Slipping Into Apostasy – A Warning From Church History

How did the church go from 1st century Apostolic teaching all the way to completely rejecting the Gospel? Let’s see where things went wrong and what we can learn from them today.

Hello, dear ones, I hope this post finds you all doing well! I’m very excited to be dropping a new episode on the podcast today. As Reformation Day fast approaches I thought it would be helpful to look back through Church History at the moments that led to the need for reform. How did the church go from 1st century Apostolic teaching all the way to completely rejecting the Gospel? Let’s see where things went wrong and what we can learn from them today.


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TS 00:22:30 – Council of Nicaea

TS 00:24:45 – 4th and 5th Century

TS 00:36:00 – 6th and 7th Century

TS 00:40:30 – 8th and 9th Century

TS 00:42:00 –  The Great Schism

TS 00:43:00 – The Crusades

TS 00:48:00 – 12th and 13th Century Scholars

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Throwback Thursday: Book Review of On The Incarnation

This book review was originally published back in 2017, you can find that article here. I’m so blessed by the early church fathers, and the writings they’ve left behind! I hope you’ll enjoy this throwback Thursday book review.

I love this book, Athanasius (A fourth-century church father) is explaining Christ was fully man, yet fully God, and he begins where every good apologist begins, the creation. I have been so blessed by the Historical Theology lectures I wrote about here, not just by the lectures but also by the reading material suggested. Books, and believers, I’ve never even heard of, like Athanasius of Alexandria.


In this book, he is essentially addressing the atheist, agnostic, and heretic of his day. The shocking thing is to realize not much has changed in those areas. As Solomon wisely noted, there is nothing new under the sun. The attack of the enemy on the truth of Gods Word is the same, it merely gets renamed from generation to generation.


It’s fascinating as well to see how the early church viewed Christ’s deity. I recommend this book for anyone studying church history, church fathers, or Christ’s deity. This book is in the public domain, which means you can find a copy of it online or you can purchase a relatively low-cost Kindle version, and it’s also available in audio book for free. Be blessed beloved, and as always, be good Bereans studying to show yourselves approved!

Favorite Stories with Church History Matters Podcast

Hello again, dear ones, I hope this post finds you all doing well! It’s Monday, and that means I (finally) have a new podcast episode dropped and ready for you. Last week was more difficult than I expected it to be, honestly. I thought once I was over the worst of the virus I would get back to going none stop. Unfortunately, COVID is like the gift that keeps giving. As I sit here typing this, I still have yet to recover my sense of smell. I don’t even know how that’s possible, I still have some sniffles but not nearly severe enough to prohibit smell. This virus is so bizarre. The most difficult thing for me, at this point, is the fatigue that comes back suddenly. One minute I’ll be feeling fine and dandy, then BOOM time for a nap. I don’t have time for naps, but my smell-less immune system doesn’t care. Hopefully this week will be an improvement, as far as writing and podcasting goes. For sure, I have today’s episode and it is one that I’m really excited about!


I had the privilege of being joined by two brothers-in-Christ and fellow podcasters, Joseph Knowels and Rueben Rosalez from the Church History Matter’s podcast! It was the first recording I did after getting sick, so I was still a little foggy headed. They were very gracious, and patient, so this should be a fun, educational, and encouraging episode minus the overly excited host. Sorry! I had no idea how much I missed podcasting until I was forced to take a break from it. Joseph, Rueben, and I sat down to discuss the importance of Church History, their testimonies, why they decided to podcast about this topic, what their favorite stories are, and even Eschatology. I had a blast talking to them, and I learned a lot that I didn’t know! I hope you will too, don’t forget if you’re watching on YouTube to stick around for the blooper’s reel at the end. It’s my favorite part of the editing process. Below I’ve included a timestamped outline of the episode, as well as some links to find the Church History Matter’s podcast. You can, of course, listen across all major podcasting platforms such as PodbeaniTunesSpotifyGoogle PlayiHeart RadioStitcher, and in video form on Youtube. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

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04:40 – Rueben Rosalez shares his testimony

12:00 – Why this topic and name for a podcast?

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19:00 – What is your favorite story from church history?

42:45 – What do y’all think about whether or not Josephus was a believer?

47:30 – When do y’all think Revelation was written?

48:20 – Do you eat pineapple’s on your pizza?

50:40 – What’s coming up on your podcast?

51:30 – How can we be praying for you?

