The Great Apostasy: Bearing False Witness Against God and the Early Church

In this post we are going to focus on the claim made by Judaizers, some groups like Jehovah Witnesses and Islam that the early Christian Gentiles corrupted Christianity, handing down to Christians today a false Gospel that does not keep the the things we were suppose to keep, including the Law of Moses as some will go so far to claim,  as required by God. In the book of Malachi we read that the Gentiles would know and worship God, “from the rising of the sun even to the going down, hereof my name has been glorified among the Gentiles”. However, according to those who believe a Great Apostasy happened this prophecy did not come true! This is known as the Great Apostasy.

The weight of this lie is not realized by the Hebrew Roots Movement or others who parrot this as their lies against the early Church are lies against God as well. If the early Church failed, God failed. Below are few of the Prophecies in the Old Testament concerning the Gentiles.

Malachi 1:11: “For from the rising of the sun even to the going down thereof my name has been glorified among the Gentiles; and in every place incense is offered to my name, and a pure offering: for my name is great among the Gentiles, saith the Lord Almighty.”

Isaiah 42:4: “He shall shine out, and shall not be discouraged, until he have set judgement on the earth: and in his name shall the Gentiles trust.”

Psalm 46:10: “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

Logically think about it, what makes more sense?

– The prophecies of the Old Testament were fulfilled and the Gentiles did/do trust and worship God as promised. The early Church spread the knowledge of God to all the Nations on Earth. Thus, God was in control as He designed, and lovingly guided His plan for our salvation. He was and is still in control.

Or the Hebrew Roots Movement and those who adhere to some form of the Great Apostasy version of history:

– The early Gentile Christians who God had foretold would worship Him and help spread His name across the Earth, instead took His sacred plan for the salvation of mankind and corrupted it soon after the Apostles died. The true Gospel was never spread across the Earth. Instead Christians since the last Apostle died have believed a false Gospel.

Now if this were true, God lost control. Mere insignificant mortal man took the most important event in human history (the fullness of the Gospel of Christ) and destroyed God’s plan only handing down to us partial truths. This makes God seem helpless and incompetent while at the mercy of His own creation. How can we take serious a God who would so easily allow something so important to be corrupted? He wants mankind to be saved, gives His son over to death for us, but then allows this plan of salvation to be skewed?

If this is the case, few were saved and Jesus’ sacrifice is profaned. Salvation is limited to the first century and to modern times. Everyone in between missed out.

Or another way to look at the idea of that Great Apostasy and the teachings today of the Hebrew Roots Movement is that God, who so wanted man to worship Him in truth, who so wanted man to be saved and reconciled to Him, sat back and cruelly allowed the Gospel to be skewed, thus, deceiving countless numbers of Christians down through the ages. Christians who had such strong faith in His son that they willingly went to their deaths in martyrdom in His name as the early Church did, did so for a false religion. And many still die in His name today! Mostly those who do so are of the Churches that stem from the early Church or in other words the Churches that are claimed to teach doctrines from the Great Apostasy.

So let’s be realistic. Jesus is our one and only redeemer. There is no other way man can be saved. Therefore, Christ must have been extremely important to God. We know that God is love and God so loved the world that He gave His only son for us (John 3:16). Christ was God’s plan the whole time. Much of the Old Testament pointed to Jesus’ incarnation. So obviously the salvation of mankind was and is still very important to God.


To say that He allowed the Gospel and our salvation to be skewed and corrupted so early and so easily, before it spread across the Earth as promised, is not only ridiculous but utter blasphemy against God! Furthermore to claim that the early Church corrupted Christianity so early on with paganism is to lie against the testimony of the early Church who wrote against pagan practices and protected the faith that they spread.


Those who believe that there was some sort of a Great Apostasy should instead be grateful to God for His loving guidance of the Gospel and for keeping His promises. For without the early Gentile Christians we would not have the Bible. We would not have the true and right canon of Scripture. And the God of the Bible would not be known across the whole world. That is a fact that the modern Christians who want to pick and choose what they want to believe as well as the Hebrew Roots Movement simply cannot accept but also cannot escape! Instead they bear false witness against God and the early followers of Christ, breaking one of God’s commandments that does remain (the natural precepts that were once contained in the Decalogue), in favor of their own false versions of Christianity or in the Hebrew Roots Movements case,  Law of Moses that was nailed to the cross.

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  1. This is a great article, I hope you go more in depth someday. This is actually the subject that God used to “slap” me awake. I believed the lie of the HR movement that the early church were the “grievous wolves” when in reality it was just the opposite.

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