Category Archives: catholicism

Ecclesiology, Part 8. Another Response to a Popular CofC Protest

Members of the Protestant Church of Christ, Your ministers argue against the Catholic Church’s powers of binding and loosing by teaching that the local congregation contains some form of power (“marking”, banishing, excommunicating; any term that is used to dispel … Continue reading

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Ecclesiology, Part 7. Local Churches Are Planted by, and Obedient to, the Hierarchy

CofC-ers, The Christian ecclesial hierarchy is found even within the smallest local church (parish); every properly ordained priest (elder) is able to trace his pedigree back to the Apostles, and therefore Christ. Priests are ordained by their bishops; not all … Continue reading

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Ecclesiology, Part 6. What Are the Keys?

Stone-Campbellite Traditionalists, As proved in previous posts, Christ Jesus is our Messianic King, and He is at the top of the Church’s hierarchy. The King chose St. Peter to be the Royal Steward. The other Apostles, including St. Paul, were … Continue reading

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Ecclesiology, Part 5. The Church of Christ Is Hierarchical

Restorationists, The Protestant Church of Christ also calls itself the Churches (or “churches”; lowercase “c”) of Christ. The utilization of both names grants the group flexibility: the word “Church” (singular) communicates unity, and the word “Churches” (plural) communicates the autonomous … Continue reading

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Ecclesiology, Part 2. The Church of Christ Is Built on Rock

Members of the Protestant Church of Christ, was Jesus attempting to confuse people when He used a word rich with paternal authority when He named Simon Bar-Jona “Rock”? For Abraham too was called a “rock”: Hearken to me, you who … Continue reading

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Baptism, Part 6. The Real Church of Christ Brings Its Children to Jesus

Protestant Church of Christ-ers, The scriptural passages, Repent and be baptized, every one of you (Acts 2:38), Rise and be baptized (Acts 22:16), and He who believes and is baptized will be saved (Mark 22:16) all have specific audiences: candidates … Continue reading

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Baptism, Part 4. False Premise #4: The Christian Church Has Always Believed That Immersion Is the Only Acceptable Mode for Baptism

Protestant Church of Christ-ers, Your community’s fourth false premise is a common Protestant trait, which is to label any nonconforming example from history as “not true Christianity,” or not pertaining to the invisible “true Church” that exists within a sect’s … Continue reading

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