The Church is Catholic

Catholics have sometimes been heard to speak of the four marks of the church. In fact, we state our belief in them every time we say the Nicene Creed at mass, when we state that we believe in “one, holy, catholic and apostolic church.”

Catholics believe that the true church can only be identified as one that bears all four qualities.

If part 2 (Holy) was the hardest, part 3 (Catholic) may be the easiest.

“Catholic” means universal. That the true church would be a universal or catholic church is undeniable.

Jesus told us to make disciples of all men. He instructed us to preach the gospel to the entire world.

Jesus made a promise that was certain to be misunderstood at its time: Matthew 10:23 – “When they persecute you in one town, flee to the next; for truly, I say to you, you will not have gone through all the towns of Israel, before the Son of man comes.”

If you take this promise at face value, it appears that Jesus broke His promise.

However, in this passage, Israel refers to the new Israel, which is the Church. Since Jesus still has not returned, this reinforces the idea that the church’s message must still be spread.

The oldest documented use of the word Catholic to describe the church occurs circa 110 A.D. The context in which it is used (by Saint Ignatius) implies that it was a well known, established term. By 110 A.D. all the books that would become the Bible, had not yet been written.

Yet, the church was already being called a Catholic church.

It only makes sense. The Church being called Catholic is a natural consequence of its oneness and its holiness.

If the church is one, that is united, its members would be unified in fulfilling the great commission (to preach the gospel to everyone, everywhere).

If the church is holy, that is a reflection of God; it would desire the love of God for all of God’s people as does the Catholic Church.

So, just as a church, that is not unified, cannot be God’s church, just as a church, that is not holy, cannot be God’s church and a church that is not universal is not fulfilling the great commission cannot be God’s church – that is a sure fire sign that the Spirit is not at work in her and she cannot be the true church of God.


  1. Linda says

    Proud to learn that the word Catomic means Universal. Why does what is being described as the first body of believers stemed from the disciples work of spreading the Gospel even before the Bible was first compiled; include going to mass to be cleansed from your sin that year. The Gospel or good news is that JESUS’ blood is the last time we would have to sacrific!e. Now obedience is supreme, because Jesus’ Righteousness is ours now. That is God’s Gift to mankind. Why do the preachers from what Catholics refer to as the One True Church (which I get now), teach pergutory, using a rosary, rituals that having saving grace, indulgences, confession to a Priest over confidence in Jesus interceding for each individual believer.

  2. Kevin says

    OK for Catholics I warn you. If trully you seek God read up on your religion and believe. So for non Catholic if the Catholic Church wasn’t holy why did we have saints? and other Churches don’t. Why do you ignore other Scripture passages to make your point when your using a Catholic book? Why do you ignore historical archeological evidence of the Catholic Church like one common Catholic Scripture about Christ said to Peter I will build my church on which he literally did since st Peters basilica is over his grave? *sigh* may God forgive you my friend do not be like the devil and use Scripture or to scatter. Instead repent and be a Catholic, remember. People are not Catholic because they were told to be but because they have had a experience trust me I know I’m one of them. God bless and peace bewitched you

  3. APA says

    “Write in a book what you see and send it to the seven churches, to Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamum, to Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.” Revelation 1:11 (NRSVCE).

    From the above scripture we can see seven churches. Churches are many, so there is no need for an argument that there is only one church.
    If u take Greek orthodox churches, they says they are more older than Roman Catholic church, ya its true.

    But, what is church mean?
    Its not the building like St.peter’s church building or Roman catholic churches buildings, Lutheran Churches buildings, Anglican churches buildings and Pentecostal churches buildings.

    etymology of the word Church is: its an assembly, gathering, ecclesiastical. Its not the building but grouping of people that it means.

    Church is different from temple.

    We can gather in any place in the name of Jesus that is called church, even if two or more stands in street and pray in the name of Jesus that is also called Church.

    Many are fighting that I am this church, I am that church, but what Apostle Paul says,

    Divisions in the Church
    Now I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you be in agreement and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same purpose. For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there are quarrels among you, my brothers and sisters. What I mean is that each of you says, “I belong to Paul,” or “I belong to Apollos,” or “I belong to Cephas (Peter),” or “I belong to Christ.” Has Christ been divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?. (1 Corinthians 1:10-13).

    This what happening today in the name of church denominations. Those who say that I am belong to that denomination, this denomination, are only belong to denominations but not to Jesus Christ. Leave the names of denominations, but we have to say that we are Christian or followers of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ cannot be divided by the name of denominations.

    For as long as there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not of the flesh, and behaving according to human inclinations? For when one says, “I belong to Paul,” and another, “I belong to Apollos,” are you not merely human?
    1 Corinthians 3:3-4

    For no one can lay any foundation other than the one that has been laid; that foundation is Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 3:11.

    So, The foundation is only Jesus Christ.

    The early churches was gathered in Jerusalem(started in Jerusalem first), Damascus(Syria, where Paul goes to trouble the Christians) & Antioch (which is also in Syria), Alexandria(Egypt), Turkey (which was Asia province, where Paul preached), Greek(where Paul preached), Cyprus island(where John saw Revelation) and Rome(where Paul and Peter preached lastly and died).

    Truth is true Christians are strangers for this world, they have headquarters in heaven but not in earth.

    you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all students. And call no one your father on earth, for you have one Father—the one in heaven. Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one instructor, the Messiah. Matthew 23:8-10.

    But many leaders, who made themselves as leader are against this above verse of Jesus.

    “The true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such as these to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:23-24.
    church which is wrongly meant by many people as a building is not required for our God to be worshiped.

    Thus says the Lord:
    Heaven is my throne
    and the earth is my footstool;
    what is the house that you would build for me,
    and what is my resting place?
    All these things my hand has made,
    and so all these things are mine,
    says the Lord.
    But this is the one to whom I will look,
    to the humble and contrite in spirit,
    who trembles at my word.
    Whoever slaughters an ox is like one who kills a human being;
    whoever sacrifices a lamb, like one who breaks a dog’s neck;
    whoever presents a grain offering, like one who offers swine’s blood;[b]
    whoever makes a memorial offering of frankincense, like one who blesses an idol.
    These have chosen their own ways,
    and in their abominations they take delight. Isaiah 66:1-3

    from the above verse God does not required of man made things.

    Further scripture says:
    Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple. 1 Corinthians 3:16-17

    Each one is called living temple for God.

    do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

    2 Corinthians 6:14-18 says like this
    The Temple of the Living God
    Do not be mismatched with unbelievers. For what partnership is there between righteousness and lawlessness? Or what fellowship is there between light and darkness? What agreement does Christ have with Beliar? Or what does a believer share with an unbeliever? What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said,
    “I will live in them and walk among them,
    and I will be their God,
    and they shall be my people.
    Therefore come out from them,
    and be separate from them, says the Lord,
    and touch nothing unclean;
    then I will welcome you,
    and I will be your father,
    and you shall be my sons and daughters,
    says the Lord Almighty.”

    Dear bothers and Sisters let us walk in Spirit and Truth, repenting from our ignorance and shall walk in the way to heaven through the word of god.

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