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Augustine believed a strong Church government was necessary for survival and ultimately defeating heresy.Unfortunately, this introduced abuse by the hierarchy of the governing church against those that would question the unbiblical doctrines introduced by various church leaders. immaculate conception and assumption of Mary, prayer to the saints as intermediaries, etc.Were it not for a letter to Mohammed to "spare the Copts as they are your 'kin;" The Coptic Christians would have possibly been driven out or worse, wiped out.But they survived and still exist today and are constantly in the news for all of the atrocities that the Muslim Brotherhood inflict upon them.
During the early years of Christianity, there weren’t denominations and therefore no need to refer to a church by a particular tag: Lutheran, Catholic, etc. Both branches would claim to be the "true church" and would accuse the other of apostasy even up to the twentieth century.
John Hus, and others would be labeled “heretics” and would be martyred for their boldness.