Why Protestantism Will Never
and Why The Catholic Church Will Ever Last...
For the sake of brevity, anyone who calls themselves
"Christian", and who are not Catholic, I have grouped all 38,000 different
existing denominations as of April 2006, under the title of Protestant in
this writing. I realize that many would prefer not to call themselves
Protestant, but any Christian who is not Catholic is making a protest
against the only Church which Jesus Christ founded whether they care to admit it
The word "protest" comprises the first seven letters of
Why Protestantism will never last:
1. Simply because Holy Scripture gave
no one the authority to found another church other than the one which
Jesus Christ founded:
There are now over 38,000* different
non-Catholic denominations in the world today.
Please show me the verse(s) in Holy Scripture which authorize any human person
to found even one of those
tens of thousands? Any sect without GOD given authority to exist, is a false
*World Christian Encyclopedia, April 2006. It is a
2. Simply because Holy
Scripture has said it will not survive:
"Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in
vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in
meant by the "house that the Lord builds"? Notice that it is a singular "house"
and not houses. The answer
is in the New Testament:
"But if I tarry long,
that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of
God, which is the Church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the
Thus the house built
by the Lord is the singular Church of the living GOD.
teach us that GOD founded His one and only Church and none other.
In the Old
Testament, there was only one Jewish temple, the singular House of
GOD, and it was centered in Jerusalem.
In the New Testament, again GOD
set up His one and only Church, and today it is centered in
This is shown in Matthew 16:18 where Jesus said, "And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will
build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it."
Notice that Jesus did say "church" and not
"churches" in this
Wouldn't you have to agree that each of these three verses alone,
negate all of those tens of thousands of individual man-made
However, there are additional verses which reinforce those
"According to the grace of God given to me,
like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and another man is building
upon it. Let each man take care how he builds upon it. For no other foundation can anyone
lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ."
No other foundation means, no other
church but the one which Jesus Christ founded.
"Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will
be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came,
and the winds blew and buffeted the house. But it did not collapse; it had been
set solidly on rock. And everyone who listens to these words of mine but does
not act on them will be like a fool who built his house on sand. The rain fell,
the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. And it collapsed and
was completely ruined."
Notice that Jesus mentioned the house (Church) built upon the
"rock" here. This verse gives us a hint of what Jesus will say later in Matthew
16:18. He is the "wise man" who will build His one Church on "rock". It is
clear that the "fool who built his house on sand", represents all denominations
which were not founded by Jesus Christ.
As Psalms 127:1 said, "those who build it labor in vain". And
as Matthew 7:27 continues, "the rain fell, the floods
came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. And it collapsed and was
"If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.
And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to
"A (meaning only one) house divided against itself"?
much worse case situation would be 38,000+ houses divided against themselves,
would it not?
3. Simply because not one
of the thousands of sects can show that it was founded by GOD:
can trace its history back before 1500 A.D.. There are no genuine historical
documents that any one of them can find to "prove" that their origins are any
older. By the time the first one came into existence, the Catholic Church was
already approaching 1500 years of age.
However, all of them can only trace
their heritage back to a mere human person founder, and never back to Jesus
Doesn't Psalms 127:1 seem to echo, echo, echo, here?
a sampling of some of the Protestant denominations and their founding dates:
1521, Martin Luther started
Protestantism by forming the Lutherans.
1521, Thomas Munser, a Catholic
priest, started Anabaptists a few months after Lutherism.
started by Grebel, Mantz, and Blaurock in Switzerland.
1534, Henry VIII
started the Church of England (Anglican).
1536, John Calvin, teaching
predestination, formed the Calvinists.
1560, John Knox, who studied under
Luther, started Presbyterians.
1582, Congregationalists were started by Rob
Brown, as a branch from Puritanism.
1609, John Smyth formed the Baptists in
1639, Roger Williams started the Baptists in America. They have
since splintered severely.
1647, George Fox started the Quakers in
1739, John and Charles Wesley started the Methodists.
Universalists were started by John Murray in New Jersey.
Lindley started Unitarians.
1789, Samuel Seabury started
1793 to 1809, the Churches of Christ had four separate human
persons as founders.
1803, Evangelicals were founded by Jacob Albright in
1830, Joseph Smith founded the Mormons in Palmyra New York. See
1860, William Miller, a farmer, started the
1863, Ellen Gould White started the Seventh-Day
1865, William Booth started The Salvation Army.
Baker Eddy started Christian Scientists.
1879, Charles Russell started the
1875, New Age was started by Helena Blavatsky. See
1895, French Abbe Alfred Loisy, and English Jesuit George
Tyrrell started Modernism.
1901, Pentecostalism was started in the United
1914, Felix Manalo started Iglesia ni Cristo.
1914, Assembly of
GOD was started by a General Assembly in Arkansas.
1919, Church of the
Nazarene was started by a Union at a General Assembly.
