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“You have Magnified Your Word above All Your Name,”

Ps. 138:2

The Old/New and Related Apostolic Church Doctrines were Based on Greek mythology and masonic orders


Renette Vermeulen


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[Acknowledgement to the people who compiled and published these images]

Above, from left:  Old Apostolic Church Founders Edward Irving, Carl Klibbe, Heinrich Niemeyer, George Sclaphoff 











Þ “Apostles became Jesus Himself, angels, christs, gods, and mediating priests”  



Þ The core of Irvingism dogma, (OAC, NAC, etcetera,) is found in Plato, Catholic Jesuit Lacunza, and masonic teachings

Þ Irving and his helpers used Greek philosophy, dark forces, and New Age visualization to ‘spiritualize’ the Bible 


Þ Apostolic doctrine permeated the Christian churches   

Þ Niehaus called the Bible ‘withered hay and stagnant, stinking well water’ 

Þ  They say, “Jesus has a fallen nature and was not raised bodily from the grave but ‘spiritually’”

Þ Only the ‘apostles’ can forgive sin so forgiveness is only through them

Þ Jesus, heaven, and hell reside in their ‘enlightened minds,’ so they ‘became’ Jesus Christ Himself 

Þ “Jesus did not rise bodily from the dead, but spiritually in the ‘minds’ of the apostles” 

Þ Jesus was ‘resurrected’ in Peter and in all the “spiritual minds” and lives of their apostles

Þ “Jesus has already descended or returned, not on literal clouds, but in the ‘spiritual minds’  of the apostles” 

Þ Holy communion, ‘sealing,’ and baptism ‘saves’ and are administered to their departed: see Eccl. 9:5-6! 

Þ Apostles talk to and pray for their departed while God’s Word warns that is witchcraft, (Deut. 18:10-14)

Þ The souls of their departed dwell in ‘the body of christ,’ which is in their ‘enlightened minds’”





This study is not vindictive criticism, but a letter of love.  It is addressed to all the followers of the Old, New, and other schisms of the Apostolic Church Movement.  The Apostolic Movement, consisting of the Old, New, and related  Apostolic churches, is supposedly ‘a branch of Christianity outside Catholicism and Protestantism,’ called “Irvingism” after their main founding father, Edward Irving.  However, the entire church system, the Apostolic Movement too, stems from Roman Catholicism, which herded Jesus’ first believers after the cross and Pentecost, (The Followers of The Way,) into church buildings during the latter part of 1 A.D.; ruled by man-made dogmas and false, hierarchical clergies, (see Hebrews  7:11-19; 8:7,13; 9:8-15! Acts 9:1-2; 11:26!) 

After the Old Apostolic Church and the New Apostolic Church split in two separate churches, their doctrines were not entirely in agreement anymore.  Although these two sister-churches, (the OAC and NAC,) refer to each other as “fallen angels,” they are still steered by the same spirit and mostly governed by it’s core doctrines.  The other apostolic-based churches that identify with them and/or accept some of their dogmas, were engineered from the same origins.  Yet, one should not confuse the Apostolic Movement, (e.g., the Catholic Apostolic Church, the Old and New Apostolic Churches, United Apostolic Church, etcetera,) with the Pentecostal/Charismatic Movement such as the Apostolic Faith Mission, although these churches also teach many of the Apostolic Movement’s doctrines


Glory to God for all those who helped me to better understand the origins and teachings of the Apostolic Movement, especially Mark, an ex-member of the Old Apostolic Church, who also sent me their catechism.  Among those who provided input were active members of the Old Apostolic Church, who tried to convert me to their beliefs.  To them there were  also exceptions, such as Zolani Makhosonke from the University of Cape Town, who shared with me the following about Ancestor Worship in the OAC. He wrote, “Renette, thanks for the information on the OAC. As a former member of the OAC, I concur with everything written on the website. There is just one thing missing which is the rationale for the OAC calling people to leave Christian churches [to become OAC members.] They say, ‘God is calling you to come and serve for the salvation of your soul together with the souls of your kin, both dead and alive, who never had the word. For Jesus did not die for the sins of the whole world but for those of his kin. [No, Jesus did suffer and die for the whole world, but only those who choose to believe in Him, sincerely accept Him, and follow Him according to the Truth of His Real Scriptural Word, are saved: John 3:16-18; 1:1-14.]  When Jesus died he went to hell to release his kin only.’ [No, Jesus’ human spirit went to the real heaven in the spirit world, Luke 23:42-43; 16:19-31!  Conversely, hell is a real place of eternal judgment in the spirit worldNo one ever returns from hell.] The kin of others cried out, Lord, Lord, until when must we wait to be released!’ Jesus replied, ‘Wait, I will have mercy on you through bones of bones of your loins in the third and fourth generation a redeemer and Savior will be born for you.’  I could not find any of this in the Bible.” 

