I did a series of studies a couple of years ago with the Got Doctrine guys back in Michigan. One of them asked a question about who we should trust from the history of the Church. A ministry that he liked had, at that time, recently printed a retraction for quoting a Christian from past centuries. This made him question; who were the good guys and who were the bad guys? The important doctrines of the Church have always been there. However, sometimes people show up on the scene who challenge orthodox belief with some brand of novel corruption. It has been that way since the Church began. 1 John, 1 & 2 Peter and Jude all refute some brand of false teaching that had already crept into the Church before the closing of the New Testament Canon.
Acts 20:28-31 Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. 29 For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. 30 Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves. 31 Therefore watch, and remember that for three years I did not cease to warn everyone night and day with tears.
However, these false teachers provided opportunities for those who understood the Scriptures to stand against them and expound the Truth in articulate ways that continue to benefit the Church to this day. All of the questions that people ask today have already been studied out in great detail and brought to the touchstone of Scripture where the truth has been clearly displayed. Is Jesus God? It the Trinity biblical? What did Constantine have to do with the Canon of the New Testament? Where there Christians in the Dark Ages while Rome suppressed the Gospel? When did images begin to be used in the Roman and Eastern Orthodox Churches, Who was really the first Pope? History is clear on all of this.
Using resources from Covenant Seminary’s Worldwide Classroom and Reformed Seminary’s iTunes U as well as many original source documents from The Christian Classics Ethereal Library we sat and discussed this for eleven weeks with a group of Christian guys so that we could be informed about some of the most important teaching of the Christian Church. I encourage to check it out and follow up on some of those resources. Then, whether you have your own questions, questions from other Christians or from the cult member who comes to your door, you can answer them with the authority of the Bible and the strong Christian Believers who have gone before us.
Check it out by clicking on the link below where you will see the list of subjects and time periods that we have examined.
Heroes and Heretics – Developing Doctrine by Refuting Heresy