Emperor Constantine made Christianity the official state religion of Rome, uniting church and state, thus making himself the head of the church, giving himself the authority to call church councils, to decide everyone was Christian
(or would be outwardly) and kill folk claiming to be Christians because either he thought they were not acting “Christian,” or they would not agree with his “Christian” beliefs and requirements. A church hierarchy resulted, and by
416 AD, infant baptism was required by Roman law.
Although influenced by Greek thought (dualism and philosophy), Ambrose (who wanted to use the church to control the state), his time as a Manichaean, and Anthony, a Desert Father, Augustine’s writings have formed a major belief system for both the Reformed Church and the Roman Catholic Church.
Augustine justified Constantine’s unscriptural marriage between church and state with the false doctrine he wrote in The Visible and Invisible Church. According to Augustine, the church could use violence to convert people or force people back to the church’s thinking. He encouraged the idea that the church replaced Israel. He changed to amillennial thinking denying a future, 1000 year, physical reign of Jesus Christ on earth, and claiming the church was currently living in the millennium. He wrote that unbaptized infants go to hell, bringing about the unbiblical practice of baptizing babies, who are not old enough to know to repent, but who do, according to 2 Samuel 12:23, go to heaven.
Constantine’s Political Kingdom of both the state and the church, combined with the theology Augustine wrote, helped thrust Europe into at least a millennium of unrest (NOT like the 1000 years reign of Jesus Christ promised in the Bible) because of the vying for power between the Roman Catholic Church and the political rulers of the European countries. Hundreds of thousands of people died physically as the result of the wars or for not cooperating with the state religion. How many people are dead spiritually because of the deception and error handed down to us from Constantine and Augustine, which continues in our time.
Where is God, Jesus, the holy Spirit, and the BOOK?
“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.”—Colossians 2:8
“Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight…”
“And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.”—Mark 1:15
“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
“Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”—John 1:13
[King David speaking after the death of his newborn son.]”But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.”—2 Samuel 12:23
“Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah…I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.”
“I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.”
“That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel.”—Ephesians 3:6, 7
“Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.”