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A Church By Any Other Name?

Catholicism Superiority?
There has been many a discussion on which church is the best. This conversation has been going on for a thousand years or so. The coming together of the Christian church has been interrupted for many years. As many churches try to come together, others have tried to tear apart. I have read many an article concerning church doctrine. This article from the Catholic Pope is one that is very upsetting. Lets read, and then we will discuss what the Bible has to say. Vatican Document Reasserts Catholicism Superiority. Baptist Press September 8, 2000

"Censuring what it called the spread of 'religious relativism,' the Vatican on Tuesday instructed Roman Catholics to uphold the dogma that their church is the sole path to spiritual salvation for all humanity."

The 36-page Vatican document was released at a news conference in Rome by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the principal Vatican body for defining and upholding theological tradition.

Vatican officials said the document has the explicit approval of 80-year-old Pope John Paul II, who has occupied the papacy for 22 years. "'Pope Benedict XVI reasserted the primacy of the Roman Catholic Church, approving a document released Tuesday (07/10/07) that says other Christian communities are either defective or not true churches and Catholicism provides the only true path to salvation. ... The commentary repeated church teaching that says the Catholic Church 'has the fullness of the means of salvation. ... Christ established here on earth only one church,' The other communities 'cannot be called 'churches' in the proper sense' because they do not have apostolic succession ... and therefore their priestly ordinations are not valid'." “Catholicism provides the only true path to salvation.” When Jesus came to establish the Church, He established only one, as stated here; But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, (Heb 12:22-23.) “the general assembly and church of the firstborn.” Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI, had no clue to the statements that they were making. These statements are based on false doctrine and madness.

“Other Christian communities are either defective or not true churches”; If these statements were true, it would mean that the disciples, the Apostle Paul, and even Mary, the Mother of Christ, died lost. There was no Catholicism within the early Churches. If these statements were true, it would mean that all the friends of the catholics, that are Christians out side the Catholic Doctrine, are lost, and that all peoples before, in the past 2000 years, died lost, which would include the patriarchs, Moses, Arron, Solomon, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. You can see now how foolish these statements are. They judge by their standard, and not that of common sense.

The Apostle Paul had the duty to establish Churches around, what was then considered, the know world, Mesopotamia, Asia, ect. There were none set up for the doctrine of Catholicism, for it did not exist. There has only been one doctrine that was taught then, and it is the only acceptable doctrine today. Man made doctrine, and traditions, are an insult to Christ, and the Word that God delivered to us by the Holy Spirit. Rom 16:17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. The Catholic hierarchy has a long history of going against Israel, and desiring the control of Jerusalem, this is also contrary to sound doctrine. For even Christ stated that He came to save the Lost House of Israel. Jerusalem belongs to the Jews, and is the Throne of Christ, it does not belong to the gentile race of people.

“The commentary repeated church teaching that says the Catholic Church 'has the fullness of the means of salvation.” This statement is full of false doctrine. It negates everything that Christ accomplished. Acts 2:21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved. Salvation comes from faith in Christ and His teachings, Sacrifice and resurrection, not from a name upon a church. Was Christ lying to us, or does the statements of this article lie? Where in scripture, do these people see, that there is only one way of salvation threw the Catholicism system? Was not salvation made available to all men, threw the sacrifice of Jesus? Were not there establishments of more churches than the seven churches of Asia? Does not Christ warn of False Doctrine?

Luke 6:46 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? The apostate church of today and the end days, are men of false doctrine, false doctrine, and full of traditions. “The Catholic church is the sole path to spiritual salvation for all humanity.”

"Jesus warned us of man made traditions, that offered no peace, nor salvation. He warned us not to call any man Father, for we only have one Father. Why then do these men and others, call all other Christian Churches, non Christian? Why do they tell others to follow the letter of the law, but themselves, reject the law themselves as being to restrictive? Beware of the scribes, which desire to walk in long robes, and love greetings in the markets, and the highest seats in the synagogues, and the chief rooms at feasts; Which devour widows' houses, and for a shew make long prayers: the same shall receive greater damnation. (Luk 20:46-7)

Have you not read these words? “If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.” (1Ti 6:3-5) Think for yourself. Ars.

Heb 12:23 -
the general: Psa_89:7, Psa_111:1; Act_20:28; Eph_1:22, Eph_5:24-27; Col_1:24; 1Ti_3:5 the firstborn: Exo_4:22, Exo_13:2; Deu_21:17; Psa_89:27; Jer_31:9; Jam_1:18; Rev_14:4 which: Exo_32:32; Psa_69:28; Luk_10:20; Phi_4:3; Rev_13:8, Rev_20:15 written: or, enrolled

God: Heb_6:10-12, Heb_9:27; Gen_18:25; Psa_50:5, Psa_50:6, Psa_94:2, Psa_96:13, Psa_98:9; Mat_25:31-34; Joh_5:27; 2Th_1:5-7; 1Pe_2:23 the spirits: Heb_11:4, Heb_11:40; Ecc_12:7; 1Co_13:12, 1Co_15:49, 1Co_15:54; 2Co_5:8; Phi_1:21-23; Phi_3:12-21; Col_1:12; Rev_7:14-17

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