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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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The Jerusalem Church (5)

Church Discipline The makeup of this church was also demonstrated in the incident just previous to the one discussed in the last essay, where Ananias came in and laid a bag of silver at the feet of Peter for distribution. Now if the disciples of that day had the same bearing as some and were as irreverent as people in assemblies called churches today, there would have been catcalls, hand clapping and shouts like, “You go Ananias, you’re the man” and such like. But that is not what happened.
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The Jerusalem Church (4)

Dealing with problems As you probably know, as good as the unity was in Jerusalem it was not without problems. In time a number of Hellenist widows complained about being ignored in the very things we noted and praised the church about in the last two outings. By explanation, those who were known as Hellenists had acquiesced to and adopted Greek culture, though they were not Greek themselves.
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The Jerusalem Church (3)

Christian Union From time to time, there is talk about Christian union in religious discussions. We should steadfastly pray for it. But here we need to note that at that time and for that time – Christian union had existed in this first congregation of God’s people. The record tells us that this mass of men and women were “of one mind.” They were this way to such an extent that it states that they “held all things in common” and that none had any need that was not met.
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The Jerusalem Church (1)

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. And in time, in the course of creation, he created both man and woman who, as with the rest, were created in perfection. The reason why I know that this is so is because the word of God tells me that God had created them in his own image, and so they had to be just exactly as intended and designed. In fact the record states that God saw what he had created and said that it was “very good.”
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