The Catholic Church has been around for 2000 years! In that 2000 years no doctrine of the Church has ever changed. Dogma and Doctrine do not change although they are given more detailed explanations. However, there are those who would have liked to have changed some of the doctrines, but because of the promise given by Christ in Matthew 16:18, the Church has been protected for 2000 years!
“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
Just think about that for a moment. The Lord made a promise to protect the Church from the Gates of Hell. Few promises of Jesus are as scary and yet so encouraging as this one!
When I read that, several things come to mind. Hell, Satan, is angry at God. He would like nothing more than to lead all Christians into error and subsequently into the depths of the abyss. Jesus knew this. He knew that supernatural protection would be needed to keep His Church, the Catholic Church, from teaching error. He knew that it would be necessary because we humans have a knack for messing things up, for going astray and for subverting the Truth. Just look at the Old Testament and God’s chosen people. They had it all, and still how many times did they turn their backs on God and worship false idols?
Jesus was building his House on Rock!
24“Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. 25The 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.26And 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. 27The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. And it collapsed and was completely ruined.” ~Matthew 7:24-27
…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. The rains, floods and winds can be likened to the heresies and false teachings that were sure to come and that Rock was Peter, guided and protected by the Holy Spirit.
In 95AD Pope Saint Clement I of Rome, said the following:
Accept our counsel and you will have nothing to regret. . . . If anyone disobeys the things which have been said by him [Jesus] through us, let them know that they will involve themselves in no small danger. We, however, shall be innocent of this sin and will pray with entreaty and supplication that the Creator of all may keep unharmed the number of his elect. ~ Letter to the Corinthians 58:2, 59:1 [A.D. 95]
This shows that the Early Church knew very clearly the protection from error that the Church was being blessed with. Otherwise, this would have been a very arrogant thing for him to say. They understood, that as long as one submitted their faith to the Church established by Jesus Himself, then you could be sure that the Church would never fall in error.
Don’t believe it? In my next post I will show some evidence…biblical, patristic and historic.
Again, remember I have a standing “Challenge” that NO ONE has ever taken me up on. Show me ANY time, ANY “Rock Solid” Proof, that ANY doctrine of the Catholic Church has EVER Changed in it’s 2000 years and I will convert to the church of your choice. Why? Because I want the Truth, the whole Truth and nothing but the Truth! I am confident without a doubt, that Truth is in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church…founded by Jesus Christ!
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