What authority do early church traditions have?
In contemporary Christianity there has been a significant increase in the interest and study given to the writings of the early Church Fathers. What extra-biblical doctrines and traditions did early Christian leaders teach? How do we evaluate these teachings? Of course, Roman Catholicism (Romanism) has always given a great deal of authority to these writings. Accordingly, in the course of our study we provide a biblical critique of several of their foundational beliefs, including:
- It is important to biblically evaluate the “traditions” in our churches.
- The early Church leaders taught some weird stuff that cannot be backed by Scripture.
- Romanism has a history of teaching and practicing extra-biblical or unbiblical “traditions” like indulgences, celibacy of the priesthood, and restricting the reading of Scripture, all with horrible consequences.
- The authority claimed by the Papacy has no biblical support, was denounced by several early Church Fathers, and has been rightly questioned because of its historical errors, ineffectiveness, and immorality.
- The Roman doctrines concerning Mary are unbiblical and result in the idolatrous worship and deification of a good woman.
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