Great Stuff — Heresy Trial Transcript

hammerFound on Letter of Marque:

When was the last time you read a transcript from a bona fide heresy trial? Chances are you’ve never had an occasion to read anything like that. Therefore, let me introduce you to an ancient document that contains the transcript of a real heresy trial held in 381 A.D. at the Council of Aquileia against the heretics Palladius and Secundianus.

As you will read, the defendants were charged with and found guilty of teaching the Arian Heresy.

It is important to note that a trial like this, if held today, would be mocked and ridiculed and condemned not only by the world but by many people who call themselves Christian. Yet, the document reproduced below demonstrates just how deadly serious the ancient church was about heresy and their zeal in obeying God’s Word regarding false teachers. Their obedience stands in stark contrast to the modern church’s disobedience and I reproduce it here, in part, as an indictment against the church today.

Another thing worth noting were the postmodern word games and subterfuge the defendants employed during the council and how quickly they were overthrown by the bishops in attendance.

Also, the punishments handed down to Palladius and Secundianus were defrocking and excommunication. The guilty were NOT boiled in oil, nor burned at the stake nor drawn and quartered. They suffered no harm in their physical bodies. But, they lost the right, as all heretics should, to teach in and have fellowship within the church.

This document is intense!! I hope you find it educational and convicting.

χάρις ἔλεος εἰρήνη σοι,



About Norm Fisher

Norm was raised in the UCC in Connecticut, and like many fell away from the church after high school. With this background he saw it primarily as a service organization. On the miracle of his first child he came back to the church. On moving to Texas a few years later he found a home in Lutheranism when he was invited to a confessional church a half-hour away by our new neighbors.

He is one of those people who found a like mind in computers while in Middle School and has been programming ever since. He's responsible for many websites, including the Book of Concord,, and several other sites.

He has served the church in various positions, including financial secretary, sunday school teacher, elder, PTF board member, and choir member.

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Great Stuff — Heresy Trial Transcript — 4 Comments

  1. Too bad our synod leaders don’t have the intestinal fortitude to try, convict, and expel the heretics in the LCMS. We should start with Andy Manar, Matthew Becker, David Benke, Karl Wyneken (pro-homosexual), Gerald Kieschnick, and anyone connected to Daystar or OWN. But Becker, Wyneken, Benke, and Kieschnick even remain on the clergy roster.

    Just as Arius was protected by an Arian bishop, so Becker is protected by DP Paul Linnemann, who is well aware of Becker promotion of higher criticism, female ordination, and homosexuality. Why would Linnemann protect Becker, unless Linnemann at least believed that Becker’s views were in the realm of orthodoxy? Or maybe Linnemann is a careerist in the LCMS and doesn’t care about doctrine?

    Our current SP even apologized to the world, and to the enemies of Christ still lurking in the synod, for merely requesting an apology from a heretic for his actions (and the heretic didn’t even actually apologize).

  2. “People are turned off by the “ethnic cleansing” that happens every 8-9 years in LCMS.”

    This appears to be one of the excerpted responses to a question, “What does this mean for a church body like The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod and its congregations?”, regarding a recent article, “The Great Evangelical Collapse.”

    But what ethnic cleansing every 8-9 years?

  3. Trials imply standards. Standards imply Creeds! The Rule of Faith implies that sound doctrine is a protective as well as prescriptive! What do we confess? What the Scripture teach! What do heretics teach, as Paul says, “themselves!” To be out of communion was to be denied the real presence of Christ!

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