Heresy: belief or opinion contrary to orthodox religious (especially Christian) doctrine.Published March 25, 2017
Mr. Doughty in his book The Revelation Rainbow exposes one of the oldest heresies and departures from the faith.
page 113 Unlike the responsibilities of the evangel, Biblical pastors oversee the flock, as a father would take care of his children. Pastors in the congregation are always referred to in the plural. There is no mention of ministry teams, ruling elders, a head shepherd, president, or pastor of a congregation. Paul said to Timothy, “Appoint elders (plural) in every city...” (Tit 1:5). The Greek word is presbuteros. The parsing of this word is adjective, accusative, plural, and masculine. Never was an elder, in the singular, ruling over a congregation in the New Testament.
Once there was an ever so slight departure with regard to the structure and earthly government of the congregation, ravenous wolves entered in.
Page 114 Evangelists are responsible for upholding and maintaining New Testament government in the congregation. It is not unscriptural to have a preaching pastor. There is a problem, however, when a preaching pastor may want to annul the Christ-given ministry of an evangelist. Not only this, but congregations can become complicit and force this scenario because the elders often want the pastor to do their work. In turn, the people love him when he does their work. Satan is victorious when the “pastor” becomes so bogged down with administrative duties that he cannot implement the necessary outreach to the lost. Also, while women were very active as servants in the early congregation, biblically, there was no such thing as an ordained female evangelist, elder, or deacon. Clement, in his First Epistle to the Corinthians, written late in the 1st Century, always speaks of the pastorate in the plural as bishops, serving along with the deacons.48 Half a decade later, in the early 2nd Century, Polycarp continued to refer to a plurality of elders as presbyters.49 However, Ignatius of Antioch referred to elevated bishops. The Latin phrase, “The Catholic Church,” is found for the first time in the letter of St. Ignatius to the Smyrnaeans, written about 110 A.D. Ignatius wrote, “Wheresoever the bishop shall appear, there let the people be, even as where Jesus may be, there is the universal Church.”50 This is the beginning of the labyrinth-like, hierarchical reign of the monarchial bishop, in which the bishop’s authority is the same as Christ’s authority. This system first began making distinctions between the collegiums of presbyters or bishops and a monarchial bishop. This then led to the heresy against “the priesthood of all believers” because it created a special priesthood of selected individuals. It is conceded, even by Catholic scholars, that “a Christian Special Priesthood” was nothing but a resurrection of Judaism and the aligning of those with the most ecclesiastical influence with Sanhedrin-type power. The grab for apostolic succession was not far behind. This led to a resurrection of a power structure similar to the hierarchy of Judaism. Just as Judaism’s power structure led to Sanhedrintype power, so the “husterion” (latter time) departure (turn of the 2nd Century) from the Apostolic Faith led to monarchial elder-bishop power, with Apostolic Succession not far behind. Church organization resembled a tangled web a spider weaves over the first few centuries after the Apostles died, in order to capture innocent, deluded souls who were denied the real Gospel.
Ignatius of Antioch Equated the bishop with Jesus and has for the last 1800 years enslaved the masses to believe such a lie.
For the complete story with well documented quotes from Ignatius himself, order The Revelation Rainbow from, www.TheRevelationRainbow.com