THE SEVENTH COUNCIL A.D. 258
BY: EDMUND and VERA LYNN BARKDOLL
THE FLESH OF ALL LOVELINESS
THE SEVENTH COUNCIL A.D. 258
Many souls before they have read this article have asked, why bring forth a Christian baptismal council that took place so very long ago?
We always answer them, saying; Because This CHRISTIAN BAPTISMAL council SHOWS THE TURNING POINT OF TRUE CHRISTIAN BAPTISM TO FALSE CHRISTIAN BAPTISM.
Indeed, this vitally important Christian baptismal council (which few seem to have had spiritual eyes to see), shows how the heavenly Christian brethren who were at Rome at that time, TURNED AWAY FROM THE HEAVENLY BAPTIZED SPIRITUAL BODY, THE BAPTIZED SPIRITUAL FLESH AND BONE OF CHRIST, by replacing this ONE AND ONLY HEAVENLY BAPTISM FOR REMISSION OF SINS, with a natural earthly symbolic water baptism that is done outside of THE SPIRITUAL BODY, THE SPIRITUAL FLESH AND BONE OF CHRIST.
And so, being outside THE SPIRITUAL BODY; THE SPIRITUAL FLESH AND BONE OF CHRIST, the Christian brethren at Rome fell from HIS SPIRITUAL FLESH AND BONE, and were cast outside of HIS ONE AND ONLY SPIRITUAL HEAVENLY CHURCH WHICH IS OF HIS SPIRITUAL FLESH AND BONE Eph.5:30 .
And that devastating fall Oh soul, has covered the whole of Christendom, and remains even today. That is why Christ’s Spiritual knowledge of this council, and what happened at that time, is so important to know.
IN FACT, IT IS A MUST that we know these things. And after reading this article, dear soul, you should agree, thus it is all true, it was the turning point.
NOTE! Before any viewer looks at this AMAZING council, AND THE HEAVENLY CONFESSORS OF THE CHURCH OF THE MESSIAH THAT SPOKE THE AMAZING TRUTHS THAT ARE IN IT, there are just two things that must first be made very clear to all viewers.
(1) ALL viewers of this council, must completely understand right from the start, that when these HEAVENLY leaders of THE HEAVENLY CHURCH OF CHRIST, mention the word “CHURCH” in their statements in this council, they are referring to THE VERY HEAVENLY SPIRITUAL FLESH AND BONE OF THE MESSIAH WHICH IS IN HEAVEN, as it is written,
“For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the Church: For we are members of His body, of His flesh, and of His bones.” Ephesians 5:29-30
And again, “And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:6
RIGHT NOW, this should start to be engraved upon the viewer’s heart and soul; That THE VIEWER’S heart and soul must put on, by CHRIST’S faith, CHRIST’S Holy washed flesh.
FOR CHRIST only GRANTED THE HOLY BAPTISM (washing OF the word’s WATER AND BLOOD), to his OWN flesh!
And It is only in the body of his flesh that anyone can be reconciled back to God, AS IT IS WRITTEN, “And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath HE RECONCILED, IN THE BODY OF HIS FLESH through death, to present you Holy and unblameable and unreproveable in His sight:” Colossians 1:21-22
WHICH FLESH CHRIST NOW CALLS “HIS CHURCH”
For all the holy confessors that you are about to witness proclaim, AND SHOW BY HIS FAITHFUL SCRIPTURE RECORD, that there is no REMISSION OF SIN outside the heavenly water baptism which is found only in the holy HEAVENLY SPIRITUAL Church of his flesh and bone!