You are right Zolani.  For instance, the massive NEW APOSTOLIC CHURCH outreach in Cambodia focused on “transition from Buddhist ancestor worship through prayers of salvation for deceased ancestors, so the living can share eternity with them by joining the NAC church!”  But the Truth of God’s Word states, “The dead knows nothing…  Also their love, hatred, and envy have now perished.  Nevermore will they have a share in ANYTHING done under the sun!”  And NO ONE goes to  the real Scriptural heaven in God’s spirit world EXCEPT through personal faith, acceptance, and discipleship in the Lord Jesus Christ; the ONLY Way, Truth, Life, and Light! (Eccl. 9:5-6! Luke 16:19-31! John 1:12-13; 3:16; 14:5-6!) 




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[Acknowledgement to the people who compiled and published these images]


Above, rightThis Hindu image depicts the complete opposite of Jesus’ spiritual body of believers, (1 Thessalonians. 5:23! John 3:3-5! 1:12-13! Galatians 3:28!)  Many heads or ‘christ-gods’ on top of a body symbolize polytheism; the worship of many gods who are hierarchical temple and church rulers, presiding over religious members.  At the fall of The Followers of The Way into Roman Catholicism at Antioch, (Acts 11:26,) this idolatry was incorporated into the Roman Catholic Christian church and her successive denominations or divisions — even those who supposedly despise CatholicismSo, this Buddhist image also portrays the ruling ‘heads’ or so-called ‘god-christ’ clergies of the Old and New Apostolic churches - “without whom no one can [supposedly] be saved.”  As they allegedly ‘became’ Jesus, they also “have power to forgive sin and baptize with the ‘holy spirit;’” just like other Christian “pastors” claim they have, (Mark 2:5-12; Mat. 3:11-12!)  In reality,  the entire church system is composed of Catholic replicas, (Heb. 7:11-19; 9:8-15!)  Acts 7:44-50 plainly state, “God does not, (nor will ever during His eternal New Testament Covenant,) dwell in temples made with [human] hands.”  Nevertheless, following closely in their mother’s footsteps, all the divisions of Catholicism continued to mix their preferred dogmas and other manmade forms and norms with the truth of the Bible; manufacturing and ruling  their own variants of the Christian religion to enrich and puff themselves, (Acts 11:26 KJV.) 

Above, leftAll true believers are “one” in Christ as depicted above, and on equal footing before the throne of the Most High and Holy God, (1 Pet. 2:9-10; Heb. 7:11-19.)  The eternal New Testament Covenant is based on the fact that the Lord Jesus Christ is the only “Head” or Everlasting High Priest of His spiritual body of true believers.  There is [Only] One God and One Mediator between God and [believing] mankind, the man Jesus Christ,” Who suffered, died, and rose from the grave; completely atoning for all the spiritual bondage, lostness, and cursedness of sincerely believing humanity, who would choose to accept and follow Him, (Jn. 19:28-30; 3:16; 1:12-13; 8:12,31-32!)  After that, He ascended in His literal but glorified body into the real heaven in the spirit world, from where He will return on literal clouds, just as His disciple saw Him ascend, (1 Tim. 2:5-6; Luke 24:39! Col. 2:9-10! 1 Cor. 15:12-23, 50-52! Acts 1:11!)  Thus, the Lord Jesus is the Only Christ or Redeemer, Savior, and Blessor of all believing mankind, (Gal. 3:10-14.)  At the cross, He completely broke all Satan’s power and control over every sincere believer from every “tongue, tribe, and nation,” (Col. 2:9-15!)  These believers “are His [real] body together and members in particular,” who all function as His spiritual ‘kings and priests’ on the same level before their eternal High Priest, the Head of the body of Christ, (1 Pet. 2:9-10! 1 Cor. 12:12-27!) 

