The So-called "Great Apostasy"
Already Come to Pass!
But it did not happen when
non-Catholics claim it happened.
Scripture teaches that it could not be the Church which Jesus Christ
Do you believe the teaching of Holy
Many non Catholics have made the false charge that the Catholic
Church Apostatized shortly after the last Apostle died and therefore the
Catholic Church of today is not the primitive Christian Church founded by Jesus
Christ in Matthew 16:18. No genuine historical documents, exact dates, or names are
ever presented by them to substantiate this false charge.
First of all, the promises of Jesus Christ and of others in Holy Scripture are
completely ignored by those who make this false charge. Read this verse taken
right from their very own Bible.
"Teaching them to
observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you
always, even unto the end of the world. Amen."
Everyone can easily see that it is the promise of Jesus Christ to be
with His Church every day in every century until the end of the world, and with
no gaps whatsoever, not even one single day, and that quote is right from the
Protestant King James Bible, one of the same Bibles which those who make this
false charge use. If I can clearly see the meaning of this verse, then why can't
they who make the false charge see it at all?
The answer is, they do not
want to see it, for if they do, they would have to admit that when they made
that false charge, they have also just called Jesus Christ a liar.
more verses on the same theme of the perpetuality of the only Church which Jesus
Christ founded, all of which would have to be denied by the false
"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."
Those who say Christ's
Church apostatized, also have said that the gates of hell
I will pray the Father, and he will give you another Counselor, to be with you
for ever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it
neither sees him nor knows him; you know him, for he dwells with you, and will
be in you. I will not leave you desolate; I will come to you."
Those who say Christ's Church apostatized, also have said that Jesus
lied in these verses, for the Counselor did not stay forever, but left at some
"Now to him who by the power at work within us is
able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, to him be glory in
the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, for ever and ever.
Those who say Christ's Church apostatized, also
have said that Saint Paul must have lied here, for how can there be glory in the
apostatized Church of Jesus Christ, and what does "for ever and ever" mean?
"Abandonment of ONE'S religious faith."
That is how one
dictionary defines the word.
"The total rejection by a baptized person
of the Christian faith he once professed."
That is how a second
dictionary defines the word.
The Greek word used is "apostasia", and from a
Greek dictionary its meaning is:
"a falling away, defection,
Notice that the definitions apply to individual persons ONLY
and not to the entire Church.
Isn't that exactly what Holy Scripture
"For it is impossible to restore again to repentance those who have
once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become
partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the goodness of the word of God
and the powers of the age to come, if they then commit apostasy, since they crucify the Son of God on their own
account and hold him up to contempt. For land which has drunk the rain that
often falls upon it, and brings forth vegetation useful to those for whose sake
it is cultivated, receives a blessing from God. But if it bears thorns and
thistles, it is worthless and near to being cursed; its end is to be burned."
"Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our
Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, that ye be not soon
shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as
from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let, no man deceive you by any
means: for that day shall not come, except there come a
falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of
Does this verse speak of a falling away of all the faithful of the
"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."
verse say to draw away all of the disciples of
the Church? No it does not, but it does sound exactly like the actions of the
first Protestants, Luther, Zwingli, and others who were Catholic priests,
"Also of your own selves shall men arise".
also "spoke perverse things". Read of the "perverse things" of which Luther wrote.
also did "draw away disciples after them." But again,
they did not draw all of the faithful after them.
So what have we
learned here? We have learned that it is individual persons who apostatize, not
the whole Church which Jesus Christ founded, for according to Scripture, that
would be an impossibility.
Secular dictionaries, and Holy Scripture, both
confirm that the term "apostasy" is applied only on an individual basis.
ask those who insist that the Catholic Church apostatized in the early centuries
of its existence, to explain to me how an entire Church could apostatize, unless
every single member of it agreed to do so, and all apostatized at the same point
in time? If the false chargers still insist it was the entire Church which Jesus
Christ founded, I would ask them to show me the verse(s) in the Bible which
"prove" it? I also ask them to give me the firm date of this supposed great
Next, I would like to ask those same people why there are
no historical documents to
be found which would "prove" that this earth shaking, monumental event, happened
at all? Imagine the impact of such a happening? Did the Son of GOD sacrifice
Himself needlessly? Did His entire Church simply pack up and leave him, as many
of His unbelieving disciples did in John 6:66?
To the contrary, genuine historical documents teach just the opposite
of this blatant lie, for the Catholic Church is mentioned by name many times and
by many writers in every century beginning with 107 A.D.. Saint Augustine (354-430 A.D.) alone, mentioned
the Catholic Church by name over 300 times in his writings. Yet there is no
mention of even the slightest hint of a so-called "great apostasy" of the
Catholic Church. Strangely enough for the detractors, not one document offers
even the merest support for their false charge, so the onus is upon them to
prove what they say.
Questions to ask of those who make the false
accusation that the Catholic Church apostatized early on at some nebulous
1. Why is it that you cannot find a verse in Holy
Scripture which says the entire Church which Jesus Christ founded
2. Why do you stretch the meaning of the word "apostasy" to
apply to a whole Church instead of its rightful meaning of an individual
3. Why do you believe in the Bible at all, and reinforce your beliefs
with the man made doctrine
of Sola Scriptura, knowing
full well that your Bible was
handed down by a supposed "apostate" church?
