Sinners in the Church, Apostolicity the Catholic Church
SINNERS IN THE CHURCH
1.) The Bible teaches that Christ died for all men, both saints and sinners, and not merelyfor the "saved or predestined."
2 Cor. 5:15 - And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth liveunto themselves, but unto him which died for them and rose again.
Rom. 5:6-21 - For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for theungodly, etc.
I John 2:2 -: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only but also forthe sins of the whole world.
I Tim. 2:4 - Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of thetruth.
Comment: Hence to the Catholic Church the soul of the condemned criminal on thescaffold is an object of tender solicitude no less than that of the just and righteous man.
2.) The Bible teaches that not only the just but sinners will always claim externalmembership in the true church.
Matt. 22:2 - The parable of the king who made a marriage for his son.
Matt. 13:24 - The parable of the field in which grew both grain and cockle.
2 Tim. 2:20 - But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, butalso of wood and of earth; and some to honor and some to dishonor.
Matt. 18:15 - Moreover if thy brother trespass against thee, go and tell him his faultbetween thee and him alone; if he shall hear thee thou hast gained thy brother.
Matt. 13:47 - Parable of the net that was cast into the sea, and gathered every kind offish, savory and unsavory.
Comment: Hence because ungodly persons call themselves Catholic, but are so in nameonly, is no reflection upon the church itself. It is rather a verification of Christ'sprophecies.
The Bible teaches that the Apostles appointed lawful successors to carry on theirwork.
Titus 1:5 - For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldst set in order the thingsthat are wanting, and ordain elders (i.e., priests) in every city, as I had appointed thee.
Acts 13:2, 3 - As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, separateme, Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. 3. and When they hadfasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.
Comment: By what authority then does a Dowie, Eddy, Russel, Calvin, Knox, Campbell,or their agents assume the role of ruler, teacher, founder of a "Christian" church?