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The Open Hearts Podcast: Episode 3 – The Christian Stance on Abortion Tulips and Honey Hub

In the third episode of The Open Hearts Podcast, Brooke Bartz discusses the way believers ought to view abortion in light of God’s Word. Brooke’s recommended resources on this topic: Bartz is not only an author, podcaster, and conference host, she is also available for speaking engagements. You can reach out to her by following the links below if you’d like to have her speak at your event.For more information about Brooke Bartz you can follow her on Instagram here: the other Open Heart Gals at their Facebook group here: to her YouTube channel so that you never miss an episode or a conference speaker here: can find Brooke’s book Chronic Love here: updated about all the shows on the Tulips & Honey Hub channel join the Facebook group here:
  1. The Open Hearts Podcast: Episode 3 – The Christian Stance on Abortion
  2. Tulips & Honey: Episode 72 – Slipping Into Apostasy – A Warning From Church History
  3. Tulips & Honey: Episode 71 – Theocracy, Theonomy, Autonomy & Christian Anarchy w Patrick Studabaker
  4. Breath of Life: Galatians 1:1-10
  5. Tulips & Honey: Episode 70 – Law & Liberty

Hymns of the Past – Great High Priest, we View Thee Stooping: Joseph Hart

Hello dear ones! I hope this post finds you all doing well. Today I want to talk about the 18th Century British minister, and hymn writer, Joseph Hart. He was a fascinating man, and wrote some truly beautiful hymns, including the one I’ve added to the end of this article. What stands out the most to me, when I was researching his life, was the years he spent going back and forth between grevious sin, and conviction. Though he was born in 1712, it wasn’t until 1757 that he would be born again. After that he wrote hymns that reflect a man broken by his own sin, and the grace afforded him by God alone before finishing his race in 1768. Many of his hymns were once quite popular with Calvinistic Nonconformists, however most are forgotten today.

Often times, when we look back on Church History, we see Gods providence in a mans life. The sin, the conviction, the battle, then salvation…and they tell their testimony so that others can know that God’s grace can not be bought or earned. While Joseph Hart lived, it’s clear to see he lives two lives. At first he lived his life for sin, enslaved to it. Then, once he was forgiven and redeemed he lived his life for the glory of God. We see that looking back, because we can see how God finished the work He began in Hart. It’s a blessing for us, as believers still pilgrimaging through this world of Vanity Fair’s on our way to the Celestial City, to see how others have come to hear “Well done good and faithful servant”. We see in this mans life, as we see in so many others, the faithfulness of God. I hope this will be an encouragement to you, beloved, as always, be good Berean’s, and study to show yourselves approved.

Great high priest we view thee stooping
With our names upon thy breast;
In the garden groaning, drooping,
To the ground, with sorrow pressed.

Weeping angels stood confounded,
To behold their maker thus:
And can we remain unwounded,
When we know ’twas all for us?

On the cross thy body broken,
Cancels every penal tie,
Tempted souls produce the token,
All demands to satisfy.

All is finished, do not doubt it,
But believe your dying Lord,
Never reason more about it,
Only take Him at His word.

Lord we fain would trust Thee solely,
‘Twas for us thy blood was spilt;
Praised bridegroom, take us wholly,
Take and make us what thou wilt.

Thou hast borne the bitter sentence
Past on man’s devoted race;
True belief and true repentance,
Are thy gifts, thou God of grace.

Friday MEGA List & Live Panel Discussion

Today, dear ones, we’re very excited to have the privilege of holding our first ever live panel discussion on Tulips & Honey! Joining us this afternoon to discuss church and evangelism during social distancing is Justin Peters, Susan Heck, Dawain Atkinson, Doreen Virtue, and Phil Johnson! We’re so honored to have each of these dear brothers and sisters-in-Christ joining us. If you follow us on Facebook, you’ll be able to watch live and ask questions there. If you prefer Youtube, you can head straight to the event by following the link below. Be sure to subscribe so that you don’t miss any future events. Next Monday we’ll be dropping an episode interviewing our brothers-in-Christ from the RazaReforma Podcast, it was such a blessing to hear their testimony and see how God led them to where they are today. If you missed it, this past Tuesday The Aquila and Priscilla Hour released an episode about Pragmatism in the church and today The Chuck and Lo Show dropped an interview with Be A Berean’s Michael Coughlin. Don’t miss Emma’s newest episode tomorrow continuing in her series on glorifying God over on Always, Only.

