THE BIBLE MENTIONED THE FOUR MARKS OF THE TRUE CHURCH
There are now over 40,000 different Protestant sects because of their different interpretations of the bible, and each Protestant sect is claiming to be the real church of Christ or the one practicing the correct Christian doctrines.
Every Protestant church teaches something diff
erent. Every pastor interprets the Bible according to his own personal beliefs. How is anybody supposed to know who’s teaching the truth?
New little Protestant churches were springing up every where. Each one was right and better than the others. You see a fragmented, confused group of churches all competing with each other for members and money.
This is the primary reason why there are over 40,000, differing protestant sects in the world today. Am I to believe there are 40,000 Holy Spirits each teaching a different ‘truth’? There is only one truth, not 40,000.
You also have self proclaim messiah such as Manalo and Quiboloy with many followers
Matthew 7:15 “Beware of False prophets which comes to you sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.”
BECAUSE OF FAULTY INTERPRETATION OF THE BIBLE, THE PROTESTANTS ARE SPLITTING AND SCATTERING UNTIL NOW, THAT IS WHY THERE NOW OVER 40,000 DIFFERENT PROTESTANT SECTS
2 Peter 3:16 and Acts 8:30-40 “This then, you MUST understand FIRST OF ALL, that NO PROPHECY OF SCRIPTURE IS MADE BY PRIVATE INTERPRETATION.”
2Peter 1:20 Understanding this first: That no prophecy of scripture is made by private interpretation. (Douay Rheims Bible)
2Peter 3:16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are certain things hard to be understood, which the unlearnt and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, to their own destruction. (Douay Rheims Bible)
*World Christianity Encyclopedia, April 2001, a Protestant publication, lists 33,820 non-Catholic sects with several more being added each and every week. Flash! The figure for the middle of 2004 has now risen to 37,000, an increase of 3180 in just three years.
Matthew 12:30, Luke 11:23 “He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters.”
With, well over 40,000, different Protestant sects today, just who is doing the scattering? It is obvious from the verses listed that ‘he who scatters’ is against the gatherer, Jesus Christ.
Bible Christians do not abide by what the Bible says, but continue on in their own faulty individual interpretations of Holy Scripture. One Protestant sect ‘proves’ that Jesus Christ is GOD and not man, and another ‘proves’, using the very same Scripture, that He is man and not GOD. One Protestant sect teaches the true presence in the Holy Eucharist, while others teach it is only a symbol. All Protestant sects say “THE HOLY SPIRIT TOLD ME.” How can one Holy Spirit teach conflicting ‘truths’?
Currently it is not just the Protestants causing different Protestants churches to divide, Protestants are also causing families to split and fight each other resulting in divisions among family members because when a guy becomes a Protestant or non-Catholic his tasks is to pressure his whole family such as his siblings, parents, gf or wife causing arguments and fighting within the family, causing divisions exactly like what is happening with Protestant churches. These Fundamentalists are pressuring them to convert or they wont be SAVE and go to Heaven.
These Protestants think that by “once saved, a person is always saved.” As soon as one is saved, he is secure in the knowledge that he will attain heaven after death, no matter what he does during the rest of his life. Can this be true? Just believe in Jesus Christ and you are saved forever.
“once saved, a person is always saved.” As soon as one is saved, he is secure in the knowledge that he will attain heaven after death, no matter what he does during the rest of his life. Just believe in Jesus Christ and you are saved forever.
This false doctrine “once saved, a person is always saved.” teaches that once you have accepted Christ as your savior, you need not do anything more for the rest of your life, because your one little moment of faith has sealed you for all eternity. You’ve got your free orange ticket to heaven.
If they really believe this false doctrine then they dont have to wait for the 2nd Coming of Jesus Christ when he Judge the people because they are already SAVED according to their false belief. They should just ride the plane and go to heaven directly.
THE BIBLE MENTIONED THE FOUR MARKS OF THE TRUE CHURCH (UNIVERSAL meaning CATHOLIC)
If we wish to locate the Church founded by Jesus, we need to locate the one that has the four chief marks or qualities of his Church. The Church we seek must be one, holy, catholic, and apostolic.
The Church Is One (Rom. 12:5, 1 Cor. 10:17, 12:13, CCC 813–822)
Jesus established only one Church, not a collection of differing churches (Lutheran, Baptist, Anglican, and so on). The Bible says the Church is the bride of Christ (Eph. 5:23–32). Jesus can have but one spouse, and his spouse is the Catholic Church.
His Church also teaches just one set of doctrines, which must be the same as those taught by the apostles (Jude 3). This is the unity of belief to which Scripture calls us (Phil. 1:27, 2:2).
Although some Catholics dissent from officially-taught doctrines, the Church’s official teachers—the pope and the bishops united with him—have never changed any doctrine. Over the centuries, as doctrines are examined more fully, the Church comes to understand them more deeply (John 16:12–13), but it never understands them to mean the opposite of what they once meant.
The Church Is Holy (Eph. 5:25–27, Rev. 19:7–8, CCC 823–829)
By his grace Jesus makes the Church holy, just as he is holy. This doesn’t mean that each member is always holy. Jesus said there would be both good and bad members in the Church (John 6:70), and not all the members would go to heaven (Matt. 7:21–23).
