Is the Roman Catholic Church the One True Church?
(There has been a lot in the news lately about the Catholic Church. The resignation of one leader and the selection of another have dominated the news. When we take a look at the church mentioned in the New Testament and the Catholic Church, we find that things simply do not add up. That is, the practices of the Catholic Church are not to be found in the Bible. Please read the following material with an open mind and AN OPEN BIBLE.)
What Happens When We Die?
Luke 16:19-31 tells us that one’s soul goes to Hades when he dies. Hades has a place of comfort for the righteous and a place of torment for the wicked. There is a great gulf between the two. One cannot cross from one to the other. Souls remain in Paradise until the Last Day. Then our bodies will be raised from the grave and changed into spiritual bodies (John 5:28-29; 1 Corinthians 15:35-44). Each person will then stand before the Lord to be judged (2 Corinthians 5:10).
However, the Roman Catholic Church does not teach this. They believe souls go to a place called Purgatory. They are punished in order to be purified. How long one has to spend in Purgatory will depend upon how bad he was on earth, how much money he gave to the Roman Catholic Church to buy indulgences, and how much money his family and friends give to the Church on his behalf. The doctrine of Purgatory does not come from God. It was made an official doctrine of the Roman Church by the Council of Florence in 1439. The Roman Catholic Church is not the church of the Bible!
The Bible teaches it is wrong to lie (Colossians 3:9; Revelation 21:8). It also teaches it is wrong to steal (Romans 2:21; 13:9-10; Ephesians 4:28). The Roman Catholic Church, however, teaches the doctrine of “mental reservation.” This doctrine says that one can lie on certain occasions and not be guilty of sin. The Roman Church also teaches that in some cases one can steal and not be guilty of sin. This type of behaviour is not taught in the Word of God. It clearly shows that the Roman Catholic Church is not the one, true church we read about in the Bible.
Much more could be said. These examples are enough to show us that the Roman Catholic Church, even though very large, is not the Lord’s church! Please study the Scriptures for yourself. Do not become a member of any church which is not found in the Word of God!
The Bible clearly sets forth the one, true church which was built by Jesus Christ (Matthew 16:18-19). It was built long before the Roman Catholic Church began. Why not become a member of it today (Acts 2:36-47)?
How to Identify the One True Church:
- Know what the One True Church is
- Know the Founder of the One True Church
- Know when the One True Church began
- It was promised in the last days of Jerusalem (Isaiah 2:2-4)
- The church was near in John’s day (Matthew 3:1-2)
- Jesus told His disciples that they should not taste of death till they see the kingdom of God come with power (Mark 9:1)
- They were told that they would receive that power when the Holy Spirit came upon them (Acts 1:8)
- All these things came to pass on Pentecost (Acts 2)
- Know how the One True Church is described
- Know what God offers in the One True Church
Truth for the World (tftw.org)