Live Panel Discussion

For our MEGA List today we had some help from our wonderful Humblebee’s that sent us great recommendations. Starting with Jan who recommended this homemakers Facebook group here. Luke Schmeltzer, host of Steady Anchor Podcast, recommended the free Ligonier series which will be available all summer, as well as these resources here. He’s also just released a new episode titled “Christ and Corona” which I highly recommend. As I mentioned above, Michael Coughlin is joining Chuck and Lo today, but you can also find him on his blog, or hear him refuting atheists on his podcast here. Our honorary BrotherBee, Patrick Studabaker, from Cave To The Cross Apologetics has a great video editing and website design business, a talent he uses to not only bring us great content on his own podcast, but also to bless churches. If that is something you have a need of, or you just want to support our brother-in-Christ, check it out Manos Media LLC. If you’ve tuned in to the latest Aquila and Pricila Hour you heard Emily and Zack discussing a helpful article by Tim Challies, which she recommended and you can find here. I also want to slip in a shout out to her and Zack for creating a brand new website which you can find here! Doesn’t it look great? Well done y’all! Last recommendation was added by Becca herself! She found a devotional on the Youversion app created by one of our BrotherBee’s, Joel, who has been so very encouraging to us from the start! Fear in the Time of Coronavirus is available here. Thank you to all our listeners who sent us these helpful links, you’re all such a blessing to us! I hope you’re all able to tune in today at 1:30 CST for the live panel, please pray that all goes well with technology! As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

The MEGA List – Recommendations, Reviews, & Suggestions: Friday November 29th, 2019

Hello, dear ones, I hope this post finds you all well past your turkey daze. We had a great episode planned for yesterday, discussing the Reformed history of the pilgrims. As I went to edit it, the entire folder disappeared from my computer and backup drive. Have I mentioned that I’m not good with technology? I have no idea what happened, but I do know that it might be time to retire this old mac. I apologize for having nothing for posting or dropping yesterday, by the time I finished talking with the help desk guests were nearly on their way and I needed to finish food prep. I surely hope you all had a wonderful time yesterday, if you’re from the United States. Becca and I would love to see your photos of feasting, and to share them on the program. If you’ve got some new babies or grand babies you’d like to show off, send them our way and we’ll make sure they end up getting some spotlight. Whats coming next week? We’re going to be scrambling a bit, since my computer once again deleted so much content. However, for sure you can expect to see Justin Peter’s interview drop.


I have three recommendations for you this week, dear friends. The first is a pastor who I have been particularly blessed by, which our good friend Tom from ExCatholicForChrist shared with me. As a bit of intrigue I’m not actually going to tell you who it is, but if you’ll follow this link, and you’ve followed this blog long enough, you’ll figure it out. Second I have a new blogger I’d like to recommend. Let’s give Melanie Brooke a big Word Press Welcome! Look for a guest post from her soon. Last recommendation was actually recommended to me by the hosts of The Aquila & Pricilla Hour, you know Emily from HeMadeUsAlive. They recommended a podcast entitled Church History Matters, and having listened to it, I can officially add it to my list of favorite podcasts.


Kayliegh and I finally had the chance to watch the new Pilgrims Progress movie together. It’s really great, although there are a few moments where it might be too frightening for younger kiddos. I also never appreciate the idea of making Satan look like a red horned devil, if I’m totally honest. He comes as an angel of light, giving children the wrong impression about him just gives parents a harder time Biblically addressing him. Other then that, it was very well done. I recommend this for families and kiddos over the age of 10, unless your little ones don’t scare easily. There were several points where Kayliegh, 9-years-old, had to leave the room while I fast-forwarded it. Granted, she’s read the book so many times she already new when the frightening moments were coming, so that made it much easier. You can rent, or buy, this movie on most online streaming websites including Amazon and YouTube.


My suggestion for you, dear ones, this weekend is that you each try a new flavor of ice cream. This is something I never do, I get the exact same every time. It’s Kayliegh’s favorite, and since she often tries new kinds that she doesn’t like I have a backup plan already waiting to share with her. This weekend I think I’ll be brave, and really considering it’s going to be below freezing and snowing, not very smart, and try something new. What is your favorite ice cream, and what do you recommend I try? I can’t wait to hear it, and to see your photo’s! If you follow us on social media you can send them there, or via email at As always beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Early Church Series Conclusion

As we made our way through history to the time frame most consider the end of the early church period, I thought this would be a good place to conclude the series. I’ll continue to create the homeschooling lessons to go alongside with the previous articles. You can look out for those on Saturdays. If you remember, dear ones, at the beginning we discussed the essential doctrines of the faith in regards to cults that are active today. With those, on Friday’s, we discussed an ancient heresy that was similar in one way or another to the cults we see today. Below I’ve linked to all the essential doctrine articles, in case you missed them or are new to my blog.

