Origin, Authority, Infallibility of the Catholic Church
ORIGIN OF THE CHURCH
The Bible teaches that the true church began with Christ over 1900 years ago, not withmen or women 15 to 19 centuries later.
Matt. 28:18-20 - And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given untome in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the nameof the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all thingswhatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you, even unto the end of the world.Amen.
Comment: History proves that the First Protestant church was the Lutheran, founded in1517 by the ex-priest Martin Luther; all other sects have been created since then.
AUTHORITY OF THE CHURCH
The Bible teaches that the rulers in Christ's church have authority which must be obeyedin matters of religion.
Heb. 13:17 - Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for theywatch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and notwith grief; for that is unprofitable for you.
Matt. 18:17 - And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church; but if heneglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.
Luke 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.
Matt. 16:18, 19 - And I will give unto thee (Peter) the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven.And whatsoever thou (Peter) shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatsoeverthou (Peter) shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Comment: Hence the laws or precepts of the true church are founded upon thesame authority as the commandments of God. For the church has authority to act in Christ'sName.
INFALLIBILITY OF THE CHURCH
The Bible teaches that not the Bible itself, but the Holy Ghost was the teacher of theApostles.
John 14:26 - But the Comforter which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will sendin my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance,whatsoever I have said unto you.
John 16:13 - Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth is come, he will guide you unto alltruth.
Acts 1:8 - But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you,and ye shall be witness unto me both in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and in Samaria and untothe uttermost parts of the earth.
Comment: In consequence, the true church was necessarily infallible, being as St. Paulsaid (Tim. 3-15) "the pillar and ground of the truth."
The Bible teaches that the church has Christ always with it and the Holy Ghostalways to guide it - not only during the first century but during all future ages.
Matt. 28:20 - Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you,and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
John 14:16 - And I will pray the Father and He shall give you another Comforter, that hemay abide with you forever.
Comment: Hence it is an insult to Christ and the Holy Spirit to say that God's Churchfell into error and had to be reformed by Luther, Calvin and other men.