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Thursday, March 31, 2011

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LJ

I fully recognize that there was an organization in apostolic and scriptural times, but affirm that what now exists is not the scriptural organization at all, but mere human invention...

Darby went further than most but this sentiment, that the Church went off the rails at some point is quite common, even integral, to most of Protestantism in reference to the Catholic Church. He applies it to every "sect" of Christians, but the interesting question is always, when did this happen? I think the Plymouth Brethren would have the error occurring shortly after the ascension, or at least after Pentecost and definitely after St. Paul. Others date it much later, but in every case it poses some great challenges to those who maintain such a view, when the Church fathers are considered, as well as the facts of Church history. For example, Sola Scriptura becomes a logical impossibility for such as the Plymouth Brethren.

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