For only in His washed flesh is our heart and soul washed and brought back to the Father. ONLY IN HIS FLESH IS THE LAMB AND THE BRIDE JOINED! FOR GOD HAS JOINED THE HUSBAND AND THE WIFE IN ONE FLESH. As it is written,
“But in the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.” Mark 10:6-9
WE REALIZE, THAT If ANY viewer OF THIS COUNCIL, does not have as yet, the HEAVENLY faith to believe ALL THESE THINGS, then THE viewer MAY never see THE OVERWHELMING IMPACT OF THE HEAVENLY SAVING LAW OF OUR LORD’S BAPTISM THAT IS FOUND IN THIS COUNCIL, WITHOUT LOOKING AT MANY SCRIPTURES AND MANY AUTHORITATIVE TESTIMONIES THAT PROVE THIS TRUE HEAVENLY FAITH IN OUR LORD’S BAPTISM.
So with that in mind, in order to help the viewer in acquiring a faithful understanding of the heavenly law of our Lord’s one baptism, we wish to strongly suggest; please see what the apostles and other authoritative early Christian teachers have to say about this one and only Heavenly lawful Holy water baptism, on this web site at “What Early Christian Teachers Say”.
If you have not yet looked at this document, you should, IT WILL help you overcome your doubts. And please do contact us about these things, for they are most important, and we do wish to hear from you.
(2) Also, all viewers must completely understand right from the start, that when these HEAVENLY leaders of THE HEAVENLY CHURCH OF THE MESSIAH, mention the word “CATHOLIC” in their statements, they ARE NOT referring to the Roman Catholic Church. For indeed, (as we shall see) Stephen and the other fallen clergy at Rome, were fighting against Cyprian and the rest of the true heavenly confessors.
NOTE! Again, when Cyprian and the rest of THE TRUE heavenly confessors, call their Church “CATHOLIC”, they ARE NOT referring to the Roman Catholic Church.
The word “CATHOLIC” that these HEAVENLY CONFESSORS use in their council statements, means = general, universal, of the whole heavenly universe with all its holy angels and such. This is “the general assembly”, The Heavenly Jerusalem, spoken about in Heb. 12:22-23, as it is written, “But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, The Heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels. To the general assembly and Church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect.” Hebrews 12:22-23
For it is to HER, HEAVENLY JERUSALEM, THE CATHOLIC CHURCH, that all must come to be baptized as THE HEAVENLY leaders of THE HEAVENLY CHURCH OF THE MESSIAH, have said, at this AMAZING seventh council of Carthage.
With these two things in mind (and if the viewer loves Christ, and His one Heavenly Church), “the viewer SHOULD then be AMAZED”, at the statements that all these HOLY HEAVENLY LEADERS OF THE HEAVENLY CHURCH OF THE MESSIAH made in their statements in this council.
And if the viewer will look “CLOSELY”, “VERY CLOSELY“, with these two things always in their mind, then the viewer should see ALL the abominable works that have been done in THE NAME OF THE MESSIAH.
These are the abominable works done outside His heavenly flesh and bone, by all the heretic and schismatic systems that CONTINUE to do these abominable things in THE MESSIAH’S name, ESPECIALLY FROM THE TIME OF THIS COUNCIL, EVEN UNTIL NOW.
FOR THIS COUNCIL DOES INDEED SHOW THE GREAT FALLING AWAY FROM THE LORD’S ONE BAPTISM FOR SALVATION.
BUT ONLY THE FAITHFUL WHO ARE IN THE FLESH AND BONE OF THE LORD, ONLY THOSE WHO ARE IN HIS TRUE HEAVENLY CHURCH, WILL COME FORTH IN THESE LAST DAYS TO SAY THAT THIS IS SO. FOR only his HEAVENLY bride can say come, to His true baptismal living Water! But we are of that faithful heavenly Church!
That is why on The Living Sword web site, we have repeatedly stated and proven scripturally time and time again, that all carnal ordinances (water baptism, Passover suppers, ceremonies, circumcision, Passover feasts, foot washing, etc.) practiced by carnal Christendom today, have been erroneously carried over and misplaced in this time of Christ’s Spiritual Dispensation and Age of His Grace.
The carnal Christian clergy has ignorantly called The Lord Jesus Christ a liar, in saying that He instituted rather than FULFILLED all carnal ordinances that were under the Mosaic Law (Matt. 3:13-15, Matt. 5:17-18, Luke 24:25-27, 44).
