The Protestant – Catholic divide – The Narrow and the Wide Gates

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Jesus says:  Matthew: 7:13-14

 “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road is easy that leads to destruction, and there are many who take it. 14 For the gate is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life, and there are few who find it.”

The gate is indeed wide.  In fact this gate is so wide, it can be said to be 45,000 Protestant denominations wide.     That is an outstanding number.  Again:  The gate is wide indeed.  And this just begs the question of just how many versions of the Truth there are?

And the Narrow Gate is one Church wide – THE CATHOLIC CHRUCH. 

But Jesus says to enter through the narrow gate.  The Savior tells us that the gates of Hell will not prevail against the Kingdom of Heaven.  Jesus says to us in Matthew 16:18-19 –

18 And I tell you, you are Peter,[b] and on this rock[c] I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

Pontius Pilate was stand right in front of the TRUTH and saw it not.Here in Matthew 16:18, Jesus tells us the Truth and that Truth is that the Church, not churches,  will prevail against the gates of Hades or Hell.

Protestants say that the Catholic Church is not the Church that Jesus established in Matthew 16:18-19, but it is the church of all true believers.  That is to deny the first 1500 years of the Church.  My usual response is, *can you name 1 person of this TRUE CHURCH in every generation from the death of the last Apostle to today.”   Most never answer the question, except to repeat what they have just said.  Sometimes they start with Martin Luther and work there way up.  They say that the TRUTH BELIEVERS were always a RAMNANT and PRESERVED THE TRUE TEACHINGS of the BIBLE.  ME:  JUST GIVE A NAME.  JUST ONE NAME, PLEASE.

“You can’t love Christ and Hate His Body, the Catholic Church.”  Bryan Cross, CalledtoCommunion.com

You may assert that the Catholic Church is not the church, but you can’t prove that by history.  If you think you can, please provide the historical proof against overwhelming 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th century witnesses.

Catholic Church – Penetecost 33 A.D.  The one universal Church that we know with certainty that Jesus Christ established on the foundation of the faith of the Apostles with Himself as the cornerstone.

And yes, I can name at least 1 person in every generation that has preserved what Jesus Christ taught.  In fact, that teaching is written with the blood of the martyrs.

In Faith, Hope and Agape

R. Zell

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15 thoughts on “The Protestant – Catholic divide – The Narrow and the Wide Gates

  1. Protestants can be amazingly oblivious to history. I have a Lutheran minister friend who is not, which is refreshing. But many are. The evangelicals/born agains/non-denominationals are the worst in this respect.

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    • Hi again 🙂

      I agree with you. What a mess Protestantism finds itself in.

      A member of a Protestant congregation may one day wake up and not agree with his pastor and “poof,” he’s off church shopping for a church which holds his particular beliefs.

      Their gate is wide……

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  2. Both the Catholic Church and most denominations of the Protestant church are fallen for false Roman-Greek philosophical thoughts and the false human doctrines of plural godheads. With their Trinity they go in against the Will of the Only One true God, the God of Israel, Jacob Jesus and his disciples, Who is Only One God and not three in one, like the false Roman teaching.

    Those people who want to adhere to such false human teachings should be careful, because in the end it shall be them who shall have to explain why they kept to those teachings and ignored the words of God and His sent ones, like Solomon, Isaiah, David, Jesus and others.

    Also those who keep telling people have nothing to do any more because they are saved by Christ, are not only misleading the people around them, who listen to them, but also misleading themselves and holding them away from the right path, where every one should know that faith without works is death.

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    • I see you have fallen into the Arian heresy. My prediction is that all of Protestantism will be non-trinitarian by the end of the century (provided that Jesus doesn’t come back to separate his sheep from the goats).

      The right path is the path that Jesus Christ preached. He handed this down to the Apostles and commissioned them to preach the good news of the gospel to the ends of the earth. No protestant denomination can claim to be doing that. Of course you will claim you are not a protestant.

      Blessings,

      Ryan Zell

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      • Thank you for your reaction.

        It is very strange that we might find many more preachers on the streets and on internet than Catholics. That they shall becoming more non-trinitarian we only can applaud, because Jesus never worshipped himself nor a trinitarian god.

        You yourself write “The right path is the path that Jesus Christ preached. ” Jesus preached that he is the Way to God, never did he claim to be God. We also preach that Jesus is the Way to God and worship the same God he worshipped and wanted his disciples to proclaim to others as well.

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        • Unfortunately for you, the Holy Spirit, working through the Bishops at the Council of Nicea condemned Arianism as a heresy.

          And those Bishops came from the church that Jesus Christ established on the foundation of the faith of his Apostles and prophets with Himself as the Cornerstone.

          What church are you speaking from? And please do not say the church established by Christ because it sounds to me like you have a faith that is a different from the Gospel taught by Jesus to the Apostles, who taught the next generation of men, straight to this present day.

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          • We are Biblestudents, belonging to the Christadelphian Biblestudents, who like many international Biblestudents are followers of the Nazarene Jewish master teacher Jeshua, Jesus Christ, who worshipped only One True God of Israel and not himself.

            Like the non-trinitarian anabaptists and non-trinitarian baptists came straight in line from the apostles, the International Biblestudent Movement from the 19th century continued into that tradition.

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          • Which means you stand outside the Body of Christ, His church we call Catholic.

            Just because you read the bible doesn’t make you a true Christian anymore than standing in your garage makes you a car.

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          • No but following the Words of the Bible and following the teachings of Jesus Christ, who was a Jew who worshipped a Singular All-knowing eternal Spirit Being, makes us real Christians whilst those who worship a three-headed god are in reality polytheists, with having one of their gods, Jesus having less qualities than the main god, namely Jesus not knowing everything and not able to do something without the main god, and able to die whilst the Real God of gods can not die and does not tell lies.

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