...cast out into outer darkness:

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This article began as a collection of verses that concern the topic of Church authority.
The idea being to share things I’ve come across as new and unknown may also be new and unknown to others.
Since we’ve taken religion out of schools and effectively society as well we’ve certainly spiraled down hill quickly, to recover at any type of pace I believe means we need to embrace our brothers and sisters in faith more than we do now.
I feel some personal background may help to explain.

I had no religion in my house growing up, unless drugs and alcohol are a religion. My Dad is a Vietnam Veteran and he worked with what he had, he and my mother divorced, it was all normal as I knew.

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That’s not said to garner sympathy, not having two parents around did well to nourish my devilish side, and that’s not to brag, but rather lend to my standing that I write from experience.


What experience? Well I don’t intend to write a bio here, but I’ve been around the block, part of that involved growing up, which lead to Church, and then back around again, not finding the fulfillment I needed. Here’s a few bible verses that do not, for me, sit right with an “everything is ok” attitude.

  1. Matthew 8:12 – But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
  2. Matthew 7:23 – And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
  3. Luke 13:27 – But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.
  4. Luke 13:28 – There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out.
  5. Matthew 22:14 – For many are called, but few are chosen.
  6. Matthew 7:14 – Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

Ok, do you see #1? That is heaven we are talking about, and the children of heaven. Its preceded, for context, by:

11 And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.

If you don’t know the context of verses 2 & 3 you need to familiarize yourself with them, in both cases they describe as I can see believers, Christians, perhaps as #1 reads, children of the kingdom. #4 indicates being there, and then being ejected.

I had written we need to embrace our brothers and sisters in faith more than we do now, and I believe we do, and can, but I also believe we need to take a serious look at what it means to be protestant.

If you think that the protestant faith is the true and correct faith, and Catholicism is wrong, ask yourself this question, and of course, answer yourself too.

For the 1500 years before the protestant reformation were the doors to salvation closed?

Seriously, is that how it played out, that until Henry XIII confiscated the existing Churches in England and began the Church of England that all Catholics were doomed?

The reason he did that was in part because he could, he was King and England was subject to his will, and also, he needed yet another divorce, and the Pope at the time denied it, so in this way he was able to get the divorce he desired, that means the Church of England was born out of adultery:

Matthew 5:32 But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.

And not only adultery, but rebellion, the King rebelled against Papal authority, to be Protestant is to protest the Church and the Pope and is rebellion.

1 Samuel 15:23 – For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, he hath also rejected thee from being king.

So, there you can see what rebellion is, and…. what is stubbornness? Remember verses 2 & 3 above, how they appear to be believers? Are you stubbornly denying the Catholic Church, thereby, working iniquity?

Protestants and Catholics use the same scripture verse to justify their perspective authority.

Matthew 16:18 – And I Say Also Unto Thee, That Thou Art Peter, And Upon This Rock I Will Build My Church; And The Gates Of Hell Shall Not Prevail Against It.

  • Protestants use it to be free of any earth bound authority
  • Catholics to be governed under a single earthy Vicar of Christ

Protestants claim that verse alone is a pretext, and that the context of the previous verses are necessary to clarify it.

Matthew 16:16 – And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.

Matthew 16:17 – And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.

Which means that the recognition of Jesus as the Son of God is how they obtain the authority as bestowed by Jesus to anyone who recognizes and confesses the same.

Jesus often spoke in parables:

Matthew 13:13 – Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.

And He was commanded what to say:

John 12:49 – For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.

If the word commandment in the verse above is taken as a direct object, then speak becomes a transitive verb, it may then mean express or communicate more than whats spoken, an image intended for the mind, it changes what might at first appear to be redundant speech.

…what I should say, and what I should speak.

Was Peters revelation of Jesus being the Son of God the rock, and a parable?

Lets review another matter also understood differently among the two folds, Catholic and Protestant.

I say fold as Protestants are Christian despite their rejection of the Church, they confess the Father and the Son, that Jesus is Lord, virgin birth, the Trinity, seemingly everything short of submission to the Pope and membership in the Catholic Church.

I recently had a Protestant explain to me that Priests can not forgive sin,

protestant quote Only God has that power. The power to forgive Sin is Divine. Only in accepting Jesus and his sacrifice are they forgiven

After His resurrection Jesus appeared to the apostles and said:

John 20:23 – Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.

That was after Matthew 16:18 and also after:

Matthew 18:18 – Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

Two instances where Jesus bestows His authority, two appear to be general, and one appears to be exclusively forgiveness of sin.

