8.5.2a The Baptist History Notebook Chapter 2: JESUS ESTABLISHES HIS CHURCHES. Satan Establishes his Counterfeit “Church” by Changing Jesus’ Church Government.

 

The Baptist History Notebook

by Berlin Hisel

Chapter 2

JESUS ESTABLISHES

HIS CHURCHES

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The Trail of Blood –

Characteristics of The Lords church


      We have observed the persecution of truth,

first of Israel and secondly of The Lord’s churches.

Satan persecuted the churches of Jesus Christ

first by the Jews.

This persecution is recorded in the book of Acts.

It is also mentioned

in some of the Epistles of the New Testament.

     

Next, Satan used the Roman Empire

to persecute the churches of the Lord Jesus Christ.

There were at least ten severe persecutions

beginning with Nero and ending with Diocletian.

We will devote space to these in the next chapter.

These persecutions resulted in the death

of a very large number of Christians.

Satan used the Roman Empire

to persecute the Lord’s churches

while Satan was establishing a “church” of his own

with which to oppose

and

persecute the true churches of Jesus Christ.

Much of this Baptist History Notebook

will deal with the development of Satan’s church;

Biblically speaking:

“the synagogue of Satan”,

Revelation 3:9,

and its persecution of the churches of our Lord.

The Church

Jesus Christ Built.

     …

In Discussing how

JESUS ESTABLISHES HIS CHURCHES

and HOW AFTERWARD

Satan Establishes his Counterfeit “Church”

by Changing Jesus’ Church Government,

we must begin with the churches which Jesus built

and

observe how Satan sought to corrupt it from within

which resulted in a separation by the pure churches

from the corrupt churches.

     …

“And I say also unto thee,

That thou art Peter,

and

upon this rock

I will build My church:

and

the gates of hell

shall not prevail against it”

(Matthew 16:18).

The word “church” means assembly.

The Lord said He would build “His” (My) church.

This was to distinguish

THE CHURCH THAT JESUS BUILT

from all other kinds of assemblies.

JESUS CHRIST

Built His “kind” of assembly.

That which distinguishes

JESUS’ “kind” of assembly

from all the rest are the doctrines

He Gave to

JESUS’ kind of church.

Those doctrinal peculiarities make

JESUS’ “kind” of assembly

JESUS’ kind of church.

  

  What are those marks or doctrinal peculiarities?

Dr. J. R. Graves in his book

Old Landmarkism

lists seven.

Dr. Clarence Walker,

in his introduction to the

Trail of Blood

(page 5) lists seven.

Dr. D. B. Ray, in his

Baptist Succession

lists seven.

To these could be added or subtracted,

depending on the historian and what his purpose might be.

Where one would list two doctrines under one head

the next may list them separately.

I list eight

( and I will primarily expound on of three of these

‘MARKS of The TRUE CHURCH’ in detail,

with emphesis, in this Notebook.)

(1) THE BIBLE DOCTRINE

STATING:

The church’s Head

and

Founder is Jesus Christ

DISTINQUISHES

JESUS’ “kind” of assembly;

(Matthew 16:18; Colossians 1:18).

(2) THE BIBLE DOCTRINE

STATING:

The Church that Jesus Built’s

Only Rule of Faith

and

Practice is The Bible

DISTINQUISHES

JESUS’ “kind” of assembly;

(II Timothy 3:15-17).

(3) THE BIBLE DOCTRINE

STATING:

The Church that Jesus Built’s

 members are to be only saved people,

DISTINQUISHES

JESUS’ “kind” of assembly; 

(Acts 2:41).

(4) THE BIBLE DOCTRINE

STATING:

The Church that Jesus Built’s

Government is Congregational, 

DISTINQUISHES

JESUS’ “kind” of assembly;

(Acts 1:23-26 – equality).

(5) THE BIBLE DOCTRINE

STATING:

The Church that Jesus Built’s

Teaching on Salvation

is that it is by Grace 

DISTINQUISHES

JESUS’ “kind” of assembly;

(Ephesians 2:8-9).

