Pagan Christianity?: Exploring the Roots of Our Church Practices

Pagan Christianity?: Exploring the Roots of Our Church Practices

Have you ever wondered why we Christians do what we do for church every Sunday morning? Why do we “dress up” for church? Why does the pastor preach a sermon each week? Why do we have pews, steeples, choirs, and seminaries? This volume reveals the startling truth: most of what Christians do in present-day churches is not rooted in the New Testament, but in pagan culture and rituals developed long after the death of the apostles. Coauthors Frank Viola and George Barna support their thesis with compelling historical evidence in the first-ever book to document the full story of modern Christian church practices.

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A Look Into Gospel Music Origin, Roots, History

A Look Into Gospel Music Origin, Roots, History

When you think of gospel music, chances are churches and large church choirs doing rousing performances were the first things that came to your mind. But would you believe that there was a time when such performances would hardly be associated with the church? Not too many people know that Gospel music origin, roots, history didn’t just usher the creation of a new music genre, it also gave birth to the present-day African-American culture.

Gospel music origin, roots, history goes back to Africa but most of the sound was developed on American soil, particularly in the southern area, during the 18th century at the height of the slavery era. Tribal African music dealt exclusively with the sacred and was used by tribesmen as a means to be in harmony with nature. When the American slavers brought Africans to American soil, a ban prohibiting their native music and the use of traditional African instruments was imposed on them. This was done in order to further subjugate them and prevent them from communicating with one another. The enslaved Africans then turned to creating a new kind of music by using Christian subjects instead and fused their traditional African music styles with the Western style of harmony and musical instruments, thus began the gospel music origin, roots, history of modern day gospel music.

The roots of gospel music first started to grow in the South where slavery flourished during the 1600s. To keep the enslaved Africans in check, the Africans were also compelled to attend their masters’ worship services, which further reinforced the slavery doctrine. The church and religion became the slaves’ sanctuary and acted as their guiding force in times of great adversity, even more so after their eventual emancipation. It wasn’t long before their own brand of African-American culture and music started to thrive within the safe confines of the churches. The converted slaves started to adapt the normally somber and sedated Methodist hymns, infusing it with their own native music. In a fact, a lot of the well-known present-day gospel song patterns, such as the popular call and response style and the use of complex percussion rhythms, are also key features of tribal African music.

Gospel music started to spread towards the North American territories during the late 1800s when slaves were allowed to publicly perform in large musical ensembles. The new breed of music was embraced by the all-white public, their interest obviously piqued by the new sound. Pretty soon the influence of gospel music started to trickle down not only to traditional religious music but also to popular American music.

Some of the most popular personalities in recent music history such as Elvis Presley, Sam Cooke, Mahalia Jackson, Aretha Franklin, and Jerry Lee Lewis among others have cited their own gospel music origin, roots, history back at their own churches as having a significant influence on them. Of the aforementioned names, only Mahalia Jackson—the undisputed first Queen of Gospel Music—has the distinction of maintaining a steady career in gospel music. The others had also found crossover success in secular music, despite not completely severing their gospel music roots throughout their music career.

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The Strong Roots Church of Jesus Christ

The Strong Roots Church of Jesus Christ

The Strong Roots Church of Jesus Christ where healing, deliverance, prayer, merricals and the Holy Spirit is taken  place, is located at 2605 Tamiami Trail Port Charlotte FL. Come and join Pastor Minister Willie Wiggins Jr the author of the book “The Last Chapter”, and 1st lady Theresa Wiggins,   for a Holy Spirit experience that will change your life forever!

Minister Willie Wiggins Jr is anointed with spiritual gifts from God that will change your life forever. Pastor Minister Willie Wiggins Jr who is anointed far and beyond anyone that I have ever met will be leading this church as an ambassadors of GOD leading those who is walking in the shadow of darkness into the light of Jesus Christ!

The Strong Roots Church of Jesus Christ is open seven days a week and services are on Sunday from 11am to 12pm and 2pm to 3pm, with Bible study on Wenesday evening from 7pm to 8pm. a womens and mens group fellowship will commence once a month and end the evening with healing prayer and deliverance by the ministry team of Pastor Minister Willie Wiggins Jr, 1st lady Theresa Wiggins.

On Saturday evenings there will be a cafe larte entertainment and fellowship starting in August. Join them with prayer, healing deliverance, spiritual warfare deliverance, praise, worship, by the power of the Holy Spirit of GOD.

I recently purchased the revised edition of the new and exciting book “The Last Chapter” by Minister Willie Wiggins Jr, and read it twice to find that it had relived me of a burden and stress that I have been carrying for a long time now.

I have read many self help books and books on how to reduce stress but this book has all the answers that I was looking for. I encourage all to purchase this book and learn how to live a wonderful, glorious, stress free life!
I feel like I have been refreshed and my spirit of life has been renewed.The man Minister Willie Wiggins Jr has an anointing upon him that is rarely found.

