guarded and held sacred by the Church in the Wilderness, developed by the Protestant Reformation, revolutionized by the Baptists and Seventh-day Baptists, and as held in the continually shining light revealed in the prophetic truths today understood by the Seventh-day Adventists. We do, however, reject the hierarchical structure of the Seventh-day Adventist church and instead uphold liberty of conscience and local church autonomy as the Seventh-day Baptists still ardently defend and uphold. We also uphold and vigorously defend and affirm the sanctity of life and inherent value of each and every human being created in the image of God, and believe that the willful destruction of human life in and out of the womb to be a heinous and nefarious sin which will be punished by God. We also strongly affirm the sanctity of marriage as one of God's first gifts to mankind, to be celebrated, consummated and kept holy as a sacred relationship between one man and one woman. We believe in the biblical principle of headship in the home and in the church, and that the proper roles and spheres of men and women are clearly outlined in the scriptures in both the Old and New Testaments. And while seeking to live peaceably with all men and to obey the laws of the land as good Christian citizens, we reject government interference in religious matters, find the combination of church and state abhorrent and unChristian, and ultimately recognize Christ's authority in the scriptures as supreme, all-sufficient, and our only rule of faith and practice.
In summary, we are a conservative Christian fellowship and identify simply as Bible-believing, commandment-keeping Christians, who seek to uphold the light of truth given and gathered throughout the ages, and hold out the Sabbath as God's gift to mankind and an outward sign of loyalty to His kingdom of grace.
Welcome to our new Church Page! We're glad you decided to visit us. We are a Christian home church based on the Simple Church model which seeks to follow the pattern of church organization laid down by the New Testament where believers met "house to house" for "fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers". Acts 2:42, 46 (see also Romans 16:5; 1 Corinthians 16:19; Colossians 4:15; Philemon 1:2). We are an independent, Bible believing, Christian fellowship, that believes in showing our love to God by keeping His 10 Commandments, including the Bible Sabbath. We emphasize the essential importance of having a personal relationship with Jesus and accepting Christ as a personal Savior from sin, recognizing that our own works do not merit salvation, but that we are saved only through faith in His atoning work on the cross and His High Priestly ministry for us in heaven. We are saved by God's grace alone through faith in Jesus Christ. We believe that the born-again and regenerated Christian receives a new heart from Christ in which love for God manifests itself in obedience to His commands, not out of an attempt to merit salvation, but rather because we love the One who gave His life for us and who said, "if ye love Me, keep My commandments". John 14:15.
It is our understanding that as the primitive church in the days of the apostles gradually lost its distinction, and as the pomp and influence of Rome began to infiltrate the Church of Christ in the early centuries of the Christian era, Romish customs and heathen rites gradually entered into the body of believers, thus corrupting her once pure worship of God and Christ. However, even during the darkest days of apostasy God had a remnant of believers who kept the "commandments of God and the faith of Jesus". Revelation 14:12. The Asiatic church in the near East, the Celtic church in the British Isles, the Waldenses of the Swiss and Italian Alps, the French Hugenots, the Lollards, and others - faithful Christians who kept the true Sabbath and resisted the tyrannical hierarchy of the Papal church in Rome - maintained their pure worship of the One True God and His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. They often congregated amidst the wonderful scenes of nature, surrounded by the awful grandeur of the mountains, meeting in lonely caves, mountainous valleys, or from home to home in secret. Amidst the darkness and superstition of those times, and in the face of fiery trials and relentless persecution, these faithful Christians witnessed for their faith - their voices ascending in praise and echoing from the hillsides - and often sealed their witness with their own blood.
As the Church of Christ progressed through the Dark Ages of Papal supremacy, the Protestant Reformation began its work of reform in Europe - the seeds of reform being early planted by John Wycliffe, often called "the Morning Star of the Reformation", followed by John Huss the Bohemian reformer and his colleague, Jerome of Prague - and then continuing with Martin Luther in 1517 with his emphasis on justification by faith in Christ alone.
"Sola Scriptura", or "Scripture Alone", was the maxim and rallying cry of these faithful men of God who pointed the people to the Bible and the Bible alone as their source of truth and wisdom and for an understanding of the revelation of God's will to mankind. The fiery darts of Satan were unable to quench their efforts, and soon the lights kindled by the Reformation in Europe spread from land to land, eventually burning away the darkness and blackness of midnight which marked the days of Papal oppression and the supremacy of Rome.
Restoring the Old Paths
Good Shepherd Bible Sabbath Fellowship