Do You Know How The Early Church (Pre-150AD) Spotted a False Prophet?

Not For Itching Ears-false-prophetTest your knowledge of early church history in our latest poll.

There are 5 answers to choose from.  Only one is correct, based on the “Teaching of the Lord to the Gentles by the  Twelve Apostles” or what is more commonly called the “Didache” and other early church writings.  The Didache is a well received document from the early church.  The date of its writing is hard to determine, but most scholars put it somewhere between 50 AD and 150 AD, very close to the time of the Apostles. It is not part of the Bible, but it is a very good document to read if you want to learn how the early church understood the teaching of Christ and the Apostles.

Can you identify the correct answer?  There is only one correct answer in our poll, but that does not mean there were not other indicators.  There is only one correct answer in this poll.

So, how did the church identify a false prophet in the 2nd century?

 

Take the poll and then go here for the answer

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Posted on April 23, 2014, in Christianity, Early Church History, Polls, Theology and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. On you poll. The true answer is not there. The false teachers taught that there was salvation by grace plus works.

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    • Hi Tim,

      There is one answer on that poll that is unquestionably true and it is pulled from the Didache. It doesn’t mean that there wasn’t more than one way they spotted a false teacher. Again, it is how the 2nd century church spotted false teachers.

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    • You might like to check out what Clement or Rome said to the Corinthians in AD 96 on that subject, or what Polycarp of Smyrna said to the Philippian Church in AD 130.

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  2. So what’s the right answer? 🙂 I read the Didache a few months ago but apparently I need to read it again. Based on what I remember I voted for money.

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