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1 Ephesians 3:8-12

2 Church mentioned only twice in the gospels Both times the word is used by Jesus Himself - 1 st time used, He speaks as an architect: …on this rock I will build My church [Mt 16:18] - Both times, He hands the keys to the apostles: …I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. [Mt 16:19; cp. Mt 18:17-18] - These keys only work in accordance with Gods will cp. 2 Thess 2:13-14; Gal 1:6-9 - The architect entrusted His master work to mens hands! cp. Mt 28:18-20; Mk 16:14-15, 20 - It is only the architects work if it follows HIS plan… cp. Mt 7:21-23 [Lk 6:46]; 1 Pet 4:11 [1 Cor 4:6]

3 Church mentioned only twice in the gospels Both times the word is used by Jesus Himself - 1 st time used, He speaks as an architect: …on this rock I will build My church [Mt 16:18] - Both times, He hands the keys to the apostles: …I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. [Mt 16:19; cp. Mt 18:17-18] - These keys only work in accordance with Gods will cp. 2 Thess 2:13-14; Gal 1:6-9 - The architect entrusted His master work to mens hands! cp. Mt 28:18-20; Mk 16:14-15, 20 - It is only the architects work if it follows HIS plan… cp. Mt 7:21-23 [Lk 6:46]; 1 Pet 4:11 [1 Cor 4:6] Jesus is both Son of David & Son of God See Romans 1:1-4 Building His church, the house of God [1 Tm 3:15], Jesus fulfills the desire of God and of David See 2 Sam 7:1-2, 8-16; 2 Cor 6:16-18 The Son of David was not building an institution for: feeding/housing, marrying, teaching, entertaining, physical curing, employing, etc. [a DEEPER need!]

4 Apostasy from it and return to it Catholicism: 4 th -13 th Century AD

5 Roots of Apostasy: Catholicism 4 th - 13 th Century A.D.

6 Following the Masters Blueprint Matthew 16:18 some will depart from the faith - 1 Tm 4:1 Roots of Apostasy: 1 st Century A.D AD Mt 16:18 – I will build My church… Church = Gk. ekklesia ek = out + kalein = to call; cp. Acts 2:39; 2 Thess 2:14; 1 Pet 2:9 Always refers to a meeting of people This is the fundamental misunderstanding behind the error of institutionalism

7 Following the Masters Blueprint Matthew 16:18 some will depart from the faith - 1 Tm 4:1 Roots of Apostasy: 1 st Century A.D AD Mt 16:18 – I will build My church… 29 AD Jn 19:30 – it is finished; Mt 28:18-20; Acts 2:41, 47

8 Following the Masters Blueprint Matthew 16:18 some will depart from the faith - 1 Tm 4:1 Roots of Apostasy: 1 st Century A.D AD Mt 16:18 – I will build My church… 29 AD Jn 19:30 – it is finished; Mt 28:18-20; Acts 2:41, 47 ca. 49 ADActs 15 – The Jerusalem Council Error: Judaizers!

9 Following the Masters Blueprint Matthew 16:18 some will depart from the faith - 1 Tm 4:1 Roots of Apostasy: 1 st Century A.D AD Mt 16:18 – I will build My church… 29 AD Jn 19:30 – it is finished; Mt 28:18-20; Acts 2:41, 47 ca. 49 ADActs 15 – The Jerusalem Council Error: Judaizers! ca. 61 ADColossians 2:6-10; 2 Peter 2:1-2 Error: Gnostics!

10 Following the Masters Blueprint Matthew 16:18 some will depart from the faith - 1 Tm 4:1 Roots of Apostasy: 1 st Century A.D AD Mt 16:18 – I will build My church… 29 AD Jn 19:30 – it is finished; Mt 28:18-20; Acts 2:41, 47 ca. 49 ADActs 15 – The Jerusalem Council Error: Judaizers! ca. 61 ADColossians 2:6-10; 2 Peter 2:1-2 Error: Gnostics! 70+ ADJude 3-4 – certain men have crept in unnoticed

11 Following the Masters Blueprint Matthew 16:18 some will depart from the faith - 1 Tm 4:1 Roots of Apostasy: 1 st Century A.D AD Mt 16:18 – I will build My church… 29 AD Jn 19:30 – it is finished; Mt 28:18-20; Acts 2:41, 47 ca. 49 ADActs 15 – The Jerusalem Council Error: Judaizers! ca. 61 ADColossians 2:6-10; 2 Peter 2:1-2 Error: Gnostics! 70+ ADJude 3-4 – certain men have crept in unnoticed 80+ AD1 Jn 4:1-3 – …false prophets have gone into the world

