Foundation of truth



The New Testament stresses the Church, and so should we. Unfortunately, the institutional elements often dominate even in so-called non-denominational denominations. How many people I've seen totally burned-out from Church service and how many sermons I've heard begging the congregation to give lots of money to keep the doors open. We are pressured to become members of our local Church (but the New Testament and early Church never did this). It makes me tired all over again just thinking about it all...

The Church is that mystical body of all the redeemed, those united in Christ who will spend eternity in the new heavens and new earth. It has governance because it is composed of people in unity and in structure. It teaches infallible truth, apostolic truth.

The distinguishing characteristic of the Church is its holiness, infallibility, and connectedness with Jesus. In other words, any and every aspect of Christianity not having these is not part of the Church.


Calendar of Christianity

When did certain beliefs, practices, or doctrines first became prevalent? Several categories...

  1. Immediately; passed-down from the apostles; apostolic
  2. After several generations — before 150 A.D.
  3. Later — up to the 1st Ecumenical Council, the Council of Nicea in 325 A.D.

These lists are valuable in discerning Christian Truth; the further away from the time of the Apostles and the New Testament books they wrote, the less trustworthy.


Apostolic 

Many of these beliefs, practices, and doctrines are the essentials of the faith expressed in their proper emphasis. But not all topics are written about in the New Testament or the earliest church fathers, so this list is incomplete.


After several generations — before 150 A.D.

The beliefs, practices, and doctrines in this period began to be more strongly influenced by the culture and by sociological, historical, and political pressures. These are non-essentials but many are true.


Later — up to Council of Nicea, 325 A.D.

The beliefs, practices, and doctrines in this period were even more strongly influenced by the culture and by sociological, historical, and political pressures. These are non-essentials but many are true nevertheless.