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THE DIDACHE
(or Teaching of the Twelve Apostles)
Doctrinal Summary

1 One God, the Father, the Almighty, the Creator.

2 Jesus Christ, His son, our Lord and saviour.

3 The Holy Spirit mentioned directly only twice, and in no way even personified. It is mentioned only in the baptismal formula of Matthew.

4 One body of believers.

5 A memorial service to commemorate the death and resurrection of Christ, held on the first day of every week.

6 This memorial service involving partaking of the bread and wine, for which prayers are given by whomsoever will.

7 Only those who are fully immersed adults are to partake of the bread and wine.

8 Full immersion baptism of adults only, subsequent to a confession of faith.

9 All prayers modelled on the Lord's prayer.

10 All prayers without exception made to the Father, and through the son as mediator.

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11 Not one trinitarian concept or reference.

12 Not one mention of the Holy Spirit or of Christ as part of the Godhead. The Holy Spirit as the power of God, and Christ as the representative of the Father.

13 Doctrinal purity and a life lived in accordance therewith as the means of testing who is a true follower of Christ.

14 A sophisticated eschatology including:

- A warning that false prophets and wolves would seek to enter the flock and turn many away

- An antiChrist figure who would exalt himself as if he had the authority of Christ

- The return of the Lord Jesus Christ to this earth

- The setting up of God's Kingdom on earth by Christ

- The final signs of the return of Christ in this order:

1 A sign in heaven,
2 The sound of the trumpet,
3 The resurrection of only a certain number of individuals, a universal resurrection being emphatically denied


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Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are of God; for many false prophets have gone out into the world.
By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit which confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God

1 John 4v1-2

Romans 10:17 ... faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

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7... Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.
8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.
Romans 4