When Did Apostacy Begin?

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Hi K____,
Thank you for your input. Your point are all very well taken.
The only thing I would add is that the Catholic church was a ‘Johnny come lately’ in the apostasy which was complete before the apostles were all dead:

2Ti 1:15  This thou knowest, that all they which are in Asia [ the seven churches of Asia  to whom John wrote – Rev 2-3] be turned away from me; of whom are Phygellus and Hermogenes.

2Ti 4:14  Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according to his works:
2Ti 4:15  Of whom be thou ware also; for he hath greatly withstood our words.
2Ti 4:16  At my first answer [ to Alexanders words withstanding Paul’s words] no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge.

Alexander the coppersmith, an apostate Christian, apparently had more influence in the church than did Paul. 
I have no doubt that the apostle John was exiled to Patmos at the behest of apostate Christians like this man:

3Jn 1:9  I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not.
3Jn 1:10  Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth them out of the church.

Diotrophes, an apostate Christian, apparently had more influence in the church than did the apostle John.
That is just for your consideration.

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