"The Christianity of history is not Protestantism. If ever there were a safe truth it is this, and Protestantism has ever felt it so; to be deep in history is to cease to be a Protestant." (-John Henry Newman, An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine).

"Where the bishop is, there let the people gather; just as where ever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church". -St. Ignatius of Antioch (ca 110 AD)a martyr later thrown to the lions, wrote to a church in Asia Minor. Antioch was also where the term "Christian" was first used.

“But if I should be delayed, you should know how to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of truth.” 1 Timothy 3:15

"This is the sole Church of Christ, which in the Creed we profess to be one, holy, catholic and apostolic." -CCC 811

Friday, November 5, 2010

HOW THE BIBLE REGARD THE ROMAN CHURCH?

By Beltran Vicent, OP - Ang Daan ng Katotohanan

If an INM or ADD would hear "Roman Church". they would definitely argue, its the Catholic Church! the Whore of Babylon. hehehe. its their view. but not what the BIBLE PERCEIVED REGARDING THE ROMAN CHURCH.

At first, we must hold on to the Truth that the TRUE GOSPEL STARTED FROM JERUSALEM.

"And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among ALL NATIONS BEGINNING AT JERUSALEM" ( Luke 24:47 KJV)

Now, A TRUE CHRISTIAN MUST THEN UPHOLD THE TEACHINGS OF THE APOSTLES THAT STARTED FROM JERUSALEM. Was the Roman Church has an assurance of this? Jesus said to Paul,

"For as you have testified for me in JERUSALEM so you MUST ALSO bear witness in ROME" ( Acts 23:11 Gideons)

it is clear that the Roman Church UPHOLDS THE SAME TEACHING THAT STARTED FROM JERUSALEM. How did Paul described the FAITH of the Roman Church?

". your Faith is spoken of THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE WORLD" (Romans 1:8 KJV)

The Faith of the Roman Church is HERALDED THROUGHOUT THE WORLD, signifying their Faith's universality. What about the other local churches? how did they regard the Roman Church? Paul said ..

"THE CHURCHES OF CHRIST salute you" (Romans 16:16 KJV)

The Churches of the first century Christianity have a HIGH REGARD towards the Church of Rome. this is why, Paul said to the Roman Church,

"This letter is to ALL OF YOU IN ROME: GOD LOVES YOU and has chosen you to be his VERY OWN PEOPLE" (Romans 1:7 CEV)

Exactly!! the BIBLE testifies, the authenticity of the Church of Rome. they were chosen by God to be his VERY OWN PEOPLE, Highly regarded by all the local churches, whose teaching came from Jerusalem, and whose Faith is Universal. THE BIBLE IS VERY CLEAR ABOUT HIS FACT.

HOWEVER,

IF you ask the Iglesia ni Manalo or the Ang Dating Daan concerning the Church of Rome. They would tell you OTHERWISE which is a very contradiction of Biblical claims as mentioned above. he he he

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