A summary of Old and New Apostolic church history   

The Christian Reformation was manufactured from Roman Catholicism in the 1500s; giving way to another massive Illuminati setup by covert masonic/Mary-worshipping leadersIt is another indisputable fact that the Catholic Apostolic Church was the forerunner of the entire Apostolic Church Movement — Old and New Apostolic churches in particular. “It was founded in 1832 by Henry Drummond, Edward Irving and others…  Edward Irving taught that the church universal was divided into twelve [‘lost Israeli’] tribes…”  [credit Wikipedia.]  This ‘chosen-elite’ deception centers on British/American/Afrikaner Israelism and is still followed by Calvinism, ‘The Twelve Apostle Church,’ Jehovah Witnesses, etcetera.  Edward Irving’s Lost-Tribes-of-Israel fallacy eventually fathered the Holiness Movement, Christian Zionism, and Messianic Judaism.  From there, their end-time Israeli Timeline doctrine, which centers on the so-called ‘rapture,’ infiltrated churches worldwide.  The rapture dogma is another brilliant Illuminati deception.  It replaces the once-off, truly Scriptural return of the Lord Jesus Christ on the physical clouds on That [One] Day when the last trumpet will sound.  That is when His supernatural, real, spirit angels, (not human apostolic clergies,) will assemble all true believers, the bride of Christ, from everywhere on earth to attend the one and only marriage feast in God’s Truly Scriptural heaven in the spirit world, (Mt. 24:27-31; 25:1-13; Acts 1:8-12; Rev. 11:15; 19:6-9!)

Edward Irving and Company established the Old Apostolic Church in the 1800s. (Sources differ on the exact year.)  Wikipedia Encyclopedia describes it’s establishment as follows, “The Old [and New] Apostolic Church is called Irvingism, [named after Edward Irving,] who was greatly influenced by the Roman Catholic, masonic/Jesuit priest  Manuel Lacunza.”  This masonic Jesuit was behind the creation of the entire “Israeli Timeline” deception, which most churches now teach.  “In South Africa, the Old Apostolic Church (OAC) was founded by Carl Klibbe in 1889… while the NAC (New Apostolic Church) followed George Schlaphoff when they split up.  Apostolic Churches are exclusive.  [As all other  church denominations,] everyone believe they alone have the only road to salvation.”  [Credit Wikipedia.]




The following came directly from the Roman Catholic/Protestant dogma of Theosis and infused the entire Christian church system.  Hence, it is vital to understand what the Scriptural Truth, (the Only Lamp unto our feet,) really teach about this. 

¨ The ‘Apostle’ clergy say they “became Jesus Himself” and “are equal to Him,” which makes them “gods.”  The other Christian churches echo this; some more subtly than othersThat is blasphemy, as the God of Bible Scripture unalterably declared in Isaiah 42:8, “I, Am The Lord, [Jesus is God, Lord, and Creator,] that is My Name, and My glory I will not give to another…”  Christ Jesus shares His throne with absolutely no one — not even with real, supernatural angel spirits that worship Him constantly in His true abode: heaven in the eternal spirit world, (Revelation chapters 21-22.)  Hebrews 1:13, 8-12, (KJV,) speak plainly so everyone can understand what God the Father meant when He asked, “To which of the [real, supernatural] angels has He ever said, ‘Sit at My right hand...?’ But to [the risen human] Jesus, [God incarnated,] He said, ‘Your throne, O God, is forever and ever…  Thus [Jesus] God, Your God has anointed You…  [For] You, Lord, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth and the heavens are the work of Your hands...” 

From the truth of Scripture, we can undoubtedly conclude that no ‘apostle’ or anyone else, not even the real, supernatural archangels, can compare to Jesus, “Lord, God, and Creator of the literal heavens and earth and everything in it.”  Just one test to prove the validity that these “apostles” and other “gods” teach: what have they ever created?    But according to apostolic logic, this ‘god’ (Theosis) deception goes like this, “How can we ourselves become the body of Christ but remain ordinary humans?  Of course we’re Jesus Christ!” And blasphemers such as Pentecostal/Charismatic Benny Hinn, Copeland, and Company echo these voices, “Yes, we are ‘the light;’  thus we are gods… We are Jesus!” 


¨ As seen, clergies, (‘apostles’ in particular,) allegedly also “became” “christs” or ‘saviors.’ Jesus warned in Matthew 24:5, 24, “Take heed that no one deceives you.  For many will come in My Name, saying, ‘I am the christ…”  Do not believe it.  For false christs and prophets will rise and show great [but false] signs and wonders to deceive… even the [really born again disciples] if [they allow them to.]” The True Christ of the Scriptures fulfilled all the Old Testament prophesies concerning Him.  He was born from a virgin; manifested a ministry of miracles; suffered and died on the cross,  and reconciled all true believers globally to God to establish His eternal New Testament Covenant with them all, (Heb. chapters 7-9; 8:13.)  He was literally risen in a glorified bodily, (1 Cor. 15:35-49; 4-11,) and was actually seen and physically inspected by His real apostles.  He bodily appeared to over 500 brethren at once, and Paul also saw Him during that time. Then, He ascended literally into heaven in the spirit world, from where He will return while “every eye physically sees Him and every tongue confesses that He is God,” to factually take His believing bride to heaven and destroy all unbelievers, disobedient believers, and the entire earth with fire, (2 Ths. 1:7-12; 2 Pt. 3:10-14.) 

