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The Church of Christ

Many of the mighty works of Jesus, the Son of God, were done around the Sea of Galilee, and since he was human as well as divine, time came when he got tired and had to take a rest away from the crowds and multitudes. As recorded in Matthew 16, he left the press of the surroundings and went with his disciples to Caesarea Philippi. There he asked them what public opinion was concerning his identity. They said that some believed that he…

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Where did all the denominations come from? (Eastern and Western Catholicism Pt 1)

From the beginning of the fourth century, the purity of the churches had been almost entirely washed away through internal corruption. The teaching of the apostles had been superseded by the canons of multiple synods of the intelligentsia, to seize upon an anachronism. The overseer’s office of the local churches had been turned into chorespiscopals, episcopals, bishops and later archbishops, and finally one out of place assumed the seat and title of metropolitan (city bishop), which office would in time give over…

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These are a Few of my Favorite Things (2)

Apostasy Unbridled I mentioned some time back that Aurelius Augustinus was for practical purposes the father of all Trinitarians. This is not to suggest that he had been alone in deriving the doctrine that the Living God is a composite being made up of three persons God: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit. But he did provide the most interesting arguments to try to prove it. I am not suggesting that there are either less or…

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These are a few of my Favorite Things

Aurelius Augustinus (354 – 430) is known as Saint Augustine. I might offer evidence that suggests he was not a saint at all. You may find a hint of that as you read on. He was responsible for solidifying many of the doctrines of Catholicism. Augustine wrote dialogues on the Trinity and Mariolatry and on a wide number of other topics. His complete works measure at least eight full volumes on my shelves, having used up more words than the…

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Where did all the Denominations come from? (Roman Catholicism pt. 2)

The Catholic Rule of Faith,with its "unanimous consent of the Fathers" is stated to be held in solemnity. It first appeared under Pius IV at one of the many sessions of the various Councils of Trent. It also appears in more recent Papal Creeds: "Nor will I take and interpret it (the Sacred Scriptures) otherwise than according to the unanimous consent of the Fathers." It might as well state that "I will not take and interpret the scriptures unless I…

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Where did all the Denominations come from?

Dating Roman Catholicism I would not want to try to offer a specific year or date for the start of Catholicism. All my life I have heard 606 given as the year of the start of those things. But I feel fairly certain that the Roman Catholic denomination did not spring forth within the same year that the title of pope was first officially assumed. After all, they maintain that Peter was the first pope, and if that had any…

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“There is one hope of your calling” (2)

We are told to all teach and hold to the same things. If we must teach and do alike, are we all to be Unitarians, Trinitarians or Universalists? Somewhere in time some folks decided that they must distinguish themselves and should be identified by a different set of instructions and names: some became Baptists, Presbyterians, Methodists, Pentecostals, Catholic, Adventists, and a myriad of others. That was done because they did not all teach and hold to the same things.  But…

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Roots of Catholicism

Following the rule of Constantine the empire was given over to his sons and heirs (Constantine II, Constans and Constantius). Constantine II was killed by his brother Constans who was soon removed by another rival. This left the empire to a field officer named Magnentius, who was defeated and then committed suicide. The throne was then offered to the last son of Constantine the Great – Constantius. You may note when reading of these things, that the sons of Constantine…

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The Jerusalem Church (7)

More Troubles and a Conclusion We all know that false brethren can beguile our sensibilities and gain access and in time find a platform for their doctrines. But what should be the church’s response? Here in the fifteenth chapter of Acts we have an example of what should be done and how it should be handled.
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The Jerusalem Church (6)

Spreading the Gospel and the Winds of Change Some say that Jerusalem was not a missionary church and that it did not do its part in sending out evangelists to the surrounding areas. But the record says they worked until they could work no longer. The apostles even remained there until some good time after the persecution that followed the death of Stephen, and it says those members who were scattered “went everywhere preaching the word.”
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