Most well-known church fathers will go down in history as those who shaped what is considered Orthodox Christianity and as martyrs for the Christian faith, but a closer inspection of their own words will reveal something quite different.
The church fathers were men who probably had the best of intentions, but they took the perversions learned from the preceding church fathers, formulated new teaching around the same erroneous frame of reference handed down to them, and preached those sermons within the framework provided by the spirit of the times.
In Christianity, there is this push to “BE the Church.” Although most have good intentions – and the mantra “Be the Church” sounds so noble and good on the surface – their passions are based upon a false, predetermined assumption. When the rubber meets the road, all of these well-meaning people who are striving to “be the church” are really just taking part in a concerted effort to embody a man-made institution. Let’s take a deep dive in the Word of God. You’re going to see that His Ekklesia looks nothing like “the Church.”