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WTS Dishonesty About The Early Church Fathers

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WTS Dishonesty About The Early Church Fathers
The Line of Authority In The Churches
Their Fight Against Heresy or Apostacy
What Did Those Early Christians Believe
What Ignatius Said About Jesus Christ
Polycarp
Clement
Irenaeus
Justin
Athenagoras

THE EARLY CHURCH FATHERS - WHAT DID THEY BELIEVE?

The Watchtower Society has often quoted either the writings of the early church fathers (often referred to as the Apostolic Fathers) or from other authors who have made quotes from these sources. Many of these quotes were from the writings of the men who were second generation Christians i.e. Men who were disciples of those who sat under the teachings of the Apostles.

While the Society is willing to quote these they prefer not to accept it when others make quotes from these very same writings which are in opposition to the Society's teachings. Then they disclaim them as 'not being the Bible.'

They are quite correct. These writings are not the Bible, but they ARE the writings of those who were taught by the Apostles!  What they DO tell us is how they understood what the apostles taught them.

If I want to know how the Watchtower Society understands the Bible I look at what they have written. Similarly, if I want to know how Mormons understand

the Bible, I look at the writings of the Mormon church. In the same way, if I want to know how the first and second generation of Christians understood the Bible I look at the writings of the early church, especially those who were entrusted with positions in the church by the apostles who walked with Christ Jesus.