From Protestant to Catholic in a Few Simple Verses.
"It is logical Captain", as Mister Spock would say.

Let us pretend that I were non-Catholic and saw these verses for the first time. They would certainly cause me great consternation.
I must spend much time and research for answers to the questions that have been brought to mind because of them.

Psalms 127:1

"Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain."

There is a New Testament verse which complements Psalms 127:1 perfectly:
"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."
Matthew 16:18

I noticed in both examples that a singular house or a singular Church was mentioned.

Here is another New Testament verse which supports those above:

"For no other foundation can any one lay than that which is laid down, which is Jesus Christ."
1Corinthians 3:11

That verse tells me that absolutely no one can found a Church other than GOD,
and He founded only one, around 2000 years ago.

Was my church built by the Lord?
Am I laboring in vain unless I am in the house that GOD built? It would seem so since the Bible tells me so.
If I cannot believe what Holy Scripture tells me, who or what can I believe?
I know, I can answer those questions easily as soon as I prove that GOD founded
my church.

Good Grief!!!
I found my church on that
founded page. Well obviously that list is wrong because it is against what I have been taught.
I will do the research myself and find the truth. But where do I begin

A long time later:
Well I searched and searched and found nothing to support my church.
I could find no genuine historical document that even mentioned my church before it was first
founded by a human person.
I found nothing about it in the writings of the Church Fathers.
I found no
chain of succession from Jesus Christ through Saint Peter and down through the centuries to my founder.
Worst of all I could not find a single verse that would give authority to any human person to found another Church
other than the one that Jesus Christ founded.
But I did find these two crushing verses:

"But Peter and the Apostles answered and said, "We must obey GOD rather than men."
Acts 5:29

"He who speaks on his own authority seeks his own glory; but he who
seeks the glory of him who sent him is true, and in him there is no falsehood."
John 7:18

Yikes! And this one:

"But there were false prophets also among the people,
even as there shall be among you lying teachers who shall bring in sects of perdition
and deny the Lord who bought them: bringing upon themselves swift destruction
." (DRB)
2Peter 2:1

If GOD did not found my church then is it considered to be a sect?
Well according to Holy Scripture 2Peter 2:1, and by using some GOD given 
common sense,
it is obvious to me that the Church which GOD founded could not be a sect,
but all of those founded by mere human persons must be.

I checked two other Bibles and look at the wording that each one used instead of using the word 'sects'?

But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you,
who privily shall bring in
damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction." (KJ)
2Peter 2:1

False prophets appeared in the past among the people, and in the same way false teachers will appear among you. They will bring in destructive, untrue doctrines, and will deny the Master who redeemed them, and so they will bring upon themselves sudden destruction." (GNB)
2Peter 2:1

Damnable heresies? Destructive, untrue doctrines? False teachers? False prophets? Swift or sudden destruction?
Wow! This is all very scary.

Here is another:

I am come in the name of my Father, and you receive me not: if
another shall come in his own name, him you will receive.
John 5:43
Remember, If you reject His Body (the Church, Col 1:24) , you reject Him, and those who do would rather accept the false prophet.

Here are another condemning two verses that I found:

Amen, amen, I say to you, he who enters not by the door to the
sheepfold, but climbs up another way, is a thief and a robber.
But he who enters by the door is shepherd of the sheep.
John 10:1-2

How are you with parables? Jesus used them a lot. The sheepfold can only mean His Church which must be entered
by its door. He who does is shepherd of the sheep. He who does not is a thief and a robber. What do you think of that?
I seem to recall that Jesus appointed an earthly shepherd of His sheep. Oh yes, see John 21: 15-17 where Jesus gave
the primacy to Peter by telling him three times to feed His sheep.
Why would Jesus find the need to repeat Himself three times? Did He mean for Peter to feed them with food?

And here is still another condemning verse that I found. Goodness, how many more are there?