12 Following the Masters Blueprint Matthew 16:18 some will depart from the faith - 1 Tm 4:1 Roots of Apostasy: 1 st Century A.D AD Mt 16:18 – I will build My church… 29 AD Jn 19:30 – it is finished; Mt 28:18-20; Acts 2:41, 47 ca. 49 ADActs 15 – The Jerusalem Council Error: Judaizers! ca. 61 ADColossians 2:6-10; 2 Peter 2:1-2 Error: Gnostics! 70+ ADJude 3-4 – certain men have crept in unnoticed 80+ AD1 Jn 4:1-3 – …false prophets have gone into the world ca. 96 ADRev 2:4 – to Ephesus: you have left your first love; The revelation of the New Testament is completed

13 Following the Masters Blueprint Matthew 16:18 some will depart from the faith - 1 Tm 4:1 Roots of Apostasy: 1 st Century A.D ADHoly Water first used

14 Following the Masters Blueprint Matthew 16:18 some will depart from the faith - 1 Tm 4:1 Roots of Apostasy: Catholicism (1 st - 8 th century A.D.) ADHoly Water first used 140 ADLent and Easter introduced as worship

15 Following the Masters Blueprint Matthew 16:18 some will depart from the faith - 1 Tm 4:1 Roots of Apostasy: Catholicism (1 st - 8 th century A.D.) ADHoly Water first used 140 ADLent and Easter introduced as worship ca. 190 ADThe Apostles Creed fully formulated

16 Following the Masters Blueprint Matthew 16:18 some will depart from the faith - 1 Tm 4:1 Roots of Apostasy: Catholicism (1 st - 8 th century A.D.) ADHoly Water first used 140 ADLent and Easter introduced as worship ca. 190 ADThe Apostles Creed fully formulated ca. 200 ADElders began being called priests

17 Following the Masters Blueprint Matthew 16:18 some will depart from the faith - 1 Tm 4:1 Roots of Apostasy: Catholicism (1 st - 8 th century A.D.) ADHoly Water first used 140 ADLent and Easter introduced as worship ca. 190 ADThe Apostles Creed fully formulated ca. 200 ADElders began being called priests 250 ADSprinkling first practiced as baptism

18 …when attacked by an obstinate disease and being supposed at the point of death was baptized by aspersion, in the bed on which he lay; if, indeed, it be proper to say one like him did receive baptism. - Eusebius ( AD), of Novation, 1 st person sprinkled In respect to the form of baptism, it was in conformity with the original institution and the original import of the symbol, performed by immersion … It was only with the sick, when the exigency required it, that any exception was made; and in this case baptism was administered by sprinkling. Many superstitious (i.e. religious - cdb) persons, clinging to the outward form imagined that such baptism by sprinkling was not fully valid; and hence they distinguished those who had thus been baptized by denominating them clinici. - Augustus Neander ( AD), History of the Christian Religion and Church

19 Following the Masters Blueprint Matthew 16:18 some will depart from the faith - 1 Tm 4:1 Roots of Apostasy: Catholicism (1 st - 8 th century A.D.) ADHoly Water first used 140 ADLent and Easter introduced as worship ca. 190 ADThe Apostles Creed fully formulated ca. 200 ADElders began being called priests 250 ADSprinkling first practiced as baptism 296 ADTitle of Pope first used; not accepted as practice yet

20 Following the Masters Blueprint Matthew 16:18 some will depart from the faith - 1 Tm 4:1 Roots of Apostasy: Catholicism (1 st - 8 th century A.D.) ADHoly Water first used 140 ADLent and Easter introduced as worship ca. 190 ADThe Apostles Creed fully formulated ca. 200 ADElders began being called priests 250 ADSprinkling first practiced as baptism 296 ADTitle of Pope first used; not accepted as practice yet 313 ADCouncil of Neo-Caesarea decrees that elders cannot marry

