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By COGwriter Nearly everyone in the West feels that they know about the Roman Catholic Church, but few understand what many of its original beliefs were. They form part of a Church which embraces all space and in a certain sense both time and eternity, since it is militant, suffering, and triumphant. Alban's Christian Study Centre and the Hertfordshire Newman Association at St. "Then He went down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and was teaching them on the Sabbaths" (Luke ). Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to destroy? "But the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath... So ought not this woman..loosed from this bond on the Sabbath? "And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery, and whoever marries her who is divorced commits adultery" (Matthew 19:9). "Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her. Purgatory (Lat., "purgare", to make clean, to purify) in accordance with Catholic teaching is a place or condition of temporal punishment for those who, departing this life in God's grace, are, not entirely free from venial faults, or have not fully paid the satisfaction due to their transgressions. It was through Origen that the Platonist doctrine of the apokatastasis passed to St. The doctrine of apokatastasis viewed as a belief in a universal salvation is found among the Anabaptists...(Batiffel, Pierre. The biblical festivals also help show that while some are predestined to be called in this Church Age (Ephesians 1:4-12; Acts 2:1-47), there is an age to come (Acts ; Matthew ), and the destiny of all others is to be presented an opportunity for salvation on the Last Great Day (John -38; -48; Romans -21). (Statement of Beliefs, Continuing Church of God, viewed 09/04/13) Protestants tend to put people in only two categories, the saved and the condemned. Because the Sunday after 14 Nisan was the historical day of the Resurrection, at Rome this Sunday became the Christian feast of Easter... In the Neumark (Germany) on Easter Day the men servants whip the maid servants with switches; on Monday the maids whip the men. These customs are probably of pre-Christian origin (Reinsberg-Düringsfeld, Das festliche Jahr, 118)... Easter supposedly embodies a number of "converging traditions;" most scholars try to associate Easter with the Jewish festival of Passover, or Pesach, and the King James version of Acts 12:4 even mistranslates Pesach (Greek for Passover) "Easter." Christians of Jewish origin celebrated the Passover festival, which fell on the evening of the full moon (the 14 day of the month of Nisan, the first month of the year). The Bible, itself, warns against being part of the new Babylon (Revelation 18:4-5). Verily I say unto you, that He shall gird Himself, and make them to sit down [to meat], and will come forth and serve them. John's Apocalypse; the result was that millenarianism spread and gained staunch advocates not only among the heretics but among the Catholic Christians as well... Irenaeus of Lyons, a native of Asia Minor, influenced by the companions of St. Trial, Tribulation & Triumph: Before During and After Antichrist.

Additionally, most realize that they know very little about the doctrines of the Church of God (CCOG). This claim that the Catholic religion is the only genuine form of Christianity may startle some by its exclusiveness. Alban's Abbey, Hertfordshire, England, on May 17, 2003). And if a woman divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery" (Mark -12). "Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is divorced from her husband commits adultery" (Luke ). The Catholic doctrine of purgatory supposes the fact that some die with smaller faults for which there was no true repentance, and also the fact that the temporal penalty due to sin is it times not wholly paid in this life... Yet, both the Roman Catholics and the COG believe that there is something different for those that are not incorrigibly wicked. The Easter Rabbit The Easter Rabbit lays the eggs, for which reason they are hidden in a nest or in the garden. Passover therefore fell on different days of the week from year to year. And it could possibly include a cross as one of its symbols, as ancient Babylon did as well (Hislop A. First published as a pamphlet in 1853--greatly expanded in 1858). Europa, the Beast, and the Book of Revelation 09/04/13) While both the Roman Catholic Church and the COG teach that the Bible warns about a revived Roman Empire called Babylon, the Roman Catholic Church sometimes teaches that a future revival of the Holy Roman Empire--including being called Babylon by one of its prophets--is a good thing, while the COG considers that the future revival that certain Roman Catholics are waiting for is something that the world needs to be warned about! And if He shall come in the evening watch, and find them so, blessed are they, because He shall make them sit down, and minister to them; or if this be in the second, or it be in the third, blessed are they." Again John also says the very same in the Apocalypse: "Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection." Then, too, Isaiah has declared the time when these events shall occur; he says: "And I said, Lord, how long? Polycarp, adopted millenarian ideas, discussing and defending them in his works against the Gnostics (Adv. In the West, the millenarian expectations of a glorious kingdom of Christ and His just, found adherents for a long time. Queenship Publishing Company, Goleta (CA), 1996, p. It is important to understand that according to the Bible, the false prophet is NOT and cannot be a precursor of the final antichrist (please see the article Doctrines of Antichrist), hence those later Catholic interpretations appear to be in conflict with scripture.