But the Church itself is holy because it is the source of holiness and is the guardian of the special means of grace Jesus established, the sacraments (cf. Eph. 5:26).
The Church Is Catholic (Matt. 28:19–20, Rev. 5:9–10, CCC 830–856)
Jesus’ Church is called catholic (“universal” in Greek) because it is his gift to all people. He told his apostles to go throughout the world and make disciples of “all nations” (Matt. 28:19–20).
For 2,000 years the Catholic Church has carried out this mission, preaching the good news that Christ died for all men and that he wants all of us to be members of his universal family (Gal. 3:28).
Nowadays the Catholic Church is found in every country of the world and is still sending out missionaries to “make disciples of all nations” (Matt. 28:19).
The Church Jesus established was known by its most common title, “the Catholic Church,” at least as early as the year 107, when Ignatius of Antioch used that title to describe the one Church Jesus founded. The title apparently was old in Ignatius’s time, which means it probably went all the way back to the time of the apostles.
The Church Is Apostolic (Eph. 2:19–20, CCC 857–865)
The Church Jesus founded is apostolic because he appointed the apostles to be the first leaders of the Church, and their successors were to be its future leaders. The apostles were the first bishops, and, since the first century, there has been an unbroken line of Catholic bishops faithfully handing on what the apostles taught the first Christians in Scripture and oral Tradition (2 Tim. 2:2).
These beliefs include the bodily Resurrection of Jesus, the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, the sacrificial nature of the Mass, the forgiveness of sins through a priest, baptismal regeneration, the existence of purgatory, Mary’s special role, and much more —even the doctrine of apostolic succession itself.
Early Christian writings prove the first Christians were thoroughly Catholic in belief and practice and looked to the successors of the apostles as their leaders. What these first Christians believed is still believed by the Catholic Church. No other Church can make that claim.
The Catholic church has the Apostolic Succession that can be traced more than 2,000 years ago started by Peter as the first Pope click here to see the list of the Popes http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/12272b.htm
History of Your Church:
Church, Year Established, Founder, Where Established
Catholic 33AD Jesus Christ Jerusalem
Orthodox 1054 Schismatic Catholic Bishops, Constantinople
Lutheran 1521 Martin Luther, Germany
Anabaptist 1521 Nicholas Storch & Thomas Munzer, Germany
Anglican 1534 Henry VIII England
Mennonites 1536 Menno Simons, Switzerland
Calvinist 1555 John Calvin, Switzerland
Presbyterian 1560 John Knox, Scotland
Congregational 1582 Robert Brown, Holland
Baptist 1609 John Smyth, Amsterdam
Dutch Reformed 1628 Michaelis Jones New York
Congregationalist 1648 Pilgrims and Puritans Massachusetts
Quakers 1649 George Fox, England
Amish 1693 Jacob Amman France
Freemasons 1717, Masons from four lodges London
Methodist 1739 John & Charles Wesley, England
Unitarian 1774 Theophilus Lindey, London
Methodist Episcopal 1784 60 Preachers, Baltimore, MD
Episcopalian 1789 Samuel Seabury, American Colonies
United Brethren 1800 Philip Otterbein & Martin Boehn, Maryland
Disciples of Christ 1827 Thomas & Alexander Campbell, Kentucky
Mormon 1830 Joseph Smith, New York
Methodist Protestant 1830 Methodist, United States
Church of Christ 1836 Warren Stone & Alexander Campbell, Kentucky
Seventh Day Adventist 1844 Ellen White, Washington, NH
Christadelphian (Brethren of Christ 1844 John Thomas, Richmond, VA
Salvation Army 1865 William Booth, London
Holiness 1867 Methodist, United States
Jehovah’s Witnesses 1874 Charles Taze Russell, Pennsylvania
Christian Science 1879 Mary Baker Eddy, Boston
Church of God in Christ 1895 Various churches of God, Arkansas
Church of Nazarene c. 1850-1900 Various religious bodies Pilot Point, TX
Pentecstal 1901 Charles F. Parkham, Topeka, KS
Aglipayan 1902 Gregorio Aglipay, Philippines
Assemblies of God 1914 Pentecostalism Hot Springs, AZ
Iglesia ni Christo 1914 Felix Manalo, Philippines
Four-square Gospel 1917 Aimee Semple McPherson, Los Angeles, CA
United Church of Christ 1961 Reformed and Congregationalist, Philadelphia, PA
Calvary Chapel 1965 Chuck Smith Costa Mesa, CA
United Methodist 1968 Methodist and United Brethren, Dallas, TX
Born-again c. 1970s Various religious bodies, United States
Harvest Christian 1972 Greg Laurie, Riverside, CA
Ang Dating Daan (radio and television program in the Philippines produced by the Members of the Church of God International) 1980 Eli Soriano, Philippines
Saddleback 1982 Rick Warren, California
The Kingdom of Jesus Christ 1985 Apollo Carreon Quiboloy, Philippines
Non-denominational c. 1990s various, United States
The splits in Protestantism had begun and continue at a feverish pace to this very day.