Why Are There So Many Churches?, Part III
Late Second Century – Eventually, the presiding elder over a large city church assumed authority over smaller churches and rural churches. This presiding elder became known as the Bishop or Patriarch.
THE SECOND AND THIRD CENTURIES – Eventually, the Patriarchs of the capital cities of the Roman disctricts, Rome, Constantinople, Antioch, Jerusalem, and Alexandria became the five most important bishops. About 600 A.D. one became known as the Universal Bishop
During the Second Century – New doctrines are continously introduced that were neither practiced in or taught by the New Testament.
1) Sprinkling was substituted for immersion for the ill.
2) Ascetism, teh idea that suffering leads to or equals godliness, is introduced.
3) Gnosticism, including the teaching that Jesus could not have come in the flesh, becomes prevalent.
4) A thousand year earthly reign of Jesus is first taught.
AD 325 – Emperor Constantine, not even professing to be a Christian, ordered a council of the church leaders to settle theological differences. This council composed the first human creed that was to be imposed uon all who were believers.
This was another major step to denominationalism.
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CHURCH THAT IS LIKE THE ONE IN THE BIBLE, ASK ME.
Mat 16:18, “And I tell you, you are Peter, and
on this rock I will build my church, and
the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
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