In this post we are addressing the claim that early Christians corrupted Christianity by hijacking pagan practices and handing down to us a false Gospel. This claim is popular among Judaizing groups such as the Hebrew Roots Movement, as well as among some Protestant and Evangelicals, Atheist and Muslims. Not getting sidetracked on who among these groups believe what, we are simply focusing on the myth of the Great Apostasy and how it is not biblical and even sinful.
In the book of Malachi we read that the Gentiles would know and worship God, “from the rising of the sun even to the going down, hereof my name has been glorified among the Gentiles”. However, according to those who believe a Great Apostasy happened this prophecy did not come true.
If the early Church failed, God failed. Thus the Great Apostasy is a lie against God. For those who claim that the “gentiles” corrupted Christianity, below are a few of the Prophecies in the Old Testament concerning the Gentiles.
Malachi 1:11: “For from the rising of the sun even to the going down thereof my name has been glorified among the Gentiles; and in every place incense is offered to my name, and a pure offering: for my name is great among the Gentiles, saith the Lord Almighty.”
Isaiah 42:4: “He shall shine out, and shall not be discouraged, until he have set judgement on the earth: and in his name shall the Gentiles trust.”
Psalm 46:10: “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
Logically think about it, what makes more sense?
– The prophecies of the Old Testament were fulfilled and the Gentiles did/do trust and worship God as promised. The early Church spread the knowledge of God to all the Nations on Earth. Thus, God was in control as He designed, and lovingly guided His plan for our salvation. He was and is still in control.
Or those who adhere to some form of the Great Apostasy version of history:
– The early Christians who God had foretold would worship Him and help spread His name across the Earth, instead took His sacred plan for the salvation of mankind and corrupted it with paganism soon after the Apostles died. The true Gospel was never spread across the Earth. Instead, Christians since the last Apostle died have believed a false Gospel.
Now if this were true, God lost control. Mere insignificant mortal man took the most important event in human history (the fullness of the Gospel of Christ) and destroyed God’s plan only handing down to us partial truths. This makes God seem helpless and incompetent while at the mercy of His own creation. How can we take serious a God who would so easily allow something so important to be corrupted? He wants mankind to be saved, gives His son over to defeat death for us, but then allows this plan of salvation to be skewed?
If this is the case, few were saved and Jesus’ sacrifice is profaned. Salvation is limited to the first century to only a few centuries later in some circles views, and then to modern times. Everyone in between missed out.
Or another way to look at it is that God, who wanted man to worship Him in truth, who wanted man to be saved and reconciled to Him, sat back and cruelly allowed the Gospel to be skewed and infused with paganism thus, deceiving countless numbers of Christians down through the ages. Christians who had such strong faith in His son that they willingly went to their deaths in martyrdom in His name as the early Church did, did so for a false religion. And many still die in His name today! Mostly those who do so are of the Churches that stem from the early Church or in other words the Churches that are claimed to teach doctrines from the Great Apostasy.
So let’s be realistic. Jesus is our one and only redeemer. There is no other way man can be saved. Therefore, Christ must have been extremely important to God. We know that God is love and God so loved the world that He gave His only son for us (John 3:16). Christ was God’s plan the whole time. Much of the Old Testament pointed to Jesus’ incarnation. So obviously the salvation of mankind was and is still very important to God.
Remember God GAVE HIS SON FOR US!
To say that He allowed the Gospel and our salvation to be skewed and corrupted so early and so easily, before it spread across the Earth as promised, is not only ridiculous but utter blasphemy against God! Furthermore to claim that the early Church corrupted Christianity so early on with paganism or heresy is to lie against the testimony of the early Church who wrote against pagan practices, heresies and protected the faith that they spread.
Those who believe that there was some sort of a Great Apostasy early in Christian history should instead be grateful to God for His loving guidance of the Gospel and for keeping His promises. For without the early Gentile Christians we would not have the Bible. We would not have the true and right canon of Scripture. And the God of the Bible would not be known across the whole world. That is a fact that the modern Christians who want to pick and choose what they want to believe as well as the Hebrew Roots Movement simply cannot accept but also cannot escape! Instead they bear false witness against God and the early followers of Christ, breaking one of God’s commandments that does remain (the natural precepts that were once contained in the Decalogue), in favor of their own false versions of Christianity. They are the Great Apostasy and are too blind to see that we are living in it.
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