World’s First Christian Church outside Jerusalem, in Britain!
Written by “Jack” (author of the
About God” website),
The Link with England 1
Historic writings support the belief 1 that in 37 A.D. St Joseph of Arimathea (Christ’s great uncle, according to one source) followed by the apostle St Simon Zelotes and later by St Paul of Tarsus with other disciples (according to the Pseudo-Pauline apocrypha: “Acts 29” - from the Sonnini manuscript, on hearing of Jewish Christians settling in Britain, Paul of Tarsus travelled there via Spain from Rome, this is a disputed text but still in antiquity), came to Britannia, to erect the first Christian Church outside Jerusalem, further undisputed evidence supports the existence of established Christianity in Britain from this time and there has been a Church of England (Britannia) ever since although it’s affiliations, allegiances and doctrines have been moderated and switched between Rome and England several times throughout its history:
The fact that there are records of Christian centres of learning in Britannia, during the Roman persecutions, of three British Bishops from: York, London and probably Lincoln, were recorded as being present at the Council of Arles in 314 AD proves that there was already an established Church in Britannia at this time and as this pre-dates the Roman Catholic heresy the early Church of England had its origins in original Catholicism. Therefore the pre-664 AD Church in Britannia had to be Arian in Christological belief!
Christianity in Britannia began during the first century and existed autonomously, independent of the Church of Rome until the Synod of Whitby in the middle ages. Although Anglicanism fell victim to Roman heresy, be it amid protest, the Arian Catholic Church has declared that Anglican and Anglican Catholic ordinations will be recognised in principle for clergy wishing to repent of their heresy and convert to the Arian Catholic Church.
The First Christian Church outside Jerusalem was built in Glastonbury, Britain, in 37 AD 1...
Surprised? This is all well-documented history. History that very few of us have ever heard. Why? For the same reason that many of us were never taught about the massacre of the Arian Christians in the 4th century who were a larger following than those of the Church in Rome. People write history to suit themselves. We’ll see this again and again as the history of the English church unfolds. We’re victims of the Greco-Roman version of history. They wanted people to believe that they were the most important ones on the stage of history, and called everyone else barbarians. Well, that just isn’t so.
It will be noticed that two distinct events are spoken of above:
Britain was the first of all nations to accept Christianity as its national religion. Few people realize that this is why the British King is called “our Most Religious King”. Not many realize that the superior dignity and antiquity of the British national Church has been decided by Church Synods and Councils (though heretical for other reasons): the Synod of Pisa in 1409, Council of Constance in 1417, Synod of Sienna in 1424, and the Council of Basel in 1434. It was there contended that the Churches of France and Spain must yield in points of antiquity and precedence to that of Britain, as the latter Church probably was founded by Joseph of Arimathea immediately after the Passion of Christ.
St Gildas the Wise (c. 494 or 516 – c. 570), the earliest Celtic Christian historian and clergyman distinctly says that the Light of Christ shone here in the last year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, that is 37 AD. This falls in with the claim recorded above, which gave precedence to British Bishops at the Church Councils on the ground that Britain was converted “Immediately after the Passion of Jesus Christ”. It fits in also with the statements of Fuller and Polydore Virgil already recorded that the Church of Glastonbury was the Senior Church of the world; with Sir Henry Spelman’s words that Britain received the Faith soon after the Crucifixion; with Alford’s statement that Aristobulus was in Britain before St. Paul went to Rome; with the observance by the Greek Church of the martyrdom in Britain of Our Lord’s disciple, St. Simon Zelotes, on 10th May 44 A.D. (a date supported by Cardinal Baronius; and with Hippolytus’ (born about 160 AD) inclusion of that Apostle in his lists as “Bishop of the Britons”. All these are testimony to the year 37 AD as marking the coming of the first Mission and not to the date 63 AD.
we go to The Drama of The Lost Disciples, by George F. Jowett for
some background on the journey and makeup of the party headed up by Joseph
Legends of Glastonbury 2
Rev. C.C. Dobson
gave us some historical background of both the tin trade in Britain and Jesus’ relationship with
Joseph of Arimathea.
Herodotus as early as 445 BC speaks of the British Isles as the Tin
Islands or Cassiterides. Pytheas (352-323 BC) mentions the tin trade, as
does also Polybius (circa 160). Diodorus Siculus gives a detailed
description of the trade. He tells us that the tin was mined, beaten into
squares, and carried to an island called Ictis, joined to the mainland at
low tide, which is generally held to be Mount St. Michael in Cornwall,
although some have identified it with Falmouth. Thence it was shipped to
Morlais, and transported across France on pack horses to Marseilles. From
Marseilles it was again shipped to Phoenicia. Innumerable ancient workings
in Cornwall still attest the trade, and tin is still mined there today.
Lord Avebury and Sir John Evans held the opinion that the trade existed as
early as 1500 BC, and Sir Edward Creasy in his History of England writes: “The British mines mainly
supplied the glorious adornment of
St. Joseph of Arimathea at Glastonbury, Lionel Smithett
Lewis (Glastonbury Vicar), ISBN 0-227-67868-0 Publisher, James Clarke
& Co Ltd, Cambridge, England.1
The New Testament Apochrypha
Note 1 : While this article brings to light some interesting and valuable evidence, particularly concerning the arrival of early Christianity into Britain, it is intended to stimulate interest and debate on the subject of early Christianity in Britain. The legend of Jesus’ visits to Britain does NOT form part of Arian Catholic doctrine!
Note 2 : The Arian Catholic Church’s official interest in the Glastonbury legends is limited to the evidence proving the existence of Christian centres of learning in Britain which were already established within 25 years of Jesus’ crucifixion!
[(XP) Primus Inter Pares.]
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