The Facts Speak For Themselves.

If You Can't Believe What The Bible Says, What, or Who Can You Believe?

Let us briefly run through some of the most important highlights of the foundation and the growth of the only Church which Jesus Christ founded.

Matt 16:18, "And I say to thee, thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build My Church."
Notice that Jesus said church, not churches. Jesus Christ founded His One and Only Church around 33 A.D.. At the same time He made Peter the leader of the Apostles by changing his name from Simon to Peter. See the file 'Primacy of Peter' elsewhere on this site.

Matt 16:18, "And the gates of hell shall NOT prevail against it."
The Church which Jesus Christ founded will be defended by its founder from within and from without, and forever.

Matt 18:17, "And if he refuse to hear them, appeal to the Church, but if he refuse to hear even the Church,
let him be to thee as the heathen and the publican." 
What does this verse tell you about who has the authority and who does not?

Matt 28:20, "...And behold, I am with you ALL days, even unto the consummation of the world."
Jesus Christ will be with the Church He founded, every day in every century until the end of time, with no gaps whatsoever.
Right here Jesus Christ guaranteed that the Church He founded is still with us to this very day. It has a name. Please name it?

John 14:18, "I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you."
Jesus Christ will not abandon His Church , but will watch over it forever.

John 10:16, "And other sheep I have that are not of this fold, them also I must bring, and  they shall hear My voice, and there shall be one fold and one shepherd." All are not in the Church which He founded, which is the one fold of the one shepherd.

John 14:16-17, "And I will ask the Father and He will give you another Advocate to dwell with you forever, the Spirit of Truth whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. But you shall know Him, because He will dwell with you, and be with you."
The Holy Spirit will dwell with the one Church that Jesus Christ founded, and with no other church, and that Church will be the Church of truth.

John 14:26, "But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your mind whatever I have said to you."
The Church that Jesus Christ founded will receive its teaching from the Holy Spirit.

Matt 18:18, "Amen I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound also in Heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed also in Heaven."
Here the Apostles are given the authority they need to conduct affairs of the Church that Jesus Christ founded.

Acts 1:26, "And they drew lots between them, and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven Apostles."
They voted among themselves to elect another Apostle. Isn't this how they elect the Pope today?

Acts 15:7, "And after a long debate, Peter got up and said to them, 'Brethren, you know that in early days GOD made choice among us that through my mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the Gospel and believe'."
Here Peter reaffirmed the primacy given to him by GOD in Matt 16:18.

Acts 15:4-12, the embryo Church held its first council, the Council of Jerusalem.
4 - "On arriving at Jerusalem they were welcomed by the Church..."
6 - "So the Apostles and the presbyters (priests) had a meeting to look into this matter."
12 - "Then the whole meeting quieted down..."
Rome had spoken. The issue was settled. This is much the same as what the Catholic Church does in councils today.

1Timothy 3:15, "...but in order that thou mayest know, if I am delayed, how to conduct thyself in the House of GOD, the pillar and mainstay of the truth."
The Church which Jesus Christ founded is the One True Church, and the Church of truth.

1Cor 3:10-15, "According to the grace of GOD which has been given to me, as a wise builder, I laid the foundation and another builds thereon.
But let everyone take care how he builds thereon..."
Here we see that there will be a succession of Church leaders to carry on the building of the Church.

Acts 20:28, "Take heed to yourselves and to the whole flock in which the Holy Spirit has placed you as Bishops,
to rule the Church of GOD, which He has purchased with His own blood."
Bishops will rule the Church which Jesus Christ founded. Isn't that as true today as it was then?

1Timothy 3:8-10,
8 - "Deacons also must be honorable...
10- and let them first be tried,
and if found without reproach, let them be allowed to serve."
Deacons will be found in, and will serve in, the Church that Jesus Christ founded.

1Cor 3:2, "I fed you with milk, not with solid food, for you were not yet ready for it."
Here Paul told us that knowledge of GODly things will come over time. With the authority given to it, and with the guidance of the Holy Spirit as shown prior in this text, the Church can make announcement of doctrines such as it did in 1854, the Immaculate Conception, and in 1950, the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

107 A.D., approximately, as St. Ignatius of Antioch, an Apostolic father of the Church, was being taken to Rome in chains to be martyred, he wrote several letters. In his letter to the Smyrneans he called the Church, which Jesus Christ founded, by its proper name for the first time on record (*CCC 830).
In paragraph 8.2 of his letter he said, "Just as where Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church."

397 A.D., at the Council of Carthage, the Church which Jesus Christ founded, finalized the Canon of the Bible. The Old Testament would retain all 46 books including the seven disputed books which it always had, which were removed by the protestants later during the reformation. 

1545, the Council of Trent was called in response to the protestant reformation.
One of the things the Church accomplished at Trent was a reaffirmation of the Canon of the Old Testament and all 46 books were retained.

Now with all the evidence I have presented in this text, what is the name of the Church which Jesus Christ founded?
It is still with us today after almost 2000 years. That was His promise.
Is it your church?

Written by Bob Stanley, Sept 2, 1997
Updated May 25, 2000
Updated March 30,  2007

*CCC is the new Catechism of the Catholic Church...

"Have I then become your enemy, because I told you the truth?"
Galatians 4:16

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