(6) THE BIBLE DOCTRINES

STATING:

The Church that Jesus Built

has but two Oordinances;

Baptism and The Lord’s Supper,

and these are symbolic, 

DISTINQUISHES

JESUS’ “kind” of assembly

(Matthew 28:19-20; I Corinthians 11:24).

(7) THE BIBLE DOCTRINE

STATING:

The Church that Jesus Built’s

Commission is Inclusive, 

DISTINQUISHES

JESUS’ “kind” of assembly;

(Matthew 28:16-20).

(8) THE BIBLE DOCTRINE

STATING:

The Church that Jesus Built

is Independent, 

DISTINQUISHES

JESUS’ “kind” of assembly;

(Matthew 16:19; Matthew 22:21).

     

Wherever, in history, in whatever age,

you find churches teaching these doctrines,

LISTED ABOVE

you have a Baptist church,

no matter what name it may go by.

It matters not if we cannot, from church to church,

trace it back to the First Baptist Church of Jerusalem.

The succession is there

but records may hinder or stop our search.

What

THE BIBLE DOCTRINE

IDENTIFYING WHAT

The Church that Jesus Built’s

teaches is the important thing.

Jesus said the gates of hell

would not prevail against His church

so He guaranteed perpetuity.

Illustration.

   Maybe this illustration will help us.

Suppose we have a covered bridge one mile long.

As we look at this bridge

we see a wagon drawn by a mule

enter one end of the bridge.

The mule is black, broken down, long-eared,

and thin with ribs showing.

The wagon is of wood and is red.

It also has white stripes on it.

The wheels are blue with spokes.

After the wagon and mule enter the covered bridge

we wait about thirty minutes.

We see the wagon and mule

come out at the other end of the bridge

that fits exactly the description

of the ones we saw enter the bridge.

One who has a sound mind

realizes that this is the same mule

and wagon we observed earlier.

This is like the churches that Jesus built.

In the Bible we have an accurate description

of what the church looked like.

As that church entered the covered bridge of time

we wait and watch.

If we look and see a church fitting the description

of the one we saw earlier in the Bible

we are forced to conclude that it must be the same church.

As we watched the covered bridge earlier

we may have seen several wagons drawn by mules

come out of it.

We looked and saw they did not fit

the description of the one we saw earlier.

They may have looked alike in many ways

but if they are not exactly alike,

we know they are different wagons and mules.

So today, when we look at so called churches

and see that they look a lot like the first one,

let us look closely.

If they do not meet the Bible description,

conclude that they are

NOT ORIGINATED FROM

the first church

JESUS BUILT.

  

  Thus we believe that Baptist churches

are identified in history by their doctrines.

It is where these “truths” or doctrines are stood for

and

taught that we will be able to observe the

Trail of Blood.”

The history of these “kind” of churches is written in blood.

Here you will find outward manifestations of the battle

between

The Kingdom of God

and

The Kingdom of Satan.

THE FIRST SATANIC ERROR

INVENTED

for THE DEVELOPMENT

of SATAN’S FALSE ‘CHURCH’,

was by influence men

to ‘come up with’ their own ‘idea’

of ‘church’ government. 

WITHOUT GOD,

APART from GOD

and

in DENIAL and OPPOSITION

to THE ETERNAL WORD of GOD.

1. Church Government was Changed

by Satan,

to form Satan’s own “church”

( while the Church Government

of The Church that Jesus Built

REMAINS THE SAME

as when Jesus Founded

His Churches ,

UNTO THIS DAY

and

the Church Government

in The Churches that Jesus Built

WILL CONTINUE to,

REMAIN THE SAME

UNTILL JESUS COMES AGAIN).

      …

In developing his FALSE ‘church’ Satan began

by corrupting the doctrinal teachings

of the Lord’s churches

from within.

Satan has his servants in all churches.

The first corruption came

in Satan seeking to change

the form of church government

that Christ gave.

