Before we give brief analyses of these words and expressions that characterize the Newer Testament, let us have a glimpse of Church history. But before we do that, let me say this: We are not meant to direct our own lives, and what Jesus Christ came to do is not a self-improvement program. Instead, He promised that in seeking Him we will find the rest we long for (Matthew 11:25 – 28). Unlike many other religious teachers’ emphasis on rigorous study of Scripture or an elaborate set of rules, Jesus taught that it is simply through knowing Him that we know God (v. 27). In seeking Him, we find our heavy burdens lifted and our lives transformed (vv. 28 – 30). Because following our gentle and humble leader, Jesus Christ, instead of following self-made contemporary pastors, is never burdensome (v. 29). Following Him is the way of hope and healing. Resting in His love, we are free. True freedom is found only in Christ.
Let’s look at the brief history of the Church
The history of the Church has a lot to teach us. We know that the Church was founded by our Lord Jesus Christ Himself in the First Century AD.
When He left for heaven, He handed over the work of the Church to the Apostles.
This period which lasted for about a hundred years (after the death of the Apostle John in about 100 AD) is known in Church history as the Apostolic Age.
The Age that followed was the Church-Fathers’ Age, that is, from the Second Century AD.
The Church thrived and did fine until it relapsed in the Age described as Dark Ages, that is, from the Fifth Century AD. The Church went into a spiritual coma. This phenomenon gave rise to Islam in the Sixth Century AD. The Church remained in a coma until Martin Luther posted his ninety-five (95) theses on the door of a cathedral in Wittenberg in 1517. This period is known in Church history as the Reformation Age.
After this Reformation, Roman Catholicism nearly went into extinction; until Ignatius of Loyola established his Jesuit Order (Catechism) to revive. He said: “Give me a child and when he is seven years old, take him back and you will never be able to remove what I have inculcated in him.”
This is a powerful statement of indoctrination. His Jesuit Order (Catechism) is so powerful that it explains why it is really difficult to extricate or expunge Catholicism from Catholics.
To uphold tenaciously their indoctrination of people, Roman Catholicism established punitive measures known as Inquisition to deal with all who preach and teach “heresy”. Heresy, according to them was any teaching against Roman Catholicism. Many people died by burning and torture after going through Inquisition.
I brought this long historical analysis to let my readers know that from the First Century AD to the early part of the Twentieth Century AD no one practiced the extra-biblical tenets that we see in contemporary Christianity.
The Apostolic Age and the Church Fathers Age that should be our examples did not practice extra-biblical tenets that characterize the contemporary doctrines.
It was after The Azusa Street Revival on 9th April 1906 in Los Angeles, California, led by William J. Seymour, an African American, that many unbiblical expressions were introduced in Christianity. Even though the Azusa Street Revival ended in about 1915, the introduction of most of those expressions had saturated the Charismatic and Pentecostal circles. The revival ended because of doctrinal disagreements over sanctification.
Modern Pentecostalism began on the 1st January 1901, when Agnes Ozman, a student at Charles F. Parham’s Bethel Bible School in Topeka, Kansas, in the United States of America, spoke in tongues (she actual spoke Chinese that she did not study).
From 1901 to April 1906 Pentecostalism never introduced unbiblical tenets. They were introduced after the Azusa Street Revival on the 9th of April 1906.
It is, therefore, not out of place to conclude that the rascality in modern Christianity come into existence when uninformed Pentecostal and Charismatic preachers took over the pulpits.
Rascality! Yes, Rascality. Can you imagine a pastor in this circle inscribing his photo and name on women’s pants and braziers and sold them to women who wanted husbands, those who wanted children, and those who wanted luck? Was this not radicalism and occultism? There are more weird things done by such preachers in this Century.