Lecture 4: The Disciples of the Apostles – The Apostolic Fathers – Part I
The Golden Nuggets:
First 500 Years of church history, first generations of church leaders called Apostolic Fathers. Timothy second generation apostles where discipled by the original disciples themselves. Many of the early writings did not survive the first two hundred and fifty years during intense persecution See list of church leaders on the video.
Clement of Rome – forth pope, reference Clément’s Letter, justified by faith and evidence of a changed life (Lordship Salvation) fruit, same as taught by the Reformers, Martin Luther, John Calvin.
Polycarp of Smyrna (Turkey) – First century Christian accused of be atheists, burned at the stake, false teaching arises, humanity of Jesus was in questioned, (Gnosticism), the divinity was not question at this time.
Bottom line, evangelical notions where evident in early catholic history.