Satan’s subtility is seen in this.

  …

    There was a plurality of elders (preachers)

in the early churches.

 …

“And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus,

and called the elders of the church”

(Acts 20:17).

 …

It seems that today we have a scarcity of preachers

but not then.

 …

These elders were to be equal,

one was not to lord it over another.

 …

“The elders which are among you I exhort,

who am also an elder.

. . .

Feed the flock of God which is among you,

taking the oversight thereof,

not by constraint, but willingly;

not for filthy lucre,

but of a ready mind;

Neither as being lords

over God’s heritage (clergy),

but being examples to the flock”

(I Peter 5:1-3).

 …

See our Lord’s instruction on equality

(Matthew 23:1-12).

       …

Early in history Satan led some away from that Truth.

 …

Diotrephes is an example given in 3rd John 9.

 …

We read in Revelation 2:15,

“So hast thou also them

that hold the doctrine of the Nicolatians,

which thing I hate.”

 …

Without being positive what this doctrine was,

 …

I think the meaning lies in the name.

 …

It comes from two Greek words.

 …

The first is nikaw which means “to conquer.”

 …

The second is laos which means “people.”

 …

So then it means

to conquer the people or laity.

 …

Thus we have a ruling clergy.

 …

Thus developed an episcopal church government

in place of a congregational one.

 …

“What kind of government is this?

 …

“Episcopacy, Episcopal.”

 …

These terms are derived from the Greek ‘episcopos,’

meaning ‘bishop.’

 …

They refer accordingly

to that system of church government

in which the principal officer is the bishop.”

Note 1

 …

Big Preachers

– Big “Churches”.

    …

   Thus, some bishops with big egos

began to feel more importance attached to them

than to others.

 …

Their strong personalities helped them

“climb the ladder.”

 …

Bishops of the larger city churches

became known as Metropolitans.

 …

They began to preside

over the smaller country churches.

 …

The development of this kind of “church” government

was gradual.

 …

The result is what we see in Roman Catholicism

in the past and today.

       …

I will quote from the Lutheran historian, Mosheim,

who is known as the father of modern church history:

     …

  “Let none, however,

confound the bishops

of this primitive

and golden period of the church

with those of whom we read

in the following ages;

for though they were both distinguished by the same name,
yet they differed in many respects.
A bishop during the first and second century
was a person who had the care of one Christian assembly,
which, at that time was, generally speaking,
small enough to be contained in a private house.
In this assembly he acted,
not so much with the authority of a master,
as with the zeal and diligence of a faithful servant.
He instructed the people,
performed the several parts of divine worship,
attended the sick, and inspected the circumstances
and supplies of the poor.
He charged, indeed, the presbyters
with the performance of those duties and services,
which the multiplicity of his engagements
rendered it impossible for him to fulfill;

but he had

not the power to decide

or enact any thing

without the consent of the presbyters

and people;

and though the episcopal office was both laborious
and singularly dangerous,
yet its revenues were extremely small,
since these newly invented FALSE ‘churches’ of SATAN
had no certain income,
but depended on the gifts or oblations of the multitude,
which were, no doubt, inconsiderable,
and were moreover to be divided
among the bishops, presbyters, deacons and poor.

   The power and jurisdiction

of the bishops

were not long confined to these narrow limits,
but were soon extended by the following means.
The bishops, who lived in the cities,
had, either by their own ministry,
or that of their presbyters,
erected
newly invented FALSE ‘churches’ of SATAN
in the neighboring towns and villages.
These
newly invented FALSE ‘churches’ of SATAN
continuing under the inspection
and ministry of the bishops,
by whose labors and counsels they had been engaged
to embrace the Gospel,
grew imperceptibly into ecclesiastical provinces,
which the Greeks afterwards called dioceses.
But as the bishop of the city could not extend his labors
and inspection to all those
newly invented FALSE ‘churches’ of SATAN
in the country
and in the villages,
he appointed certain suffragans or deputies
to govern and to instruct these new societies;
and they were distinguished by the title
chorepiscopi, i.e. country bishops.

