The Real Versus the Un-real

The Roman Catholic religion has a number of defenders. They make truth claims about their religion. One of the foundational truth claims asserted by Roman Catholic apologists is that the Roman Catholic religion is Christian. We do not believe the Roman Catholic religion is Christian. Hence, we answer Rome's truth claims point by point in hopes of helping Christians give a defense [apologia] for the hope that is in them.

One arena of heated debate with Rome is the nature and definition of the Christian Church. Rome believes that the Christian Church is an institution ruled and operated by the Roman Catholic hierarchy. Rome believes that the Christian Church is composed of believers and non-believers. Rome believes that she is the purest form and representation of the Christian Church while maintaining that there are other Christian Churches that do not believe what Rome believes about various matters of faith and practice.

Christians believe that the Christian Church is none other than the Body of Christ and is composed solely of Believers in Christ. Only those who have been put in Christ through faith alone in His finished work of Christ alone constitute the Body of Christ. There are no unbelievers in the Body of Christ. There are no non-Christians in the Christian Church. Christians also believe that there is only one set of beliefs that constitute the heart's belief of all Christians. There are not several Christian Churches with each believing contrary things about salvation.

We now offer this discussion using a composite of Roman Catholic arguments gleaned from our interaction with several Roman Catholic apologists. This episode centers around the nature of the Christian Church and the proper identification of the Christian Church. We first give the Roman Catholic assertion and follow with a Christian response.

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