Thanks for your post Salvation.
I hope you have your fire suit ready!
My former church the so-called “Church of Christ” got around this by saying there was a hidden underground church since the time of Christ.
I don’t know how those idiots in the public Church came up with the right books to include in the bible however.
And since the Church never had the authority to make decisions, what about the “Gospel of Judas”?
I should ask that when I see my former church pastor.
And so there was. Who the heck do you think the Catholics were burning at the stake? Read Foxes Book of Martyrs.
**I hope you have your fire suit ready!**
Yes, it’s on. LOL!
Most Protestant/evangelical sects don’t preach an “underground” church but rather a “universal” or “invisible” one comprising all people who believe directly on Christ for eternal salvation. Baptists have a long history of bitter difference with the CoC over just this kind of issue, the CoC being almost as dogmatic as the RCC about the unique power of baptism in their local houses of worship, and the Baptists saying no, salvation is based on personal relationship with Christ which in turn is based on hearing the Bible message, and baptism is a ceremony of witness. The Baptists match up with most other Protestants and evangelicals in this regard. The question of canonical Christian scripture was settled before the church got into anything which is anathema to most Protestants and evangelicals (e.g. alliance with a pagan government).
So how old is “my church”? As old as creation.