Early Christian Writings

EARLY CHURCH FATHERS: A good resource HERE. Yesterday I read “The Didache” and “1 Clement”. Mostly they are quoting Scripture (but without quotations) which is one reason why these writings are not Scripture, they are simply comments and interpretations of Scripture, but not authoritative. You get an interesting insight into the Early Church. You also can see how false teachings gradually evolved and became accepted as orthodoxy even as early as 100AD. In The Didache you can see the origins of the heresy of Transubstantiation. In Ignatius letters you can see the beginnings of the “Bishop Heresy”.

The Didache is a good source of info on how the early church judged false prophets and money matters. See for yourself: THE DIDACHE and THE FIRST EPISTLE OF CLEMENT TO THE CORINTHIANS

One Response to “Early Christian Writings”

  1. fleebabylon Says:

    Thanks for the useful link Ian, your comments are right on. Some people take the early church writings as authoritative, as if there were no false teachings back then. They say, well so and so was a disciple of one of the original apostles, so I can trust his writings. To me it seems that Paul himself would’nt give his stamp of approval to someone soley because they could claim some type of past relationship to him. If someone doesn’t follow the apostolic instructions then anything else is meaningless. There were many teachers who were going out from the apostles (and there teachings) in the first century and it has continued to this day.

    In Christ -jim

    Acts 20:26 Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all of you, for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God. Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood. I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them. Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish everyone with tears.

    Collosians 2:4 I say this in order that no one may delude you with plausible arguments. For though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the firmness of your faith in Christ. Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.

    Romans 16:17 I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive.

    2Thes 2:11 Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the firstfruits to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth. To this he called you through our gospel, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by our spoken word or by our letter.

    2Corin 11:3 But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ. For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus than the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it readily enough. Indeed, I consider that I am not in the least inferior to these super-apostles. Even if I am unskilled in speaking, I am not so in knowledge; indeed, in every way we have made this plain to you in all things.

    1John 2:19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us. But they went out, that it might become plain that they all are not of us.

    2Timothy 4:9 Do your best to come to me soon. For Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia.

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