The Church


Tract: The Pillar and Foundation of Truth


The Catholic Church is the 'pillar and foundation of truth' spoken of in the bible.

Truth and Unity "If I am delayed, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and bulwark of the truth." (1 Timothy 3:15).

  • "First of all you must understand this, that no prophecy of scripture is a matter of one's own interpretation, because no prophecy ever came by the impulse of man, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God."( 2 Peter 1:20)
  • "So also our beloved brother Paul wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, speaking of this as he does in all his letters. There are somethings in them hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other scriptures" (2 Peter 3:15-16).
  • "He who hears you hears me, and he who rejects you rejects me, and he who rejects me rejects him who sent me." (Luke 10:16).

    Binding & Loosing:

  • "And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and 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, Cf. Isaiah 22:21-22).
  • "If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every word may be confirmed by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven" (Matthew 18:15:18).

    Obedience to Church Leaders:

  • "Obey your leaders and submit to them; for they are keeping watch over your souls, as men who will have to give account. Let them do this joyfully, and not sadly, for that would be of no advantage to you" (Hebrews 13:17).
  • "Then said Jesus to the crowds and to his disciples, 'the scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses' seat; so practice and observe whatever they tell you, but not what they do; for they preach, but do not practice" (Matthew 23:1-3).
  • "For if some one comes and preaches another Jesus than the one we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you submitto it readily enough" (2 Corinthians 11:4).
  • "I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and turning to a different gospel-- not that there is another gospel, but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to that which we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, If any one is preaching to you a gospel contrary to that which you received, let him be accursed."(Galatians 1:6-9)

    The Body

    Throughout the Gospels, the Church is referred to as a unified, supernatural body of believers which Catholics sometimes call the 'Mystical Body of Christ.' This body is not a fragmented, disjointed collection of believers each professing different doctrines, but rather one supernatural, catholic and unified family who profess one Lord, one faith, and one baptism (Cf. Ephesians 4:5).

    John Pacheco
    The Catholic Legate
    August 1, 2002
    www.catholic-legate.com