21 The doctrine of celibacy for the eldership grew out of the supposition that if they were unmarried they could better care for the work of the Lord. The idea that marriage implied imperfect sanctity developed within the church, and as an imperfect sanctity was considered unbecoming to those who served at the Lords table, the celibacy of the elders was first recommended, and later bound on them.... Watch the work of the councils. New doctrines were being advocated by those who were seeking for prominence. When a council would later be called the matter would be placed before the council and a vote taken and thus a doctrine foreign to Gods word would be bound upon the church. Had there been no councils, no conferences, and if people had been content to take Gods word as their guide there would have been no apostasy. - Robert H. Brumback (1957), History Of The Church Through The Ages Council of Neo-Caesarea, 313 AD 1 Cor 7:32- 33? But… 1 Tim 3:2; Titus 1:6

22 Following the Masters Blueprint Matthew 16:18 some will depart from the faith - 1 Tm 4:1 Roots of Apostasy: Catholicism (1 st - 8 th century A.D.) Council of Nicea; Recognized as beginning of Catholicism 325 AD Organized, funded by Constantine Primarily set to refute Arianism Established proper date for Easter Over 300 bishops attended Established Nicean Creed Established 20 Canon laws Sought to unify doctrine for the church catholic – universal

23 Following the Masters Blueprint Matthew 16:18 some will depart from the faith - 1 Tm 4:1 Roots of Apostasy: Catholicism (1 st - 8 th century A.D.) Council of Nicea; Recognized as beginning of Catholicism 325 AD Mass begins in the churches; practice bound in AD

24 Following the Masters Blueprint Matthew 16:18 some will depart from the faith - 1 Tm 4:1 Roots of Apostasy: Catholicism (1 st - 8 th century A.D.) Council of Nicea; Recognized as beginning of Catholicism 325 AD Mass begins in the churches; practice bound in AD Christmas 1 st observed; Christs Mass only after Mass 360 AD

25 Following the Masters Blueprint Matthew 16:18 some will depart from the faith - 1 Tm 4:1 Roots of Apostasy: Catholicism (1 st - 8 th century A.D.) Council of Nicea; Recognized as beginning of Catholicism 325 AD Mass begins in the churches; practice bound in AD Christmas 1 st observed; Christs Mass only after Mass 360 AD Infant baptism observed first time; bound in AD

26 Following the Masters Blueprint Matthew 16:18 some will depart from the faith - 1 Tm 4:1 Roots of Apostasy: Catholicism (1 st - 8 th century A.D.) Council of Nicea; Recognized as beginning of Catholicism 325 AD Mass begins in the churches; practice bound in AD Christmas 1 st observed; Christs Mass only after Mass 360 AD Infant baptism observed first time; bound in AD The Council of Rome limits the Canon of N. T. books 382 AD

27 There was no central head, no united organization and therefore no possibility of securing a general vote in which all churches should join, or an authoritative edict to which all would submit. …is there not something sublime in the thought, that works so casually written as many of the books and letters were, should be slowly collected by the churches scattered all over the world, until at length they all possessed, in the very same form, that perfect work, which our New Testament unquestionably is. It adds to the certainty, and does not by any means diminish it, to know that there was no restraint upon the fullest inquiry and the freest expression of opinion, and that after 2 or 3 hundred years of careful discussion, without general consultation, without collusion, and without any authoritative decision, the churches, with marvelous unanimity, adopted the same collection, and thus the canon was closed. - James Martin (1871), The Origin And History Of The New Testament Council of Rome, 382 AD

28 Following the Masters Blueprint Matthew 16:18 some will depart from the faith - 1 Tm 4:1 Roots of Apostasy: Catholicism (1 st - 8 th century A.D.) Council of Nicea; Recognized as beginning of Catholicism 325 AD Mass begins in the churches; practice bound in AD Christmas 1 st observed; Christs Mass only after Mass 360 AD Infant baptism observed first time; bound in AD The Council of Rome limits the Canon of N. T. books 382 AD The Catholic Canon of today with the Apocrypha was not made official and final until Council of Trent, 1546! The Catholic Church claims to have produced the New Testament, HOWEVER…

29 Following the Masters Blueprint Matthew 16:18 some will depart from the faith - 1 Tm 4:1 Roots of Apostasy: Catholicism (1 st - 8 th century A.D.) Council of Nicea; Recognized as beginning of Catholicism 325 AD Mass begins in the churches; practice bound in AD Christmas 1 st observed; Christs Mass only after Mass 360 AD Infant baptism observed first time; bound in AD The Council of Rome limits the Canon of N. T. books 382 AD Auricular Confession begins 390 AD

