A Book for the Children of God; Simple Catholic Teaching for Confirmation Candidates and Others

9781151386762: A Book for the Children of God; Simple Catholic Teaching for Confirmation Candidates and Others
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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1906. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... The Home of the children of God is the Holy Catholic Church. St. Paul speaks of it as the Household of God, and He speaks of those who belong to it as a "family." Eph. ii. 19; iii. 15. 1. There is only one Catholic Church, and there never has been, and never can be, more than one; for the word Catholic means " Universal," that is, having to do with the universe, and there is only one universe. The Catholic Church is the Church of the Universe. People very often talk as if there were three or four Catholic Churches--or even more. They talk of the Jewish Church, the Early Church, the Roman Church, the Greek Church, the English Church, and so on ; and they speak of them as if they were all different. Now this is very confusing, to say the least of it, and it goes quite against the teaching of the Bible, which, remember, is the teaching of the Holy Ghost. There the Church is spoken of as "the Church of the Living God, the pillar and ground of the truth." 1 Tim. iii. 15. There is One God, One Church, One Truth. In Eph. iv. 5. we are told "There is One Lord, One Faith." St. Jude tells us to "contend earnestly for the faith once delivered to the Saints ;" and St. John speaks of that faith as "The faith of Jesus." Jesus is the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever, therefore, the faith of Jesus, and the Church of Jesus, are the same. He cannot alter, neither can the Church alter. He cannot be divided, neither can the Church be divided. He is one: she is one; always, and for ever. She is one; whether on earth, or in heaven, or in the middle state. She is one whether she is in England, or Italy, or Greece, or Russia, or China, or anywhere else. She is the Church which God has bought for Himself with His own Blood, and all the redeemed children of God, whether ...

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