Did Jesus bestow that authority only on those present, the early church leaders, or again, to all believers?

In the Old Testament we have a curious verse:

Genesis 3:22 – And the Lord God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:

man is become as one of us… a form of divinity?

Our adversary, Satan, foretold of that…..

Genesis 3:5 – For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

What should we make of that, why is this all so twisted?

At the moment, I assume we could all agree there is authority bestowed by Jesus, and Jesus Himself tells of such an authority, in a parable:

Mark 13:34 – For the Son of Man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch.

If this authority is to Protestants why do they not practice forgiving sins?

Or, can it be said they truly do, to mean if your brother wrongs you, and you forgive him, that he is indeed forgiven?

Back to the Church.

If the greatest faith Jesus had seen in Israel, was from that of a man who understood delegation of authority :

Matthew 8:9-10
9 – For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.

10 – When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.

Should we dare be so quick to deny the authority of the Catholic Church?

Does the Church not exhibit a similar or even exact type of faith?

Should that not account for something?

Consider the weight of that Centurions faith, firstly, a Roman, an Officer in Caesars army, commanding 100 men under him, his faith was more about that position.

The book of Luke tells us the Centurion was good to the Jewish people, that he loved them and built them a synagogue.

And that he sought them out, elders of the Jews, to ask Jesus to heal his servant, he did not feel himself worthy to ask Jesus or to actually have Jesus come to his house, be under his roof:

Luke 7:7 – Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee: but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed.

I don’t know that I can name that type of faith, the Centurion as I see never spoke to Jesus, it was reported through his friends

Luke 7:6 – Then Jesus went with them. And when he was now not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to him, saying unto him, Lord, trouble not thyself: for I am not worthy that thou shouldest enter under my roof:

Matthew 8:13 – And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.

Can you, should you, do you need to trust the Catholic Church? Submit to the Pope? As the centurion did to Jesus, so humble and ashamed you ask His friends?

The events in Matthew 16:18 occurred 2000 years ago, the gates of hell have not prevailed, there’s a history of every Pope since Peter, can you doubt the Pope is ordained by God?

Romans 13:1 – Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.

Or do you ignore that verse?

And resist?

2 – Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.

Iniquity is a deviation from rectitude , want of rectitude in principle, principle is the origin, we know God is the origin, but He provided Himself a sacrifice, Jesus, and Jesus did give His authority, the question again, to whom, Peter and the early leaders, or to all believers equally?

  • REC’TITUDE, n. [L. rectus, right, straight.] In morality, rightness of principle or practice; uprightness of mind; exact conformity to truth, or to the rules prescribed for moral conduct, either by divine or human laws.

Right, straight

Luke 13:24 – Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able

Matthew 7:14 – Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

Luther a pioneer of the Protestant faith was anti-Semite, does that adhere to the commandment Jesus set forth, to love your neighbor as yourself?

I don’t see these next verses as pertaining only to Church leaders, but more in tune with the Centurion and his friends:

Matthew 18:19-20
19 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.
20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

Can those not be applied to both Catholics and Protestants?

This is serious, we need to accept one another as brethren, and strengthen one another, with discussion, not just on what we think we know, or, what we believe, but also on what we do not know, do not understand, what we do not believe.

I was formerly a Protestant, I am now a confirmed Catholic, but I have quoted everything to you from the 1611 Edition of the Bible, as it is what I use.

There is much more to study,


Luke 22:
32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.
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I don’t think that is even in play. For both sects. Believe in the same thing Jesus being the author and finisher of our faith . Heb.10:12 and that the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord Romans 6:23.

Protestants dont dwell on the work of sin remittance because Jesus paid the sacrifice one time Heb.1:3 and then sat down.
Work being completed.
Once a person accepts Jesus as Lord . The Holy Spirit indwells. The spirit regenerated and renewed in Christ Jesus .
Although we are understandably religated to reside in these carnal bodies which are tempted to sin by our own doings. For God does not temp. When we sin in this flesh we have a Faithful High Preist . He perfected us forever. There is no more offering for sin. Hebrews 10:10-18
We can go to Jesus and ask for forgiveness as he is faithful to forgive. 1 John 1:9
But rest assured it isnt this sinful flesh he is coming back for . It is that renewed regenerated Spirit housed within it .
We were originally created to live forever. But when Adam and Eve sinned in the garden the allowed sin to enter in which allowed death to reign in their bodies and thus seperating Man from God causing the great rift of sin in man which only Jesus was able to correct.