His book The Last Chapter is one of a kind and I felt as if I was having a conversation with him myself at times while reading it and then at one point I felt as if I was in a therapy session with a gifted councilor.

Minister Willie Wiggins Jr is the Pastor of the Strong Roots Church of Jesus Christ in Port Charlotte FL. He wrote the book “THE LAST CHAPTER” which is in stores all around the world.

It is unlike the typical self help book in that it has a storyline to it and is not boring! This book went into stores last week and is quickly becoming a best seller.

Discovering Our Roots: The Ancestry of Churches of Christ

Discovering Our Roots: The Ancestry of Churches of Christ

This rich and challenging book explores the roots or ancestry of the Churches of Christ and others who stand as heirs to the Stone-Campbell movement of the early nineteenth century. It asks, ‘Where did we come from? How did we get this way? Why do we read the Bible the way we do? What has been the heart of our movement?’ And it asks further, ‘What can we learn from those who have viewed restoration of apostolic Christianity in ways quite different from our own?’ The authors begin their story in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries – the age of Renaissance and Reformation. They isolate the stream of restorationist thought that arose in that age and then follow that stream through the Puritans, the early Baptists in America, the frenzy of pure beginnings in the early decades of American nationhood, and down to the Stone-Campbell movement.

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Alcoholics Anonymous History And Its Initial Christian Roots

Alcoholics Anonymous History And Its Initial Christian Roots

Alcoholics Anonymous History and Its Initial Christian Roots

How They’ve Been Forgotten; And How They Can Help Recovery Today

By Dick B.

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I am one of the tens of thousands (probably hundreds of thousands) of Christians who deeply appreciate the recovery from alcoholism and addiction that Alcoholics Anonymous made possible in our lives. Many of us have been criticized for mentioning Jesus Christ and the Bible in our talks at meetings. But most of us know that God is our sufficiency. We pray to Him in the name of Jesus Christ. And we recover.


Many of us who are Christians involved in A.A. do believe in God, the accomplishments of His Son Jesus Christ, and the truth about both that is found in the Bible. Many of us, as Christian members of Alcoholics Anonymous, had no idea whatsoever that early A.A. was a Christian fellowship, that its members believed in God, surrendered to Jesus Christ, and studied the Bible on a daily basis. Many of us had no idea whatsoever that the early, Christian-oriented A.A. claimed an overall 75% success rate among the “seemingly-hopeless,” “medically-incurable,” “last gasp case” alcoholics who thoroughly followed the pioneer A.A. program. And many of us never learned that the Original Akron program is summarized rather well in on page 131 of the A.A. General Service Conference-approved book, DR. BOB and the Good Oldtimers.


How could so many of us have been unaware of these facts?


The answer, in part, is that, as the First Edition of A.A.’s Big Book manuscript was being written and edited in 1938 and early 1939, many additions, omissions, and changes were made to the highly-successful Akron Christian program Bill W. and Dr. Bob began developing in the summer of 1935. For example, as Bill W. stated on pages 166-67 of the A.A. General Service Conference-approved book, Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age:


We [Bill W., Hank P., Ruth Hock, and John Henry Fitzhugh M.] were still arguing about the Twelve Steps. All this time I had refused to budge on these steps. I would not change a word of the original draft, in which, you will remember, I had consistently used the word “God,” and in one place the expression “on our knees” was used. Praying to God on one’s knees was still a big affront to Henry. He argued, he begged, he threatened. He quoted Jimmy [B.—i.e., Jim Burwell] to back him up. . . . Though at first I would have none of it, we finally began to talk about the possibility of compromise. . . . In Step Two we decided to describe God as a “Power greater than ourselves.” In Steps Three and Eleven we inserted the words “God as we understood Him.” From Step Seven we deleted the expression “on our knees.” . . . Such were the final concessions to those of little or no faith; this was the great contribution of our atheists and agnostics. [Emphasis added]


Bill W.’s wife Lois spoke about another major change on page 113 of her autobiography, Lois Remembers:


Finally it was agreed that the book should present a universal spiritual program, not a specific religious one, since all drunks were not Christian.


Such major changes to the Original Akron A.A. “Christian Fellowship” program obscured the simple solution the A.A. pioneers in Akron discovered; specifically, that a cure from alcoholism was available through reliance on Almighty God, coming to Him through His Son Jesus Christ, and reading and studying the Bible—along with the other principles and practices of the early days. [For the Frank Amos summary of the Original Akron A.A. “Program,” and the other principles and practices of the Akron fellowship, see: Dick B. and Ken B., The Dick B. Christian Recovery Manual (Kihei, HI: Paradise Research Publications, Inc., 2009), 44-46, 49.]


The Lesson from the First Three AAs


Early AAs knew one another. They visited one another. They had address books with the phone numbers (if a given member had a phone) and addresses of the other members. And they kept rosters which showed the sobriety dates and sobriety history of the members.


