Doomed Edifice

Doomed Edifice

by P. W. Baker

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Overview

In the early years, Christian congregations looked to the apostles and prophets for leadership. But before the end of the first century, the apostles and prophets were systematically eclipsed by the office of the bishop. Doomed Edifice examines the daily lives of the early Christians in the midst of paganism, the structure and worship of the early congregations, and traces events that led to deterioration of doctrine and the eventual ascendency of the institutional Church in the fourth century. The author contends that the Church is in captivity today for its apostasy and rejection of the prophetic ministry--the same sin for which Israel was exiled. Although the Church may not determine for itself when its captivity is complete, it can realign itself to the Kingdom in anticipation of its restoration.

P. W. Baker has earned his living for many years in the fields of Information Technology and health care, and now writes from his home in Virginia.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608990405
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 12/28/2009
Pages: 164
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.35(d)

About the Author

P. W. Baker has earned his living for many years in the fields of Information Technology and health care, and now writes from his home in Virginia.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

List of Abbreviations xi

Introduction xiii

1 Ecclesia 1

2 Early Organization and Worship 8

3 Early Christian Life 29

4 The Ecclesia Changes 54

5 The Rise of the Episcopacy 64

6 The Ecclesia Becomes the Church 75

7 Excursus on the Episcopacy 94

8 Excursus on the Supernatural Gifts 108

9 Recapitulation 117

10 Conclusion 123

Bibliography 135

Subject/Name Index 139

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