Churches of America (IFCA), a consortium of churches .
Reformed was started by Union at a General Assembly.
1952, L. Ron Hubbard
started the Church of Scientology.
1965, Chuck Smith began Calvary
1968, Disciples of Christ, separated from the Churches of
1974, Ken Gullickson started the Vineyard Christian
Pentecostal Gospel, and other splinter Pentecostal groups, are
some of the hundreds of new sects founded by mere men in the 20th century.
Go here to see many
Were any of these sects founded by GOD, or were they all founded by
mere human creatures?
been divided up?" 1Corinthians 1:13
"Unless the Lord build the house, they labor in vain
who build it." Psalms 127:1 "
4. Simply because they
refuse to search for, and to believe the truth:
Who, other than
the Catholic Church, really knows the truth of what the Catholic Church
The answer to that one is that NO ONE outside of the Catholic Church
does. However, Protestants
continue to believe "what they are told" instead of searching for the truth for
themselves as Holy Scripture demands.
If you had a Ford to fix, would you take it to a Ford, or to a Chevrolet
It is the same principle when you want to learn the truth of what
the Catholic Church teaches.
You must always go to the source for the truth
of what comes from that source.
Why then do anti-Catholic militants continue
to perpetuate lies against the Catholic Church, from which they learned from
other non-Catholic militant sources?
Those who refuse to go to the source,
and who continue to believe the lies of others will be met with the wrath of
Believe me, their end will not be pretty, and will not be at all what
they had expected. They believe they are doing GOD a "service", but instead,
they are incurring His wrath. It is one of satan's ways to deceive the
"For the wrath of God is revealed
from heaven against all ungodliness and wickedness of men who by their
wickedness suppress the
All of those who refuse
to go to the Catholic Church to find the truth of what it teaches, but instead
believe what they are told by others, are guilty of Romans 1:18, since they have
suppressed the truth.
"...to those who by
patience on well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give
eternal life; but for
those who are factious and do not obey the truth, but obey wickedness, there
will be wrath and fury."
Factious? Who is more factious than the 38,000+ Protestant
"But as for the cowardly, the
faithless, the polluted, as for murderers, fornicators, sorcerers, idolaters,
and all liars their lot shall be in the lake that burns with fire and
sulphur, which is the second death."
Wow! Look what happens to liars? Fire and
sulphur awaits them. Does that sound like heaven?
"But nothing unclean shall enter it, nor any one who practices
abomination or falsehood, but only those who are written in the Lamb's book
"Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and fornicators and murderers
and idolaters, and every one who loves and practices
surely get their just "rewards", but it is certain that the "rewards" will not
be in heaven.
All of us are obligated to search for the truth, and the
consequences for failing to do so are fearful:
"The coming of the lawless one by the activity of Satan will be
with all power and with pretended signs and wonders, and with all wicked
deception for those who are to perish, because they refused to love the truth
and so be saved. Therefore God sends upon them a strong delusion, to make
them believe what is false, so that all may be condemned who did not believe
the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness"
There are many verses which continue this
same theme. See the consequences link for many more.
IF YOU WISH TO AVOID ALL OF THIS WRATH,
THE SOLUTION IS SIMPLE. IF YOU HAVE NOT GONE TO THE SOURCE TO LEARN THE TRUTH, THEN DO NOT PROPAGATE
THE LIE. IF YOU HAVE REFUSED TO GO TO THE SOURCE FOR THE TRUTH, THEN YOU DESERVE
WHAT YOU GET. REMEMBER THAT GOD ALWAYS GETS THE LAST LAUGH.
HE IS THE JUST
JUDGE OF YOUR IMMORTAL SOUL.
BE SURE THAT YOU READ THE LAST LINE OF THIS
SECTION # 4.
"Truth has always bothered people
and is never comfortable."
Cardinal Ratzinger, October 9, 2000
However, He who
has refused to acknowledge the truth in life will be forced to confront it in
because they simply refuse to take advantage of the teaching of Holy Scripture
and the stories about those in the past who were disobedient to GOD's chosen
Father Figures. If you will recall, GOD has always spoken through a Father Figure and not through the populace as a whole, be it through the great
prophets, or through Noah, Abraham, Jacob, Moses, David, John the Baptist, Simon
Peter, or through Saint Simon Peter's unbroken line of successors
down through almost two thousand years.
Read of the rebellion against the
authority of Moses by Korah (Core) and his followers. The story is in Numbers
16:1-35. Here is Korah's demand in verses 1-3. See how the demands of Korah are
echoed by Martin
Luther thousands of years later:
"Korah, son of
Izhar, son of Kohath, son of Levi, (and Dathan and Abiram, sons of Eliab, son of
Pallu, son of Reuben) took two hundred and fifty Israelites who were leaders in
the community, members of the council and men of note. They stood before Moses,
and held an assembly against Moses and Aaron, to whom they said, "Enough from
you! The whole community, all of them, are holy; the LORD is in their midst.
