Protestant Christians believe two impossible things about the Reformation period that resulted in formation of the protestant churches. First, it is believed that all of the perversions of the faith were removed. That never happens in any effort to return to the way things were. This is partly because there is no one who remembers what it was really like. It’s also partly because there are always some people who like it the way it has become and will resist the effort to return to the previous state.
Second, it is believed that the church, having been purified in the Reformation, remains the same way now. In fact a large number of new false teachings have taken hold. Just as Satan worked in the Old Testament churches and the early New Testament churches he continues to work in the Protestant churches, and he is not without success.
The focus of this post is those perversions that have continued on, through the reformation, into the Protestant churches. There were people at the time who recognized these and wanted to remove them and return to the beliefs and practices of the apostolic churches. There were many who did not recognize these as perversions, however, and others who were concerned that those were too deep rooted and removing them would destroy the reformation movement.
That concern was not without foundation. Below are links to the four most deeply rooted beliefs that continued on into Protestant churches. Each one of these is plainly a belief that the modern church clings to with both hands. I’ve dedicated an article to each one of them.
Heaven and Hell – The vast majority of Christians do not understand what the Bible teaches about Heaven and Hell. What they believe instead they refuse to let go of, even when shown what the Bible says. Heaven and Hell
Moving Paradise to Heaven – This article relates to the Heaven and Hell article. Some people recognize what the Bible says but still want to find a way to fit it into a Heaven and Hell context. Moving Paradise to Heaven
The Feasts – It comes as a complete surprise to Christians to discover that the early churches observed the feast days of the Jews, particularly Passover, and this was taught to them by the apostles. The Feasts
Ash, Lent, and Easter – Where did these come from? Ash, Lent, and Easter
Sabbath – There has been a long fight within the church about the Sabbath, but the truth is in the Bible for those who are willing to receive it. Sabbath
Greek New Testament – Unlike the others this perversion is not doctrinal but it has strong effects on the understanding of doctrine. Greek New Testament
Man Made Holy Days – A look from a different perspective at the holidays that are part of Christianity. Man Made Holy Days