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The Catholic Church alone is that universal society instituted by Jesus Christ which has a rightful claim to the allegiance of all men, although in fact, this allegiance is withheld by many because of ignorance and the abuse of free-will. In this sense the whole of the episcopate stands in succession to the whole of the collegium of the apostles. Polycarp, who like the other Asiatics, kept..fourteenth day of the moon, whatever day of the week that might be, following therein the tradition which he claimed to have derived from St. Therefore the Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath'" (Mark ); this verse tells all who will see which day is the Lord's Day. "For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders... All these evil things come from within and defile a man" (Mark ,23). "But I say to you that whoever divorces his wife for any reason except sexual immorality causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a woman who is divorced commits adultery" (Matthew ). After the end of the present age and its world another age will come, so Origen believed, in which have been born again will continue to grow and the unrepentant will be given further opportunity for repentance (Latourette K. A History of Christianity, Volume 1, Beginnings to 1500. ..good Father has not entirely deserted those who have fallen away from Him (Origen. All souls, all impenitent beings that have gone astray, shall, therefore, be restored sooner or later to God's friendship. The New Testament name comes from the Apostle John who wrote, “On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. Easter has no fixed date, like Christmas, because the 15th of Nisan of the Semitic calendar was shifting from date to date on the Julian calendar. Is it acceptable in Christ’s sight to worship Him through a pagan custom? Because that peace which was yours to enjoy in times past, and which God has deprived you of in course of battles, receive it once more from the hand of an Angel...oh, the City of Seven Hills the dominion will be yours. As the only Pastor, he shall reunite the Eastern to the Western Church... Through him the East and West shall be in ever lasting concord. And further, there was a certain man with us, whose name was John, one of the apostles of Christ, who prophesied, by a revelation that was made to him, that those who believed in our Christ would dwell a thousand years in Jerusalem; and that thereafter the general, and, in short, the eternal resurrection and judgment of all men would likewise take place (Dialogue. And 6, 000 years must needs be accomplished, in order that the Sabbath may come, the rest, the holy day "on which God rested from all His works." For the Sabbath is the type and emblem of the future kingdom of the saints, when they "shall reign with Christ," when He comes from heaven, as John says in his Apocalypse: for "a day with the Lord is as a thousand years."Since, then, in six days God made all things, it follows that 6, 000 years must be fulfilled. The seventh trumpet, then, seems to signify the sabbath of the week, which is reckoned not only in days and years and periods (for which reason the number of the jubilee is sacred), but includes also the seventieth year, when the people returned to Jerusalem, who had remained seventy years in captivity. And this opinion would not be objectionable, if it were believed that the joys of the saints in that Sabbath shall be spiritual, and consequent on the presence of God; for I myself, too, once held this opinion (Augustine. The fundamental idea of millenarianism, as understood by Christian writers, may be set forth as follows: At the end of time Christ will return in all His splendour to gather together the just, to annihilate hostile powers, and to found a glorious kingdom on earth for the enjoyment of the highest spiritual and material blessings; He Himself will reign as its king, and all the just, including the saints recalled to life, will participate in it... Thus, many who now consider themselves Roman Catholic will apparently not believe the teachings of Jesus' final two witnesses, who will be killed by a major power (Revelation 11:4-7)--and will most certainly be teaching about the soon coming millennium. Two men live at this time who long to ruin the Church... "One day the Lord said to me: 'A few years before the coming of my enemy, Satan will raise up false prophets who will announce Antichrist as the true Messiah' " (Dupont, p.57). And when the false prophet, the precursor of Antichrist, comes, all who are not confirmed will apostatize, while those who are confirmed will stand fast in their faith, and only a few will renounce Christ." (Dupont, pp.