Why then should you set yourselves over the LORD'S congregation?""
Isn't this last line reminiscent of the demands of Luther?
Read about how Moses pleaded with him not to break away in
"He has allowed you and your kinsmen, the descendants of Levi,
to approach him, and yet you now seek the priesthood too. It is therefore
against the LORD that you and all your band are conspiring. For what has
Aaron done that you should grumble against him?"
Read Acts 5:38-39 for an
echo of what Moses said to Korah and his followers.
GOD's Father Figure on earth at the time of Luther, did exactly as Moses had done
with Korah, as he too had pleaded with Luther to end his rebellion. However,
like Korah, Luther was adamant, and refused the overtures of
Figure on earth, the Pope.
Be sure and read of the
ending of Korah and of all of his followers in Numbers 16:25-35.
It is not
Then there is the story of Miriam and Aaron who rebelled against
the authority of Moses in Numbers 12:1-15. "(vs 2) They complained, "Is it
through Moses alone that the LORD speaks?
Does he not speak through
us also?" And the LORD heard this."
This is essentially the same argument
of which Korah had against Moses.
See what happened to Miriam in verse 10
for her disobedience to the authority of Moses?
Again, it is not pretty what
happened to her.
"But these people revile what they do not
understand and are destroyed by what they know by nature like irrational
animals. Woe to them! They followed the way of Cain, abandoned themselves to
Balaam's error for the sake of gain, and perished in the rebellion of
How many Catholic teachings are reviled by
those who refuse to go to the source for the truth of what the Catholic Church
teaches and instead prefer to believe what they are told by
We all know the story of Cain and Abel in Genesis 4:1-26
where Cain was banished from the land that was given the special protection of
GOD. The one Church which Jesus Christ founded is also given special protection
by GOD. See Matthew 16:18, 28:20, John 14:16-18, Ephesians 5:23.
was paid by king Balak to put a curse upon Israel. However, GOD prevented Balaam
from doing so and instead Balaam gave Israel a blessing. Read the whole story of
Balaam in Numbers 22-31. Read this and see how Martin
Luther cursed the Pope, GOD's Father Figure on earth.
Balaam met his end by being executed by the sword of Israel in Numbers
Who is the Father Figure in the tens of
thousands of Protestant sects? There is none because the first Protestant, a
lowly priest without any authority, said one was not needed. Since GOD always
had a Father
Figure isn't that a rebellion against the will of GOD?
Do you think GOD obeyed the first Protestant and agreed that a Father Figure was no longer needed? If you say yes to that one then you have
just elevated the will of a lowly man or woman above the will of
Those who fail to profit from the teaching of Holy Scripture
regarding the grave human errors committed in Biblical History, are doomed to
repeat them again....and have!
6. Simply because, as Holy
Scripture teaches us, that none of them can have the fullness of
"Knowledge of the mysteries of the
kingdom of God has been granted to you; but to the rest, they are made known
through parables so that ‘they may look but not see, and hear but not
Since truth is
one, the fullness of truth can be in only one Church, the one founded by truth
7. Simply because they all teach something
Since Jesus Christ is truth, that means truth is one. It stands to reason that if each of the
tens of thousands of individual sects teach something different to distinguish
themselves from the others, then which one, if any, teaches the one truth?
This principal is born out simply by analyzing what each one teaches:
has infant Baptism, another bans it. One worships only on Saturday, whereas
another on Sunday. One has female ministers, another says that is not biblical.
One says the Eucharist is the Body of Christ, whereas another says it is only a
symbol. I could go on and on through every subject. Every doctrine taught by one
is denied by another, except for the existence of GOD. Every one of these tens
of thousands of sects acts as if they had their own Pope. If that does not sound
bad enough, some sects even teach a "feel good" theology, if it feels good for
you, then it must be the truth. By doing this, each individual member becomes
his or her very own pope. Instead of thousands of popes, running around, each
proclaiming the truth, we have millions.
Wherein does the authority lie?
What is the ending for this chaos?
Opinions, opinions, all of these Protestant denominations are
guided by mere human personal
opinion only, even though they all say they are guided by the Holy Spirit. How can that possibly
be? How could one Holy Spirit teach such variances of doctrine? The answer is
that He could not, for the Church which Jesus Christ founded is not governed by
mere human opinions, but by GOD given doctrinal truth, and that truth, like GOD,
GOD has no regard for the opinions of men, but only for doctrinal
truth, as Scripture tells us:
"...Teacher, we know
that you are a truthful man and that you are not concerned with anyone's
opinion. You do not regard a person's status but teach the way of God in
accordance with the truth."
Why do Protestants ignore this verse as well
as so many others that I have listed in this writing?
