Christ is the head who rules over his body which is the Church. Paul mentioned this inseparable union of Christ and his Church many times in his letters as we read in these verses:
|Ephesians 1:22-23. [God] put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.|
|Ephesians 5:23. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.|
|Colossians 1:18. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.|
|Romans 12:5. So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.|
|1 Corinthians 12:27. Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.|
Therefore, the saying “Christ is enough and we don’t need the Church” contradicts the Bible and is simply not logical. It is “anatomically” impossible to be part of the existing head (Christ) without being a member of an existing body (Church). In fact, Paul’s analogy about “Christ-Church=Husband-Wife” in Ephesians 5 simply means that their is a special and inseparable bond of love between him and his Church. But, did Jesus really build a Church of his own? How many?
Everything that Jesus did during his ministry was for our salvation. Jesus never did anything unnecessary and one of the most important things he did was the founding of one singular Church (Matthew 16:18) to preach the gospel to every creature (Mark 16:15). And he continued to guide this Church through the Holy Spirit (John 14:26). This Church of the living God became the “household of God” and the “pillar and foundation of the truth” (1 Timothy 3:15).
Since Christ found a Church or a house of God, any churches that were founded by humans are not part of the salvific plan of God and are “purposeless”. They will pretend to be new bodies of Christ which is simply impossible because there is already an existing body that Christ built through Peter (Matthew 16:18, John 21:15). So, if a new church in a neighborhood could not trace its beginnings back to Peter, then that church has no purpose at all. Why? Because only the house that the Lord himself builds has a purpose. Any human being who builds his own church labour in vain (Psalms 127:1).
“I will build MY church” means this singular Church is owned by Christ. Paul would call her as “Church or God” or “Church of Christ” in his letters. The naming does not matter because it does not affect the fact that she is the only Church owned by Christ. The truth is that Jesus did not specify the name of his Church. We only know it’s the Catholic Church because she is the only Christian Church we can trace back from the time of Jesus’s ministry until now.
In Acts 5, after Peter performed miracles and converted many, the Jews wanted to put an end of the early Church. But a Pharisee, named Gamaliel, a doctor of the law, defended the first Church and said “let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought: But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God.” These texts prove that the Church is not work of men but of God because she continues to exist today–the Catholic Church. Gamaliel’s words also implies that those who attack the Catholic Church are obviously “fighting against God”.
They fight against God and use his name in vain. Yes! Human beings who established churches using Christ’s or God’s name “speak against God wickedly”, making him “his enemies” because they take God’s name in vain (Psalms 139:20, Exodus 20:7, Deuteronomy 5:11). “Lo, here is Christ!”, they would say! But we should not believe them because they are false prophets shall even show great signs and wonders to deceive the very elect. (Matthew 24:23-24).
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