According to Catholic teaching any Christians who, banded together refuse to accept the entire doctrine or to acknowledge the supreme authority of the Catholic Church, constitute merely a religious party under human unauthorized leadership. So after the death of the historical apostles they had to co–opt others who took over some of their apostolic functions. John in the Apocalypse (i, II; ii, 8-11) has only words of praise…There were other Christians in the vicinity of the city and dependent on it to whom St. "And He said to them, 'The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment" (Matthew -22). But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart" (Matthew -28). Before full restoration they will suffer punishment, but that punishment is intended to be educative, to purge them from the imperfections brought by their sin. Death, the last enemy, shall be destroyed, the body shall be made spiritual, the world of matter shall be transformed, and there shall be, in the universe, only peace and unity... The Last Great Day helps picture that all who ever lived will have an opportunity for salvation–an opportunity most will accept (John -39; Romans -26; Ezekiel -14; Hebrews -28). Notice that Priest Bagatti admits that the original "Eucharist" was not like the one that is now used by his church: , in imitation of the Supper of the Lord. The connection between the Jewish and the Christian Pasch explains the movable character of this feast. They assume it was "Christianized by Jesus’ resurrection." But does it matter? New Babylon, dance, bounce and leap greatly, make known even those in Haydes what a Grace you have received. Holy and full of gentleness, he shall undo all wrong, he shall recover the states of the Church, and reunite the exiled temporal powers. We have perceived, moreover, that the expression, 'The day of the Lord is as a thousand years,' is connected with this subject. From Fragments from Commentaries on Various Books of Scripture. Notice therefore that "the most important theologian and the most prolific religious writer of the Roman Church in the pre-Constantinian era" taught the 6,000 year plan followed by a thousand year kingdom that lasts one thousand years. Blessed and holy is he that has part in the first resurrection: on such the second death has no power; but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years." Those who, on the strength of this passage, have suspected that the first resurrection is future and bodily, have been moved, among other things, specially by the number of a thousand years, as if it were a fit thing that the saints should thus enjoy a kind of Sabbath-rest during that period, a holy leisure after the labors of the six thousand years since man was created, and was on account of his great sin dismissed from the blessedness of paradise into the woes of this mortal life, so that thus, as it is written, "One day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day," there should follow on the completion of six thousand years, as of six days, a kind of seventh-day Sabbath in the succeeding thousand years; and that it is for this purpose the saints rise, viz., to celebrate this Sabbath. This was not a belief originally held by early Roman Catholic recognized leaders/saints.

The True Church Has the Faith of All the Apostles, Not Just One of Them Both teach that the true Church has the apostolic faith. In his old age, Polycarp even made a journey to Rome seeking to convince the bishop of Rome, Anicetus, of his errors in not celebrating the biblical Passover date and in observing, in its place, an annual Sunday Paschal observance (Easter) and a weekly celebration of "Eucharist" (Ogwyn J. And it is the COG that traces its leadership history from Peter to the Apostle John then essentially to Polycarp, and then through physical and spiritual successors of Polycarp (many of which are no longer known). Many Catholic devotions are based solely on private revelations: the Rosary, the Sacred Heart, and the Scapular are cases in point. They do not belong, however, to the deposit of faith. The Church allows freedom in accepting or rejecting particular or private prophecies according to the evidence for or against them. These are the things which defile a man" (Matthew -20). The Roman Catholics have accepted some teachings from Origen, but not all (nor should they have). But whether any of these orders who act under the government of the devil, and obey his wicked commands, will in a future world be converted to righteousness because of their possessing the faculty of freedom of will, or whether persistent and inveterate wickedness may be changed by the power of habit into nature, is a result which you yourself, reader, may approve of, if neither in these present worlds which are seen and temporal, nor in those which are unseen and are eternal, that portion is to differ wholly from the final unity and fitness of things (Origen. ..thus, through the numerous and uncounted orders of progressive beings who are being reconciled to God from a state of enmity, the last enemy is finally reached, who is called death, so that he also may be destroyed, and no longer be an enemy. It first occurs in his "De animâ et resurrectione" (P. It must, however, always be accepted as a principle that God does not chasten except to amend, and that the sole end of His greatest anger is the amelioration of the guilty... Joel ) and that God intends to save people “of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues” (Revelation 7:9). It is also of interest to note that this particular Marcus was a religious heretic with mystic practices. Both groups teach that Lent was not an original practice of the true church. Bede (De temporum ratione, I, v), relates to Estre, a Teutonic goddess of the rising light of day and spring... Samuele Bacchiocchi, in his book, From Sabbath to Sunday, acknowledges: "There is a wide consensus of opinion among scholars that Rome is indeed the birthplace of Easter-Sunday. Each Spring of the year, we hear a great deal about Jesus’ resurrection in connection with the custom of Easter. If the emperor interfered in church matters the pope's policy was to acquiesce if possible, unless obedience was sinful, according to the principle laid down in Epp. He who is chief among you collects a legion of blood-stained murderers, engaging to maintain them; and these ruffians are sent forth by him, and you assemble at the spectacle to be judges, partly of the wickedness of the adjudicator, and partly of that of the men who engage in the combat. At the beginning, in order to bring these happy results, having need of a powerful assistance, this holy Pontiff will ask the cooperation of the generous monarch of France (Great Monarch). John is a figure of the city of Rome, being so great, so proud of the Empire, and the destroyer of the saints. (Ancient Babylon was NOT a power, but end time Babylon is.) Even Catholic writers realize that the "Babylon" Jeremiah speaks of Jeremiah 51 is the "Roman Empire" as opposed to the ancient Babylon (Kurz, p. On May 27, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI warned that the world was becoming like ancient Babel (Babylon) and mentioned the Tower of Babel (Pope Discusses Modern ‘Tower of Babel’). But I and others, who are right-minded Christians on all points, are assured that there will be a resurrection of the dead, and a thousand years in Jerusalem, which will then be built, adorned, and enlarged, the prophets Ezekiel and Isaiah and others declare. The period after the consummation is to be the seventh day of creation--the Sabbath... Jerome said, "It is a common belief that the world will last 6,000 years." ... Perhaps it needs to be emphasized that the apparent view of the Roman Catholic Church (which I intend to document clearly in a later version of this article) is that all who happen to be alive at some time in the future when there is a Great Monarch who accompanied by a certain Pope will convert the world and nearly the whole world will be Catholic.

