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