The 75% overall success rate early A.A. claimed was remarkable because it was attained by what Bill W. called the “seemingly-hopeless,” “medically-incurable,” “last gasp” cases who gave their all to God and received the blessed healing and deliverance that followed. Bill W. and Dr. Bob did indeed state that there were “failures galore.” But there weren’t failures galore among the real hardcore members who turned to God and gave the program everything they had.


A very important part of the historical record is how the first three AAs got sober in late 1934 and in 1935. When they got sober:


There was no Big Book (Alcoholics Anonymous was published in April 1939);

There were no Twelve Steps;

There were no Twelve Traditions;

There were no “drunkalogs”; and

There were no “meetings to make”—at least of the kinds normally seen in today’s A.A.


 The Creator of the heavens and the earth was there. See, for example, Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th ed.:


“my Creator” (page 13)

“My Creator” (76)

“our Creator” (pages 25, 68, 72, 75, 83)

“a living Creator” (page 28);

“his Creator” (page 56, 80, 158)

“their loving and All Powerful Creator” (page 161)


The “Great Physician,” Jesus Christ, was there. See, for example: Dick B., The Conversion of Bill W.: More on the Creator’s Role in Early A.A. (Kihei, HI: Paradise Research Publications, Inc., 2006), 59ff.


The Bible (which Dr. Bob often called the “Good Book”) was there. See, for example, page 13 of the A.A. General Service Conference-approved pamphlet, The Co-Founders of Alcoholics Anonymous (Item # P-53; available for reading online at; accessed 8/5/09):


At that point, our stories didn’t amount to anything to speak of. When we started in on Bill D., we had no Twelve Steps, either; we had no Traditions.

            But we were convinced that the answer to our problems was in the Good Book. To some of us older ones, the parts that we found absolutely essential were the Sermon on the Mount, the thirteenth chapter of First Corinthians, and the Book of James.


A.A. Number One, Bill W., learned from Dr. Silkworth that Jesus Christ could cure him. Bill learned from his old drinking friend Ebby Thacher that Ebby had been to the altar at Calvary Rescue Mission, and been reborn, causing Ebby to tell Bill that God had done for him (Ebby) what Ebby could not do for himself. Bill then went to Calvary Church itself. He heard Ebby give testimony from the pulpit; and Bill decided that he too needed help and needed the same help that Ebby had received. Bill then went to the altar at Calvary Rescue Mission, made a decision for Christ, wrote that he had been born again for sure, and then decided to seek the help of the “Great Physician,” Jesus Christ. Deeply depressed and despairing, Bill proceeded drunk to Towns Hospital where he was greeted by Dr. Silkworth. At Towns Hospital, Bill cried out for help, had a dramatic spiritual “white light” experience, perceived that he had been in the presence of the “God of the Scriptures” (as Bill wrote on page 284 of The Language of the Heart), and never drank again. Bill proclaimed he never again doubted the existence of God. And his message became: “The Lord has cured me of this terrible disease, and I just want to keep talking about it and telling people.” (Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th ed., 191) No Big Book. No Twelve Steps. No Twelve Traditions. No drunkalogs. No meetings. Just the power and love of God that Bill had sought and relied upon.


A.A. Number Two, Dr. Bob S.,–a Christian since his youth in St. Johnsbury, Vermont–prayed for deliverance on the rug at the home of T. Henry Williams in Akron. Miraculously, help showed up quite soon in the form of a visit of Bill W. to Akron. Henrietta Seiberling declared Bill’s visit to be “Manna from Heaven.” Bill soon moved in with Dr. Bob and his wife, studied the Bible with them, and nursed Dr. Bob back from one, brief and last binge. Dr. Bob never drank again thereafter and told the nurse at City Hospital that he and Bill had found a cure for alcoholism. No Big Book. No Twelve Steps. No Twelve Traditions. No drunkalogs. No meetings. Just the power and love of God that Dr. Bob had sought and relied upon. Dr. Bob closed his story in the Big Book with these words:


Your Heavenly Father will never let you down!


Bill W. and Dr. Bob sought out another drunk to help. They found A.A. Number Three, the hospitalized Akron attorney Bill D., also a Christian. After Bill D. heard what Bill W. and Dr. Bob had to share, Bill D. decided to entrust his life to God’s care. Shortly, when Bill W. and Dr. Bob returned to the hospital, Bill D. told them what had happened. Bill D. then left the hospital a free man and never drank again. He had been told to find other drunks to help; and he did so. No Big Book. No Twelve Steps. No Twelve Traditions. No drunkalogs. No meetings. Just the power and love of God that Bill D. had sought and relied upon. Bill D. found himself echoing Bill W.’s statement on page 191 of the Fourth Edition of Alcoholics Anonymous:


The Lord has cured me of this