Paul...summoned "the presbyters of the Church", and in the course of his charge addressed them as follows: "Take heed to yourselves and to the whole flock, wherein the Holy Ghost has placed you bishops to tend [poimainein] the Church of God" (xx, 28) (Joyce GH. However, there is no actual proof of that, plus according to the Bible (Hebrews ) that is not possible (see also Was the Headquarters of the True Church Expected in Remain in One Location? The Church of God believes that the Bible is clear that John was a pillar with Peter (Galatians 2:9) and that after the Apostle Peter died, the Apostle John became the pre-eminent leader. The churches under his leadership remained one of the few areas where God’s Festivals continued to be observed throughout the remainder of the second century. Although both the Roman Catholics and COG acknowledge Polycarp was a successor to the apostles, only the Church of God continues Polycarp's practices such as observing the Passover on the biblical date, instead of Easter. Revelations which were recorded up to the days of Christ are known as public, biblical, or scriptural revelations... 67 Throughout the ages, there have been so-called “private” revelations, some of which have been recognized by the authority of the Church. "For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts,...blasphemies. And hence it is that the whole of this mortal life is full of struggles and trials, caused by the opposition and enmity of those who fell from a better condition without at all looking back, and who are called the devil and his angels, and the other orders of evil, which the apostle classed among the opposing powers. A time, then, will come, when all evil shall cease to be since it has no existence of its own apart from the free will, in which it inheres; when every free will shall be turned to God, shall be in God, and evil shall have no more wherein to exist. Origen teaches the apokatastasis, the final restoration of all intelligent creatures to friendship with God... From a document issued by Pope Paul VI in 1964: “Those who, through no fault of their own, do not know the Gospel of Christ or his Church, but who nevertheless seek God with a sincere heart, and, moved by grace, try in their actions to do his will as they know it through the dictates of their conscience — those too may achieve eternal salvation.” That covers the man on the island. The official Catholic catechism offers an even larger possible exception: God can do what God wants (The answer of where someone spends eternity depends on the denomination you ask. The Bible shows that salvation is now freely offered to both Jews and Gentiles (Acts -35; Romans -13; cf. It is of interest to note that the Roman Catholics now claim that Mary is in the eucharist, and Marcus may have been the first to associate a woman with a similar ceremony. Easter, Lent, and Ash Wednesday Both groups admit that Easter is a name of pagan origin, contains pagan elements, and essentially was adopted to replace the biblical passover. Conference 21, THE FIRST CONFERENCE OF ABBOT THEONAS. And that the early church did not observe Lent and that it did not adopt Ash Wednesday until many centuries after Christ was resurrected. 245 The apostolic faith concerning the Spirit was announced by the second ecumenical council at Constantinople (381) (Catechism of the Catholic Church. Gregory definitely held that it was a duty of the secular ruler to protect the Church and preserve the "peace of the faith" (Mor., XXXI, viii), and so he is often found to call in the aid of the secular arm, not merely to suppress schism, heresy, or idolatry, but even to enforce discipline among monks and clergy (Epp., I, lxxii; II, xxix; III, lix; IV, vii, xxxii; V, xxxii; VIII, iv; XI, xii, xxxvii; XIII, xxxvi). Do such exhibitions as these redound to your credit? It was Moses and Elijah who appeared with Christ in the Transfiguration on the Mount. Rome, weakened in temporal power, shall forever preserve her spiritual dominion, and shall enjoy great peace... After having wisely governed his kingdom, he will go in the end to Jerusalem and will lay down his sceptre and his crown upon the Mount of Olives. A new pastor of the universal church will come from the shore (of Dalmatia) through a celestial prodigy, and in simplicity of heart adorned with the doctrines of Jesus Christ. Tertullian also taketh it for Rome, thus, Babylon (saith he) in St. However, the coming final Babylon is a northern power also referred to as "the daughter of Babylon" in the end times in Jeremiah -42 and apparently Zechariah 2:6-7, hence it comes from a different geographical location. Christians and Jews, from the beginning of Christianity, and before, have taught that 6,000 years after the creation of Adam and Eve, the consummation will occur. The Church has rejected even modified forms of this falsification of the kingdom to come under the name of millenarianism, especially the "intrinsically perverse" political form of a secular messianism. This is thus a major difference between the Roman Catholic Church and the Church of God.