That correction brought about the ability of man who are saved to now talk to Jesus one on one with out a earthy high preist for our High Priest resides in heaven .Heb. 10:19-21 we can go boldly in by ourselves to Christ through a new and living way through the veil .
So you see each and every Christian already has a High Priest in Jesus and can ar any time seek direct contact with Jesus in prayer for forgiveness of our each ,individual sins.
I wouldnt no more ask a priest to forgive me of my sins as I would a man on the street because there is only one High Priest Jesus.

My question to the article would be this .
Why do Catholics believe that they need someone else to go to Jesus and ask him to forgive that person. When you can just do it yourself. ??

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All a very good reply, your last question:

Referring as I understand your question to our using priests in confessional.

I’m going to combine a few responses

The first is

  • The Centurions faith example in my post,

The second

  • James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed…

Note how James 5:16 combines with the Centurions faith … but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed., which is said at every Catholic Mass, and Matthew 8:13
…as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.

The third is also in my post

  • John 20:23 Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.

But how they differ is the crux of the thread and goes to authority, if there is no authority bestowed upon Peter then Protestants can do all those things individually as Priests themselves.

If you accept that preaching, listen very carefully to it, as I connected it in my post as well, listen to it, as Luther and others promise it, listen to how similar it sounds to this

then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods,

That promise from Satan is what separated:

And it is being repeated again:

But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

So, in short, to answer

It is due to faith, we believe that Church authority was bestowed upon Peter,

The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.

Everything you wrote is good, I like it, but it still does not line up with

That is in play.

Popes are not perfect, neither was Peter, read it again

How do you get past that?

Maybe you just need to flip your thinking, Jesus said we are all servants, and the greatest is the least, maybe look at the Pope as the greatest servant, what does your subjecting yourself to him make you?

Consider also this,

Does God want Satan causing His creation to be as Gods if He is a jealous God?

Would He consume those of His choosing who followed Satan rather than submitted to His Son?

If His Son left His authority to Peter as Pope and you reject that, eat the fruit the devil has provided…

Then can you doubt this is true?

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5 These twelve Jesus sent out and commanded them, saying: “Do not go into the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter a city of the Samaritans. 6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7 And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.

6 Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority.

Speaking of ignored verses and prophets…He isn’t speaking to us. But you aren’t wrong about the moral depravity of this country. It is why atheism is part of Marxism. You can’t do what they say to do unless you are without God.

edit: The Nazis at Gab don’t like these either.

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There’s certainly no intent to ignore verses, yours as posted were for a time, now is a different time

But please, lets not turn from the question of how you ignore Romans 13 and the fact there has been a Pope for 2k years, they’ve been chased out, down and underground, to the point it almost appeared prevailed against… almost.

I must say, my entering the RCC was assisted in my desire to obtain an annulment, to not leave room for adultery, that desire required an act of submission, I could not ask the Church for it and not believe it had the authority to perform it. (bind on earth as bound in heaven)

That’s where faith comes in, for anything the Church does, you must believe it has the power to do.

And what is faith?

Good reply

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Right, it’s the dispensation of grace given to Paul for us. To drive Israel to jealousy.

Israel for those that don’t know was split into Judah and Israel. They are to be restored and the Son of David will rule from Jerusalem. You, and many others, keep posting those things for Israel that are not for us. The “protestants” are often just as guilty.

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7 But on the contrary, when they saw that the gospel for the uncircumcised had been committed to me, as the gospel for the circumcised was to Peter

Try again. Peter has the keys to the kingdom on earth. The 12 will rule over the 12 tribes. That has nothing to do with us.

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For us to be one with Jews, its how we’re all made equal, praise God

But being equal they still need to believe as I see Paul explains

What is not for us?

Were they not broken off for us to be grafted in, and they too back in if they believe, again, all made equal?

Not following what you are trying to convey there

And please, try to give readers full verse references, you clip the book and chapter and only provide the verse, it would be helpful if you could provide all three, I don’t know what verse this is supposed to be


That’s not whats written in the 1611

…I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven…

But I’m happy to see you acknowledge he was given the keys, curious where you assume them to be earthy keys?

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Because it does not say to go to a person to confess.
I ask for forgiveness all the time . But I dont need another middle man I already have one on the right hand of the throne .
For its in Jesus name we pray Amen.
We pray to Jesus our propitiation. ( go between)

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Good reply, I’d like to offer a different understanding for your consideration.