Aren't they simply
picking and choosing the verses which "feel good" for them, while at the same
time rejecting those verses which clearly show the error of which they are
"Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked
his disciples, "Who do men say that the Son of man
is?" And they said, “Some say John the Baptist,
others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets." He said to them,
"But who do you say that I am?"
Simon Peter replied, "You are the Christ, the Son of the
living God." And Jesus answered him, "Blessed are
you, Simon Bar-Jona! For
flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in
These verses offer a
perfect example of personal opinions (for flesh and
blood has not revealed this to you) none of which
were correct, and then GOD given doctrinal truth (but
my Father who is in heaven).
Peter, the first
Pope, was the only one who had doctrinal truth, because he was given it directly
by GOD. All of the rest merely had an opinion.
Did the Holy Spirit prompt
those who merely had a personal opinion?
Not at all, since none of them
expressed the truth, and Jesus Christ did say the truth was revealed by the
Father to Simon Peter only.
I have asked non-Catholics,
"What is the pillar and
foundation of truth?" I am told, it is the Bible in many cases. Here is
another verse ignored by those who find it to be too "uncomfortable" to
"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."
So who has the
truth according to Holy Scripture? Is it the opinions of millions of pseudo
popes in 38,000 different sects, or is it the one and only Church which Jesus
"But the hour is coming, and is now
here, when true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and truth; and
indeed the Father seeks such people to worship him. GOD is Spirit, and those who
worship him must worship in Spirit and truth."
True worshipers must worship in
truth. This is a command and not a suggestion. If you are not in the "pillar
and foundation of truth", which is the only Church which Jesus Christ founded,
then you are not abiding by Holy Scripture.
servant who knew his master's will but did not make preparations nor act in
accord with his will shall be beaten severely;"
It is the will of GOD that we worship
in truth. Those who refuse to accept the truth, which comes from the one Church
founded by Jesus Christ, will face the consequences at death.
"For the Holy Spirit and we have decided to lay no further burden
upon you but this indispensable one..."
Holy Spirit did guide the Apostles in the first Catholic Church Council, the
Council of Jerusalem in 49 A.D., as shown in the above verse. It is so clear
that this was a decision made not by the opinions of mere human creatures alone.
This process continues to this very day, for the Holy Spirit has been guiding
the Church which Jesus Christ founded ever since then.
Here is the proof of
what I just said:
"And I will
pray the Father, and he will give you another Counselor, to be with you for
ever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it
neither sees him nor knows him; you know him, for he dwells with you, and will
be in you."
Here is yet more
"I have yet many things to say to you, but
you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you
into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever
he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to
Did you notice the
future tense in these verses, "he will guide
you...", and "he
will declare to you the things that are to come"?
Holy Scripture clearly has said that the Holy Spirit will
guide the Church
which Jesus Christ founded, and He will guide it for ever. This is proof
positive that the Spirit could not possibly be guiding any of the tens of
thousands of sects which are each teaching something different from the
one truth, and whose teachings are
based solely upon the opinions of mere human creatures.
If the Holy Spirit
were teaching them, then they would have to be all in agreement with one
other. Isn't that true? However, it is so obvious that they are not in agreement
at all, and in so many ways.
"And we also
thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God which you
heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really
is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers."
Scripture has so clearly told us
not to obey the opinions of men, but only the truth of
"But Peter and the apostles answered, "We
must obey God rather than men"." Acts 5:29
Doesn't this one verse
alone pre-empt all of us from obeying the opinions of men?
No? Well here is
"If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of GOD is
greater..." 1John 5:9
"May the GOD of patience and of
comfort grant you to be of one mind towards one another according
to Jesus Christ; that in one spirit, you may with one mouth
glorify the GOD and Father of Our Lord Jesus Christ."
How many one's do count in those 2 verses?
Does it say you
shall be tens of thousands of minds, anywhere?
"What the soul is to man's
body, the Holy Spirit is to the Body of Christ, which is the Church. The Holy
Spirit does in the whole Church what the soul does in all members of one body.
But see what you must beware of, see what you must take note of, see what you
must fear. It happens that in the human body, or rather, off the body, some
member, whether hand, finger, or foot, may be cut away. And if a member be cut
off, does the soul go with it? When the member was in the body, it lived; and
off, its life is lost. So too, a Christian man is Catholic while he lives in
the body; cut off, he is made a heretic; the Spirit does not follow an
Saint Augustine of Hippo, Sermons, 267, 4, 391-430
8. Simply because they teach an "ear tickling"
"For the time is coming when people will
not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for
themselves teachers to suit their own likings, and will turn away from listening
to the truth and wander into myths."
time is not coming any longer, AS PROTESTANTISM HAS BROUGHT IT UPON US NOW.
Read on for proof
Now you can pick and choose any type of theology which
sounds comfortable to your "itching ears".
