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Who are the Waldensians? The Lollards? The Stundists? The Anabaptists? These were names given by to those who claimed only the name of Christ, and who were prepared to suffer for His cause rather than submit to those man-made trad This is the saga of those intrepid souls who were persecuted by civil authorities and denounced, defamed and decimated by the professing church.
These were names given by to those who claimed only the name of Christ, and who were prepared to suffer for His cause rather than submit to those man-made traditions that they believed contradicted the Word of God. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published by Gospel Folio Press first published More Details Other Editions 8.
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Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of The Pilgrim Church. Mar 27, Lee Harmon rated it it was amazing. Broadbent writes with the dramatic flair of an apologist, but with the atonal precision of an historian. This is obviously a topic dear to his heart.
Broadbent was born in England in , and this is a reprin Broadbent writes with the dramatic flair of an apologist, but with the atonal precision of an historian. Broadbent was born in England in , and this is a reprint of a book. Broadbent's thesis is that God has preserved a remnant of faithful underground believers through the ages, who depended solely upon the Spirit and strict Biblical teachings, and who resisted the institutionalization of the Catholic Church.
He treks methodically through the centuries from Christ to about the year , highlighting individuals and groups that appear to fit the mold of true Christianity.
This means meeting in inauspicious groups usually private homes , identifying by no name except perhaps that of Christian or Brethen, and denying any reliance upon authoritative structure with the exception of local guiding elders Christ alone is the "head" of the church.
These tiny Christian gatherings objected to taking the name of anyone as their founder. Seeking to mimic only Bible teachings, they refused to venerate the cross, denied transubstantiation, discouraged infant baptism and sprinkling, and most important of all, displayed a willingness to stand true in the face of great persecution.
So many thousands of believers died for their convictions that I quit counting. Broadbent is particularly appreciative of Christian martyrs, so much so that he seems to consider it a primary identifying mark of the "Pilgrim Church. Systematic beheading, burning, and drowning persisted throughout church history. The rest of my review will give you a run-down of Broadbent's favored selections.
In the first couple centuries of Christian development, Broadbent praises Origin and appears sympathetic to the Montanist movement, perhaps because of their emphasis on direction by the Spirit.
He uncovers an anonymous letter sent to Diognetus which provides not a word of doctrine, but mimics the tone of the earliest believers. The letter indicates that Christians "pass their days on earth, but are citizens of heaven," enduring all things as if foreigners even in their own land. Broadbent denounces Arianism, but praises Athanaius for "maintaining a valiant witness to the true divinity of the Savior.
In particular, Augustine was unable to embrace the Donatists. From the third to the fifth centuries, true Christians kept their distance from four false teachings: Manichaeism attributing the natural world to an evil creator , Arianism which taught that Jesus is not God manifest in the flesh , Pelagianism which denies the sinful state of man , and Sacerdotalism dependency upon the Church for salvation. Yet, throughout the centuries, and in all countries, they confessed the same truths and had the same practices.
They always went two and two, an elder with a younger man. These collections of believers rarely named themselves, but were named by their opponents. One exception is a period in seventh, eighth and ninth centuries when some were wont to name their elders after men of the Bible, and their gatherings after churches of the Bible Achaia, Philip, Colosse, etc.
All claimed apostolic tradition, some believed in apostolic succession through the laying on of hands. Yet one must be very careful in rightly divining which groups are Godly, because such groups are invariably slandered, and one must read between the lines of the smears. As with martyrdom, a prime determinant of a Spirit-led church is one whom the Catholic church denounces. Around the time of the Reformation, the Pilgrim Church blossomed.
Perhaps the growth of the Pilgrim Church can be attributed to a period of little persecution, or perhaps to the printing press and the ready availability of translated Bibles. They held seven points of faith, including a Triune God and that this God chose for Himself a spotless church. Among this resurgence was found the Anabaptists, Mennonites, Puritans, and Lollards.
Relief from persecution was again short-lived; Anabaptists were tortured or banished from their homelands, and seldom were there less than a thousand Friends in prison at a time. John Wesley, an influential Christian figure, nearly adopted the righteous teachings of a group named the Moravians.
