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Discussion in 'Christian Theology Forum' started by CoreIssue, May 8, 2019.

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    Since I believe Catholicism is a cult I did not want to include them in this list.

    I also note as a nondenominational believer I do not accept the label products.

    But with that said I'm stuck with using this label to find information.
     
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    According to this charge nondenominational is the largest group. church numbers.jpg church numbers.jpg
     
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    I would like to make an observation regarding the first pic. You have the early church progressing directly into Roman Catholicism. I would dispute that. The early church continued past the Catholic church which arose form only a small fragment of apostate Christians seeking political power...and those that joined her were unconverted pagans...thus forming a paganised Christian church, or a Christianised pagan church, but not any part nor having any relation to the true believers who refused to join with her. And remember, for many decades the Catholic church only influenced Rome. The rest of the Christian world continued evangelising and spreading the gospel to countries that had no relation with Rome until they felt her persecutions because they held to the Bible, not the encroaching Roman based papal church, as their authority.
    So besides the arrow pointing to Protestantism and later forms of Catholicism, there should be several arrows pointing to other groups that developed and grew in regions far and wide, from Africa to China, from Britain to southern Asia.
     
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    The Bible disagrees with you, Read the seven churches.
     
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    Galatians 1:6-10 New International Version (NIV)
    No Other Gospel
    6 I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— 7 which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse! 9 As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse!

    10 Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.
     
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    The first churches were small groups. They met in the houses, were alive use synagogues and even met in caves.
     
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    Over time many churches grew.

    They formalized doctrines as to what they believed.

    They appointed elders who only taught what they believe.
     
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    When some of the churches became what we would call mega-churches the leadership adopted titles. They adopted special clothing. They built fancy churches.
     
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    Some of these churches grew and spread into multiple locations, including other cities.

    So my created hierarchies beyond what the Bible laid out.

    They appointed leaders of these other churches who usually did not live where these new churches located. So the new leaders were not from the local congregation.

    As some expanded father they further expanded the leadership to include leaders over the churches who never preached or taught in the local churches.
     
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    This pattern continues to this day.

    We see leadership located in one city ruling churches all over the world.
     
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    Over time pride and arrogance allowed him pagan teachers, and moral conduct and filthy rich leadership.

    In many cases it's built into the secular world where these leaders became corrupt politicians.
     
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