The Development of Papal Power

By Andy Sochor | Kentucky, USA The pope is arguably the most influential religious figure in the world today. Yet there was a time when the one who occupied this office was even more powerful than the current pope. He would not only be the highest-ranking member of the Roman Catholic Church, but he would

The Council of Nicea

By Andy Sochor | Kentucky, USA In this article, we will primarily discuss the first ecumenical council that occurred in Nicea in 325 AD. It was a gathering of church leaders from across the Roman Empire who came together to discuss certain controversial issues and come to a consensus on the church’s “official” position on

The Problem with Organized Religion

By Andy Sochor | Kentucky, USA Many people today disparage “organized religion.” Instead, they simply desire a “personal relationship” with the Lord. However, this is not an “either-or” proposition. In our service to God, we have personal and corporate responsibilities. Notice what Paul wrote to the church in Ephesus: “And He gave some as apostles, and some

Jesus Built His Church

By Andy Sochor | Kentucky, USA With this article, we are beginning a new series that will continue over the next several issues in which we will be taking a broad look at “church history.” We will discuss the changes that took place after the time of the apostles, the rise of the Catholic Church,

Early Persecution

By Andy Sochor | Kentucky, USA As the apostles were commissioned to “make disciples of all the nations” (Matthew 28:19), this would include preparing these disciples to face persecution for the cause of Christ. Jesus warned about this in His Sermon on the Mount: “Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and