"He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters
Luke 11:23

Scatters? That sounds like this disturbing fact that I found:
There are now over 40,000 denominations in the world today that call themselves Christian, with new ones popping up every week.
See 'The World Christian Database' publication for this fact. It is a Protestant publication.
With 40,000+ denominations (sects, heresies, untrue doctrines, false teachers, false prophets) doesn't that sound like
a lot of people are guilty of scattering, when Jesus commanded that we be in 
That shocking 40,000+ figure raises some troubling questiona in my mind.
1. With but one GOD and His one Word, the Bible, how can there not be but one Church?
2. Those 40,000+ sects must each have to be teaching something different from each other as well as from the true Church.
However, with only one Holy Scripture to interpret, how can that be?
The solution to that question must lie in the human interpreter of it and not in Holy Scripture itself.
After all, Holy Scripture teaches us that GOD is not the author of confusion,
(1Corinthians 14:33) and 40,000+ sects all teaching their own interpretation of the Bible are a great confusion, are they not?
So the author of confusion can only be man himself.
3. It would be a very strange thing indeed since GOD did give us an infallible book, and knowing the minds of men,
that He neglected to give them an infallible interpreter for it. Well, what do you think? Did He or didn't He?
Hey, if He did, then He must have told us that He did, and if He did tell us then in must be recorded in Holy Scripture.
Well let us see if we can find it? Where shall we start? How about starting with a keyword such as 'truth'?

Here is a good start:

John 14:6,  "Jesus said to him: I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No man comes to the Father, but by me."

"The Way" was the first term used to represent Christianity in those days: 
    Mark 1:3, 12:14, Luke 3:4, 20:21, John 1:23, 14:4-6, Acts 9:2, 16:17,
    Acts 18:25-26, 19:9,23, 22:4, 24:14,22.

Jesus said He was the truth. Since there is only one Jesus, there can also be only one truth.....Right?
So logically, and by using our GOD given
common sense, we must conclude that if all of those 40,000+ sects taught the truth,
then there would be only one Church.....Agreed? 
After all, Jesus Christ founded only one Church as Scripture plainly told us in Matthew 16:18.  
He told us that there shall be one fold and one shepherd in John 10:16. Does 40,000+ sects sound like one fold to you?
In John 17:11,21 and 22, Jesus prayed that we all be one. He said it not once but three times in John 17.
Why does anyone, especially Jesus, repeat Himself multiple times? I recall asking that question earlier in this writing
but for a different set of verses. Why should anyone have to repeat his or her message over and over again?
It is because so many of us simply do not get the message the first time around.
It had to have been an extremely important message from GOD since Jesus had to pray for it three times.
Does 40,000+ splinters in Christianity sound like we are obedient to GOD's word that was iterated
to us not once but three times from Holy Scripture?
How could any person who calls himself a Bible believer, simply ignore this plea from GOD Himself?

John 15:14, "
You are My friends if you do the things I command you."

John 14:23-24, "
If anyone love me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him,
and we will come to him and make our abode with him. He who does not love me does not keep my words.
And the word that you have heard is not mine but the Father's who sent me.

Matthew 13:15-16, "
For the heart of this people is grown gross, and with their ears
they have been dull of hearing, and their eyes they have shut: lest at any time they
should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their
heart, and be converted, and I should heal them. But blessed are your eyes,
because they see, and your ears, because they hear

Context for those two verses: Jesus was speaking to the Apostles about those who simply do not get the message.
What about the founders of those 40,000+ sects? Did they ever get the message? Did they obey His commands?
Or did they simply act on their own initiative as this next verse prophesied?

Matthew 15:9, "
And in vain do they worship me, teaching doctrines and commandments of men."

Matthew 15:13-14, "
Every plant which my Heavenly Father hath not planted shall be rooted up.
Let them alone: they are blind, and leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both fall into the pit.

