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We gratefully acknowledge the work of all those men and women who preserved, read, believed and followed the Word of God, from earliest times. The apostle Paul held to the Bible against corrupting influences of his day, and warned: "Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth" (Titus 1:14).
God has provided his remnant church with men and women in every generation who stood against apostasy. We read of men such as Polycarp and Polycrates (2nd century), Lucian of Antioch (3rd-4th centuries), Ambrose of Milan and Vigilantius of Aquatain (4th-5th century), Peter Valdus (7th Century), Bishop Claude of Turin ("The Reformer of the Ninth Century"), Peter Waldo of Lyons (12th century), and many other reformers before the reformation, who stood on the word of God, sola scriptura, who found justification by faith in Jesus Christ, and are often labeled as heretics by historians.
These Bible believers stood against many outward corruptions within the powerful and unholy church, headed by the papacy, which through time would "speak great words against the most High, and. . . [would] wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws" (Dan. 7:25). The modern Christian church world has inherited a system of doctrines and beliefs that would hardly be recognized by Christians of the first century. Whereas, the state/church union established tradition on an equal par with the Bible, for defining truth, genuine remnant believers down through history held to the Bible against traditions of men, as the only true standard and rule for life.
We acknowledge all who by faith in Jesus Christ stood and proclaimed, "his name is called The Word of God" (Rev. 19:13), "for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name" (Psa. 138:2). A Bible Prayer Book is offered to the end of establishing the Word of God as the sole rule of faith, doctrine, prayer and worship, for the remnant church in the wilderness.