HEAVENLY SOULS, The re-evaluation of OUR Lord Jesus Christ, and His ONE heavenly Church, with their heavenly Spiritual authority and heavenly Spiritual doctrine, MUST be looked into BY YOU, and will be looked into by all OF YOU HEAVENLY SOULS who study OUR Lord’s HEAVENLY scriptures found on The Living Sword web site. It is very, very important that WE ALL be willing to do this.
NOTE! Those who are called “Heretics and Schismatics”, are all those who DO NOT confess “THE FLESH OF CHRIST” in their religious works.
THE SEVENTH COUNCIL A.D. 258
Oh dear heavenly souls, we say again, this council was a “KEY COUNCIL”, THE TURNING POINT.
THE TIME WHEN THE HEAVENLY DOCTRINE OF CHRIST’S GRACE AND TRUTH (which is only found in His own flesh – see John 1:14), WAS PUT ASIDE BECAUSE CHRIST’S WATER BAPTISM OF FAITH WAS DISCARDED.
THE TIME WHEN THE WHOLE ORIGIN OF THE TRUE FAITH OF CHRIST AND HIS CHURCH, WAS PUT ASIDE BY A CARNAL EARTHLY WATER BAPTISM DONE OUTSIDE THE CHURCH (SPIRITUAL BODY) OF CHRIST.
We know that at this council Cyprian gathered together “Eighty-Seven Holy Bishops of The Heavenly Church” to fight a man called Stephen (who himself at one time had been a true heavenly teacher of the Church of the Messiah, but fell from his heavenly post). Stephen was in Rome at the time and was bringing forth a heretic carnal water baptism that was outside the flesh of the Messiah. To understand better about carnal and spiritual water baptism, please see TRUE WATER BAPTISM.
We must understand, that standing up against this heretic Stephen, probably meant sure death (physical) for Cyprian and the rest of the Heavenly confessors. For Rome was in command. If Rome said “you are out”! “You were taken out!”
The heretics wanted to align themselves with the religious thoughts of Rome in one way or another. After all, with Rome behind you, how could you lose? You would have the money, the army, and so on. And it has been written that the local custom of the Roman province seems to have justified Stephen’s local practice of accepting a different water baptism than the one and only TRUE Heavenly water baptism, found in The Church of The Messiah.
There is little doubt that these Eighty-Seven HOLY HEAVENLY LEADERS OF THE HEAVENLY CHURCH OF THE MESSIAH, knew (or thought), that by what they said in this Council, they would later be killed for it. And indeed we know for sure that some of them were.
When one first looks at what THE HOLY HEAVENLY CONFESSORS said in this council, one sometimes is “astonished”. Because after all, if their confession maybe meant the judgment of their natural lives, why did they not say more to defend their faith? To defend themselves?
These were not ordinary believers; these were Bishops! They knew the DIVINE SCRIPTURES inside and out. They could have given many, many examples from Heavenly scripture to prove their case. For as said, they knew all the Heavenly volumes inside and out.
For back then, a BISHOP WAS MADE A BISHOP BECAUSE OF HIS HEAVENLY WISDOM KNOWLEDGE IN THE HEAVENLY SCRIPTURES.
And Stephen knew that they had this vast knowledge of heavenly wisdom scriptures, for as we know he (Stephen), also was at one time “A BISHOP in The Heavenly Church” but he sold out for the glory of heresy and Rome.
But, when one looks at Cyprian and his fellow confessors, and what they say at this council, one is amazed that they said so little. They could have said VOLUMES with their knowledge of Heavenly scripture.
But when one looks very closely at what they say, one sees that THEY DID SAY VOLUMES. “THEY SAID IT ALL!.”
They said; “THERE IS NO LEGITIMATE WATER BAPTISM DONE OUTSIDE THE HEAVENLY FLESH OF CHRIST.” For at that time as said, HIS FLESH was called THE ASSEMBLY, the Church, THE HOLY CATHOLIC CHURCH.