This order held the middle rank

between bishops and presbyters.   

The TRUE CHURCH ASSEMBLIES

of THE LORD JESUS CHRIST,

SCRIPTURALLY ORGANIZED

and

CONTAINING and HOLDING TO

THE DOCTRINAL DISTINCTIONS

LISTED ABOVE,

in those early times,

were entirely independent,

none of them being subject to any foreign jurisdiction,
but each governed by its own rulers and its own laws;
for, though the churches founded by the apostles
had this particular deference shown to them,
that they were consulted in different and doubtful cases,

yet they had no juridical authority,

no sort of supremacy over the others,

nor the least right to enact laws for them.

Nothing, on the contrary, is more evident
than the perfect equality
that reigned among the primitive

 TRUE CHURCH ASSEMBLIES

of THE LORD JESUS CHRIST,

SCRIPTURALLY ORGANIZED

and

CONTAINING and HOLDING TO

THE DOCTRINAL DISTINCTIONS

LISTED ABOVE,

nor does there even appear, in the first century,
the smallest trace of that association of provincial churches,
from which councils and metropolitans derive their origin.

It was only in the second century

that the custom of holding councils

commenced in Greece,
whence it soon spread through the other provinces.2

Again:

Concerning the Doctors

and Ministers of the

newly invented FALSE ‘churches’ of SATAN,

and the Form of its Government

BEGINING to BE CHANGED,

by THE INFLUENCE of SATAN

to DEPART from

THE TEACHINGS of GOD’S WORD:

    “The form of ecclesiastical government,
whose commencement we have seen in the last century,
was brought in this
to a greater degree of stability and consistence.

One inspector, or bishop,

presided over each

newly invented FALSE ‘churches’ of SATAN

assembly,

to which office he was elected
by the voices of the whole people.
In this post he was to be watchful and provident,
attentive to the wants of this
newly invented FALSE ‘church’ of SATAN
and careful to supply them.

To assist him in his laborious province,

he formed a council of presbyters,

which was not confined to any fixed number;
and to each of these he distributed his task,
and appointed a station,
in which he was to promote the interests of the

newly invented FALSE ‘churches’ of SATAN

To the bishops and presbyters,

the ministers or deacons were subject;

and the latter were divided into a variety of classes,
as the state of the

newly invented FALSE ‘churches’ of SATAN

required.
During a great part of this century,

The TRUE CHURCH ASSEMBLIES

of THE LORD JESUS CHRIST,

SCRIPTURALLY ORGANIZED

and

CONTAINING and HOLDING TO

THE DOCTRINAL DISTINCTIONS

LISTED ABOVE,

were independent

with respect to each other;

nor were they joined by association, confederacy,
or any other bonds than those of charity.

Each TRUE Christian Assembly

of THE LORD JESUS CHRIST,

SCRIPTURALLY ORGANIZED

and

CONTAINING and HOLDING TO

THE DOCTRINAL DISTINCTIONS

LISTED ABOVE,

was a little state,

governed by its own laws,

which were either enacted, or at least,
approved by the SCRIPTURLLY ORGANIZED
and ASSEMBLED CONGRAGATION society.

But, in the process of time,

all the

newly invented

FALSE ‘churches’ of SATAN

‘Christian churches’ of a province

were formed into

one large ecclesiastical body,

which,
like confederate states, assembled at certain times
in order to deliberate
about the common interests of the whole.
This institution had its origin among the Greeks,
with whom nothing was more common
than this confederacy of independent states,
and in the regular assemblies which met,
in consequence thereof, at fixed times,
and were composed of the deputies of each respective state.
But those ecclesiastical associations
were not long confined to the Greeks;
their great utility was no sooner perceived,
then they became universal,
and were formed in all places
where the gospel had been planted.
To these assemblies,
of newly invented FALSE ‘churches’ of SATAN
in which the deputies
or commissioners of several
newly invented FALSE ‘churches’ of SATAN
consulted together,
the names of synods was appropriated by the Greeks,
and that of councils by the Latins;

and the laws

that were enacted in these general meetings,

were called canons i.e. rules.

