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Roman Catholicism #1: The True Church?

   

 Is the Roman Catholic Church the one true church founded by Christ on the Rock, Simon Peter?

The True Church actually  is the spiritual Body of Christ, composed of people of all races, nationalities and denominations, who have received Christ as Saviour and have been baptized by the Holy Spirit into His Body. 

We accept the Bible, both Old and New Testament, to be the only inspired, infallible Word of God.

We believe that Jesus is Jehovah God, our Creator and Sustainer of life, who, born of the Virgin Mary, came to earth as the sinless, holy Son of God in a human body to die and shed His blood as the full and perfect atonement for our sins. He rose again from the dead, proving His deity;  so that we who trust Him have His righteousness imputed to us and  are made fit to dwell with Him in Heaven. Read John 1  Romans 1:1-4,   Colossians 1  Hebrews 1  Revelation 1 for clear statements concerning the deity of Jesus.

Though members of the true Church differ widely in many area of Biblical interpretation,  we are united on the inspiration and infallibility of the Bible and on the doctrine of Christ  and  His blood atonement.  Because we are but mere men and not God,  none of us has a corner on the truth.   We all have a veiled understanding of Scripture and that veil will not be removed until we stand glorified in His presence.

How arrogant of us to claim we have a complete, accurate understanding of Scripture and claim we alone have the correct view of doctrine and church polity, and that those who disagree with us are wrong. 

The Corinthian church evidenced this attitude and Paul in his first epistle to them shamed them for their spiritual immaturity, pride and divisiveness. Beware of any church that claims that it alone is the true church having the correct understanding of Scripture and that all other churches are false.  Not only is that an arrogant claim,  but it  is a primary  distinguishing mark of a false cult.

The unity of believers, regardless of denominational differences, is an organic unity;  just as a human body, composed of many members, is one organic body.

The Church of Anti-Christ is that Satanic counterfeit of the true church  whose unity is merely one of organization. Members of this false church are  found in all religions and denominations and cults who are trusting in their works or in what they believe their churches can do for them.  Such  are lost and hell bound.They lack that spiritual, organic unity that comes by being baptized by the Holy Spirit into the Body of Christ, the baptism that Paul writes about in I Corinthians 12:13.  In place of that spiritual unity, they try to achieve an ecumenical unity of organization between denominations.  

This united church of Anti-christ is described in Revelation 17.  In that chapter we learn of the fall and destruction of this church. In Revelation 18:1-4  we are warned to separate ourselves from that church to avoid the plagues God will send on her.

How do you find the right church?

It is essential that we seek God’s will concerning our church home and that we study and become grounded in the Bible so that we, as the Berean Christians in Acts 17:11,  are able to recognize and differentiate truth from error. 

Though we will never find a perfect church in this world,  we can seek a church that helps us know God’s Word and grow in our knowledge of Christ.

As spiritual darkness descends upon our world, and the masses lose an appetite for God’s Word and churches give people the fluff and the fast food, and the positive sound-bites they want to hear; solid Bible preaching churches are becoming rare.  Amos prophesied of it in Amos 8:11-13   “Behold the days come, saith the Lord, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the Words of the Lord. And they shall wander from sea to sea and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the Word of the Lord and shall not find it. In that day shall the fair virgins and young men faint for thirst.” God bless you, God bless
America and God bless our world with His Word and with the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ and with faithful men who will courageously preach it.

April 29, 2006 Posted by | Roman Catholicism | Comments Off on Roman Catholicism #1: The True Church?

Prayer series: Introduction

God created us for His glory and for His pleasure. He delights to commune with us and share His heart with us and He has done that by giving us His holy, inspired, infallible Word, the Bible. He has also given us His Holy Spirit to live in every true believer. Romans 8:9 "If any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His." He also delights in hearing from us. He invites us to share our hearts with Him in prayer.

Psalm 65:2 "O Thou that hearest prayer, unto Thee shall all flesh come."

Jeremiah 33:3 "Call unto me and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not."

Psalm 51:17 "The sacrifices of God are a broken heart: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, Thou wilt not despise."

Matthew 7:7-11 "Ask, and it shall be given unto you; seek and ye shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh, receiveth and he that seeketh findeth and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone, or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in Heaven give good thing to them that ask Him?"

Philippians 4:6-7 "Be careful (anxious) for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."

Prayer can be as short and simple as a cry for help or a thank you to God. As we grow in Christian maturity, we share the burdens of others in intercessory prayer. An example is given to us of intercessory prayer in Colossians 4:12. "Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God."

From time to time we will add further thoughts from God's Word on prayer.

What A Friend We Have In Jesus
Joseph Scriven

What a friend we have in Jesus; all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry, everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry, everything to God in prayer.

Have we trials and temptation? Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged, Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness, Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy laden, Cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Saviour, still our refuge. Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do thy friends despise, forsake thee? Take it to the Lord in prayer.
In His arms He'll take and shield thee, Thou wilt find a solace there.

April 29, 2006 Posted by | Prayer Series | Comments Off on Prayer series: Introduction