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THE IGNATIUS CONSPIRACY

By James Scott Trimm


Many people have been misled into believing that Conatantine was
responsible for the corruption and Gentilization of Christianity.
While Constantine certainly added to the apostasy of early
Christianity, he was not the first. It was in fact Ignatius of
Antioch who rebelled against the Jerusalem Council, usurped their
authority, seceded from Judaism, declared the Torah to have been
abolished, replaced the Seventh Day Sabbath with Sunday worship and
founded a new, non-Jewish religion which he named "Christianity".


PAUL'S WARNING ABOUT THE BISHOPS

Paul said to the Ephesians on his last visit to them:

Watch, therefore, over your nefeshot
and over the flock which the Ruach HaKodesh
has appointed you overseers [bishops]
that you feed the assembly of Messiah,
which he purchased by his blood.
I know that after I am gone
fierce wolves will enter in among you
without mercy upon the flock.
And also from among you there will rise up men speaking
perverse things, so that they might turn away the talmidim
to follow after them.
(Acts 20:28-30)

Paul seems to indicate that after his death leaders would begin to
rise up from the overseers [Bishops] in his stead that would draw
people to follow themselves and draw them away from Torah. In fact
Paul died in 66 C.E. and the first overseer (Bishop) of Antioch to
take office after his death was Ignatius in 98 C.E.. Ignatius
fulfilled Paul's words precisely. After taking the office of Bishop
over Antioch Ignatius sent out a series of epistles to other
assemblies. His letters to the Ephesians, Magnesians, Trallianns,
Romans, Philadelphians and Smyrnaeans as well as a personal letter
to Polycarp overseer of Smyrnaea have survived to us.


HEGESIPPUS RECOUNTS THE APOSTASY

The Ancient Nazarene Historian and commentator Hegesippus (c. 180
CE) writes of the time immediately following the death of Shim'on,
who succeeded Ya'akov HaTzadik as Nasi of the Nazarene Sanhedrin and
who died in 98 CE:

Up to that period (98 CE) the Assembly had remained like a virgin
pure and uncorrupted: for, if there were any persons who were
disposed to tamper with the wholesome rule of the proclaiming of
salvation, they still lurked in some dark place of concealment or
other. But, when the sacred band of Emissaries had in various ways
closed their lives, and that generation of men to whom it had been
vouchsafed to listen to the inspired Wisdom with their own ears had
passed away, then did the confederacy of godless error take its rise
through the treachery of false teachers, who, seeing that none of
the emissaries any longer survived, at length
attempted with bare and uplifted head to oppose the proclaiming of
the truth by proclaiming "knowledge falsely so called."
(Hegesippus the Nazarene; c. 185 CE; quoted by Eusebius in Eccl.
Hist. 3:32)

Hegisippus indicates the apostasy began the very same year that
Ignatious became bishop of Antioch!


IGNATIUS SECEDES FROM THE JERUSALEM COUNCIL

Up until the time of Ignatius, matters of dispute that arose at
Antioch were ultimately referred to the Jerusalem Council (as in
Acts 14:26-15:2). Ignatius usurped the authority of the Jerusalem
council, declaring himself as the local bishop as the ultimate
authority over the assembly of which he was bishop, and likewise
declaring the same as true of all other bishops and their local
assemblies. Ignatius writes:

…being subject to your bishop…
…run together according to the will of God.
Jesus… is sent by the will of the Father;
As the bishops… are by the will of Jesus Christ.
(Eph. 1:9, 11)

…your bishop…I think you happy who are so joined to him,
as the church is to Jesus Christ and Jesus Christ is to the Father…
Let us take heed therefore, that we not set ourselves
against the bishop, that we may be subject to God….
We ought to look upon the bishop, even as we would
upon the Lord himself.
(Eph. 2:1-4)

…obey your bishop…
(Mag. 1:7)

Your bishop presiding in the place of God…
…be you united to your bishop…
(Mag. 2:5, 7)

…he… that does anything without the bishop…
is not pure in his conscience…
(Tral. 2:5)

…Do nothing without the bishop.
(Phil. 2:14)

See that you all follow your bishop,
As Jesus Christ, the Father…
(Smy. 3:1)

By exalting the power of the office of bishop (overseer) and
demanding the absolute authority of the bishop over the assembly,
Ignatius was actually making a power grab by thus taking absolute
authority over the assembly at Antioch and encouraging other Gentile
overseers to follow suite.


IGNATIOUS DECLARES THE TORAH ABOLISHED

Moreover Ignatius drew men away from Torah and declared the Torah to
have been abolished, not only at Antioch but at other Gentile
assemblies to which he wrote:

Be not deceived with strange doctrines;
nor with old fables which are unprofitable.
For if we still continue to live according to the Jewish Law,
we do confess ourselves not to have received grace…
(Mag. 3:1)

But if any one shall preach the Jewish law unto you,
hearken not unto him…
(Phil. 2:6)


IGNATIOUS REPLACES THE SABBATH WITH SUNDAY WORSHIP

It is also Ignatius who first replaces the Seventh Day Sabbath with
Sunday worship, writing:

"...no longer observing sabbaths, but keeping the Lord's day
in which also our life is sprung up by him, and through
his death..."
(Magnesians 3:3)



IGNATIUS NAMES HIS NEW RELIGION

Having seceded from the authority of Jerusalem, declared the Torah
abolished and replacing the Sabbath with Sunday, Ignatius had created
a new religion. Ignatius coins a new term, never before used, for
this
new religion which he calls "Christianity" and which he makes clear
is new and distict religion from Judaism. He writes:

let us learn to live according to the rules of Christianity,
for whosoever is called by any other name
besides this, he is not of God….

