Church History Maps – organized by century
Maps of churches and church activity. The information is based upon independent sources of writings, buildings, burial headstones, and monuments. *From Jerusalem To You
These maps correspond with Church History Course.
Church History Maps – Era I
There was one group of churches from A.D. 30 to A.D. 250. In the beginning all adjectives describing the local assembly of believers were synonymous. It is only with the passing of time that believers began to use adjectives to describe themselves as differences arose: Monatists, Catholic/Universal belief, Christians, Brothers, Church of Christ, Churches of God, etc…
Church History Maps – Era II
From 250 to 1179 there was one main division and a development of 2 basic types of local assemblies:
• The Lapsii (the compromisers with pagans who later would join the government)
• The Cathari (who remained autonomous Bible Believing Churches)
Church History Maps – Era III
From 1179 to the Present
The Lapsii of old: Basically the government churches known today as Catholics, Orthodox, Nestorians.
o Key Tenants:
• Baptism of Infants, Sprinkling,
• Mary Worship/Image Worship,
• Hierarchy over all local assemblies,
• Father of Ecumenical Movement
• Absolute Authority of the Church & her leadership.
The Reformed Lapsii: This is a merge between Cathari & Lapsii. Peter Waldo’s Waldensians of N. Italy, South Carolina & Argentina, Presbyterians, Lutherans, Anglicans, Methodists, Mennonites, Amish.
o Key Tenant:
• Various modes of Baptism, some infants baptized, (sprinklers, baptize babies,
• women preachers).
• Hierarchy over local assemblies,
• Call themselves Protestants, Buy into Ecumenical Movement
• Combined Authority of Church & Bible.
The Cathari: Welsh Believers, Anabaptists, Valdise, Bogomols, Paulicians, Henricians, Petrobrussians, Culdee, Baptists, Waldensians, and any who hold to historic “Baptist” doctrines & Practices.
o Key Tenant:
• Baptism by immersion of professors only,
• Jesus is only authority over the churches autonomy of local church,
• Believe in individual local churches that answer to God uniquely.
• Rejection of Ecumenical Ideology