 
 These councils of which we find not the smallest trace
before the middle of this century,

changed the whole face of

the ORIGINAL,

SCRIPTURAL ORGANIZATION

of JESUS’ CHURCH ASSEMBLIES,

and gave

newly invented

FALSE ‘church’ of SATAN

a new form of GOVERMENT:

for by them the ancient privileges of the people,

in the ORIGINAL,

SCRIPTURAL ORGANIZATION

of JESUS’ CHURCH ASSEMBLIES

were considerably diminished,

and the power and authority of the bishops

greatly augmented.

The humility, indeed, and prudence of these pious prelates,
prevented their assuming all at once the power
with which they were afterward invested.
At their first appearance in these general councils,
they acknowledged that they were no more
than the delegates of their respective

newly invented

FALSE ‘church’ of SATAN

and that they acted in the name,
and by the appointment of their people.
But they soon changed this humble tone,
imperceptibly extended the limits of their authority,

turned their influence into dominion,

and their counsels into laws;

and openly asserted, at length,

that Christ had empowered them

to prescribe to his people

authoritative rules of faith

and manners.”

THAT IS SATAN DOING THAT.*

Another effect of these councils

was the gradual abolition

of that perfect equality

which reigned among all bishops in

the ORIGINAL,

SCRIPTURAL ORGANIZATION

of JESUS’ CHURCH ASSEMBLIES,

in the primitive times.
For the order and decency of these

newly invented

FALSE ‘church’

assemblies of SATAN

 required,

that some one of the provincial bishops,

meeting in council,

should be invested

with a superior degree of power

and authority;

and hence the rights of Metropolitans derive their origin.
In the mean time the bounds of the

newly invented

FALSE ‘church’

assemblies of SATAN

were enlarged;
the custom of holding councils was fallowed
wherever the sound of the gospel had reached;

and the

newly invented

universal

FALSE ‘church’

assemblies of SATAN

had now the appearance

of one vast republic,

as the newly invented

universal

FALSE ‘church’

assemblies of SATAN 

were formed by a combination

of a great number of little states.

This occasioned the creation of a new order of ecclesiastics,
who were appointed, in different parts of the worlds
as heads of these

newly invented

universal

FALSE ‘church’

assemblies of SATAN 

( WHICH IS IN TOTAL OPOSITION TO

THE LORD

JESUS CHRIST AS

“THE HEAD OF JESUS’ CHURCHES”,

WHICH IS WHERE THE TRIUNE GODHEAD

PLACED JESUS,

as we see in Ephesians 1:22 

And [ God The Father ]

Has Put all things under His [ JESUS ] Feet,

and gave Him to be The Head over all things

to the church”

THE LORD JESUS CHRIST is THE HEAD

of THE CHURCHES JESUS BUILT,

because

THE SOVERIEGN GOD The FATHER

PLACED JESUS CHRIST

as THE HEAD of JESUS CHURCHES )*

Continueing:
…and whose office it was to preserve the consistence
and union of that immense body, of this

newly invented

universal

FALSE ‘church’

assemblies of SATAN 

whose members
were so widely dispersed throughout the nations.
Such were the nature and office of the patriarchs
among whom, at length, ambition,
having reached its most insolent period,
formed a new dignity, investing the bishop of Rome,
and his successors,

with the title and authority

of prince of the patriarchs.”3

Again

      “The face of things
began now to change in the

newly invented

universal

FALSE ‘church’

assemblies of SATAN 

‘Christian church’.