Soon after, a similar movement originated among Baptists. These movements, although arising independently and only discovering each other later, held much in common. As groups proliferated, a new danger surfaced; that of the ease in which any particular spiritual movement could crystallize into a sect. In the 19th century, John Nelson Darby was influential in teaching a humble Spirit-led church, encouraging the independence of each congregation, though he later shifted from that ground and adopted the Catholic position of an organized body of churches.
Many churches followed Darby into error, condemning others and excluding all churches outside their own circle subject to central authority, but many endeavored to carry out the principles of Scripture, refusing to cut off one another but recognizing that minute differences—particularly non-scriptural differences—did not necessitate division.
Broadbent concludes his research with a plea to recognize the Church as One, members of one Pilgrim Church, acknowledging as our fellow-pilgrims all who tread the Way of Life. Broadbent introduces the history of those Christian groups which have, throughout the centuries, sought a return to a simple expression of new testament church life without the baggage of denominational labels.
Wonderful, inspiring, scholarly, heart warming, prophetic. Sep 16, Ginta rated it it was amazing. I would give 10 stars if there would be! That is must-read book. It helps to understand why Christianity is in such a mess today as it is.
Apr 07, Reese Walling rated it it was amazing. An incredibly unique Church History, exploring not the gargantuan development of Christendom as a whole, but rather tracing a silver lining of faithful believers who continued in the New Testament pattern of obedience to the Word, separation from the world, and unity among the brethren.
While Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy evolved into entities totally foreign to the early church of Acts as they believed they should - since the early church may be considered primitive and lacking by th An incredibly unique Church History, exploring not the gargantuan development of Christendom as a whole, but rather tracing a silver lining of faithful believers who continued in the New Testament pattern of obedience to the Word, separation from the world, and unity among the brethren.
While Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy evolved into entities totally foreign to the early church of Acts as they believed they should - since the early church may be considered primitive and lacking by these groups , a remnant, persecuted and libeled as heretics, maintained the pilgrim ways of the church. The Reformation, with its grand pillars of sola scriptura and the universal priesthood, only returned to the New Testament principles in part, maintaining much of the mutations gleaned from the established religion.
Throughout, a remnant refused union with the world and sought the full return to the New Testament pattern. Many believed the New Testament pattern could never be attained, fleeing to forms of mysticism, evangelism, or deliberations in the Apocalypse.
These groups sought something besides the Church as their pursuit: attaining communion and union with God, seeking the salvation of the lost, or looking to a coming age as the only hope respectively. Broadbent explores Church History from an incredible point of view, and the bibliography alone makes this book a treasure for continual studies. A must read for all who long for the New Testament realities in our day and age.
Mar 24, Stan rated it it was amazing. This is an excellent history of the church. It was exciting to find out about many little-known groups throughout time who held very carefully to New Testament principles of church. Near the end, Broadbent asks the "church question": "the question whether we can, and should, continue to carry out the New Testament teaching and example as to the ordering of churches. Bu This is an excellent history of the church.
But there have been faithful believers in many times and places who have answered "yes" to this question.
That is exciting! Definitely not a book you will read in one sitting, but totally worth it! May 21, Robert Drumheller rated it it was amazing. This book should be required reading for anyone that is teaching the word of God, especially pastors from the pulpit.
The Pilgrim Church
THE PILGRIM CHURCH
John Bjorlie wrote that he was a "tidy-looking English gentleman with a bookish side who discovered ways of slipping into and out of countries that others just assumed were 'closed doors. He spoke fluent French and German and could speak some Russian. Broadbent's book, The Pilgrim Church , first published in , is an alternative history of the church, unrecorded by secular history. It covers the history of many small churches throughout the ages that have attempted to follow the New Testament church pattern, what he regarded as the success of those that followed the pattern laid out by the apostles and the consequences to the churches that fell away from the pattern.
Edmund Hamer Broadbent
First Impression There is one history, which, though it contains the darkest tragedy, yet by common consent is called "The Good News", "The Glad Tidings", or by a name which it has captured and made its own: "The Gospel". This history tells how, by a miraculous birth, God entered into a relationship to man which even creation had not established, and by a sacrificial death and mighty resurrection vanquished death, put away sin its cause, and to His glory as Creator added that of Redeemer. The foundations of this history, the preparation for it, indeed the actual foretelling of it and evidences of its truth precede it in the Scriptures of the Old Testament. Interwoven with these, inseparable from them, is the History of Israel , which is therefore itself one of universal value.