Old Apostolic Church
Doctrines, Theology & Practices of the OAC
Doctrines & Errors of the Old Apostolic Church
To date, the Old Apostolic Church has not released any formal written doctrine to the public. Teachings that are distributed to clergy/officers always consist of quotations from the bible with commentary on how the verses relate to one another and can be applied accordingly to contemporary life to better serve “God”, members and people according to the church’s beliefs.
While the intentions are undoubtedly entirely pure, the framework on which the organisation operates often leads to confusion, contradictions and discrepancies among members and officers who often end up with different and competing understandings of the Old Apostolic faith.
It would be entirely common to receive different opinions and views from different officers in the same congregation on aspects of biblical interpretation, worship, salvation, Jesus Christ, God as well as how an Apostolic should live to please God and serve others. The Old Apostolic Way of Life is often referred to as a “more excellent way”, quoted through a misunderstanding of the text verse found in 1 Cor 12:31. (Love is in fact “the more excellent way” and the most desired gift as explained by Apostle Paul)
The following is a non-exhaustive list of some doctrinal errors held by many officers and members of the Apostolic Church. The following errors are a recurring theme in Christian history wherever there has been an absence of sound doctrine and tradition.
Alteration of the Confession of Faith predating the OAC by 1800 years
Misinterpretation of the Confession of faith predating the OAC by 1800 years
The OAC is founded on Apostle and Prophet
The OAC members have each the 5 gifts of Christ in varying strengths
Salvation is earned
“God is a word”
Misinterpretation of scripture
Use of Scriptural texts out of context
Sacraments for the dead.
Origenism – overemphasis on allegory at the expense of scriptural reality
Denial of the Historicity of Jesus Christ/Apostles
Denial of Jesus of Nazareth being Jesus Christ (Arianism)
Denial of Apostolic Succession – ignorance of Church’s existence after Acts/Revelations.
Denial of Jesus Christ as the literal Son of God
Confusion of Natural vs Spiritual vs Literal vs Carnal vs Physical
Atheism – Denial of God as something beyond human existence
Humanism – Rationalism in preference to Divinity
Nestorianism – Denial of Christ’s Divinity
Arianism – Denial of Christ’s Divinity
Gnosticism – Denial of Christ’s Humanity
Sabellianism – Denial of the Holy Trinity
Zwinglianism – Symbolist or memorialist view of Holy sacraments
Human Mediation – mediation of access to Christ/God
Manichaeanism/Dualism – Spiritual world created by God, physical world by “something else”
Wait a minute… What are “heresies” ?
Let’s briefly look at heresies and what they are.
Since the beginning of the faith, from the time when Christ ascended on high, the Christian church has struggled against those who teach principles and ideas that are in contradiction to what was received from Christ and the apostles.
Apostle John himself struggled against the gnostics who attempted to influence believers by proposing that Jesus was not truly a man. His epistles make it clear that a different teaching is clearly not from God and should be avoided.
Apostle Paul fought against the Judaizers.
The apostle’s struggle was against those who tried to diminish the salvation offered by Christ by claiming that circumcision was also necessary for salvation. Judaizers believed in the redeeming blood of Christ, however they were adamant that one would need to be circumcised or otherwise forfeit salvation. Apostle Paul was fervently against their teachings and reminded Christians that they should be circumcised “in the heart”.
In the above two examples, we can see that there is the orthodox teaching and doctrine from the apostles which is then starkly contrasted by the heterodox teachings of those who opposed the original gospel and doctrine of the church.
Therefore let us look, in depth, at each heterodox doctrine that prevails today in the Old Apostolic Church, contrasted against the original orthodox teachings of Christ and the apostles.