If you have a fear of
hell and do not want to accept it, well do not despair, for there are many who
will tell you that there is no
hell, as it simply is a myth. Never mind what the Bible says on the
subject, believe our human "opinions" instead. Does that make you feel better
Do you scoff at the notion that Jesus Christ is truly present in the
Holy Eucharist, in spite of what Holy Scripture in John Chapter 6 teaches
Well do not be concerned, for you have a wide choice of those who teach
that it is only a symbol.
Are you unsure of your salvation? Never fear,
for some will tell you that you are saved now and forever, regardless of how many sins you commit in this
life. So go out and have a good time and rest assured that you are saved no
matter what you do. Isn't that comforting for the "itching ears",
and doesn't it make life seem so much easier by not having
to be anxious as to where you will spend eternity?
Is having children a
bother for you? Never fear, for many of them teach that abortion
is a simple solution for you, although they will not call it
abortion, but "pro-choice". That title does sound much less harsh, than the
murder of the innocents as it really is. How much "choice" does the
completely innocent child in the womb have? And of course, they will never tell
you that you are committing murder by doing it, will they? What do you suppose
GOD has to say on this subject, or do you care? Read this abortion file for the answer as to what GOD
thinks of murder in the womb.
"Now the serpent was
more subtle than any other wild creature that the Lord God had made. He said to
the woman, “Did God say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree of the garden’?” And the
woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden;
but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst
of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” But the serpent said
to the woman, “You will not die. For GOD knows that when you eat of it your
eyes will be opened, and you will be like GOD, knowing good and evil.” So
when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to
the eyes, and that the tree was desired to make one wise, she took of its
fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband, and he ate."
So what is different today? Not a
Many today still would rather listen to the serpent with his "easy
theology", than to listen to GOD.
So just take your very own list
of what you want to believe, and what you refuse to believe, and just go
shopping through the 38,000+ sects from which you have to choose, and maybe
someday you will find the one which suits your "opinions". If you cannot find
one, you can always think about starting another one which does fit. After all,
most of those 38,000+ were started in that very same manner.
Now show me
the verse in the Bible where Jesus Christ gave anyone the authority to be
cafeteria Christians who say, "I will take this because it is to my liking but I
will reject that because it isn't"?
9. Simply because in all of Protestantism there is no
central governing body:
Who in all of Protestantism has any GOD given
authority to be the central governing body?
The answer is that there isn't
Holy Scripture tells us that authority was given by GOD to His one
and only Church.
Echo, Psalms 127:1
every person be subordinate to the higher authorities, for there is no
authority except from God, and those that exist have been established by
God. Therefore, whoever resists authority opposes what God has appointed,
and those who oppose it will bring judgment upon themselves."
Just imagine a United States with
38,000+ presidents at the same time? How long would the country last? In which
direction would the country head? Surely it could head in only one direction,
and that direction is straight down. It would be impossible to govern and it
would simply stagnate, die, disintegrate, and decay. If you put just five people
together in a room could you get them all to agree with one another all of the
time? How about tens of thousands in the same room? Simple common sense should tell sane people that more
than one heads of state, or heads of GOD's Church, at the same time, simply
would never work. But alas, where is common sense today?
When these sects
have an internal dispute over doctrine, they simply split and form yet another
Baptists alone are split into over a score of major splinters and
scores more of minor ones.
In 2000 the Southern Baptists split yet again
over doctrinal disputes such as the ordination of women and other issues. Most
of the others are factious also. Can you see now why trying to govern by
personal opinion is self defeating?
Is all of this chaos in obedience with the command of
Jesus, "...that all may be one,..." as He said in John 17:21-22?
10. Simply by
looking at the extremely poor track record of previous heresies, because the
survival rate of heresies against the Catholic Church are almost non-existent,
with one exception...Islam, and the reasons for its survival are far different
from the failures of all of the others:
Just look at the historical
records of a few of the previous heresies before Protestantism was started by mere human
creatures, and not by GOD. Scores of heretical movements sprang up over
the centuries. Just a few of them are mentioned here, Judaizers, Ebionites,
Simonians, Cerinthians, Basilidians, Carpocratians, Gnostics, Valentinians,
Marcionites, Cerdonians, Docetists, Montanists, Encratites, Monarchians,
Novatianists, Manichaeanists, Pelagianists, Arians, Nestorians, Icanoclasmists,
Albigensians, Waldenses, Catharists, etc, etc, and etc.. Where are they all
They all died out, simply because "no lie is of the truth".
cannot be refuted, and the lie cannot be proven.