We pray to God, in Jesus name (authority) and we do so as He (Jesus) is our propitiation,
which means to name drop, or provide a reference, for our favor, in this case, Gods Son

Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

Remember the Lords prayer instructs us how to pray, “Our father” I don’t now where Jesus asks us to pray to Himself, though I don’t declare it bad at all, nor your asking for forgiveness, I say that’s a good thing

But you still deflected the question

“How do you get past that”,

past the Pope being ordained of God and the command you be subject to him.

That’s the point here, that as Protestants you’re promised freedom… but what are you getting?

Remember,(if you read above) “stubbornness is as iniquity”, and inequity is causing those who say Lord Lord have we not… to be cast into outer darkness

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Have to agree with Nick on this one.

The Kingdom of Heaven is currently on Earth.
A King does not have a Kingdom without citizens.
It is to the church on earth to spread the gospel …the bride is the church to Christ .
The Pope holds no particular spot in heaven . For it is the name of all 12 apostles that are found on the walls to the city and theres alone. Rev.21:14.

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If that were to be accurate would you not also need to change this verse as well?

If he has the keys to heaven, is he not the porter?

PORTER, n. [L. porta, a gate.]

  1. A man that has the charge of a door or gate; a door-keeper.
  2. One that waits at the door to receive messages.

As a Protestant I was taught the Pope was bad, and I accepted it, figured it had been decided before me by people who knew better, but I then found I did not need to leave it at that, I was able to come to my own conclusions through my own study, and I find he is ordained of God, seems for good cause, you mention the Church

These men who become Pope, they to my knowledge all start as Priests, to even get there requires a Fidelity oath, they take a degree of seriousness to their work that I can only mention as I don’t fully comprehend it, for me to even be an extraordinary minister requires more that just my willingness, it requires a firm seriousness, none of these men become Pope who have not earned it, why should I defile their position with doubt of their merit?

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I think the view of what what these Keys are is the difference.
It is the discerment of the gospel to be published to the world. Nothing more .

The key of doctrine, called the key of knowledge “Your business shall be to explain to the world the will of God, both as to truth and duty and for this you shall have your commissions, credentials, and full instructions to bind and loose:” these, in the common speech of the Jews, at that time, signified to prohibit and permit to teach or declare a thing to be unlawful was to bind to be lawful, was to loose. Now the apostles had an extraordinary power of this kind some things forbidden by the law of Moses were now to be allowed, as the eating of such and such meats some things allowed there were now to be forbidden, as divorce and the apostles were empowered to declare this to the world, and men might take it upon their words. When Peter was first taught himself, and then taught others, to call nothing common or unclean, this power was exercised. There is also an ordinary power hereby conveyed to all ministers, to preach the gospel as appointed officers to tell people, in God’s name, and according to the scriptures, what is good, and what the Lord requires of them: and they who declare the whole counsel of God, use these keys well, Acts 20:27.

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That doesn’t contradict what I said. One house of God, with the same foundation. Co heirs, brought near by the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, not the everlasting covenant with Israel.

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If you believe that why then do you reject it?

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we declare, we proclaim, we define that it is absolutely necessary for salvation that every human creature be subject to the Roman Pontiff.

It is bound and in force, the Pope is the porter, he holds the keys, he makes sure everyone is suited for the occasion.

One fold, one Shepard, one voice

Listen for the voice.


Not sure how we got here, but the latter you wrote was broken, not by God

And the former, the blood of Jesus, it is the ever lasting covenant.

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The kingdom is not of this earth and is not here. It is going to be brought here. Peter will have the keys, but that has nothing to do with the raising up of gentiles. I am saved by faith alone. Peter says so, not just Paul from his direct revelation by the Lord Jesus Christ. Robert doesn’t have a leg to stand on. I don’t say those things he posted aren’t true, they are not for us.

10 Now therefore, why do you test God by putting a yoke on the neck of the disciples which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? 11 But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved in the same manner as they.

Peter says they will be saved, in the future, by grace. But they were not under grace then. And Israel is temporarily put away.

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Ouch, harsh, why you got to hit me so hard?

I see that commonly, selecting whats not for us, us being Christians, and you did not say I was not correct

But it doesn’t seem like the picture I painted is obvious.

So I’ll try to touch it up a bit, see if I can share the leg I do stand on.