Approximate Quotes from: A History of the Church of God--The Transition from Sardis to the Philadelphia Era. GUARDING THE DEPOSIT OF FAITH IS THE MISSION WHICH THE LORD ENTRUSTED TO HIS CHURCH, and which she fulfills in every age. At the press conference, along with Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office, were the spokesmen of the different languages: in Spanish, Father Manuel Dorantes; in Italian, Father Bernard Hagenkord; in English, Father Thomas Rosica; and in French, Romilda Ferrauto. Polycarp and the presbyters with him to the church of God that sojourns at Philippi (Polycarp. 1 Corinthians 1:2) or another word, with it (1 Timothy ). The question at issue is, whether the Apostles did, or did not, establish in the Christian communities a hierarchical organization. The evidence thus far considered seems to demonstrate beyond all question that the hierarchical organization of the Church was, in its essential elements, the work of the Apostles themselves; and that to this hierarchy they handed on the charge entrusted to them by Christ of governing the Kingdom of God, and of teaching the revealed doctrine. I have tried to take space to MAKE IT CLEAR in this article (Armstrong, Herbert W. He was the Apostle to Israel while Paul was the Apostle to the Gentiles (Galatians 2:9). )—a bishop is essentially an elder who is a pastor or overseer (compare Acts 20 vss. John specifically taught what he learned from the beginning and the Bible is clear that John taught the truth of Christianity from the beginning (1 John 1:1-3; 2:3-4). I, therefore, brethren, am now 65 years in the Lord, who having conferred with the brethren throughout the world, and having studied the whole of the sacred Scriptures, am not at all alarmed at those things with which I am threatened, to intimidate me. (Hebrews 4:3-6,9-11, NJB) But what is the feast of the Sabbath except that which the apostle speaks, "There remaineth therefore a Sabbatism," that is, the observance of the Sabbath, by the people of God..us see how the Sabbath ought to be observed by a Christian. And when the synagogue was dismissed, many of the Jews, and of the strangers serving God, followed Paul and Barnabas: who speaking exhorted them to continue in the grace of God. While the Ephesians were told to live differently than the other Gentiles in whose nation they co-existed with, those with Justin Martyr could not be distinguished. There are several words rendered "repent" in the Bible. The Ten Commandments are precepts bearing on the fundamental obligations of religion and morality and embodying the revealed expression of the Creator's will in relation to man's whole duty to God and to his fellow-creatures. And this is prophesied to continue into the future, as the Apostle John was inspired to write,“the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus” (Revelation )... The worship that belongs alone to God he transfers to Antichrist himself—to the creature, male and female, deceased—to images, carcasses, and relics. Seeing that this doctrine is not contained, at least explicitly in the earlier forms of the Apostles' Creed, there is perhaps no ground for surprise if we do not meet with any clear traces of the cultus of the Blessed Virgin in the first Christian centuries. In truth, the Eucharist performs at once two functions: that of a sacrament and that of a sacrifice... "In the Mandaean mass" writes Cumont ("Mysterien des Mithra", Leipzig, 1903, p.118), "the celebrant consecrated bread and water, which he mixed with perfumed Haoma-juice, and ate this food while performing the functions of divine service". Since Jesus was only to be sacrificed once, the idea of a daily or weekly 'sacrifice of the mass' is opposed to the Bible and the original faith. Translated by Alexander Roberts and James Donaldson. In St, Thomas' time (III:82:3), the deacons were allowed to administer only the Chalice to the laity, and in case of necessity the Sacred Host also, at the bidding of the bishop or priest. He is especially remembered for his zeal..he popularized, with the help of St. Hannan, Archbishop of New Orleans, November 19, 1974. 26 And whilst they were at supper, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and broke: and gave to his disciples, and said: Take ye, and eat. (Matthew ,26 Douay-Rheims) 22 And whilst they were eating, Jesus took bread; and blessing, broke, and gave to them, and said: Take ye. (Mark , Douay-Rheims) 19 And taking bread, he gave thanks, and brake; and gave to them, saying: This is my body, which is given for you. (Luke , Douay-Rheims) 16 The chalice of benediction, which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ ? (Statement of Beliefs of the Continuing Church of God, accessed 09/04/13) Notice that even though they believe the Holy Spirit is a separate person, the Roman Catholics admit that comments in scripture about "Spirit" have different meanings/applications. Hippolytus of Rome, The Catholic Encyclopedia, 1910). Wherefore just as, before Christ, the mystery of Christ was believed explicitly by the learned, but implicitly and under a veil, so to speak, by the simple, so too was it with the mystery of the Trinity. Literally translated by Fathers of the English Dominican Province. 40 For as Jonas was in the whale's belly three days and three nights: so shall the Son of man be in the heart of the earth three days and three nights. But notice to WHOM Christ witnessed about the flood. 1973) When Did Jesus Preach to the Spirits in Prison? That it is not meet for Christians to bear arms (Hippolytus. But to the unbelieving and despisers, who obey not the truth, but are obedient to unrighteousness, when they shall have been filled with adulteries and fornications, and filthiness, and covetousness, and unlawful idolatries, there shall be anger and wrath, tribulation and anguish, and at the last everlasting fire shall possess such men (Theophilus of Antioch. For even the very word spoken to him testifies to him, saying, "Before I formed you in the belly I knew you; and before you came forth out of the womb I sanctified you, and I ordained you a prophet unto the nations." But he was not a prophet unto the nations; and thus the truthful word of God makes it necessary, which it has promised to set forth, that he should be a prophet to the nations.