Holy Scripture warns
against persecution of the Church which Jesus Christ founded:
"Give no offense to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of
11. Simply because Protestantism is imploding, and the
hand writing is on the wall to prove it:
In 1521, the year the reformation
started, there was only one Protestant sect, Lutherism, the one which the first Protestant, Martin Luther founded. A short time later, Munzer, founded another one, then
Zwingli, Calvin, and Henry VIII followed suit. By 1600 there were about 100. In
1900 there were 1000. By 1981 there were 22,000. In 2006, 38,000 were counted,
all founded by mere human men or women. Where was their GOD given authority to
do so? Protestant sects,
as they become more numerous, are also becoming smaller and smaller. Do the
calculations yourself. It is only a matter of time before each will become so
small that it will become impossible for them to support themselves. At the rate
things are going, it is inevitable that each member will become his or her own
ecclesial community. You can only slice an apple into so many pieces before you
are compelled to call it apple sauce, a form not even resembling the original.
"There is not enough time in the day for me to recite even the names of
all the various sects of heretics."
Saint Ambrose of Milan, The Mystery of
the Lord's Incarnation, 5,35, 382 A.D.
I must repeat myself here, for
this next verse fits the topic of this #10
section as well as the #2
kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is
divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand."
A "house divided against itself"?
much worse case situation would be 38,000 houses divided against themselves, all
of which will surely not stand for long.
there were false prophets also among the people, just as among you there will
be lying teachers who will bring in destructive sects. They even disown the
Lord who bought them, thus bringing upon themselves swift destruction. And many
will follow their wanton conduct, and because of them the way of truth will
be maligned. And out of greed they will with deceitful words use you for
their gain. Their condemnation, passed of old, is not made void,
and their destruction does not slumber."
Destructive sects? What does that sound like? Isn't dividing Christ
into over thirty thousand pieces destructive? Maligning the way of truth? I
thought truth was one, and if that is true as Scripture so clearly states, then
there can be only ONE true Church. What about those words of condemnation
and destruction in those verses? To whom do they apply?
"Oh what a
tangled web we weave when we first practice to deceive." Sir Walter Scott
Why the Catholic Church will
1. Simply by just looking at its longevity record:
will have been in existence for 2000 years. It has endured attacks from within
and from without for almost all of those 2000 years, yet it is still the oldest,
longest lasting living institution on earth. These attacks were from the very
beginning, and started with the Jews. Look what happened to them instead!
Jerusalem and the temple were destroyed and every Jewish priest was slain by the
Romans in 70 A.D.. It takes a priest (Bishop) to make a priest and since the
Jews had no priests to make new ones, that is the reason why they have no
priests today, but only Rabbi's. The Aaronic priesthood came to a brutal ending.
Judaism was almost completely destroyed. Then came the Romans who burned
Christians at the stake and fed them to the lions. They, in turn, and their evil
pagan empire with them, collapsed in 476 A.D.. Then came the
Nestorians, Arians, Vandals, Moslems, Waldenses, Albigensians, Catharists,
Protestantism, the French
Revolution, Modernism, Nazism, Communism, Dissidents, and now Secular Humanism,
Fundamentalism, Relativism, Indifferentism, and Hedonism. There are many more
heretical groups and beliefs which are not listed here. Where are the above ones
today? Since all of the listed heretical groups did their best to destroy the
Catholic Church for 20 centuries, why do you think they failed? If all of that
man made "power" could not destroy the Catholic Church, why then do some bigots
of today think they can?
Heretics and bigots have been trying to bury the
Catholic Church for almost 2000 years, yet it is the Catholic Church which is
burying them instead. Those who are ignorant of history are doomed to repeat the
errors of others before them, and in so doing they never profit from previous
Today, the Catholic Church is far from "imploding", as
Protestantism is doing. In
fact it is going the other way. It is "exploding" instead, with well over 1.1
billion Catholics on earth today, which is one sixth of the entire population of
the whole world. To what, or to "whom", would you say is responsible for this
two millennia of longevity and endurance?
Name the Church which is
fulfilling the command of Jesus Christ in Matthew 28:19,
"Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations..."
These Persecutions were foretold by Jesus Christ Himself:
Matthew 5:11-12, "Blessed are you when men revile
you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my
account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so men
persecuted the prophets who were before you."
6:26, "Woe to you, when all men speak well of you,
for so their fathers did to the false prophets."
Most of Protestantism does not speak well of Catholics or of the Catholic Church,
so I would venture to say that these verses speak of the Catholic Church,
wouldn't you? If you do not agree, then please give me the name of the church of
which Jesus spoke in these verses?
