There shall be
One Fold – One Body
Neither pray I for these alone, but for them
also which shall believe on me through
their word;That they all may be
one; as thou, Father, art
in me, and I in thee,that they also may be one in us: that the
world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory
which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even
as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be
perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou
hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. “
(visible and one throughout the successive generation of
the world to see’)
Jesus created ‘one
church’; ‘one fold’ (Jn 17:20-22). St. Paul spoke of ‘one baptism’ one lord’ one faith,
one body (church) (Eph 4:4,5). Jesus wanted others to be added to this ‘one
fold’, (Joh:10:16) not create other folds. This fold shall be one throughout successive generations and visible for
the ‘world to see & know’ their oneness and love. St. Paul said ‘we are all baptized into one body by he same Spirit. That there are many members but one
body. That there should not be schism or division in this body and that the Lord has set some in this body the church,
first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. (1Co:12:11-13, 20, 25, 28:)
Eph:4:4-6: There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in
one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and
in you all.
Joh:10:16: And other sheep I have, which 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.
Joh:17:20-22: Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also
which shall believe on me through their
word;That they all may be
one; as thou, Father, art in me,
and I in thee,that they also may be one in us: that the world
may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou
gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are
one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect
and that the world may know that thou hast sent me,
and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. (visible
throughout the successive
generation of believers ‘for the world to see’)
20, 25, 28: But all these worketh that one
selfsame Spirit, dividing to every
man severally as he will. For as
the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that
one body, being many, are one body: so
also is Christ. For by
Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or
Gentiles, whether we be bond or free (human views); and have
been all made to drink into one Spirit. 20: But now are they many
members, yet but one body. 25: That there should be no schism in the
body; but that the members should have the same care one for
another. 28: And God hath set some in the church, first apostles,
secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles,
of healings, helps, governments, diversities of
what of those splinter groups who left the parent church?
1Co:11:18, 19: For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I
that there be divisions among you;
and I partly believe it. For
there must be also heresies among you, that they which are
approved may be made manifest among you.
They went out that they which are approved may be made manifest among you.
Not that the approved may become part of an ‘invisible church’
but that they (the approved) may be made manifest or seen i.e.visible.
‘They went’ from
among us’, because they 'were not of us'
1Jo:2:18-20: Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard
that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists;
we know that it is the last time. They went out
from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us,
they would no doubt have continued with us: but
they went out, that they might be made manifest
that they were
not all of us. But
ye have an unction from
Holy One, and ye know all things.
Then how can there be many different churches and invisible
We know of, and have solid written evidence of, the beliefs
of even tiny heretical groups from the first century to the present. These include:
Gnostics - Who believed matter was evil
- Who forbade marriage and anything worldly
Marcionites - Who rejected the Gospels as false
Monarchianists - Who denied
the reality of the Trinity
Arians, - Who said Jesus was not fully God but a creation.
Pelagians - Who denied Original
Sin and the need for Salvation
Donatists - Who refused to readmit Apostate Christians
Collyridians - Who sacrificed
Nestorians - Who said Christ had two personhoods.
Apollinarians - Who said Jesus was not truly human.
And many, many more. But of any group holding Protestant
beliefs we have no trace whatsoever. And what does the Bible say of these man-made
groups or any other group. Any group preaching a gospel different from the One church is accursed. (Gal 1:8,9).
And the fate of the false churches Jesus had foretold
in Mt 7:15-20
M't:7:15-20: Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's
inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them
by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt
bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit,
neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that
bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
M't:15:13: But he answered and said, Every plant, which my
heavenly Father hath not planted, shall
be rooted up.
As foretold, the little sects of old times are no more,
and the protestant and Pentecostals have reached nowhere but into division and more division. As for the Catholic church,
as the Lord foretold of His church on earth in Mt 13:31-32, the Catholic church that was sown a grain grew and has become
a tree for all nations to find the love of the Lord.
Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The
kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man
took, and sowed in his field (the world) : Which indeed
is the least of
all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and
becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the
branches thereof. (not something that can be hid)
Psalms:127:1: Except the LORD build the house, they
labour in vain
that build it: except
the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh
but in vain.
The only church seen and known to all, of being in succession
to the One and only church instituted by Christ Himself is the Catholic church.
What more a sign do we need for to see which is
the One True church, than to see for ourselves that the Catholic church there is only one, but churches and offshoots of the
churches that went out from the Catholic church we have numerous.
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