Just one more test to prove the validity of “apostles” everywhere: which of these requirements of The True Christ and the miracles He did, did they or will they ever accomplish in their feeble, human lifetime? 


¨ ‘Apostles’ also teach they are Old Testament ‘mediating’ prophets and ‘restored’ ’apostles’ in the New Testament, and church members can only go ‘through them’ to God to attain salvation.  This ‘high priest mediation’ also adds to their ‘god’ status.  However, the entire New Testament declares that Christ Jesus’ eternal Mediating position between God and believers does not pertain to any human being such as a so-called ‘super-anointed prophet or ‘apostle,’ (Col. 2:9; 1 Tim. 2:4-6.)  So, “when the people decided to worship Paul and Barnabas as gods, they tore their clothes and cried, “Why are you doing this?  We also are men with the same nature as you…” (Acts 14:11-15.)  Neither Paul nor the other apostles ever proclaimed themselves ‘[chief] apostles,’ ‘high priests, mediators, gods, or christs!’  So, none of the genuine apostles of the New Testament Covenant placed themselves in a mediating position over the body of Christ.  They were humble servants and slaves to Christ Jesus and the Truth of His Word; just as all true believers are now. 

God declared in Hebrews 1:1-3, during the New Testament Covenant that Jesus established at the cross, He does not speak through so-called ‘mediators’ or give any ‘new revelations’ to add to the context of Scripture, (Heb. 8:13.)  Jesus Christ Himself is the last Prophet and final Apostle of God’s mediation and revelation to humanity.  Hence, everything we need to know can be found in the true context of Biblical Scripture.  Hebrews 3:1, “[Christ Jesus Himself is] the [only] Apostle and High Priest of our confession… [and He will never “become” a human ‘mediating apostle.’]” 

What’s more, 2 Corinthians 12:12 tells us exactly how to know genuine human apostles, “...The signs of an apostle were accomplished [past tense] among you… in signs, wonders, and mighty deeds..”  The mark of an apostle must be accompanied by God’s authentic, supernatural signs — which are debatable today as church leaders are all lacking in Scriptural authenticity.  Originally, “apostles” primarily planted new congregations of sincere believers, called “ecclesias.”  However, after the apostles, whom Jesus commissioned in the Gospels and the Book of Acts, it seems that real “apostles” do not exist.  This is so because, since the latter part of 1 A.D., the Christian Church converted the unadulterated gatherings of believers or ecclesias into a stagnant, manmade church system, (Acts 11:26.)


¨ ‘Apostles’ also allege they have also “become” spirit/human angels.  They apply all the Scriptural references to God’s supernatural angels to themselves.  For instance, when John fell down to worship a supernatural angel spirit, the angel said, “...I am your fellow servant,” and that allegedly proves these apostles ‘became’ angels.  In fact, the angel said he must not be worshiped, because he works from the spirit world with John “and... those who keep the words of this book.”  Then he added, “Worship [only the One and Only Lord Jesus Christ; Creator God of heaven and earth!]” (Heb. 1:7, 14; 2:6-9; Rev. 22:9.)  The context of Scripture proves it is simply impossible that any human can ‘become’ a ‘christ, god, or angel.’  Hebrews 2:5-9 and 1 Cor. 15:39-40 explain that humans and angels are two completely different species.  “[God] has [literally created or] made man a little lower than the angels [on His creation scale...]” Paul affirmed in 1 Corinthians 15:39-40, “All flesh are not the same flesh.  There is one kind of [literal] men, another of [physical] animals, and there are also [spiritual] celestial bodies...”  The terrible sin of the mingling of spirits and humans as described in Genesis Chapter 6, is condemned as follows in Jude verse 6-8, “The angels who did not keep their proper domain... [these are not ‘fallen apostles’ but supernatural spirits,] God has reserved in everlasting chains... [as they literally] went after strange flesh [by ‘marrying’ humans...]”  So, if these ‘apostles’ really could “become spirits and angels,” why are they still breathing, eating, and doing what ordinary humans do?  (Mt. 22:30.)