For THESE TRUE CONFESSORS, (and for all true Christian confessors), any water baptism that is done “outside” of the flesh and bone of the Messiah, is heresy.
NOTE! To understand more about these heretics and schismatics, go to “FAQ” on this web site.
Heavenly souls, it is overwhelming, it is devastating, it is beyond thought that such a thing could have happened. That after this council was over, and the Holy confessors taken out (martyred), millions, countless millions, would go to their graves trusting in that same vain earthly water baptism that Stephen was advocating. A earthly water baptism, that had no power to give the heavenly spiritual life of Christ’s grace and truth (see John 1:14), to anyone.
One might think that such a thing could not have happened! BUT IT DID! INDEED IT DID HAPPEN!
We should not think that this could not happen because of the vast numbers of people involved. For as we know, most of the people of the Jews, DID NOT HEAR, NOR DID THEY BELIEVE the prophets THAT CAME TO THEM WITH THE TRUTH.
And it took hundreds of years for all the prophets to come and speak to them. Countless millions of Jews went to their graves believing in a Jewish religion which could not save them. They believed in vain, by their believing in the false Jewish priests, and their systems and they would not believe the true prophets, whom the false Jewish priests killed.
We must all understand, as for the Jews, so for the Gentiles (see Rom. 2:7-9). This is how narrow the true heavenly baptismal way (doctrine), of eternal life truly is. For few find it, as it is written, “Enter ye in at the strait gate: For wide is the gate, and broad is the way (doctrine) , that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way (doctrine), which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” Matthew 7:13-14
We pray that all those who view this council on this web site, if they know not this life-giving narrow way found only in the flesh of Christ, will cry, earnestly, cry out from their heart for Christ to baptize them in His flesh, with the one and only TRUE HEAVENLY WATER BAPTISM OF CHRIST AND HIS HEAVENLY CHURCH. And please, if you would, do contact us in regard to all these things.
For one may not know or recognize any of the names of these HOLY HEAVENLY CONFESSORS OF CHRIST AND HIS HEAVENLY CATHOLIC CHURCH, BUT WE ALL MUST COME TO KNOW AND RECOGNIZE THEIR HEAVENLY HOLY CATHOLIC CREED!
For all viewers who might be totally unfamiliar with this monumental council, and the circumstances leading up to it, we have included below, the preface that came along with the 1886 printed edition of this council. It is very, very worth while reading for everyone. For everyone must know what happened here.
And we hope that this preface will be a help in better understanding the circumstances leading up to and surrounding this council. Please read it before entering.
“When Stephen, Bishop of Rome A.D.258, Had by His Letters Condemned the Decrees of the African Council on the Baptism of Heretics, Cyprian Lost No Time in Holding Another Council at Carthage with a Greater Number of Bishops. Having Therefore Summoned Eighty-Seven Bishops from Africa, Numidia, and Mauritania, Who Assembled at Carthage in the month of September, A.D. 258, This Third Council on the Same Matter of Baptism Was Then Celebrated. At the Beginning of Which, After, the Letters on Either Side Had Been Read, Cyprian, by Implication, Condemns the Assumption of Stephen.
When, in the month of September, a great many bishops from the provinces of Africa, Numidia, and Mauritania, had met together at Carthage, together with the presbyters and deacons, and a considerable part of the congregation who were also present; and when the letter of Jubaianus written to Cyprian had been read, as also the reply of Cyprian to Jubaianus, about baptizing heretics, and what the same Jubaianus had subsequently rejoined to Cyprian, Cyprian said: You have heard, my dearly beloved colleagues, what Jubaianus our co-bishop has written to me, taking counsel of my poor intelligence concerning the illegitimate and profane baptism of heretics, as well as what I wrote in answer to him, decreeing, to wit, what we have once and again and frequently determined, that heretics who come to the Church must be baptized and sanctified by the baptism of the Church.
