John Baptist Henry

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Saturday, October 13, 2007

The Church

The Lord Jesus established only one kind of church on this earth, but it in no way resembles the Roman Catholic Whore of Revelation 17 which originated with the Roman Emperor Constantine when he first married the State to the already apostate Church of Rome in the early 4th Century AD.

The church that Christ started during His earthly sojourn was not Catholic (universal), but was local. The only churches that were apostolic were the ones started by the apostles. Popes ate not apostles; they are false teachers (2 Pet 2:1-3). The local church was commissioned thusly by Christ Jesus who is the Almighty and who has all power. He told His church:

"Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen." (Matt 28:19-20)

Those words of our Lord, "I am with you [the church] alway, even unto the end of the world," guaranteed the continuance of the same kind of church that Jesus started with the same New Testament doctrines until His second coming. The Lord's church has "observed" (guarded and practiced) "all" of God's Word since that time till now. Jesus Christ built "... the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the Truth" (1 Tim 3:15; cf. John 17:17), and its doctrines certainly have nothing to do with Roman Catholicism. The first pillar of the church is the free gift of salvation by the grace of God through faith in Christ's blood atonement for the sinner and His resurrection from the dead to guarantee eternal salvation from Hell (1 Pet. 1:18-21; Eph 2:8-9; Rom. 3:20-26, 5:8-10, 6:23; Heb 7:25; 1 Tim. 2:5; Rev. 20:14-15; John 3:36; 1 John 4:10, 5:10-12). This and many other Bible truths are denied by the Roman Catholic Church.

"Unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen." (Eph. 3:21)

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