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Protestant Preacher Meets The Pope

Pope Francis

Pope Francis waves to faithful as he arrives at the end of a Mass celebrated by Brescia's Bishop Luciano Monari, not pictured, in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Saturday, June 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)
Pope Francis waves to faithful as he arrives at the end of a Mass celebrated by Brescia’s Bishop Luciano Monari, not pictured, in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, Saturday, June 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

This week I had the privilege of meeting with Pope Francis. It was probably one of the highlights of my life. He was funny, warm and very spiritual. I was invited, along with several other pastors, to a small connect forum with Pope Francis because he has a deep passion for unity among Believers – … Continue reading

Even in the beginning, there were heretics…

Pope Saint Clement 1 was appointed bishop by the Apostle Peter (First Pope) himself.

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After the martyrdom of SS. Peter and Paul, St. Linus was appointed Bishop of Rome, and after eleven years, succeeded by St. Cletus. Upon his demise in 91, St. Clement was placed in the apostolic chair. According to the Liberian Calendar he sat nine years, eleven months, and twenty days

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Donald Trumps campaign manager is Catholic and offers forgiveness to his accuser

Corey Lewandowski, campaign manager for Donald Trump, was recently accused of assaulting a reporter. While he claimed his innocence everyone in the news media and political world called for him to be fired and his life was turned upside down. Donald Trump said he believed Corey and stood by him. When a video was released that clearly showed no assault took place the charges were dropped.

Watch Trump defend Corey while others called for him to be fired

Pulling the thread

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Truth is not subject to personal feelings. How you or I feel about something has nothing to do with whether or not it is true. Likewise, whether or not we understand the answer to a mathematical formula does not change the correct answer, 2+2=4 no matter how we may feel about it.

Like the atheist clinging to his own feelings, blinded to the truth of God entirely; so to is the Protestant clinging to his own feelings, partially blind to the fullness of  Jesus Christ found in his bride-the Church. “For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior” (Eph 5:23) Both are heretics, the latter closer to the truth but still not quite there. A bride can only have one spouse, and Christ founded one Church. The Church has as its source (God the Father), Its founder (God the Son), Its soul (God the Holy Spirit).

God, in order to redeem his people sent his son, Jesus Christ, into the world. Jesus who never wrote a single thing, could have went straight to the cross had God chosen. Instead he spent 3 years gathering Apostles whom he would instruct to teach others, promising them to be guided by the Holy Spirit not to fail in their passing on of his eternal truth.  This is called Apostolic Succession.

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The role of apostolic succession in preserving true doctrine is illustrated in the Bible. To make sure that the apostles’ teachings would be passed down after the deaths of the apostles, Paul told Timothy, “What you have heard from me before many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also” (2 Tim. 2:2). In this passage he refers to the first three generations of apostolic succession—his own generation, Timothy’s generation, and the generation Timothy will teach.

The Church is Universal (Catholic), it is for all people, for all times and for all things; “And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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, to the end of the age.” (Matt 28:18-20)

From its founding to today, men quarrel about doctrine, the early Christians however, had no problem in determining what was true doctrine, they traced the claims being made to the Apostles.

Martin Luther, a Catholic monk, faced with both personal difficulties and abuses with the leaders of the Church, began to pull on the loose thread in blanket of  One, Holy, Universal and Apostolic Church. His movement, commonly referred to as the “reformation, was in fact no reformation at all and a lie. A reformation implies the church was being to restored to an original state that existed previously, Luther’s teachings however, had never been taught before. There was no Apostolic teaching to go back too, only Luther’s own ideas which resulted in a brand new theology. What Luther actually did was start a revolution.

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Thousands have followed in Luther’s  footsteps, pulling the thread further and further, now left holding one piece, one shred of truth, making themselves the author of truth. Denying long held doctrines, and creating their own theology has resulted in thousands of new Christian denominations, each one staking a claim to the same the Holy Spirit Christ promised his one Church; and each claiming to teach the same eternal truth. Even if perhaps Luther had it right, what he taught can not be found today in one cohesive body, bits and pieces are scattered all over the battle field of the revolution he started 500 years ago, a revolution that has not ended. Today there are over 30,000 different denominations and that number grows each day.

Logic tells the reasonable man truth does not contradict itself, since God is truth itself and his son Jesus revealed that truth to man, only one Church can posses the fullness of such a truth and cannot lie. A lie always contains a certain amount of truth, 2+2= 3 is just a little less then the truth of 4, and 2+2=5 is just a bit more then the truth of 4. The unreasonable man clings to his own feelings, grasping a portion of truth unwilling to move towards the whole truth, in deference to his feelings.

vaticanJesus said his Church would be “the light of the world.” He then noted that “a city set on a hill cannot be hid” (Matt. 5:14). This means his Church is a visible organization. It must have characteristics that clearly identify it and that distinguish it from other churches. Jesus promised, “I will build my Church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it” (Matt. 16:18). This means that his Church will never be destroyed and will never fall away from him. His Church will survive until his return.

Jesus Christ, God himself, sees the world as it truly is, there is no confusion. His One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church proclaim that truth as he promised it would.

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