REFORM OR RESTORE?
Paul warned early Christians that after his departure a great apostasy would come, a falling away from the truth of the gospel. He told them this departure from the truth would start within the church leadership when men would “speak perverse things, to draw away disciples after them” (Acts 20:29-31). He called them “grievous wolves” because they devour like a wolf devours the flock, He also warned Timothy that Christians would have “itching ears and would turn away from the truth” (2 Tim 4:1-4).
Apostasy did come. Instead of the scriptures guiding eiders overseeing each I I local church, councils made new laws about church government that led to the first papa (pope) in 606 AD. Hundreds! of changes were made. Baptism was changed from adult immersion! to sprinkling babies, for example. Mechanical instruments were added to the-simple acappella worship. Women. who had been commanded to remain silent in the churches (I Cor 14:34) began to usurp authority and preach. Martin Luther and others tried to reform corrupted Catholic church laws, Later some took the Bible alone as a pattern to restore pre-denominational Christianity and the one true church.