Jesus Said, "I Will Build My Church
And The Gates of Hell Shall Not Prevail Against It"
Matthew 16:18-19

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But What In The World Happened
To The New Testament Church?


Apostle Paul was taught the Gospel by Revelation from God. (Gal. 1:12) He warned of those coming who would pervert the Gospel, and told the saints not to believe them. (Gal. 1:7-9)

In the last days (our time) men would have a form of godliness (many churches) but deny the power of revelation. (II Tim. 3:5)

  • Jude (the brother of Jesus Christ) spoke of men who would enter the church in disguise who were ordained in the spirit world (fallen angels from the preexistent world) to come and try to destroy the church Jesus would establish. (verses 3-4)

  • Apostle Paul warned of an apostasy to come before Israel could be gathered and before Christ's glory coming. (II Thess. 2:1-4; Rev. 13:4-6)--(The gathering of Israel began in 1948 when the nation of Israel was established. The church came down to our day totally apostatized.)

  • Paul cried the warning for 3 years. He said that after he was gone, wolves would enter the flock; men would come into the church by baptism and some would be born among them who would preach and teach false doctrine to draw away the people from the true light. (Acts 20:28-31)


The Church Was Prostituted
Within 40 Years After It Was Organized

Historian Mosheim said:
"The Christian church was scarcely formed when, in different places, there started up certain pretended reformers, who, not satisfied with the simplicity of that religion which was taught by the Apostles, mediated changes of doctrine and worship, and set up a new religion drawn from their own licentious imaginations."
Mosheim, p. 196, ch. 4

Historian Marsh said:
"Such was the moral state and character of the primitive churches. But they kept not their glory. The gold soon became dim. Some deceivers were among those who corrupted the mass. False teachers early introduced errors in doctrine. Believers grew cold and lukewarm, and through the power of indwelling corruption and the temptation of the world fell into many reprehensible sins. A vain and deceitful philosophy came near destroying the church at Corinth...
Among the seven promising and excellent churches of Asia, there was scarce one that retained, at the end of forty years, her original purity of doctrine and practice. And yet it was the golden age of the church." (The Fall of Babylon, pp. 60-61)


Paul warned of the rise of the man of sin. (II Thess. 1:1-11)
Satan will work through the man of sin with all manner of signs. (II Thess. 2:9; Rev. 13:13-15)

  • The spirit of antichrist was already working in Paul's day to bring on this great apostasy.
    This "son of perdition" who will live in the last days, will be destroyed at Christ's coming.
    (II Thess. 2:7-8)

  • This evil spirit which was alive then, is to be alive today, 2,000 years later.
    Is there an institution in existence today that claims to have been
    in existence from the time of Jesus Christ?


Daniel and Apostle John testified that Jesus and the kingdom of God will destroy this office of Satan (man of sin -- the beast and false prophet). This is the destruction of the Image of Babylon (the antichrist) at Christ's glory coming in the last days. (Rev. 19:20; Dan. 2:35, 44)

  • Isaiah warned the earth would become defiled by the people because they transgressed the laws of Christ, changed the ordinance, and broke the Everlasting Covenant. (Isaiah 24:5)

  • What ordinance was changed? Baptisms

  • What laws were transgressed? The Ten Commandments

  • What Everlasting Covenant was broken?
    The promise some made in heaven to come on earth and embrace the truth
    --to hold truth above all things
    --to love truth alone so much
    that willingness to reject prejudice, ill-will, and anger toward our fellowman
    has no power over thought and reason.
    When this condition exists, it ultimately brings light and power from Heaven.

  • Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles (us) said we would be ever learning
    (going to colleges to get degrees) and never be able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
    (II Tim. 3:1-7; Rom. 1:28-31)

  • Why? Because we--the Gentiles--have inherited lies. (Jer. 16:19)

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