Look What They’ve Done to My Church
Whatever happened to that early church – the one that Jesus established and Paul declared all through the known universe of the principal century? It changed. Gradually and definitely, it changed.
Alerts of Departure from the Faith
Truly, they cautioned us. Both mack spare parts Peter and Paul said it would occur. Furthermore, it did.
Paul in his first letter to Timothy: “Presently the Spirit explicitly says that in last occasions some will leave from the confidence, offering regard to beguiling spirits and regulations of devils, talking lies in fraud, having their own inner voice singed with a hot iron, restricting to wed, and telling to swear off nourishments which God made to be gotten with thanksgiving by the individuals who accept and know reality.” (1 Timothy 4:1-3 NKJV)
Furthermore, in his second letter to Timothy, Paul rehashes his desperate admonition: “Lecture the Word; be set up in season and unavailable; right, reproach and energize with incredible tolerance and cautious guidance. For the opportunity will come when men won’t set up with sound principle. Rather, to suit their own wants, they will accumulate around them an incredible number of instructors to state what their tingling ears need to hear. They will dismiss their ears from reality and go aside to fantasies.” (2 Timothy 4:2-4)
Again Paul, in his goodbye address to the seniors of the congregation at Ephesus: “I realize that when I am gone, savage wolves will come in among you and won’t extra the group. Indeed, even from your own number men will emerge who will contort reality so as to get supporters to split away and tail them.” (Acts 20:29-30 REB)
The missionary Peter includes this admonition: “. . . there will be bogus educators among you. They will covertly present dangerous apostasies, in any event, denying the sovereign Lord who got them-welcoming quick decimation on themselves. Many will follow their dishonorable ways and will bring the method for truth into unsavoriness.” (2 Peter 2:1-2)
Early Church Rumblings
During Paul’s lifetime, we discover divisions in the Corinthian church. Paul begged them: “I offer to you, siblings, for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ, that every one of you concur with each other so that there might be no divisions among you and that you might be flawlessly joined as a primary concern and thought. My siblings, some from Chloe’s family unit have educated me that there are squabbles among you. What I mean is this: One of you says, ‘I follow Paul’; another, ‘I follow Apollos’; another, ‘I follow Cephas’; still another, ‘I follow Christ.’