In this online article, the author gives a warning to non Catholic Christians about reading the early church fathers.
Many people have walked into the Roman Catholic Church through the broad door of the “church fathers,” and this is a loud warning today when there is a widespread attraction to the “church fathers” within evangelicalism.
He states: “The fact is that the “early Fathers” were mostly heretics!” and then goes on to prove this assertion by showing the quotes of the early church fathers which show that they taught distinct Catholic doctrine.
He then states:
Having seen some of the heresies that leavened the “church fathers,” it is not surprising that a non-critical study of their writings can lead to Rome. That is where they were all headed! And for the most part we have only looked at the more doctrinally sound “church fathers”!
He claims the the only true Church Fathers are the authors of the New Testament.
He gives a final warning:
This is a loud warning to those who have an ear to hear the truth. We don’t need to study the “church fathers.” We need to make certain that we are born again and have the indwelling Spirit as our Teacher (1 John 2:27), then we need to study the Bible diligently and walk closely with Christ and become so thoroughly grounded in the truth that we will not be led astray by the wiles of the devil and by all of the fierce winds of error that are blowing in our day.
I just can’t understand this type of logic.
He seems so assured that his personal interpretation of scripture in the only correct one, that who ever goes against his personal interpretation in wrong or even in heresy.
What about everyone else, how much credence do you put into the writings of the early church fathers, and how have they affected your view of Christianity?
Do you think they were mostly heretics, and if so, how do you determine what is true and what is false in their writings?
Do you filter your understanding of scripture through the lens of the early church fathers, or do you filter your understanding of the early church fathers through your own personal interpretation of scripture?