The Nature Of The Church

Dave Armstrong has an interesting conversation taking place that he’s posting on his blog.

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.

Reply:

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.

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4 Responses to The Nature Of The Church

  1. timglass says:

    Well said Richard.
    I’m still looking for that “dunghill” quote, I haven’t found it yet, but here’s a link to start with if you’d like to look as well;
    http://www.iclnet.org/pub/resources/text/wittenberg/luther/

  2. Thanks Tim.

    I’ll search through those texts tonight.

  3. servitus says:

    I was thinking on this last night, and I think that there is a disconnect in language. The protestants believe that faith is achieved by discipline, while Catholic theologians believe that faith (as well as hope and charity) is an infused virtue available only through God; aided greatly by the availability of the sacraments, the examples of the saints and lots of prayer and humility.

  4. Richard Froggatt says:

    Hi Servitus,

    I was thinking something along the same line. Having to do with works. Protestants don’t deny that works are necesarry just that they are of no value to us in aiding towards our salvation. Yet, something strikes me about something Jesus said and I wonder if it has anything to do with this. Jesus said that if the tree is good it will bare good fruit and if it doesn’t it will be rooted up (I know I’m paraphrasing here). My thought is that we are a new creation (a good tree if you will) born again to bare good fruit which if we don’t we will be rooted up.

    And it’s not like there are a certain amount of works that we must work for Jesus also said – speaking of the talents – that the man who had no increase could of at least put his money in the bank so that Jesus could have collected the interest.

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