separate invisible church on earth. One Single Family – Imperfect on Earth & Perfect in Heaven
This church on earth of imperfect
members is part of the church in heaven, as it is said in Heb 12:18-24.
(Hebrew members) are not come unto the mount
might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and
darkness, and tempest, And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words;
which voice they that heard intreated that the word should not be spoken to
them any more: (For they could not endure that which was commanded, And
if so much as a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned, or thrust
through with a dart: And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, I
exceedingly fear and quake:)
But ye (Hebrew members) are come unto
mount Sion, and unto the city of the
living God, the
to an innumerable
company of angels, To the general assembly and church
of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to
God the Judge
and to the spirits
of just men made perfect, And to
Jesus the mediator
new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh
better things than that of Abel.
Here the Hebrew believers to
whom this letter is addressed (not just to those saved in God’s sight, but as the letter discloses, this church is a
church with weaknesses and infirmities) is also said to have come to ‘Mount Zion and to the city of the living God,
the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn
who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, to Jesus the Mediator of the
new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel’. Paul acknowledges that they
‘are not come unto the mountain that might be touched’ but the members of the Hebrew church had come to the heavenly
church. The visible imperfect church on earth is the one that is in direct fellowship with the church in heaven. There is
no separate invisible church on earth.
Thus a general assembly consisting
of the visible Hebrew church with the invisible assembly in heaven.
In Eph 2:18-22 he says,
For through him we both (Jews & Gentiles) have access by one
Spirit unto the Father. Now therefore ye are no
more strangers and
foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
And are built upon the foundation of the
prophets, Jesus Christ
himself being the chief corner stone;
In whom all the building fitly
together groweth unto an holy temple in the
Lord: In whom ye also are
builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
This body or church, is ‘the
fullness of Him (Christ)’. In the above passage, it is again beautifully stressed that the members of the church in
Ephesus (to whom this letter is addressed to) were ‘by the one Spirit made fellow citizens with the saints and of the
household of God, and built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, that they are 'no more strangers or foreigners
but fellowcitizens with the saints of the household' and that, in Christ both the visible imperfect church of Ephesus and
the saints in heaven or the invisible are ‘builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit’. St.
Paul does not address his letter to the elects but as the letter suggests, to
the whole congregation which had their infirmities and weaknesses, and to us as well.
And again, in his letter to
the Corinthians he says,
1Co:12:11-13, 20, 25, 28: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit,
dividing to every
man severally as he will. For as the body is one, and hath
members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one
so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body,
whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free (human
considerations); 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
the body; but that the members should have
the same care one for another.
And God hath set some in the church,
first apostles, secondarily prophets,
thirdly teachers, after that miracles,
then gifts of healings, helps,
governments, diversities of tongues.
1Cor 12:5 to 14:40 talks of
the visible physical church administration, a
single body by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body’ 12:13 ‘with no schism’ 12:25 ‘that
‘God hath set some in the church, prophets, apostles, governments, etc’ 12:28 : with gifts of tongues, prophecy,
The members of the church in
Corinth whether Jews or Gentiles, bond or free are baptized into one body by the same Spirit. It is not said that ‘some
of you may have been baptized into one body by the Spirit as to denote that nobody knew who belonged, but said that ‘all
of them’ were given the same Spirit to drink’ and so are baptized into one body. Is it then that the Spirit brings
into one body those in heaven, and into another body those on earth? Then that would mean two bodies. But the Bible talks
of one body not two. It is this One Spirit that brings all the members into that one body. The church is the body of Christ.
To say Christ has two bodies amounts to blasphemy. The Bible in fact does not talk of an invisible and a visible church as
two distinct bodies. In the Acts of the apostles, when Saul persecutes Christians, the Lord appears to him and asks, ‘Saul, Saul, why do you persecute ‘me’, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest? (Ac:9:4-5; Ac:22:4, 7-8; Ac:26:11, 14-15). The
church on earth is Christ Himself.
Chapter 1 of Revelation presents
to us the Heavenly Kingdom where Jesus is seen 'in the midst of the seven candlesticks (seven local churches; imperfect
Re:1:11: Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What
thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven
churches which are in
Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos,
Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia,
and unto Laodicea.
Re:1:12, 13: And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being
turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; And in the midst of the seven
candlesticks (seven local churches; imperfect churches) one like unto the
Son of man,
clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps
with a golden girdle.
Re:1:20: The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand,
and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven
churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven
The Son of man in the midst
of these local imperfect churches admonishing them and no separate invisible
or distinct church then, but seven imperfect churches that are part of the Single church with both visible of the present
and the invisible of the past being members). One church with both qualities.
1Co:6:13,15-20: Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall
destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord;
and the Lord for the body.Know ye not that your bodies are the members
of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the
members of an
harlot? God forbid. What? know ye not that he which is
joined to an
harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh.
But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. Flee fornication.
Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth
fornication sinneth against his own body. What? know ye not that your
body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God,
and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore
glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.
The physical body of every
baptized believer is joined to Christ and forms His body the church. The physical body is also the member of Christ’s
body. This surely denies the protestant doctrine that the true body of Christ the church is invisible only.