30 Following the Masters Blueprint Matthew 16:18 some will depart from the faith - 1 Tm 4:1 Roots of Apostasy: Catholicism (1 st - 8 th century A.D.) Council of Nicea; Recognized as beginning of Catholicism 325 AD Mass begins in the churches; practice bound in AD Christmas 1 st observed; Christs Mass only after Mass 360 AD Infant baptism observed first time; bound in AD The Council of Rome limits the Canon of N. T. books 382 AD Auricular Confession begins 390 AD Jerome completes the Latin Vulgate Version [Translation] 405 AD

31 Following the Masters Blueprint Matthew 16:18 some will depart from the faith - 1 Tm 4:1 Roots of Apostasy: Catholicism (1 st - 8 th century A.D.) Bishops of Rome assume power of ruling over many cities 514 AD The Patriarchs in the centers of religious influence…refused to surrender all authority to the bishop of Rome, though he pleaded that Rome was recognized as the capital of the world… The position of prominence that the Bishop of Rome demanded for himself was bitterly contested every step of the way. - Robert Brumback, History of the Church

32 Following the Masters Blueprint Matthew 16:18 some will depart from the faith - 1 Tm 4:1 Roots of Apostasy: Catholicism (1 st - 8 th century A.D.) Bishops of Rome assume power of ruling over many cities 514 AD The beginning of the Catholic Papacy 533 AD Justinian decrees that Boniface, the Bishop of Rome, should be called Rector Ecclesiae, or Lord of the Church

33 Apostasy develops slowly and fixing a definite date for the beginning of any certain apostasy is often difficult and sometimes impossible.... The basic departure was exalting one elder or bishop above his fellow elders, or bishops, and giving him the title of The Bishop. His authority soon extended to other congregations. At a later time special honor was conferred upon the bishops having authority in prominent cities. They received the title of Metropolitans as spiritual leaders in a metropolis. Those in the centers of religious influence…were called Patriarchs. The contest for supremacy among the patriarchs narrows down to a contest between Constantinople and Rome, with Rome…gaining the victory. From this time forward the church in its purity gradually disappeared under…persecution of the apostate church. - Robert H. Brumback (1957), History Of The Church Through The Ages The Catholic Papacy, 533 AD

34 Following the Masters Blueprint Matthew 16:18 some will depart from the faith - 1 Tm 4:1 Roots of Apostasy: Catholicism (1 st - 8 th century A.D.) Bishops of Rome assume power of ruling over many cities 514 AD The beginning of the Catholic Papacy 533 AD The doctrine of Purgatory is developed 593 AD Had already been advocated in 220 AD Was condemned by Council of Constantinople, 553 AD Now introduced by Augustine, will be fully assumed and taught as official doctrine by the year 1070 AD

35 Following the Masters Blueprint Matthew 16:18 some will depart from the faith - 1 Tm 4:1 Roots of Apostasy: Catholicism (1 st - 8 th century A.D.) Bishops of Rome assume power of ruling over many cities 514 AD The beginning of the Catholic Papacy 533 AD The doctrine of Purgatory is developed 593 AD Pope Vitalian authorizes instrumental music in worship 666 AD

36 The use of instrumental music was abolished by Pope Gregory in 1074, and Thomas Aquinas writing two hundred years later, said, The church does not use instrumental music, harps and psalteries to praise God that she may not seem to Judaize. - Robert H. Brumback (1957), History Of The Church Through The Ages Instrumental Music, 666 AD The general introduction of instrumental music can certainly not be assigned to a date earlier than the fifth or sixth centuries, yea, even Gregory, The Great, who, toward the end of the sixth century, added greatly to the existing church music [e.g., Gregorian Chant – cdb], absolutely prohibited the use of instruments. - John Franklin Rowe (1894), History Of Reformatory Movements

37 Following the Masters Blueprint Matthew 16:18 some will depart from the faith - 1 Tm 4:1 Roots of Apostasy: Catholicism (1 st - 8 th century A.D.) Bishops of Rome assume power of ruling over many cities 514 AD The beginning of the Catholic Papacy 533 AD The doctrine of Purgatory is developed 593 AD Pope Vitalian authorizes instrumental music in worship 666 AD Pope Stephen authorizes sprinkling as baptism if necessary 753 AD