The ancient method of ecclesiastical government seemed, in general,
still to subsist, while, at the same time, by imperceptible steps,

it varied from the primitive rule,

and degenerated toward the form

of a religious monarchy;

for the bishops aspired to higher degrees of power
and authority than they had formerly possessed,
and not only violated the rights of the people,
but also made general encroachments
upon the privileges of the presbyters;
and that they might cover these usurpations
with an air of justice, and an appearance of reason,

they published new doctrines

concerning the nature of the

newly invented

universal

FALSE ‘church’

assemblies of SATAN 

and of the episcopal dignity, which, however,
were in general so obscure,
that they themselves seemed to have understood them
as little as those to whom they were delivered.

One of the principal authors of this change,

in the BIBLICAL Government

of the LORD’S church ORGANIZATIONS,

into these newly invented

universal

FALSE ‘church’

assemblies of SATAN 

was Cyprian,

who pleaded for the power of the bishops
with more zeal and vehemence
than had ever been hitherto employed in that cause,
though not with an unshaken constancy and perseverance;
for in difficult and perilous times,
necessity sometimes obliged him to yield,
and to submit several things to the judgment
and authority of 

 these newly invented

universal

FALSE ‘church’

assemblies of SATAN 

     …

This change in the form

of ecclesiastical government,

was soon followed by a train of vices,

which dishonored the character and authority

to those to whom

the administration of

these newly invented

universal

FALSE ‘church’

assemblies of SATAN 

was committed;

for, though several yet continued to exhibit to the world
illustrious examples of primitive piety and Christian virtues,
yet many were sunk in luxury and voluptuousness,
puffed up with vanity, arrogance, and ambition,
possessed with a spirit of contention and discord,
and addicted to many other vices
that cast an undeserved reproach upon the holy religion,
of which they were the unworthy professors and ministers.
This is testified in such an ample manner,
by the repeated complaints
of many of the most respectable writers of this age
that truth will not permit us to spread the veil,
which we should otherwise
be desirous to cast over such enormities among an order so sacred.
The bishops assumed, in many places, a princely authority,
particularly those who had the greatest number of

 these newly invented

universal

FALSE ‘church’

assemblies of SATAN 

under their inspection,
and who presided over the most opulent assemblies.
They appropriated to their evangelical function
the splendid ensigns of temporal majesty; a throne,
surrounded with ministers,
exalted above his equals the servant of the meek
and humble Jesus;
and sumptuous garments dazzled the eyes
and minds of the multitude into an ignorant veneration

for this usurped authority.

An example which ought not to have been followed
was ambitiously imitated by the presbyters,
who, neglecting the sacred duties of their station,
abandoned themselves to the indolence
and delicacy of an effeminate and luxurious life.
The deacons,
beholding the presbyters thus deserting their functions,
boldly invaded their rights and privileges;
and the effects of a corrupt ambition
were spread through every rank of the sacred order.”4

     …

I realize this is a long quote but one that is necessary.

This will be one area

where

The History of the Baptists

and

The History of the Synagogue of Satan

separates.

….

For those who would like to further study

this changing of church government by Satan,

please read

Agustus Neander

General History

of the Christian Religion and Church,

Volume 1, pages 179-201.

SECTION SECOND
179
The charisma of government’s  Unsuitableness
182
Office of the deacons 188189
188
Revolt of the Christian consciousness against the pretensions of
196

For a most interesting statement

of the development of the Roman Catholic Hierarchy,

read

Dowling’s History or Romanism,

pages 36-64.

  …

  NOTE:

It is to be remembered

that hundreds of churches

kept to the original plan

of church government

Given by our Lord.

They did not follow the ungodly form

of Episcopal Church Government devised by Satan.

These churches,

keeping to the original form

were the True Baptist churches.

to be continued


Notes on Chapter Two

1 Baker’s Dictionary of Theology, page 184 – Article by Leon Morris.
2 Mosheim’s Church History, pages 22-23.
3 Mosheim’s Church History, page 41.
4 Mosheim’s Church History, pages 63-64.
5 Baptist Succession, pages 306-307.
6 Baptist History, page 47.
7 A History of the Baptists, volume 1, page 28.
8 A Concise History of the Baptists, page 50.
9 Baptist Succession, page 311.

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