The church on earth in the
imperfect stage, is the one for which Christ gave Himself so that ‘He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
that he might present it to
himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish’
(Eph 5:23-32). The words ‘that he
might present it to himself a glorious church’ shows
that the perfect is not yet but it is in the stages of purification.. Members of this church is said to be ‘members
of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones’. The imperfect church becomes a glorious church in the end when it is presented
as the Bride to the Lamb without spot or wrinkle as said here and in Revelation (Rev 21:2).
For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head
of the church: and
he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is
subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every
thing.Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and
gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of
the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious
having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and
without blemish. So ought men to love
their wives as their own bodies. He
that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh;
but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as
the Lord the church: For we are
members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a
man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they
two shall be one
flesh. This is a great mystery: but I
speak concerning Christ and the church.
the reformers claimed there existed ‘another church’ other than the Catholic church, all the way through the centuries,
consisting of true believers, not even one of these leaders of the reformation were part of that church because these leaders,
Luther, Hus, Zwingli were ordained priests of the Catholic church who had done years of seminary life, accepted the vow of
celibacy, and administering the 7 sacraments, Prayers for the dead, prayers to saints (Luther himself having decided to become
a monk on the mediation of St. Anna, as his life history shows), devotion to the Mother of God (which is evident from their
writings), and of course the devotion to the Eucharist (on which subject Luther and Zwingli later differed as to the real
meaning). Calvin also was a devout Catholic who wanted to become a priest but later turned to law instead. They were all Catholics.
Above all they were all celibate till then. Catholic priests serving the catholic church for years till the reformation and
Luther’s intention was to cleanse the Catholic church from clerical corruption within the church rather than to form
a new one and that was the reason to nail his 95 theses to the Castle church door at Wittenberg. They were then not in succession
to any of the heretical primitive sects of Christianity as well. They were all Catholics. Moreover, all three, Luther, Calvin,
Zwingli and others had a variety of doctrines, while if they were successors of the True church, they would have had a uniform
doctrine because the True church of course did not have varying doctrines. They were all part of the only church ever institued
by Christ, the Catholic church. Till their time there existed only this One church, the Catholic church. The others who formed
later churches such as the Revivalists, Pentecostals all belonged to one or the other breakaway sects. None came from a church
that existed from the beginning or a church in succession to the first and only church.
By their claim that the True church had gone
apostate at some period of time, it can be obviously seen that then this church that had gone apostate was the church in line
with the One, True church that existed. That is, this apostate church was the church Christ instituted, but it had gone apostate.
And, their intention was to ‘Reform’ or cleanse this church back to what they felt was the true doctrine. But
the Bible clearly affirms that the Church cannot go corrupt. The Bible shows that the church of
God is infallible, i.e it cannot go corrupt doctrinally. From Jesus’s own words
Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples, Saying, The
scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses'
seat: All therefore whatsoever they
bid you observe, that observe and do;
but do not ye after their works: for they
say, and do not.
And one of them, named Caiaphas, being the
high priest that
same year, said unto them, Ye know nothing at all, Nor consider that it is
expedient for us, that one man should die
people, and that the whole
nation perish not. And this spake he not of himself: but being high priest that
year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for
And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I
will build my church; and
the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another
Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
Joh:14:26: But the Comforter, which is the Holy
Ghost, whom the Father will
send in my name, he shall teach you all things,
and bring all things to your
I have said unto you.
But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto
the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which
proceedeth from the Father, he
Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth,
is come, he will guide you into
all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever
he shall hear, that
shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
5:23 For the husband is the head of the
wife, even as Christ is the head of
the church: and he is the saviour of the body.
M't:28:20: Teaching them to observe
all things whatsoever I have commanded
you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of
the world. Amen.
1Tm:3:15: 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
the Jewish authorities of then were corrupt even intending to kill the Lord’s Christ, their doctrine was said to be
infallible. Jesus tells disciples to follow the doctrine of the Scribes and Pharisees though the scribe and pharisees themselves
did not live by it. And later, the High priest Caiaphas is seen prophesying though
he was also corrupt. He is said to be prophesying because he was the High priest that year.
promises that the gates of hell shall not prevail against the church. He says
the Comforter, the Spirit of truth who will ‘abide with the church forever’
will guide the church into ‘all truth’. He is the Saviour of the church. He is with the church always till the
end, the church is the pillar and
ground of truth. Then the church is infallible.
and Pentecostal churches came into existence after the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century. And these churches
were formed by rebel Catholic men like, Luther, Zwingli, Calvin, Hus and a lot of others. The rest being the offshoots of
these mainline sects. Not even one of them being part of their self claimed ‘other true church’. They were all
Pentecostals and protestants
though there are 35,500 or more of their sects, all of them say they are the true church, though they all were formed by men
and not Jesus himself. And all these so called churches attack the Catholic church and this is foretold by Jesus Himself,
M't:10:25: It is enough for the disciple
that he be as his master, and the servant
as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much
more shall they call them of his household?
again we have the words from the Lord’s mouth stressing that Evil cannot prevail in the Lord’s church unless the
devil first bind up the strong man of the house and then plunder. Jesus in the gospels (M't:12:29;
M'r:3:27) said that No man can enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind
the strong man; and then he will spoil his house. Jesus had said this in
M't:12:29; M'r:3:27 because the Pharisees said He (Jesus) has an unclean spirit, when in truth it was by the Holy Spirit that
Jesus drove out demons. How is it different when the anti-catholics say that the church built by Christ and with the presence
of the Holy Spirit ‘forever’ by whom all are baptized into one body, has been subdued by the devil. Christ says
there is never forgiveness for such blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, but eternal damnation.