4. Why is it that no one can
find any authentic historical documentation to back up what they
falsely charge? Of the thousands of genuine historical documents which anyone
can see, why in century after century, did historians, and the early writers of
the Christian Church fail to mention an apostasy of the Catholic Church. Do you
think it is because no lie is of the truth (1John 1:21), and truth can be proven
but the lie cannot?
5. Why is it that no one can provide a firm date, and
provide authentic historical documents showing the names of those who were
6. What was Jesus Christ doing for over one thousand years, while
at the same time allowing His supposed "apostate" church to exist status quo
until Martin Luther and his
Protestant revolt came
along? What happened to the billions of poor souls who lived through those same
Did GOD simply abandon them?
7. Why do you deny the many promises
made by Jesus Christ, and Saint Paul, and others, that the only Church which
Jesus Christ founded will last forever, when Holy Scripture says clearly and so
explicitly that it certainly will last forever?
Answers please, to these
very simple questions of which I have asked of the false accusers?
The "Great Apostasy":
The meaning is the same as for "apostasy" with the
difference being in the numbers of individual apostates.
Now that we know
that the entire Church could have not apostatized as detractors charge, and
since the "Great Apostasy" has happened already, then who is responsible for
this blatant crime against Jesus Christ and His Holy Catholic Church?
have been many apostates in the Church ever since it was founded. We have not
forgotten Magnus, Marcion, Montanus, Severus, Tertullian, Origen, Novatian,
Mani, Arius, Pelagius, Nestorius, Berengarius, Albigensians, Waldensians, and
many others. Each of these apostates and heretical movements, caused hundreds
and thousands of individuals to leave the Catholic Church.
Apostasy" therefore would have to be when the largest number of individuals left
the Catholic Church, numbers amounting to millions. That event came to pass
starting in 1520, when about ten million* participants in the European Protestant revolt left the only Church
which Jesus Christ founded. Echo, echo, echo, John 6:66.
It is to be noted that the Catholic
Church did not leave them.
Thus, the "Great Apostasy" can only have reference
to the tens of thousands of individual sects and the hundreds of millions of
Protestants existing today, all of which had their beginnings in the 16th
century and who were galvanized by the first Protestant apostate, Martin Luther.
*Interestingly, the approximately ten million apostates of Europe
were replaced by about the same number of new Catholic Converts in the Americas,
starting just eleven years later in 1531. This well documented event was due to
the miraculous appearance of Our Lady of Guadalupe in
what is now Mexico City.
Was this event simply a
coincidence, or was it by divine design? Ephesians 5:23
Many thanks to these tens of thousands of apostate
sects, for they are in such contrast to the truth of Jesus Christ and of His one
and only Church, that they do nothing but allow those who are "The Light of the World" (Matthew 5:14) to shine like a
beacon upon those who live in darkness. Here are three versions of 1Corinthians
11:19 which prove what I have just said:
"Factions have to exist in order to
make it clear who the genuine believers (Lights of the
World) among you are." GOD's Word Bible
"For there must be factions
among you in order that those who are genuine among you (Lights of the World) may be recognized."
there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved (Lights of the World) may be made manifest among you."
"One who practices apostasy."
Mention of "the Church" in the following statements reference the Catholic
What makes an apostate?
1. Apostates reject teachings
of the Church. James 2:10, Saint Thomas Aquinas, Summa, 2,2,5,3.
rejects one teaching of the Church which Jesus Christ founded, he/she rejects it
Martin Luther and
his cohorts rejected teachings of the Church, and their followers still
2. Apostates reject the authority of the Church. Matthew 18:15-18.
Martin Luther and his allies
rejected the authority of the Church which Jesus Christ founded.
Apostates believe the Church is a democracy, when in fact it is a hierarchy.
Since when does the body tell the head what to do? The head always tells the
body what to do, and the Head of the Catholic Church, which is His Body, is
Jesus Christ. Ephesians 1:22-23.
Martin Luther believed he could tell the head
what to do as in a democracy.
4. Apostates reject obedience to the superiors of the Church. Hebrews
rejected obedience to his superiors, the Pope and the Bishops of
5. Apostates invent their own teaching, based solely upon
their own personal opinions, and not upon doctrinal truth.
Martin Luther invented much of
his own teaching, based
solely upon his personal
6. Apostates reject many parts of Holy Scripture and strive
to change it to suit their teaching.
Martin Luther rejected many parts of Holy
Scripture, and both added to and subtracted from the Holy Word of GOD in a vain
attempt to make it conform to his teaching.
7. Apostates in criticizing
the Word of GOD are in fact setting themselves up as critics of GOD
Martin Luther is
guilty of criticizing the Word of GOD by removing Old Testament books from the
Bible and writing against several New Testament books such as James, and
"And the LORD said to Job: "Shall a faultfinder contend with the
Almighty? He who argues with God, let him answer it." Job 40:1-2
So you see? The so-called "Great Apostasy" has already come to pass.
Christians and Protestants who have no documentation, no firm date, and no names
whatsoever to "prove" their false charge against the Catholic Church, surely
must realize by now that every time they point their fingers at someone else,
they have three of them pointing at themselves. Try it and see.
Written by Bob
Stanley, July 3, 2002
Updated January 11, 2007
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