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The witness of

The Thirteenth Century

of Christianity

regarding the Sabbath of the Lord.

J. F. Coltheart. 1954.

Some obvious spelling mistakes in the quotations and their sources have been rectified.


The notes have been inserted by the original author, J. H. Coltheart.

 

Waldenses:

"They say that the blessed Pope Sylvester was the Antichrist of whom mention is made in the epistles of St. Paul as having been the son of perdition. (They also say) that the keeping of the Sabbath ought to take place."

"Ecclesiastical History of the Ancient Churches of Piedmont," p. 169 (by prominent Roman Catholic author writing about Waldenses).

 

France (Waldenses):

To destroy completely these heretics Pope Innocent III sent Dominican inquisitors into France, and also crusaders, promising "a plenary remission of all sins, to those who took on them the crusade... against the Albigenses."

"Catholic Encyclopaedia" Vol. XII, art. "Raymond VI," p. 670.

 

Waldenses of France:

"The inquisitors... (declare) that the sign of a Vaudois, deemed worthy of death, was that he followed Christ and sought to obey the commandments of God."

"History of the Inquisition of the Middle Ages." H. C. Lea, Vol. 1.

 

France:

Thousands of God’s people were tortured to death by the Inquisition, buried alive, burned to death, or hacked to pieces by the crusaders. While devastating the city of Biterre the soldiers asked the Catholic leaders how they should know who were heretics; Arnold, Abbot of Cisteaux, answered, "Slay them all, for the Lord knows who is His."

"History of the Inquisition," pp. 98.

 

France: –King Louis IX, 1229.

Published the statute "Cupientes" in which he charges himself to clear southern France from heretics as the Sabbath-keepers were called.

 

Waldenses of France:

"The heresy of the Vaudois, or poor people of Lyons, is of great antiquity, for some say that it has continued down ever since the time of Pope Sylvester; and others, ever since that of the apostles."

The Roman Inquisitor, Rheinerus Sacho, writing about 1230.

 

France: – Council Toulouse 1229

Canons against Sabbath-keepers:

"Canon 3, - The lords of the different districts shall have the villas, houses and woods diligently searched, and the hiding-places of the heretics destroyed.

"Canon 14, - Lay members are not allowed to possess the books of either the Old or the New Testaments."

Hefele, 5, 981, 982.

 

Europe:

"The Paulicians, Petrobusians, Passaginians, Waldenses, Insabbatati were great Sabbath-keeping bodies of Europe down to 1250 A. D."

 

Pasaginians:

Dr, Hahn says that if the Pasaginians referred to the 4th Commandment to support the Sabbath, the Roman priests answered, "The Sabbath symbolised the eternal rest of the saints."

 

Mongolia:

"The Mongolian conquest did not injure the Church of the East (Sabbath-keeping). On the contrary, a number of the Mongolian princes and a larger number of Mongolian queens were members of this church."

 


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