The Church of God and sometimes with a location or another word associated with it (Armstrong HW. Many, in fact, addressed the situation of the divorced that have remarried civilly and wish to access Communion. I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth (1 Timothy , NKJV). The Apostolic Fathers--Greek Text and English Translations, 3rd printing 2004. Romans ) though often with another term, like a geographic region (cf. The Church Should Have a Hierarchical Governance Both the Roman Catholic Church and the Church of God believe in hierarchical governance. For a bishop must be without crime." These presbyters form a corporate body (1 Timothy ), and they are entrusted with the twofold charge of governing the Church (1 Timothy 3:5) and of teaching (1 Timothy 3:2; Titus 1:9)... This crucial crux chapter has been misunderstood, twisted and distorted. Peter, along with the Apostle John, played a prominent role in the early Christian church. This is especially true since none of those early “Bishops of Rome” claim to have held the position of apostle (or even bishop! For in Asia great lights have fallen asleep, which shall rise again in the day of the Lord’s appearing, in which he will come with glory from heaven, and will raise up all the saints; Philip, one of the twelve apostles, who sleeps in Hierapolis… and my relatives always observed the day when the people threw away the leaven [Abib 14]. That Whitsunday belongs to the Apostolic times is stated in the seventh of the (interpolated) fragments attributed to St. In Tertullian (De bapt., xix) the festival appears as already well established (Holweck F. 11 Let us, then, press forward to enter this place of rest, or some of you might copy this example of refusal to believe and be lost. And they going forth, they desired them that the Sabbath following they would speak unto them these words. Electronic version copyright © 1997 by New Advent, Inc. If real repentance is not equated with remorse, regret or even acts of penance, then what is it? deka, ten, and logos, a word), the Ten Words of Sayings, the latter name generally applied by the Greek Fathers. In New Testament times and throughout history, true Christians have stiven to obey the law of God, including keeping the Ten Commandments. Christ never had an enemy like this; so able to pervert the way of truth into falsehood, insomuch that the true church, with her children, is trodden under foot. Devotion to Our Blessed Lady in its ultimate analysis must be regarded as a practical application of the doctrine of the Communion of Saints. In the early part of the first century, it is unlikely that the Occasionally a collection would be taken for the poor at the end. By the end of the first century, the standard Christian liturgical observations would be as follows. The simple fact that numerous heretics...repudiated the Mass as "idolatry", while retaining the Sacrament of the true Body and Blood of Christ, proves that the Sacrament of the Eucharist is something essentially different from the Sacrifice of the Mass. No prayers to dead saints (including Mary) are offered in COG services, and Passover is an annual event. The ancient Hydroparastatæ, or Aquarians, who used water instead of wine, were heretics in her eyes... Towards the close of the Middle Ages IHS became a symbol , quite like the SAINT BERNADINE OF SIENA 1380-1444... 19 And the disciples did as Jesus appointed to them, and they prepared the pasch. The Holy Spirit is inherent in the Father and the Son, and emanates from Them throughout the entire universe (1 Kings ; Psalm 139:7; Jeremiah ). Hippolytus was the most important theologian and the most prolific religious writer of the Roman Church in the pre-Constantinian era (St. The Panarion of Epiphanius of Salamis, Books II and III (Sects 47-80), It is impossible to believe explicitly in the mystery of Christ, without faith in the Trinity... A booklet of related interest may be Should You Observe God's Holy Days or Demonic Holidays? Leaders of both groups in modern times realize that the idea of Jesus' descent into Hades to preach to dead humans after the crucifixion is not from the Bible. doctrine appears to be unknown in the New Testament. 15:3 and 20) but "WHEN once the long-suffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing ..." (I Peter ). Yet these also have spoken beforehand of the punishments that are to light upon the profane and unbelieving, in order that none be left without a witness, or be able to say, "We have not heard, neither have we known." But do you also, if you please, give reverential attention to the prophetic Scriptures, and they will make your way plainer for escaping the eternal punishments, and obtaining the eternal prizes of God... Many think that there is Elisha, or Moses, with Elijah; but both of these died; while the death of Elijah is not heard of, with whom all our ancients have believed that it was Jeremiah.

