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"Blueprint" implies that the Church was yet to be constructed, but this is not the case. Its establishment at Pentecost was documented in the Acts of the Apostles, and the Praxapostolos of the New Testament documents its earliest years. I don't think the allusions to the future (e.g. until we all attain to the unity of the faith) refer to how the Church ...


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According to some notes provided by Eastern Orthodox monk Seraphim Rose to the English translation of Protopresbyter Michael Pomazanski's Orthodox Dogmatic Theology, the Ebionites and Nazarites were both groups of heretical Judaizers. The Ebionites, he wrote, "considered Jesus Christ to be a prophet like Moses; they demanded of all Christians the strict ...


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The woman Grapte referred to in I.2.IV of the Shepherd of Hermas is understood to have been a deaconess. The duties of deaconesses, however, are not understood to be equivalent to those of deacons, but involved, rather, ministering to widows and orphans, and perhaps helping to prepare and baptize women. The above passage is an example: You will write ...


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The early church did indeed apply this language to specific cases, particularly in relation to God's judgment and church discipline. For example, Chrysostom describes Judas and Job as being "delivered to Satan," and says: Many such instances still occur. For since the Priests cannot know who are sinners, and unworthy partakers of the holy Mysteries, ...



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