Moreover, another letter of Jubaianus has also been read to you, wherein, replying, in accordance with his sincere and religious devotion, to my letter, he not only acquiesced in what I had said, but, confessing that he had been instructed thereby, he returned thanks for it. It remains, that upon this same matter each of us should bring forward what we think, judging no man, nor rejecting any one from the right of communion, (i.e., the bishops should be allowed to say what they think, for Stephen was trying to make himself a bishop of bishops, and rule all) if he should think differently from us. For neither does any of us set himself up as a bishop of bishops, nor by tyrannical terror does any compel his colleague to the necessity of obedience; (note! the tyrannical terror was seen as coming from Stephen who was RESIDING AT ROME) since every bishop, according to the allowance of his liberty and power, has his own proper right of judgment, and can no more be judged by another than he himself can judge another. But let us all wait for the judgment of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the only one that has the power both of preferring us in the government of His Church, and of judging us in our conduct there.”
NOTE! And what do we say now about Cyprian and ALL these Holy beloved confessors, Bishops? For these were not new converts to Christ and His Church, but these were LEADERS OF THE CHRIST’S CHURCH! Well established in the heavenly knowledge of the Holy Spirit. And not just one or two of them, but many, many of these beloved confessors gathered in one place to confess The Word, Christ and His beloved flesh.
They called each other beloved. And let us remember, that no one may be called beloved, unless they are wearing The beloved flesh of The Messiah. For The Father only called HIS WORD, HIS VERY OWN SON and THE FLESH THAT HIS ONLY SON WAS WEARING “MY BELOVED” see Matthew 3:17
REMEMBER! It was for the love of THE FATHER AND CHRIST THE SON AND THE FLESH AND BONE OF CHRIST, THE HOLY HEAVENLY CATHOLIC CHURCH that ALL these Holy beloved confessors, fought for the faith, against heretics and schismatics.
Let us ALL sincerely ask ourselves, Where and how AND IN WHAT WATER were we washed? What faith are we confessing? What flesh do we love? What confession are we making to each other?
Did not Christ say that His flesh was life (see John 6:51)? How can we have His life without having His flesh? How can we have (put on) His flesh without entering into His baptism (see Galatians 3:27, Romans 13:14)? How can we be confessing His baptism to each other, if we are confessing a baptism that is done OUTSIDE CHRIST’S FLESH?
Before we enter to hear the voices of some of these HOLY BELOVED CONFESSORS, We must understand that these HOLY BELOVED CONFESSORS are the true NEIGHBOUR OF CHRIST.
For they are of CHRIST’S FLESH AND BONE. For they are the members (see Ephesians 4:25), of His body (see Ephesians 5:30).
Their voices go to Him, and their voice (confession) IS IN HIM NOW! This is the voice of the dove, i.e., the flesh of Christ. And although this voice (like a sweet dove) has flown up to heaven to sit down on the right hand of the Majesty on high (see Hebrews 1:3); we must all understand, that this voice of THE FLESH OF CHRIST, is COMING BACK TO JUDGE ALL SOULS IN REGARD TO THEIR CONFESSION.
I confessed my new flesh before God, and my soul flew unto Him as a dove flies home.
COME! HEAVENLY SOULS, LET US ALL TAKE THE TIME NOW TO SLOWLY VIEW THESE TRUE STARS OF HEAVEN, THESE TRUE HOLY HEAVENLY LEADERS OF THE HEAVENLY CHURCH OF THE MESSIAH AS THEY GIVE THEIR HEAVENLY CONFESSION (WHICH CHRIST LONGS TO HEAR FROM ALL OF US), SO THAT THEIR IMMORTAL LIGHT MAY LEAD US ALL INTO MORE SPLENDOR OF THE GLORY OF CHRIST. AND IT MAY BE SAID OF US,
“And again time will not age them. For in the heights of that world shall they dwell, and they shall be made like unto the angels, and be made equal to the stars, and they shall be changed into every form they desire, from beauty into loveliness, and from light into the splendor of glory.” The Apocalypse of Baruch 51:9-10 The scribe of the Prophet Jeremiah