Twisted Tuesday – Essential Doctrines of the Faith: Salvation by Grace Alone

Twisted Tuesday – Essential Doctrines of the Faith: The Deity of Christ

Twisted Tuesday – Essential Doctrines: Monotheism

Twisted Tuesday – Essential Doctrines of the Faith: The Resurrection of Christ

Twisted Tuesday – Essential Doctrines of the Faith: The Virgin Birth

Twisted Tuesday: Essential Doctrines of the Faith – Conclusion

There are several more heretical articles from the early church period then there are essential doctrines, simply due to the magnitude of heretics that sprang up in light of the Gospel spreading throughout mutiple cultures. Below are the links to the articles from Friday’s series on early church herecies in case anyone missed any of them.

Historical Church Series -The Early Heretics: Introduction

Historical Church Series – The Early Heretics: Judaizers

Historical Church Series: The Early Heretics – Christian Gnosticism

Historical Church Series – Early Church Heretics: Marcion of Sinope

Historical Church Series: Early Church Heretics – Docetism and Ebionism

Historical Church Series: Early Church Heretics – Montanus the Spiritual Drunkard

Historical Church Series – Early Church Herestics: Arius of Alexandria

Historical Church Series – Early Church Heretics: A Catch Up Course

Historical Church Series – Early Church Heretics: Pelagius

I also wanted to include the books I read and reviewed to go alongside this early church series, so that this post would be inclusive of the entire unit of study.

Thursday Book Review: The Wars of the Jews by Flavius Josephus

Thursday Book Review – The Church History by Eusebius

Thursday Book Review – Irenaeus Against Heresies

I hope that this series was instructive, and edifying to see the connection we have to the historical church. The body of Christ, the bride, the church that will never be defeated by the gates of Hell, is our family history. There are groups that would very much like to argue the history of the church belongs only to them. There are other groups who would like to argue that church history is not important for the believer to know. I reject both of those groups argumentation. Church history is repleate with blessings of lessons learned, Godly men and women who held true to the faith in the face of torture and death, and faithful men who expounded Scripture when it was under sttack. We need to know the names of the men and women who went before us, who handed down the truth which we now hold. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Historical Church Series – Early Church Heretics: Pelagius

Today is the day that I have been looking forward to, in regard to the heretics of the early church. We are now at the end of the 4th and beginning of the 5th century with the one heresy which still remains largely unchecked in churches today. Pelagianism. Most of the previous heretics were struggling with understanding the nature of God, Christ, or the Gospel. Pelagius takes the cake for being the greatest man centered threat to the church. He was born in Britain, which was conquered by Rome in the 1st century, in 360 AD and died in 418 AD. Here’s a little fun trivia for you, dear ones, the roads Rome built in Britain are still the roads used today and arches from the time period can still be seen standing the test of time.


Pelagius taught in Rome, where his heretical views were first considered orthodox at the council of Lod, then condemned by the councils of Carthage and Ephesus. These heretical views start with the denial of original sin. He suggested that all of mankind was not affected by Adams fall, only Adam himself was hurt by that. Thus, each individual is born good, and can choose to stay that way, through free will. To Pelagius Gods grace was just a helpful mechanism to aid pure and moral people to come to Him. This is a rejection of several key texts in Scripture, in particular Romans 5:12 where Paul specifically explains that we all fell through Adam. This heresy also makes the news for Christ crucified a moot point. If we can make it by our own free will, which contrary to Scripture, Pelagius taught was not in bondage to sin, then we do not need a Savior or forgiveness of sins.

The individual who stands out historically for opposing Pelagius is Augustine of Hippo. Augustine was born an African Roman in 354 AD. Largely credited for influencing the Reformers, Augustine opposed Pelagius and taught that man was fallen in Adam and needed Gods grace for salvation and for any good works. Augustine participated in the council of Carthage that declared Pelagius a heretic, alongside over 200 bishops. A lot could be said about Augustine, and his contributions to the church. I’d love to do an entire blog just about him, and perhaps will tell the story of his conversion in the podcast. However, for the purpose of today’s post, this is as far as I’ll take it.

