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Roman Catholic Claim

Jesus said his Church would be "the light of the world." He then noted that "a city set on a hill cannot be hid" (Matt. 5:14). This means his Church is a visible organization. It must have characteristics that clearly identify it and that distinguish it from other churches. Jesus promised, "I will build my Church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it" (Matt. 16:18). This means that his Church will never be destroyed and will never fall away from him. His Church will survive until his return.

Christian Response

Right from the start Christians have a problem with Rome. In Matt. 5:14 Jesus was giving His sermon on the mount. He addresses His followers as the 'light of the world.' All who are in Christ are 'a light on a hill.' They are members of the Body of Christ and constitute His Church. The Church of Jesus Christ is synonymous with The Body of Christ. It is a visible organization in the sense that it is composed of Christians from every tribe, nation and tongue. It is a universal Body that exists in local expression throughout the world.

As the Apostle Paul writes, the Church (Ekklesia) meets at various places and times throughout the world. The Body of Christ. is the Church meeting together to follow the Word of God.
1CO 1:2 to the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, saints by calling, with all who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours:
The Roman Catholic religion has institutionalized the word 'church' and given it an identity that does not correspond to the Bible. When we realize that the Church is the Body of Christ, it gives us the proper understanding of a living Body of People in Christ.
EPH 2:19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God's household,

EPH 2:20 having been built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone,

EPH 2:21 in whom the whole building, being fitted together is growing into a holy temple in the Lord;

EPH 2:22 in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.

EPH 4:11 And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers,

EPH 4:12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ;

EPH 4:13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fulness of Christ.

EPH 4:14 As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves, and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming;

EPH 4:15 but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him, who is the head, even Christ,

EPH 4:16 from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by that which every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.
It is quite right that the gates of hell will not prevail against the Church [Body of Christ] because God will not leave or forsake His own who are in Christ. But Roman Catholic dogma denies the security of the believer and hence views the church as an institution marked by elaborate ritual rather than a collection of living saints in Christ.
1PE 2:9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God's own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;

1PE 2:10 for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

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