38 Following the Masters Blueprint Matthew 16:18 some will depart from the faith - 1 Tm 4:1 Roots of Apostasy: Catholicism (1 st - 8 th century A.D.) Bishops of Rome assume power of ruling over many cities 514 AD The beginning of the Catholic Papacy 533 AD The doctrine of Purgatory is developed 593 AD Pope Vitalian authorizes instrumental music in worship 666 AD Pope Stephen authorizes sprinkling as baptism if necessary 753 AD Celebration of the eucharist begins; Gk. thanksgiving 787 AD

39 Following the Masters Blueprint Matthew 16:18 some will depart from the faith - 1 Tm 4:1 Roots of Apostasy: Catholicism (1 st - 8 th century A.D.) Bishops of Rome assume power of ruling over many cities 514 AD The beginning of the Catholic Papacy 533 AD The doctrine of Purgatory is developed 593 AD Pope Vitalian authorizes instrumental music in worship 666 AD Pope Stephen authorizes sprinkling as baptism if necessary 753 AD Celebration of the eucharist begins; Gk. thanksgiving 787 AD Nicean Council – Roman, Greek church last unified meeting 789 AD

40 …elements of paganism had entered in the thought and manners of the Christian world. We cannot ignore the fact that much of the apparent success of the church had been gained by her accommodation to heathen sentiments, customs and superstitions. She had compromised with the society which she sought to convert. - William Maxwell Blackburn (1879), History Of The Christian Church Nicean Council, 789 AD This council was the first to sanction image worship. The pagan priests headed processions in honor of Bacchus, Ceres, and Diana, whose images they carried and ere long the clergy of the papal church adopted this pagan custom, marching through the streets by night, carrying torches and singing hymns. - Robert H. Brumback (1957), History Of The Church Through The Ages

41 Following the Masters Blueprint Matthew 16:18 some will depart from the faith - 1 Tm 4:1 Roots of Apostasy: Catholicism (9 th - 13 th century A.D.) AD First sale of indulgences – Pope Pascal I

42 Pope Pascal I indulgences, 814 AD The doctrine of indulgences did much to corrupt the practice of the church of Rome. Pope Pascal found it to be profitable to promise a shortening of the torments of purgatory upon the payment of a certain sum of money. Indulgences were a means of escaping some of the torment of purgatory. To obtain an indulgence, one had to perform some good deed prescribed by the church, such as a visit to some sacred place, a prayer repeated a number of times, or a sum of money contributed to some worthy cause. … The sale of indulgences became a source of papal revenue. It ultimately developed into the practice of offering pardon for all sins. By the year 1190 it had become very much a part of the doctrine of the Roman church. - Robert H. Brumback (1957), History Of The Church Through The Ages

43 Following the Masters Blueprint Matthew 16:18 some will depart from the faith - 1 Tm 4:1 Roots of Apostasy: Catholicism (9 th - 13 th century A.D.) AD First sale of indulgences – Pope Pascal I 842 AD Council of Constantinople restores use/worship of images Those who prostrated themselves before the images claimed they were only showing their reverence for the symbols of Christ and the departed saints. Miraculous powers were said to dwell in the images. Stories of wonderful cures were reported by those who bowed and prayed before them… - Robert H. Brumback (1957), History Of The Church Through The Ages

44 Following the Masters Blueprint Matthew 16:18 some will depart from the faith - 1 Tm 4:1 Roots of Apostasy: Catholicism (9 th - 13 th century A.D.) AD First sale of indulgences – Pope Pascal I 842 AD Council of Constantinople restores use/worship of images 869 AD Final Unified Greek-Roman Council of Constantinople Tradition decreed to be of equal authority with the scriptures. This foundation led to denying individuals the right to read scripture

45 Following the Masters Blueprint Matthew 16:18 some will depart from the faith - 1 Tm 4:1 Roots of Apostasy: Catholicism (9 th - 13 th century A.D.) AD First sale of indulgences – Pope Pascal I 842 AD Council of Constantinople restores use/worship of images 869 AD Final Unified Greek-Roman Council of Constantinople 1054 AD Official separation of Greek and Roman churches Pope in Rome and Patriarch in Constantinople sent messages excommunicating one another and all churches who stood with the other leader Result is Roman Catholic & Greek Catholic church

46 Greek vs. Roman church, 1054 AD Primary Divergences Roman Church Greek Church Priests cannot marry Priests may marry Use of images/idols No images/idols allowed Unleavened bread used Common bread used Papal succession Papacy rejected Doctrine of celibacy No celibacy enjoined Sprinkling allowed Baptism by immersion only Use of instruments Instruments not used Councils still binding Accepts no council after 869 Etc., etc., etc.

