I decided to type quotes from the forward of the book,
Pilgrim Church, by E.H. Broadbent. (newly reprinted--available from Amazon.com)
Excepts from Forward, by Dave Hunt (pp. v-vii)
Edmund Hamer Broadbent (1861-1945) lived at a time when documents
and books--many of them now lost or very rare--which told the true
of the Christian church could still be found. His scholarship isattested
to by the scores of books in several languages available in his day,
he drew much of the vital information he has passed on to us...
The earliest groups of whom he writes were not "Protestants" (a
disparaging epithet which only came into existence at the Reformation),
but simple Christians who sought to follow God's Word as their final
authority. They did not submit to the Roman papacy, which by force
imposed an "official Christianity" upon the entire known world at that
their best to destroy the truth concerning the beliefs and practices
their victims. The lies of the inquisitors told about these martyrs
part of "official church history," and are to this day maintained in
most popular and available sources. For that reason, we are deeply
indebted to Broadbent for his diligence in searching out the truth
passing it along to us.
In addition to the story of these early Christians, Broadbent includes
also the chronicle of those who came out of the Roman Catholic Church
result of the Reformation. And he brings the history of the Pilgrim
into the early 1900's. This is not an account of denominations, but
Christian faith and those who sought to adhere to Scripture in their
practice of Christianity, not only independently of Rome but of Protestant
authorities as well. Their failures are faithfully recorded along with
In the course of preaching the gospel and establishing groups of
Christian converts who sought to follow Scriptures independently of
state churches which had come out of the Reformation, Broadbent had
contact with many believers whose ancestors had been part of the very
Pilgrim church of which he wrote. He also had firsthand experience
persecution which for centuries those who never been a part of "official
Christianity" had endured...
Broadbent's passion for adhering to strictly to Scripture was evident
the many independent churches which he was priviledged to found nearly
everywhere he went. Another of his great joys was to discover throughout
his travels groups of believers who, while unaware of thousands of
groups around the world, held in common the desire to follow the Lord
His Word alone rather than a man or organization. Thus he had firsthand
contact with the Pilgrim Church of which he wrote and saw what he
considered to be biblical Christianity in practice in a wide variety
settings and cultures.
While some readers may consider the author's convictions concerning
separation from all humanly organized religions a bit extreme, he does
attempt to force his views upon his audience. Nor does he embrace the
exclusivism of some of the offshoots of the early Brethern movement.
Instead, in reporting upon that movement as part of the Pilgrim Church,
accurately portrays its problems and divisions, just as he does for
other elements in the body of Christ throughout history.
Ours is a day of ecumenism which seeks to establish an unbiblical unity
denying the very separation from error for which the Pilgrim Church
suffered and died. Leading evangelicals would have us believe either
the Roman Catholic Church's doctrine of salvation has changed, or that
has always been biblical, in spite of its official declarations
(consistently for centuries and still today) to the contrary and its
persecutions ofthose who adhere to biblical truth...
The Pilgrim Church sets the record straight. It is a volume which we
longed to see back in print after being unavailable for some years.
all the more needed now than when it was first published more than
years ago. We comment it to readers as an accurate account and one
we hope and pray will open eyes to the truth of the gospel of Christ
the necessity of standing upon that truth without compromise for the
of the eternal destiny of souls. It is our hope and prayer too, that
volume will inspire all of us to a deeper love for our Lord and His
and a renewed commitment to go "into all the world and preach the gospel
to every creature."