Since many equate size to God's favor, they may improperly understand which of these churches is the true and faithful one. Which group best holds to the original teachings of the Christian faith? The Nicene Creed fittingly noted four marks of the True Church: one, holy, Catholic, and apostolic. Archdiocese of Washington, June 4, 2015 accessed 06/05/15) Contend earnestly for the faith once for all delivered to the saints (Jude 3, NKJV), Let brotherly love (Philadelphia) continue (Hebrews 13:1)…continuing stedfastly in the teaching of the apostles (Acts YLT). "You know the commandments: Do not commit adultery" (Luke ). And Jesus said to her...'sin no more'" (John 8:4,11). It should be noted that the current Pope, Benedict XVI, has re-looked into the doctrine of Limbo--and he questions it. Some stress too has been laid upon the objection that the ancient Christians had no clear conception of purgatory, and that they thought that the souls departed remained in uncertainty of salvation to the last day... We in the COG believe that the Bible teaches the idea that God has a plan that will give the non-elect an opportunity for salvation after this present age. The rabbit is a pagan symbol and has always been an emblem of fertility (Simrock, Mythologie, 551)... This was unacceptable to the Gentiles who later embraced Christianity, and who wished to continue with their Easter celebration. While both groups know the truth about Easter being a cross between a pagan holiday and Passover, only the COG continues to keep the biblical Passover. Actually, it is differences in the prophetic understandings of both groups that will have the most immediate negative effects on humankind in the very near future. And again He says, "Whosoever shall have left lands, or houses, or parents, or brethren, or children because of Me, he shall receive in this world an hundred-fold, and in that to come he shall inherit eternal life." For what are the hundred-fold [rewards] in this word, the entertainments given to the poor, and the suppers for which a return is made? Until the cities be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses be without men, and the earth be left a desert. The poet Commodian (Instructiones, 41, 42, 44) as well as Lactantius (Institutiones, VII) proclaim the millennial realm and describe its splendour... In the early second century, Papias, who was a hearer of John and a friend of Polycarp (and is considered to have been a saint by Roman Catholics), in the second century, also taught about the millennial reign.

While both groups publicly provide doctrinal and historical materials, relatively few (if any) have attempted to do a detailed comparison of the two groups, especially in the 21st century. This fairly long article will attempt to highlight some of the major similarities and dissimilarities between the Roman Catholic Church and the genuine Church of God --with a focus on the early beliefs of those who professed Christianity. These marks identify four essential qualities and characteristics of the Church that distinguish the True Church from any false claimants. Church of God, which attempts to represent the most faithful remnant of the Philadelphia portion of the Church of God, bases its beliefs on the Holy Bible. "Indeed I will cast her into a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation" (Revelation ). Commandment 9 "Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform your oaths to the Lord. "And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars" (Revelation 2:2). 09/04/13) It does not seem logical that a statement in the middle of the tenth commandment could be made as a commandment separate from the rest of that statement. The Vatican put out a paper "The Hope of Salvation for Infants Who Die Without Being Baptized" in April 2007 that essentially explains that God probably has a better plan than Limbo (some pontiffs in the past--Gregory I, Innocent I, Gelasius I--have suggested worse plans for infants, see De Rosa, p. There are several passages in the New Testament that point to a process of purification after death. It should be noted that the Catholic Saint Irenaeus taught that Adam and others still had a chance for eternal life--more information can be found in the article Hope of Salvation: How the Church of God Differs from Protestantism. The Easter Fire The Easter Fire is lit on the top of mountains (Easter mountain, Osterberg) and must be kindled from new fire, drawn from wood by friction (nodfyr); this is a custom of pagan origin in vogue all over Europe, signifying the victory of spring over winter (Holweck F. To this day there is a dispute between Eastern Orthodox Christians and Western Christianity. Also the COG does not observe Lent nor Ash Wedneday as they were not original practices of the church. If the COG is correct (and the Bible is on the COG's side here), then those that rely more on tradition (the Roman Catholic Church acceptance of non-godly private prophecies and writings of its "Fathers") will be supporting the Beast power that the Bible warns against. These are [to take place] in the times of the kingdom, that is, upon the seventh day, which has been sanctified, in which God rested from all the works which He created, which is the true Sabbath of the righteous, which they shall not be engaged in any earthly occupation; but shall have a table at hand prepared for them by God, supplying them with all sorts of dishes (Irenaeus. And after these things the LORD shall remove us men far away (longe nos faciet Deus homines), and those who shall remain shall multiply upon the earth." Then Daniel also says this very thing: "And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of those under the heaven, is given to the saints of the Most High God, whose kingdom is everlasting, and all dominions shall serve and obey Him." And lest the promise named should be understood as referring to this time, it was declared to the prophet: "And come thou, and stand in thy lot at the consummation of the days." Now, that the promises were not announced to the prophets and the fathers alone, but to the Churches united to these from the nations (Irenaeus. Moreover, the attitude of the Church towards the secular power had undergone a change with closer connection between her and the Roman empire. One early source taught this about Papias: It may also be worth while to add to the statements of Papias already given...