Hey! Those last two verses caused me to recall Psalms 127:1, similar meaning but with different words.
If GOD did not build it or plant it, then those mere humans who did are either laboring in vain or are rooted up.

 John 5:39-40, "
You search the Scriptures, because in them you think that you have life everlasting.
And it is they that bear witness to Me, yet you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.

Very important! Very scarry! Do you remember the last part of the first part of John 14:6, that we have been examining?

I am the way, and the truth, and the life."

What did Jesus mean by 'the life'?

I found the answer to that question in Holy Scripture, troubling verses that I was taught were merely symbolic:

John 6:53-58, "So Jesus said to them, "
Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man
and drink his blood, you have no life in you; he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life,
and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. 
He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. As the living Father sent me,
and I live because of the Father, so he who eats me will live because of me. This is the bread which came
down from heaven, not such as the fathers ate and died; he who eats this bread will live for ever.
Now I am in real trouble with several profound eternal salvation questions that have suddenly come to mind.
How can I have eternal life simply by eating a symbol of something else?
How can eating a cracker and drinking grape juice give me eternal life? 
I feel as if every word in those verses has come alive.
Jesus said in another verse that He was the truth, and the first two words of those verses are "Truly, truly
so how can the rest of those verses be anything other than absolute truth? Let us read further in John 6.
Here is one that agrees with how I feel, "This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?" (John 6:60).
That verse made me feel better but this one made me feel worse.
"After this many of his disciples drew back and no longer went about with him" (John 6:66).
Obviously they did not believe what He had said and so they left Him. Ouch!
Oh and did you see an ominous sign in that verse number, the dreaded satanic 666?
Leaving Jesus as they did, no doubt made them easy targets for Satan.
I want no part of Satan so I must believe everything that Jesus said in those verses.
unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you; 
he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life,
Okay I must believe it. I do believe it. Begone Satan! I desire that eternal life wih Jesus.
But how do I eat His flesh and drink His blood? Holy Scripture must give me the answer to that question.
Oh yes, the Last Supper, where Jesus said to the Apostles, 'This is my body', and later, 'This is my blood'.
And He added 'Do this in remembrance of me'. Also I noticed that He did not say those words to the world
but only to the Apostles who were deemed to be the earthbound leaders of His Church.
It seems that in every research that I have done for the truth has ended up with the eternal Church that Jesus Christ founded.
Have I gotten the message yet? Yes I finally got the message, but I still have a few questions that beg for answers...

Now let us study the Word of GOD and see if He did give us of an infallible interpreter for His Holy Scripture...
Let us explore the Book of John. Make sure that you know the
context of these verses.

Look at all of the promises Jesus made to us of sending the Holy Spirit to guide His Church...

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

John 14:24-26, "
He who does not love me does not keep my words; and the word which you hear is not mine
but the Father's who sent me. These things I have spoken to you, while I am still with you. But the Counselor,
the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and bring to your
remembrance all that I have said to you."

John 15:26, "But when the Counselor comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth,
who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness to me;  and you also are witnesses,
because you have been with me from the beginning."

John 16:12-15, "
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 come.
He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine;
therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.

Context: Again, to whom was Jesus speaking in those verses?
He was speaking to the Apostles alone.
Jesus said the Spirit of Truth will dwell with them forever. But wait a minute! Will the Apostles live forever?
No they all
died, so in context, the Spirit must dwell in the Church which Jesus founded since it alone will live forever.
Spend some time perusing the following verses, for they are Biblical proof that His Church will indeed live forever: 
2Samuel 7:12-13, Psalms 127:1,  Isaiah 2:2, 9:6-7, 41:10-11,  54:11-17, 59:20-21,  Daniel 2:44,  6:26, 7:14,
Matthew 16:18, 28:20,  Luke 1:33,  John 14:16,18,  Acts 5:38-39,  Romans 8:31,  Ephesians 3:21, 5:23, Hebrews 12:28.