It is absurd to name Jesus Christ, and to Judaize.
For the Christian religion did not embrace the Jewish.
But the Jewish the Christian…
(Mag. 3:8, 11)


CONCLUSION

By the end of the first century Ignatius of Antioch had fulfilled
Paul's warning. He seceded from Judaism and founded a new religion
which he called "Christianity". A religion which rejected the
Torah, and replaced the Seventh Day Sabbath with Sunday Worship.

James Scott Trimm
Worldwide Nazarene Assembly of Elohim
http://www.wnae.org


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Comment by James Trimm on January 28, 2010 at 1:31pm
NETZARIM and NOTZERIM


Lets start with NOTZERIM...

When Ben Yehuda was creating a modern Hebrew dictionary for the modern Hebrew language he chose the word NOTZERIM for "Christian". He apparently did this because he mistook statements in ancient Rabbinic literature referring to N-TZ-R-M as referring to "Christians" rather than to the original ancient sect of Judaism which were the original followers of Yeshua. There may also have been influence from Arabic, which, influenced by the Quran uses the word "Nossara" for "Christian". However it is well known that Ebionites played a major role in Muhammed's sixth century creation of Islam (Robert Eisenman has demonstrated this point) in fact someone used the Ebionite version of the Gospel according to the Hebrews as a source text for the apostate Islamic Gospel of Barnabas. So we should not be surprised that Muhammed knew of Yeshua followers in Saudi Arabia in the sixth century who were known in Arabic as "Nossara" and that this came to be the Arabic word for "Christian" through the influence of the Quran. In fact the true Hebrew word for "Christian" should be built upon the word Mashiach just as the Greek word is built upon the word "Christ". Likewise in Aramaic the word for "Christian" is "Mashikaye" not any form of N-TZ-R. So the Hebrew word "Notzerim" has WRONGLY come to be the modern Hebrew equivalent for "Christian", just as the Arabic word "Nossara" has WRONGLY come to be the modern Arabic word for "Christian".
[edit] Now lets talk about NETZARIM

Anciently Hebrew was written without vowels. "Notzerim" could be written out with a vav or without one. Written with a vav the pronunciation must be "Notzerim" but without the vav it can also be read "Netzarim". Netzarim is the Hebrew word for "branches" (Notzer means "branch"). We are told that Messiah was from "Nazareth" to fulfill the prophecy that he would be called a "Netzeri" (Nazarene) (see Mat. 2:23). The reference here is to Isaiah 11:1 where Messiah is called "Netzer" ("branch"). In many passages, especially Romans 11 and John 15 we find Yeshua's followers (at that time merely a sect of Judaism) called "branches" or "Netzarim". So as not to create confusion with the modern Hebrew mis-use of the term "Notzarim" as the modern Hebrew word for "Christian" we as Nazarenes are careful to call ourselves in Hebrew "Netzarim" and never "Notzarim" which would wrongly identify us in modern Hebrew as "Christians".


Now I have been accused of quoting Epiphanius out of context when I quote him as saying of the Nazarenes:

But these sectarians... did not call themselves Christians--but
"Nazarenes," ... However they are simply complete Jews.

Here is what he actually says in Panarion 29:

1,2 For this group did not name themselves Christians or with
Jesus' own name, but "Nazoraeans." (3) However, at that time all
Christians were called Nazoraeans in the same way.

And then later down (after a LONG parenthetical) in 7,1 he writes:

7,1 But these sectarians whom I am now sketching disregarded
the name of Jesus, and did not call themselves Jessaeans,
keep the name of Jews, or term themselves Christians-but
"Nazoraeans,from the place-name, "Nazareth," if you
please! However they are simply complete Jews.

My intent here was to capture what Epiphanius says the Nazarenes


believe, while editing out Epiphanius' Catholic Christian rebuttals. You can see Epiphanius' rebuttal pick up with the word "however..." and at that point Epiphanius records his own Catholic view of why the Nazarenes are wrong to call themselves "Nazarenes" and not "Christian". (Note that Epiphanius makes it clear that the Nazarenes saw themselves ONLY as "Nazarenes" and as such, as *NOT* "Christians".

Epiphanius rebuts them in the same way we would expect any Christian today to rebut out citation of Acts 24:5, by claiming that the term "Nazarene" at the time, was simply another term for "Christian". Ephiphanius makes it clear that the Nazarenes did not call themselves "Christians" and that they were "complete Jews" going so far as to say that they "confess everything exactly as the Law proclaims it and in the Jewish fashion-- except for their belief in Messiah".

Now I for one am more interested in what Epiphanius tells us that our ancient Nazarene forefathers believed than I am about what Epiphanius himself as a fourth Century Roman Catholic believed.
Comment by DanHenrik on January 28, 2010 at 2:58pm
Shalom Dr. trimm,

where can one read about Robert Eisenmann and his theory about Islam and the ebionites?

todah
Comment by James Trimm on January 30, 2010 at 11:10am
CHRISTIANOS is the term that appears in the Greek and in the Aramaic in all three places where "Christian(s)" occurs.
Comment by Aish Tamid on September 9, 2010 at 12:49pm
Has anyone read the Syriac versions of his letters? Only three of them survive, those to the Romans, the Ephesians, and to Polycarp. Among them, there are huge portions of text that are absent in the Greek.

To Polycarp (Syriac)
To the Ephesians (Syriac)
To the Romans (Syriac)

I cannot find anything in them that is antinomian. If these are indeed the genuine letters, and the Greek are later forgeries, would Ignatius be vindicated?

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