Who Started Your Church?
It’s an important question to ask, because it is a matter of who you are going to follow. It’s a matter of teaching and tradition. It’s a matter of following Jesus Christ the way that He intended you to.
More than likely, if you are a non-Catholic, you will be able to tell who started your Church. For example, Martin Luther is the head and founder of Lutheranism. Its generally a big part of your faith and your history. This is because its relatively new. But, I ask you, what Church did Jesus Christ Himself found?
Before I answer the question, I want to discuss the importance of following Jesus Christ. I say this because Jesus is the Son of God, Our Lord and Savior. He says many times in the scriptures that we must follow Him. I’ll let Him speak for Himself.
I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes through the Father except through me. John 14:6
And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Matthew 16:18-19
Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age. Matthew 28-19-20
These are all big events and sayings of Jesus. Jesus is the only way to God the Father. We must go through Him. He founded His Church on St. Peter. Jesus founded a Church, thus we should become members of that Church. Jesus commands us to follow what He has given us and to make everyone a disciple (which implies also joining that Church that he started). It is fairly obvious, that Jesus wants us to join the Church that He created and follow Him, making disciples of everyone. This is why we can’t have 300,000 different denominations claiming to be the “one”. There is only One Bride of Christ.
The Catholic Church is the only Church that can point back to Jesus Christ. The Papacy can be traced back from Pope Francis through St. Peter, the first Pope. This isn’t only a Catholic point of view, but a historical one as well.
It is a critical question to ask yourself, why you are a part of the Church you are part of. It should be because Jesus Christ founded it, and as a disciple of His, you are following Him and His Church. If its because you prefer the preaching or the worship or some other personal reason, then you are being selfish and are not following God. We are to conform ourselves to God, not be satisfied with our state of sin.
Now, you must ask yourself the question: Are you going to follow the Church that Jesus Christ started, or are you going to follow the Church that some guy branched off into?
This isn’t judgmental. This is about salvation. It would be selfish of me not to share this with you.
Questions? Feel free to comment or email me.