That is surely the key to everything, for “without faith it is impossible to please him” which is from Hebrews 11:6 a great book on faith.

But, that’s important to note as we have between 66 & 80 books depending where you build your faith.

Fortunately Luther did not get his way on everything he endeavored to do, he wanted this, “epistle of straw” as he put it, removed from scripture (to my understanding)

But it was not excluded, it is there, and you must also agree its worthless?

So, what is faith?

Is it selecting some favorable verses and tossing out other, less favorable?

I was protestant, but loved the Book of James, truly it was my favorite, why does it read differently than others, or does it, we need faith to please God just as so many instances show, Abraham is a big one, right in the first book:

It parallels what God did for us in an astonishing way, really drives home what it meant to Him.

But you must realize that right?

So lets move forward, to faith alone, do you have faith the Book of James is an inspired work and profitable for you?

What about that pesky and dreaded Romans XIII?

How do you make peace with that?

You either believe it, and I’ll quote verse one for now:

Or you don’t believe it.

And I dare suggest you do not believe it as the next verse:

Tells you that standing on that faith alone is a damnable heresy, wait, did I put that wrong?

No?

You must have faith and be subject to the powers ordained by God.

Do we have a conflict here?

Lets go back to Jesus and Peter

Jesus said:

Make sure you understand that, really, reread it slowly

He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me

Contrarily if you do not accept whom he sent you DO NOT RECEIVE Him

Reread until you grasp it, do not move forward, it is imperative.
Do you reject Him and His word to reject the Pope, a power ordained by God?

Once you grasp that go back to Peter

I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven

That makes Peter what exactly?

Answer, in part is it makes him a porter

image

Listen to this parable, then question, is it a parable?

Jesus left and gave authority and commanded whom?

There is one specific porter mentioned, and many servants.

That’s what it means when we speak in the name of Jesus

Authority; behalf; part; as in the name of the people. When a man speaks or acts in the name of another, he does it by their authority or in their behalf, as their representative.

We read that Jesus gave that direct to Peter

I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven

Or do you deny that?

Remember,

and also remember, the Church you deny is 2000 years old

I say you deny it meaning you adhere to protestant teaching, which is 500 years old.

So by that math and reasoning that faith alone, no works, no door porter, no church leaders, that for 1500 years every church member was doomed to hell, am I wrong?

And that only since Luther, Calvin and the reformation have people been able to be truly saved, wrong?

That would be counter scripture though, as scripture reads shall not prevail.

Go back to the beginning of the post, remember the title of the thread is cast into outer darkness, and pertains to the children of the kingdom

The Church is no whore, She is beautiful and She is faithful.

I pray you and the billion protestants on earth come to Her, be a member of Her, before the Bridegroom returns, because when He does, all Her suitors will find He is risen, He is not dead, and He does not come in peace.

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Until then, the Pope is the porter, ordained of God

Furthermore, we declare, we proclaim, we define that it is absolutely necessary for salvation that every human creature be subject to the Roman Pontiff.

Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power?

The Church is for us.

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15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

7 But on the contrary, when they saw that the gospel for the uncircumcised had been committed to me, as the gospel for the circumcised was to Peter

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You leave me to read between the lines, and to that end I ask what are we doing here if not

And who are we talking about

if not Peter and the Church

Which is the age we live in, is it not?

All are equal at the foot of the cross?

It seems you contend Paul was only preaching to Jews, which I do not comprehend, we have one Lord and His disciples preaching one gospel, to say one disciple preached one message to one people and another preached a different one to different people sounds like a private interpretation, no?

Was Paul excluded here?

Was he not one of the eleven?

Did you not meditate on this message?

To deny one sent by God is to do deny who?

privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord

Here’s the good news, you’re still alive, like Paul you can still convert, how?

Study, pray, and take a leap of faith.

Try the sprits

Being subject is being meek

it is being humble, allowing the Church to teach and lead you like a child.

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“Being alone”
A mere profession is not enough there must be a profession mixed with the works of the Lord.
What will such a charity as this, that consists in bare words, avail either you or the poor? Will you come before God with such empty shows of charity as these? You might as well pretend that your love and charity will stand the test without acts of mercy as think that a profession of faith will bear you out before God without works of piety and obedience.

Suppose a true believer thus pleading with a boasting hypocrite, "Thou makest a profession, and sayest thou hast faith I make no such boasts, but leave my works to speak for me.
It takes more than saying you believe and have faith that here is what is meant it must be also accompanied by the showing of it.

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