Pelagius taught that man was born good, and as I mentioned before, that’s a belief strongly held today. Many, professing believers or lost, proclaim their own goodness. Few today believe that God is sovereign, and that it is only by His grace that we are able to come to Him. Many are teaching the heretical view of Pelagianism without even having heard of Pelagius. There is nothing new under the sun, for the love of self we hide the truth of Scripture, desiring the approval of man rather than the salvation of the lost. It is as popular today as it was in 4th and 5th century Rome to teach the wickedness of the heart of man. We don’t need to point to cults for today’s heresy, it’s found in the churches throughout the West. Many claim to love Gods Word, and obey it, yet likewise stand with Andy Stanley in bald faced defiance of Scripture. The truth is that the heart is deceitful above all other members, who can know it? None are righteous, no not one. No one seeks after God. And yes, even our righteousness is as filthy rags.

Unless we repent of our sins and put our faith in Christ Jesus alone for salvation we will die in our sins and receive just punishment. Dear ones, we must stand uncompromisingly on the Word of God, proclaiming the truth that saves souls! No sugar coating, or watering down, will change the opinions of a fallen world. They hated our master, they will hate us as well. Therefor, give no ground to the enemy, and reject pragmatism at all cost! As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Thursday Book Review – Irenaeus Against Heresies

The book review I’d like to do today is going to go along with the Friday series on heresies, in particular, the Gnostics. Irenaeus, who was taught by Polycarp, the disciple of John the Apostle, directly refutes Gnosticism in all its many forms throughout this five-volume set. While Gnosticism isn’t the only heresy he addresses or the only topic he brings up, it’s the main thrust of the book. Most likely written in 180 AD, Irenaeus Against Heresies clearly lays out Biblical theology held by the early church, while answering the heretical views being introduced into the church.

Irenaeus of Lyons quote

There’s a couple of points that I found very interesting. First, Irenaeus was a quick-witted man, willing to be sarcastic when sarcasm was needed to show foolishness. This made the dry reading of the varied sects within Gnosticism more bearable. Second, he names names for the sake of the brothers and sisters in Christ being confronted by the Gnostic leaders. He warns believers about specific people to avoid, just as we need to do today. Lastly, he connects this heresy to Simon Magus from Acts 8:9-24. That was such a fascinating part of the book, to have that man’s story told to a further degree. Obviously, the early church fathers, like Irenaeus, are not inspired writers. We do not, under any circumstances, turn their words into Scripture, or hold them as high as that authority. However, it is a blessing that so much of their writing has remained, and we can and should enjoy their works. Particularly, it was interesting to hear about Simon and where his error led.

Irenaeus Against Heresies is an important book for today’s believers, as we deal with very similar false teaching. Not only in the cults, but also in the minds of the lost who grew up hearing bits and pieces of gnostic nonsense, which can be seen in the way postmodernism has flourished. Also, Gnosticism is still very much a thing, and as believers, you will have the so-called Gnostic Gospels mentioned from time to time. It’s dry in many places, in all honesty, as even admitted by the writer who explains in a few different points why he needed to be so detailed. His sense of humor breaks up the expansive lists of names, and differing views on the eons, held by so many at the time. It’s in the public domain, which means you can download it in pdf free here, or listen to the audio here, and also if you enjoy podcasts there is a podcast version of the audio here. If you want it for yourself, and find the free printing of nearly 400 pages tedious, you can buy the kindle here, and the paperback here. I do recommend this for older brothers and sisters in Christ, as most younger readers and preteens would find this too detailed and dry to follow. As always, beloved brothers, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved!

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Historical Church Series – Early Church Heretics: A Catch Up Course

As we move forward, beloved, into the heresies of the 4th and 5th centuries I wanted to share some lectures that would summarize what we’ve been discussing and where we’ll be going from here. Below is lecture #15 of Dr. Nathan Busenitz, professor at The Masters Seminary, where we addresses the heretics in reference to the counsels that happened to decide on the theological issues which arose.

Below is Dr. James White explaining the aftermath of the Counsel of Nicaea. His church history lessons are fantastic, I recommend the full spectrum of them.

I know we’re moving through a lot of information, with men and doctrines that have inspired hundreds of thousands of books. This makes the short summarizations needed for this series a little difficult. I hope it continues to be edifying to read about these heretics and those that stood against them. Especially when we look at the cults today, which have simply repackaged these beliefs. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.