Gospel Basics Series
After Jesus Christ was crucified wicked people persecuted and killed most of His Apostles. Because the Apostles hold the keys of God’s kingdom on earth; when they died the church also disappeared. There was no more authority on earth.
The Apostles maintained purity of doctrine and practices. When they died and new Apostles not called, the people were without leadership and began making their own doctrines and practices. Or they interpreted the current doctrines in wrong ways.
People relied on their own wisdom and as a result false teachings were taught. The true nature of Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost were lost or distorted. Many of the vital doctrines mandatory for salvation were also lost or deformed such as faith in Jesus Christ, baptism, repentance and the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Priesthood authority no longer existed on earth and after centuries of spiritual darkness honest truth seeking men and women recognized that the doctrines and principles were changed. They sought greater light and truth. They did not set themselves up to be prophets but they created many different churches in an attempt to give greater light. This movement was known as the reformation. The reformation brought about spiritual freedom. Spiritual freedom paved the way for the Restoration.
The difference between a reformation and restoration is this; to reform is to change what already exists. To restore is to bring back in its original form. Ancient prophets foretold the Apostasy and the Restoration.
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