for I am with thee: turn not aside, for I am your GOD. I have strengthened thee,
and have helped thee, and the right hand of My Just One hath upheld thee. Behold
all that fight against thee shall be confounded (split into 38,000 pieces maybe?) and
ashamed, as they shall be as nothing, and the men shall perish that strive
"And they shall fight against thee,
and shall not prevail, for I am with thee, said the Lord, to deliver
Words of wisdom from
two saints, one of which is also a Church Father:
"This Church is Holy,
the One Church, the True Church, the Catholic Church, fighting as she does
against all heresies. She can fight, but she cannot be beaten. All heresies are
expelled from her, like the useless loppings pruned from a vine. She remains
fixed in her root, in her vine, in her love. The gates of hell shall not conquer
Saint Augustine of Hippo, Sermon to Catechumens, on the Creed, 6,14,
"It is an unhappy ending for those who attack the Catholic
Saint Robert Bellarmine 1542-1621
Those who take pleasure in
kicking "The Rock", have never learned that all they will ever accomplish is to
hurt their own foot. They never learned either, that those who are ignorant of
history are prone to repeat its mistakes. Where are all of these
attackers today? Most are gone, some of the others are splintered so badly that
they are practically impotent, and some are still with us temporarily. There
will always be new ones popping up, like weeds amongst the wheat. After all, you
cannot have a rose without a few thorns.
harvest time I will say to the reapers: gather up the weeds first and bind them
in bundles to burn; but gather the wheat into My barn."
Who is the wheat here, and who are the
Did you not know that Jesus Christ is the savior of His Body the
"... just as Christ is head of the
Church, being himself savior of the body."
"If GOD is
for us, who is against us?"
verse sums up this whole section into just 9 words.
I wonder if any of those
who attack the Catholic Church have ever read or understood
and Romans 8:31?
They are the reasons why the Catholic Church still
stands after 2000 years of persecution, and will continue to stand until the end
of time. It is the promise of GOD.
What force on earth would give you
trepidation, if the Lord of Lords, and the King of Kings is with you?
2. Simply because Old
Testament Holy Scripture says it will:
when your time comes and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your heir
after you, sprung from your loins, and I will make his kingdom firm. It is he
who shall build a house for my name. And I will make his royal throne firm
forever. I will be a father to him, and he shall be a son to me. And if he does
wrong, I will correct him with the rod of men and with human chastisements; but
I will not withdraw my favor from him as I withdrew it from your predecessor
Saul, whom I removed from my presence. Your house and your kingdom shall
endure forever before me; your throne shall stand firm forever."
"And as for
me, this is my covenant with them, says the Lord: my spirit which is upon you,
and my words which I have put in your mouth, shall not depart out of your mouth,
or out of the mouth of your children, or out of the mouth of your children’s
children, says the Lord, from this time forth and for
"And in the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a
kingdom which shall never be destroyed, nor shall its sovereignty be left to
another people. It shall break in pieces all these kingdoms and bring them to an
end, and it shall stand forever;"
"And to him was given dominion and glory
and kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his
dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom
one that shall not be destroyed."
3. Simply because New
Testament Holy Scripture also says it will:
We have Scriptural guarantees
of perpetuality from GOD Himself.
"And I say to
you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of
hell shall not prevail against it."
"Go, therefore, and make disciples of
all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of
the holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And
behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age."
will pray the Father, and he will give you another Counselor, to be with you for
ever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it
neither sees him nor knows him; you know him, for he dwells with you, and will
be in you."
"I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you."
"To Him be
glory in the Church and in Christ Jesus down through all the ages of time
without end. Amen."
"Therefore let us be grateful for
receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God
acceptable worship, with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming
"So now I say to you, keep away from these men and let them alone.
For if this plan or work, is of men, it will be overthrown; but if it is of God,
you will not be able to overthrow it. Else perhaps you may find yourselves
fighting even against GOD."
believe Acts 5:38-39 sums up the turbulent history of the Catholic Church, and
of its many attackers over the last 2000 years quite nicely. How could any human
institution last for 2000 years while under constant persecution? Unrelenting
futile attacks by hundreds of heretical groups for two millennia is indicative
of the fact that the Catholic Church clearly is of GOD and is not of men.
How else could you possibly account for its survivability under such
I have listed many references from both the Old
and New Testaments in which we have the promises of GOD that His one Church will
be defended from within and from without by GOD Himself. Now if anyone does not
believe that these verses apply to the Catholic Church, then pray tell me to
which church do they apply? Not one Protestant denomination even appeared
on the scene until almost 1500 years after Jesus Christ founded His Church, so
it could not be any one of those tens of thousands that those verses address.
4. Simply because we can
show by many means that Jesus Christ founded the Catholic Church:
believe that Holy Scripture is inspired by GOD, then you must realize that it
was the Catholic Church who gave the Bible to the whole world. The Catholic
Church is the mother of the Bible, not the
There is proof from Apostolic Succession.
There is an unbroken line of successive visible Father Figures, the Popes.
There is a huge library of genuine historical documents from
every one of the twenty centuries which can be researched by anyone. Hundreds of
these writings mention the
Catholic Church by name starting from 107 A.D..
Here are 140 reasons why it is the Catholic Church which
Jesus Christ founded and none other.
