What was already at work
in the church in Paul's day?
"The mystery of iniquity doth
already work." 2 Thessalonians 2:7.
What class of men did he
warn were to soon arise in the church?
"For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter
in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise,
speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them." Acts
What apostasy in the
church was to develop before Christ would return the second time?
"That day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that
man of sin be revealed, the son
of perdition." 2 Thessalonians 2:3.
How was this
"falling away" from Bible truth shown?
By the adoption of heathen rites and customs in the church.
What came to be the
character and work of many of the religious leaders?
'Worldly-minded bishops, instead
of caring for the salvation of their flocks, were often but too much inclined to
travel about, and entangle themselves in worldly concerns." Neander,
General History of the Christian Religion and Church (Torrey's
translation} , Vol. 2, p. 16.
What has been the special
characteristic of the papacy?
A union of church and state, or the religious power dominating the civil
power to further its ends.
When was the union of
church and state formed, from which the papacy gained its control over the civil
The foundation was laid for it during the reign of Constantine, A.D.
313-337, and it developed under his successors.
How was this governmental
patronage of the church shown under Constantine and later rulers?
Immunities, privileges, and certain judicial functions for the clergy, and
gifts, endowments, and financial support for the church; first on a basis of
equality with the priesthood and temples of paganism, then on a preferred basis,
and finally to the exclusion of all except Catholic orthodoxy.