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.
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