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.
Without studying the history of their faith, most Christians assume that, after the book of Acts and the death of the original apostles, the faith was carried forward without issue and remained doctrinally the same. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Both scriptural and historical evidence show that “christian” is a very ambiguous term used to describe a disciple of Yeshua. So who were His true followers?
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.”