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The Identity of the Church (2)

Only one community of Christians is identified in the New Testament. It is variously called: “the body of Christ (Rom. 7:4),” “the Kingdom of God” (John 3:3); “the Church of the living God” (1 Tim. 3:15), “the Churches of Christ,” (Rom. 16:16); and “one body” (Eph.4:4). That is what we should be looking for exclusively --- the one that follows the given New Testament pattern. Our salvation depends on it. The Apostle Paul wrote the church in Galatia: “For as…

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The Identity of the Church

“But we think it right to hear from you what you think: for, as it respects this sect, we know that it is everywhere spoken against.” (Acts 28:22) The Lord stated, in Matthew 16:18; referring to the confession Peter had made: “On this rock I will build my church.” And so, in this series, the purpose will be to define and identify the community called “my church” by the Savior. This is clearly the same community styled “this sect” in…

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The Church of Christ (4)

In the previous post, we read that King Nebuchadnezzar had commanded all the magicians and sorcerers of Babylon to make known to him both the details of his dream and its meaning or face death. He was astute enough to know that they might try to trick him to save their lives; and he made it impossible to do that. At this point, Daniel asked the king to spare the rest; and that he be taken before him to identify…

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The Church of Christ (3)

In this segment we will take a brief look at history. In 612 BC, there was a battle for control of the Eastern world. Nabopolassar, king of Babylon had died and his son Nebuchadnezzar, now ruler, refused to align with Egypt and Pharaoh Necho. In 605 Nebuchadnezzar defeated Necho at Carchemish establishing the greatest of all kingdoms of men -– the Chaldean or Babylonian. Nebuchadnezzar overran Israel (now known as Palestine), in 601 and again in 597 effectively destroying the country and later…

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The Church Of Christ (2)

When Jesus had asked, "who do people say that I am." Peter, characteristically outspoken, gave answer: "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."  Then Jesus said, "And I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock,  "I will build my church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.  And I will give to you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth, will have been bound in heaven…

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The Church of Christ

Many of the mighty works of Jesus, the Son of God, were done around the Sea of Galilee, and since he was human as well as divine, time came when he got tired and had to take a rest away from the crowds and multitudes. As recorded in Matthew 16, he left the press of the surroundings and went with his disciples to Caesarea Philippi. There he asked them what public opinion was concerning his identity. They said that some believed that he…

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Where did all the denominations come from? (Eastern and Western Catholicism Pt 1)

From the beginning of the fourth century, the purity of the churches had been almost entirely washed away through internal corruption. The teaching of the apostles had been superseded by the canons of multiple synods of the intelligentsia, to seize upon an anachronism. The overseer’s office of the local churches had been turned into chorespiscopals, episcopals, bishops and later archbishops, and finally one out of place assumed the seat and title of metropolitan (city bishop), which office would in time give over…

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These are a Few of my Favorite Things (2)

Apostasy Unbridled I mentioned some time back that Aurelius Augustinus was for practical purposes the father of all Trinitarians. This is not to suggest that he had been alone in deriving the doctrine that the Living God is a composite being made up of three persons God: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit. But he did provide the most interesting arguments to try to prove it. I am not suggesting that there are either less or…

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These are a few of my Favorite Things

Aurelius Augustinus (354 – 430) is known as Saint Augustine. I might offer evidence that suggests he was not a saint at all. You may find a hint of that as you read on. He was responsible for solidifying many of the doctrines of Catholicism. Augustine wrote dialogues on the Trinity and Mariolatry and on a wide number of other topics. His complete works measure at least eight full volumes on my shelves, having used up more words than the…

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Where did all the Denominations come from? (Roman Catholicism pt. 2)

The Catholic Rule of Faith,with its "unanimous consent of the Fathers" is stated to be held in solemnity. It first appeared under Pius IV at one of the many sessions of the various Councils of Trent. It also appears in more recent Papal Creeds: "Nor will I take and interpret it (the Sacred Scriptures) otherwise than according to the unanimous consent of the Fathers." It might as well state that "I will not take and interpret the scriptures unless I…

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