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c. 240-312 AD

Creed of Lucian

 "Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers" -- Titus 1:9

 

[Lucian {c. 240-312} "founded a college at Antioch which strove to counteract the dangerous ecclesiastical alliance between Rome and Alexandria. . . [which] strove to exalt tradition. . . [and] teach Christianity. . . mixed with pagan philosophy" (Truth Triumphant, Benjamin G. Wilkinson, Ph. D., c. 1890, reprinted by TEACH Services, Inc., Brushton, NY, 1994, p. 47). Historians often wrongly attribute the Arian heresy to Lucian, since Arius was his former student. However, Arius and his heretical teaching that Jesus Christ was a created being, is stoutly refuted by his former Master, Lucian of Antioch, whose creed sets forth all three members of the Godhead on exact Scriptural grounds. He is sometimes called a "Judaizer," because he taught the Ten Commandments, including the seventh day Sabbath, which was generally kept outside of Rome and Alexandria at the time. Whether "friends or opponents, [they all] agree that Lucian was the editor who passed on to the world the Received Text -- the New Testament text which was adopted at the birth of all the great churches of the Reformation [Ibid., p. 59]. Lucian died a martyr's death in about 312AD. -- Ed.].

"Lucian's martyrdom by torture and starvation for refusing to eat meat ritually offered to the Roman gods during the early-4th-century persecution of the Roman emperor Maximinus elicited praise from his antagonists" ("Lucian of Antioch, Saint." Encyclopædia Britannica. 2006. Encyclopædia Britannica Premium Service. 11 Feb. 2006
<http://www.britannica.com/eb/article-9049243>. 

We believe, in accordance with the Evangelic and apostolic tradition, in one God the Father Almighty, the Maker and Provider of all things:

And in one Lord Jesus Christ His son, the only-begotten God, through whom all things were made, who was begotten of the Father before all ages, God of God, Whole of Whole, One of One, Perfect of Perfect, King of King, Lord of Lord, the living Word, Wisdom, Life, True Light, Way, Truth, Resurrection, Shepherd, Door, unchangeable and unalterable, the immutable likeness of the Godhead, both of the substance and will and power and glory of the Father, the first-born of all creation, who was in the beginning with God, the Divine Logos, according to what is said in the Gospel: 'and the Word was God' through whom all things were made and in whom 'all things consist': who in the last days came down from above and was born of a Virgin, according to the Scriptures, and became man, the Mediator between God and man, and the Apostle of our Faith, and the Prince of Life; as He says: 'I have come down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of Him that sent me'; who suffered for us; and rose for us the third day, and ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of the Father, and again is coming with glory and power to judge the living and the dead.

And in the Holy Spirit given for consolation and sanctification and perfection to those who believe; as also our Lord Jesus Christ commanded His disciples, saying: 'Go ye, teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit' -- clearly of a Father who is really a father, and of a Son who is really a son, and of the Holy Spirit who is really a holy spirit, these names being assigned, not vaguely nor idly, but indicating accurately the special personality (hypostasy), order, and glory of those named, so that in personality they are three, but in harmony one.

Having then this faith, having it both from the beginning and to the end, before God and Christ we anathematize all heretical false doctrine. And if any one, contrary to the right faith of the Scriptures, teaches and says that there either is or has been a period or time or age before the Son of God was begotten, let him be accursed (anathema). And if any one says that the Son is a creature as one of the creatures, or generated as one of the things generated, or made as one of the things made, and not as the Divine Scripture have handed down each of the things aforesaid, or if any one teaches or preaches a gospel other than we have received, let him be accursed.

For we truly and clearly both believe and follow all things from the Holy Scriptures that have been transmitted to us by the Prophets and Apostles.


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