It shouldn’t matter which church I go to as long as I’m Christian, right? Aren’t all churches pretty much the same? As long as I believe in Jesus, that’s all I need, right?
Let’s reason this out:
- What provision did Jesus leave us for the continuation of His Church? You might say, the Bible, right?
- Well, there’s nothing in the Bible that says anything about Jesus leaving us the Bible. It didn’t exist yet.
- This leads us to the apostolic succession. Jesus gave the apostles the right to bind and loose and Peter is the Rock. Jesus gave Peter the Apostolic Office of His one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.
- In Matt 16: 18-19 Jesus calls Peter the Rock and upon the Rock He will build His church (notice this is not plural churcheS). He gave Peter the Keys of the Kingdom of Heaven and whatever they bind on earth is bound in Heaven and whatever is loosed on earth is loosed in Heaven. Peter was the first Pope. The authority Jesus gave him was passed down from pope to pope through the laying on of hands through an unbroken line of succession through the ages (2000 years).
- Anyone who does not receive the Divine Authority through Jesus and his apostles does not come from His church.
There are many churches out there and there are some truths is them but the Catholic Church is the only Church Jesus founded. Peter died crucified upside-down for Jesus’ Church. That should tell you something.
(Thank you to the radio show Called to Communion for some text on this page.)