Have you ever noticed how many Old Testament verses spoke of the eternal nature of the New Testament Church?
It is because the Old and New Tesaments are one story of salvation history. They are intertwined as a great Saint wrote:
"The New Testament lies hidden in the Old. The Old Testament is revealed in the New."
Saint Augustine

Ephesians 3:8-10, "To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the
Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ,  and to make all men see what is the plan of the mystery hidden for
ages in God who created all things;  THAT THROUGH THE CHURCH THE MANIFOLD WISDOM OF GOD
MIGHT NOW BE MADE KNOWN to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places."

Mt 18:15-17, "
But if thy brother shall offend against thee, go, and rebuke him between thee and him alone.
If he shall hear thee, thou shalt gain thy brother. And if he will not hear thee, take with thee one or two more:
that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may stand. And if he will not hear them: tell the church.
And if he will not hear the church, let him be to thee as the heathen and publican.
Those verses could not have been written any more clearly than they are.
Who has the final authority? Is it man or is it the Church of GOD? 

Recap of this session:
First we learned that the Holy Spirit will dwell forever in the Church that Jesus Christ founded.
Then we learned that the Church which Jesus Christ founded will last for all eternity.
After that we learned that the wisdom of GOD will be made manifold through that Church.
Finally we learned that it is the Church which is the final authority.
And just look and remember what those verses have to say about those who refuse to listen to His Church?

Again, the question is which Church?
Well now I know that Holy Scripture has said that there was only one in existence at that time.
It is an easy question to ask, but now maybe not so hard to answer this time.

Interestingly, so many of those 40,000+ sects teach that the Church which Jesus Christ founded fell into apostasy
soon after the last Apostle died. Even of more interest is that not one of them can provide an exact date or show genuine
historical documentation to prove that false teaching. There is no Scripture verse that says the Church would fall
into apostasy but it does say individual followers will do so. Hmmm! Could that mean those 40,000+ sects are apostates?
Besides that, they are all Sola Scriptura believers, so how can they possibly explain away all of those Old and New
Testament verses regarding the guarantee of the eternal nature of the Church without refuting Holy Scripture itself?

John 20:22, "When He had said this, He breathed upon them and said to them,
Receive the Holy Spirit...""

GOD did indeed give His Church an infallible interpreter for His infallible Word, the Bible.
And that infallible interpreter is none other than the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Holy Trinity.

A thought just came to mind:
Would I rather have a human interpreter for Holy Scripture for each of those 40,000+ sects,
all of which claim that the Holy Spirit
told them?


The Holy Spirit directly through GOD's Church?

Now, from Holy Scripture I have come to these inescapable conclusions about the only Church that Jesus Christ founded.

1. His Church did not have a
human person as its founder since He is GOD. 
2. But what is the definition of the word '
3. I researched the
founders of so many denominations, and did not find a single one that had other than a mere human person founder.
That means I must reject all of those that I researched.
Moreover, all of them are only a fraction of the age of the Church that Jesus Christ founded.
4. But after much searching I found this interesting page that shows how to find the Church that Jesus Christ founded
by using
four different methods.
I also discovered that none of those sects that I tested could prove to be the true Church by even one of those four methods.
5. His Church existed then after He founded it and it must still exist today almost 2000 years later, as it was His promise.

Of which Church would you rather be a member?
One of those 40,000+ man made sects, the founders each of which had no GOD given authority whatsoever to do so.


The only Church with GOD given authority, the one which was founded by GOD Himself?

Some final notes...

Ephesians 5:25, "Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the Church, and delivered himself up for her."

Yet once again the text speaks of a singular Church, not churches. Did Christ deliver himself up for 40,000+ splinters
in his body, or as He said three times, 'that they may be one'?

What else did He say?

"He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters."
Luke 11:23

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.

Well, after reading this Holy Scripture filled lesson, I certainly did get the message this time.


Written by Bob Stanley, April 23, 2011
Galations 4:16

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