As a young man, Polycarp had been a personal disciple of John and had observed the Passover with him on several occasions. The preserved history of the Sabbath-keeping Church of God has been almost entirely written by its enemies who viewed it as heretical (Ogwyn J. Throughout Christian history, the true church has normally used a version of the expression “Church of God” (or Church of Christ, cf. Zenit, October 15, 2015 Truth, and not what is "merely fashionable," must guide Christians as they enter into dialogue with those who hold different philosophies or religious beliefs, Pope Benedict XVI said..."People were created by God, who is truth, in order to find truth and not to settle for "the myths of custom, cultural habits or the fashion of the moment," he said. Contend earnestly for the faith once for all delivered to the saints (Jude 3, NKJV), Let brotherly love (Philadelphia) continue (Hebrews 13:1)…continuing stedfastly in the teaching of the apostles (Acts YLT)... The combination "the Catholic Church" (he katholike ekklesia) is found for the first time in the letter of St. But by the fourth century, Catholic became recognized as the name for what we know commonly know as the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches--even though they no longer held to the practices of the Smyrnaeans that Ignatius wrote to, when he used it originally. Nor is there any indication that the true Church should be forever based out of a single city or from Rome... But contrariwise when they had seen that to me was committed the Gospel of the prepuce, as to Peter of the circumcision 8. Still others..called 'Quartodecimans", because they wanted Easter to always be on the quartodecima die, the fourteenth day, of the Jewish month of Nisan, when Passover is. In fact, whole segments of Christianity split with the Church over this issue (Johnson, Kevin Orlin. To these things all the Asiatic Churches testify, as do also those men who have succeeded Polycarp down to the present time (Irenaeus. Book III, Chapter 4, Verse 3 and Chapter 3, Verse 4). More about the practices of the Smyrnaeans is included in the article Location of the Early Church: Another Look at Ephesus, Smyrna, and Rome. Sabbath-keeping in Asia Minor was publicly still going on to at least 364 A. or else the Eastern Church would not have convened a Council in Laodicea to excommunicate any who rested on the seventh day as it declared, CANON XXIX. We must come to God acknowledging our sin with no excuses, and recognizing our utter lack of self-sufficiency to transform ourselves. It is true that Catholics do not think that revelation ended with what is in the New Testament. John Cardinal Farley, Archbishop of New York ) In other words, even the rosary, one of the foundations of Catholic living, is admitted to have entered the Catholic world through "private revelation"--a tradition outside the Bible (the rosary "revelation" was supposedly given to "St. As commonly divided, it is a collection of 66 books, with 39 from the Hebrew scriptures (The Old Testament Canon) and 27 from the Greek Scriptures (The New Testament Canon). II, Question lxxi), and was adopted by the Council of Trent... This is the first and the great commandment" (Matthew ). (A Treatise concerning Antichrist, Purgatory, the Invocation of Saints, and the Sacraments" as shown in Jones, William. Thus if the Roman position is true, it would seem to contradict Jesus’ teaching, as it would seem to be easier for a rich man/woman to get into heaven than a poor one who could not have as much almsgiving on his/her behalf. But even if all these facts did not exist, your own sagacity would prompt you to watch with diligence and with prayer, lest your pure minds should appear to share in the customs of a people so utterly depraved. A priest may say only one Mass each day, except that on Christmas Day he may say three (Adrian Fortescue. It seems that the form differed but little from what it is in our day. Unclean Meats Now the law has figuratively predicted all these, delineating man by the [various] animals: whatsoever of these, says [the Scripture], have a double hoof and ruminate, it proclaims as clean; but whatsoever of them do not possess one or other of these [properties], it sets aside by themselves as unclean... The "Liber Pontificalis" ascribes to Pope Eleutherius a decree that no kind of food should be despised by Christians (Et hoc iterum firmavit ut nulla esca a Christians repudiaretur, maxime fidelibus, quod Deus creavit, quæ tamen rationalis et humana est). In the flux of history, the papacy has been, not a mere spectator, but a major player. The Apostle Paul taught “we are ambassadors for Christ” (2 Corinthians ; Ephesians ). Therefore they must be slain by Antichrist (Victorinus. And I will grant my two witnesses power to prophesy for one thousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth. This prince shall extend his dominion over the total universe.

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