This got me to thinking about not just what the Church means to me but what it actually is; especially in light of some of the criticisms that I’ve read the past couple of days.
First, the Church is holy for she is the bride of Christ. She is unmovable because she is built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets; with Christ Jesus being the chief cornerstone. She is sacrament for she truly is Christ’s body working in the world. She is many and at the same time she is one. For the body has many parts, each with their own use, but all serve one purpose. The Church is authoritative “he who hears you hears Me, he who rejects you rejects Me” and many other proofs can be brought forward that testify, from Christ’s own words, what the Church was to be.
With that being said I’d like to mention one Protestant objection that I’ve read that I think can be answered quite easily using Protestant Theology.
The Protestant objects to the Catholic teaching that the Church is necessary for salvation.
If we were to take the Catholic Church out of the equation this statement would still be true. For the Church does not teach this on account of what it claims but on account of what scripture witnesses about what the Church is. The Protestant believes that Christians are all one body and that faithful Christians make up the true Church. Granting the Protestant definition (though I admit it is not a full definition from a Protestant POV) for the sake of argument, we shall ask St. Paul if the Protestant Church is necessary for salvation. St. Paul asks “how will they believe if no one preaches?” A Protestant preacher is a part of the body and without preaching no one will come to believe. Therefore the Protestant Church would be necessary for salvation.