Jesus sent 12 Apostles, and a further 40 people to spread his doctrine. These people, together with all those who believed what they had heard, repented then baptised, became ‘The Church’: here referred to as ‘The First Church’ – as it was. I avoid the term ‘Early Church’, for that one came from this one and was already somewhat corrupted, while the crooks failed to infiltrate ‘The Assemblies of the Believers’ (consisting of Christians and Believers)’ while the Apostles still had a grip on it:
Jesus to the church of Ephesus: REV 2: 2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are Apostles and are not, and hast found them liars.
Note: ‘Holy’ means consecrated, set aside/apart. Believers are consecrated through baptism, thus becoming Christians.
The first church is the church Christ founded and ‘The Original Church’, The true ‘Universal Church’. It was not one group, but a number of church groups which were ‘one in spirit’ (of the same doctrine, thus ‘one assembly and church’) gathering anywhere, first in houses etc., and later they build meeting places; but it was initially an evangelical church, passing on the doctrine of Christ through word of mouth to the people, (see the book of Acts) as many people did not yet read (God reserved the Bible for later, not just yet).
The Orthodox Church ( then also known as ‘Universal Church’ or ‘Catholic Church’, but not ‘Roman’ )
From the doctrines of the first church branched the Early Church and then the Orthodox Church: here men added doctrines contradictory to that of Christ, and the church as we know it took shape: controlling, eager for power, symbolically fornicating with prayers to Virgin Mary etc. They were also known as the ‘Universal’ Church’ having churches in the East and in the West. The western part ( the Latin/Roman) of the church had a stronger power base as the Romans were the occupiers of many territories and their empire was huge.
Note: the Universal Church is the true Church of Jesus and not the pseudo-churches using this name.
1045 years after Christ’s death, the eastern church and the western church parted: known as ‘The Schism’. The west separated from the east, and the Roman Church was born, while the Orthodox Church continued. The doctrines of Peter (below) were long-time lost and this church would now embark on a rampage of fornications against God. Read More.
The Roman Church since then claims to be the only original church: a claim which is very clearly false. I just told you about the church, which is the church of Christ we read about in The Gospel and in the book of ‘Acts’: 12 Apostles and 40 other persons chosen off-hand by Christ himself and sent out to preach – ‘They were the first church’. Now, there is no such thing as ‘the original church’, as the Gospel/Constitution is the Christian Church. And this Gospel which Christians believe and follow makes them one, and thus members of ‘The Church’; it does not age or alter and so it is always original.
The Roman Catholic Church contends that its origin is the death, resurrection,
and ascension of Jesus Christ in approximately 30 A.D. The Catholic Church proclaims itself to be the Church that Jesus Christ died for, the Church that was established and built by the Apostles. Is that really the true origin of the Catholic Church? On the contrary. One who simply READS the New Testament will notice that the Catholic Church has not got its origins in the teachings of Jesus, or that of his Apostles.
In the New Testament, there is no mention of the papacy, worship/adoration of Mary, or the immaculate conception of Mary, the perpetual virginity of Mary, the assumption of Mary, or Mary as co-redemptrix and mediatrix; petitioning man-proclaimed saints for their prayers, Apostolic succession, the ordinances of the Catholic church functioning as sacraments, infant Baptism, confession of sin to a man-made priest, purgatory, indulgences, or the equal authority of church tradition to The Scriptures.
Whenever one makes claims of ‘original church‘ you know you are dealing with the ‘Nicolaitans’ (conquerors of men) they want you; they want to fool you to join them, to stand in their favour. These are not at all Christians but followers of Satan.
What the Apostle Peter thought the Roman congregation in his letters (and remember: Peter never visited Rome):
“Therefore, I exhort the elders among you as your fellow elder and witness of the sufferings of Christ, and a partaker also of the glory that is to be revealed, shepherd the flock of God among you, not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God; and not for sordid gain, but with eagerness; nor yet as Lording it over those allotted to our charge, but proving to be examples to the flock” (1 Pet. 5:1-4, emphasis mine).
Lording indeed means what it does – yet they created a papacy whom, even unto this day, claims supremacy, over all Christians while in the past they murdered many under compulsion. Today they continue to deceive millions and are the number one pedophile church on the planet.
Do not follow the false doctrines of men, but the doctrine of Christ.
Peter never was Bishop of Rome or first Pope. But to simply use him as ‘Patron’ would not support their false ‘Apostolic Succession’ claim.