For all of those who attack the Catholic
Church, I ask you to show me just one reason why you think it is your
denomination that Jesus Christ founded. Be sure to include genuine historical
documents "proving" what you say. I am not interested in personal opinions, or
in quotes from an anti-Catholic book, just the facts only please.
your "opinion", if Jesus Christ did not found the Catholic Church, then please
give me the name of the person who did, since all churches on earth have a
Do not forget your document(s) of "proof" of what you
After all of this, where is the Catholic
Church today? The Catholic Church, despite all of the slings and arrows from all
quarters, is still here, still very much viable, still preaching and teaching
the truth of Jesus Christ, as it has been doing for almost 2000 years, and... it
is still growing even faster. Why? Simply because GOD is at the helm as I have
shown. Satan, the father of lies (John 8:44), and his heretical helpers, who
cannot show that they have any authority whatsoever, have lost.
5. Simply because only the
Catholic Church fits perfectly with what Scripture says about the trials and
tribulations of the Body of Christ:
A message from Bishop Fulton J.
"If I were not a Catholic, and were looking for the true Church in
the world today, I would look for the one Church which did not get along well
with the world; in other words, I would look for the Church which the world
hates. My reason for doing this would be, that if Christ is in any one of the
churches in the world today, He must still be hated as He was when He was on
earth in the flesh. If you would find Christ today, then find the Church that
does not get along with the world. Look for the Church which is hated by the
world, as Christ was hated by the world. Look for the Church which is accused of
being behind the times, as Our Lord was accused of being ignorant and of never
having learned. Look for the Church which men sneer at as socially inferior, as
they sneered at Our Lord because He came from Nazareth. Look for the Church
which is accused of having a devil, as Our Lord was accused of being possessed
by Beelzebub, the Prince of Devils. Look for the Church which, in seasons of
bigotry, men say must be destroyed in the name of GOD as men crucified Christ
and thought they had done a service to GOD. Look for the Church which the world
rejects because it claims it is infallible, as Pilate rejected Christ because He
called Himself The Truth. Look for the Church which is rejected by the world as
Our Lord was rejected by men. Look for the Church which amid the confusion of
conflicting opinions, its members love as they love Christ, and respect its
Voice as the very voice of its Founder, and the suspicion will grow, that if the
Church is unpopular with the spirit of the world, then it is unworldly, and if
it is unworldly, it is other-worldly. Since it is other-worldly it is infinitely
loved and infinitely hated as was Christ Himself. But only that which is Divine
can be infinitely hated and infinitely loved. Therefore the Church is Divine."
Msgr (at the time of writing) Fulton J. Sheen D.D..
Preface to Radio Replies Volume #1, Fr. Leslie Rumble and Fr. Charles Carty,
a Tan Book.
6. Simply because the
barque of Peter has Christ aboard:
people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he was standing by the lake of
Gennesaret. And he saw two boats by the lake; but the fishermen had gone out of
them and were washing their nets. Getting into one of the boats, which was
Simon's, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and
taught the people from the boat."
" And when he got into the boat, his
disciples followed him. And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so
that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. And they went
and woke him, saying, “Save, Lord; we are perishing.” And he said to them, “Why
are you afraid, O men of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and
the sea; and there was a great calm. And the men marveled, saying, “What sort of
man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?"
Matthew 8:23-27, Mark 4:35-40, Luke
"Though the mountains leave their
place and the hills be shaken, My love shall never leave you nor my covenant of
peace be shaken, says the LORD, who has mercy on you. O afflicted one,
storm-battered and unconsoled, I lay your pavements in carnelians, and your
foundations in sapphires; I will make your battlements of rubies, your gates of
carbuncles, and all your walls of precious stones. All your sons shall be
taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children. In
justice shall you be established, far from the fear of oppression, where
destruction cannot come near you. Should there be any attack, it shall
not be of my making; whoever attacks you shall fall before you. Lo, I have
created the craftsman who blows on the burning coals and forges weapons as his
work; It is I also who have created the destroyer to work havoc. No weapon
fashioned against you shall prevail; every tongue you shall prove false
that launches an accusation against you. This is the lot of the servants of
the LORD, their vindication from me, says the LORD."
Of all of the heretical groups that
have failed in the past 2000 years, not one heeded the many warnings of Holy
Isaiah is not to be ignored here.
Also did you notice that
when the storm (heretics and detractors) threatens the Barque of Peter (the one
true church, prefigured by Noah's ark) that Jesus is there to calm the storm and
to protect His Church? What happened to the storm? It was vanquished!
who attack the Catholic Church, heed the dire warnings of Holy Scripture? If
2000 years of constant attacks against the Catholic Church have failed, what
makes you think yours will succeed?
The storm-battered barque of Peter will
survive because Christ is aboard.
"So now I
say to you, keep away from these men and let them alone.
For if this plan or
work, is of men, it will be overthrown;
but if it is of God, you will not be
able to overthrow it.
Else perhaps you may find yourselves fighting even
Written by Bob
Stanley, March 11, 2002
Updated December 21, 2006
then become your enemy, because I told you the truth?"
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