47 Following the Masters Blueprint Matthew 16:18 some will depart from the faith - 1 Tm 4:1 Roots of Apostasy: Catholicism (9 th - 13 th century A.D.) AD First sale of indulgences – Pope Pascal I 842 AD Council of Constantinople restores use/worship of images 869 AD Final Unified Greek-Roman Council of Constantinople 1054 AD Official separation of Greek and Roman churches 1070 AD Doctrine of Purgatory officially accepted

48 Following the Masters Blueprint Matthew 16:18 some will depart from the faith - 1 Tm 4:1 Roots of Apostasy: Catholicism (9 th - 13 th century A.D.) AD First sale of indulgences – Pope Pascal I 842 AD Council of Constantinople restores use/worship of images 869 AD Final Unified Greek-Roman Council of Constantinople 1054 AD Official separation of Greek and Roman churches 1070 AD Doctrine of Purgatory officially accepted Crusades

49 Following the Masters Blueprint Matthew 16:18 some will depart from the faith - 1 Tm 4:1 Roots of Apostasy: Catholicism (9 th - 13 th century A.D.) AD First sale of indulgences – Pope Pascal I 842 AD Council of Constantinople restores use/worship of images 869 AD Final Unified Greek-Roman Council of Constantinople 1054 AD Official separation of Greek and Roman churches 1070 AD Doctrine of Purgatory officially accepted AD The Crusades 1229 AD The Council of Toulouse prohibits reading of the Bible

50 Council of Toulouse, 1229 AD We forbid also the permitting of the laity the books of the Old and New Testament in the common tongue. …Only priests or higher officials were permitted to read or possess a copy of the Bible. - Robert H. Brumback (1957), History Of The Church Through The Ages Of all the advice we can offer your Holiness…to permit the reading of the gospel as little as possible in all the countries under your jurisdiction. Let the very part of the gospel suffice which is read in mass and let no one be permitted to read more. So long as people will be content with the small amount, your interests will prosper, but as soon as the people want to read more your interests will begin to fail. - from an address by the cardinals to Pope Pius III A complete reversal of the position that saw Jerome commissioned to produce the Vulgate centuries earlier !!!

51 Following the Masters Blueprint Matthew 16:18 some will depart from the faith - 1 Tm 4:1 Roots of Apostasy: Catholicism (4 th - 13 th century A.D.) AD First sale of indulgences – Pope Pascal I 842 AD Council of Constantinople restores use/worship of images 869 AD Final Unified Greek-Roman Council of Constantinople 1054 AD Official separation of Greek and Roman churches 1070 AD Doctrine of Purgatory officially accepted AD The Crusades 1229 AD The Council of Toulouse prohibits reading of the Bible Observe, concerning the slow apostasy: Changes: Baptismal modes; Elders taking on greater roles and titles; Councils establishing decrees, doctrines; New holidays sanctioned; clergy/laity separation Caused by: Neglect of study of Gods word [2 Tim 2:15]; A new concept of church government [Gal 1:9]; laity drawn away from gospel [Acts 20:28ff]; Creeds set up for guiding the faith of believers [2 Tim 3:16-17] Resulted in: Development of an Ecclesiastical hierarchy; fully separated clergy and laity; church worship mixed with pagan ritual; tradition as equal to scripture

52 Following the Masters Blueprint Matthew 16:18 some will depart from the faith - 1 Tm 4:1 We must understand that this is not a catholic problem; this is not an issue of a CHURCH being wrong, but of an entire mindset that is become apostate, a human condition: cp. Colossians 2:1-10, Once the admittedly tiny steps off the path are taken, there is no way to keep going in the same direction and yet end up at the Masters house! cp. 1 Tm 1:3-7; 2 Tm 4:1-4; Gal 1:6-8 Lord willing, next week we will look at attempts to deal with the catholic error by studying the history of the Reformation and its errors which gave birth to institutionalism and denominationalism

53 Following the Masters Blueprint Matthew 16:18 I will build My church The Lords desire for you is that you should be saved from your sins and come to the knowledge of the truth He has made this possible through His Son 1 Timothy 2:1-4 John 3:16; Hebrews 5:9 But you must repent and be converted to Him Acts 17:30-31; 2:37-41 [Colossians 1:13-14]


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