Protestants believe in a weak
God who is subdued by the devil who enters God’s house and plunders it, while Catholics believe in the Almighty ever
living God who is the same yesterday, today and forever and He is True to every word He said.
In spiritual terms, the hatred
for the Catholic Church is inevitable since hell is attempting to prevail against it. Just as Jesus' physical body was spit
upon, scourged, beaten and pierced, so too the Body of Christ, his bride, his Catholic Church, is maltreated. Yet he himself
has told us that the gates of hell will not prevail against it, and we who are Catholics believe him.
If there ever existed
another group of believers other than Catholics, why is it that they cannot produce a copy of a Bible that they used, containing
only the books of the Protestant canon. Instead, Luther played with the Bible of the Catholic church and removed the deuterocanonical
books and then played with the New Testament by removing and later placing them last the book of James, Hebrews, Revelation,
2Peter, etc., that was part of the church from the beginning.
The book of Revelation
‘it makes me consider it to be neither apostolic nor prophetic’
and . ‘I can in no way detect that the
Holy Spirit produced it’.
Luther’s words on the
Book of James
Martin Luther, Preface to the New Testament, 1522: “Therefore
St. James’ epistle is really an epistle of straw, compared to
these others, for it has nothing of the nature of the gospel about it.”
I do not regard it as the writing of an apostle; and my reasons
In the first place it is flatly against St. Paul and all the rest
of Scripture in
ascribing justification to works.
The Book of James did not agree
with his theory of Sola Fide or Faith alone. These books were though later reinstated, thus proving that till then they had
no set canon of their own or were not sure of which books to follow till Luther set if forth.
The oldest extant Bibles also
disprove the Protestant canon, but prove a set either the same canon of the Catholic church (Latin Vulgate) or one closer
to it (Codex Sinaiticus, Codex Alexandricus). Protestants ironically hold on to the Book they received in the 16th
century from the Catholic church as their true word of God without doubt and hold it as the true Word of God. They believe
that Jesus’s words (the Holy Bible) were safe in the hands of the Catholic church though the church went corrupt. That
the Bible was infallible in the hands of the church taken over by corruption.
Protestants claim that though they be of
the variety of sects with the variety of doctrines, and even though these different sects interpret the Bible in their own
different ways with different meanings (then, not knowing what the Lord is actually telling to them through the Bible), they
are the true church of believers, from among which only God knows who will be saved. That is to say that even if they belong
to churches with different doctrines the selection of God will be from among them. But the Bible in the gospel of Mathew,Jesus
Himself says that ‘he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad’ (M't:12:30). And through St. Paul plainly
denies this and curses such sects. He says,
9: But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel
unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let
him be accursed.
As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel
unto you than that ye have received, let him
The Bible says there should
uniformity in doctrine or else they are accursed, even if it be an angel or an apostle. When St. Paul stresses thus, how then
can a group of churches with distinct doctrines be part of Christ’s church.
Believers with varying belief
under one roof? A supermarket with a choice of beliefs at discounted rates. One church says Jesus was God alone, another says
no he was both. One acknowledges infant baptism other says no, one acknowledges divorce other says no. Churches acknowledging
homosexualism, abortion of fullborn foetuses are also said to be part of God’s church? A church in confusion and chaos.
Then why not include the church of satan also to the fold? God forgive.
St. Paul himself criticized
the believers at Corinth who, even when they having a common doctrine but followed their preachers Apollos, Cephas, and Paul
himself. And we know that Paul or Peter or Apollos all preached the same thing, the same doctrine (1Cor 1:12-31). If
Paul criticized those who had the same doctrine but followed their preachers rather than the church (they did not have the
written Bible at the time) how can those of varying doctrines be treated as under one roof in God’ sight?
further Jesus had said that, Lu:10:16: He that heareth
you heareth me; and he that despiseth you despiseth me; and he that despiseth
me despiseth him that sent me.
And M't:18:17, 18: And if he shall neglect to
hear them, tell it unto the church: but if
he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.
church does the protestant or Pentecostal believer have to ‘hear’ from among the 35,500 sects?
The only church or Pillar seen and
known to all, of being in succession to the One and only church instituted by Christ Himself is the Catholic church. The others
are the 'many' portrayed by the Lord in Lk 21:8.
Lk 21:8 And he said, Take heed that
ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near:
go ye not therefore after them.
To believe in the One or the 'Many' is for
the elect to decide.
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