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Catholic or Roman Catholic

These definitions are from Dictionary Dot Com

It is not my purpose to intend to be exhuastive with this point, but a definition of the word catholic is absolutely necessary. Point of clarification is also in order, you can be catholic without being Catholic, with the capitol “C” it almost always refers to the Roman Catholic Church. The real question among protestants is not if they are catholic, but is the Roman Catholic Church Christian? I have already dealt with that question other places.

The word general is used in the scriptures, but not in the text only in the titles and titles were added after the completion of the canon or rule of scripture. Those books considered to be general epistles are: James, 1 and 2 Peter and Jude.

The greek word used for general is only used one time and that is in the book of Hebrews: “To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, ” (Heb 12:23). The book of Hebrews is not a general epistle, but is written specifically for Jewish people who were living outside of Israel. It is not a general epistle, but it is the only case where the greek word which would have been for catholic is used. So that leaves only the four books listed above that are general epistles.

Why is this important? The Word of God is the source for all of our information about the New Testament church’s faith and practices. No where in scripture is the doctrine used that makes Christians who are members of Baptist churches in anyway to be considered catholic. The only possible way this word could be applied is that Christians who are Baptists are of the same faith whatever Baptist church they belong to.

All real Christians, the born again variety are considred as being of one faith. This does not mean that all churches that would use the word “catholic” are of the same faith, unless they really are.

The application of the word “catholic” was not used in reference to all supposed Christians until the Council of Trent. This word was used by catholics to beat over the heads of non catholics in the sence of saying you do not belong to the true church. This resulted in the murder of hundreds of thousands of Christians who were not Roman Catholics by the emissaries of Rome.

Some of the many possible definitions for the word “catholic” are (1) broad or wide-ranging in tastes, interests, or the like; having sympathies with all; broad-minded; liberal.(2) universal in extent; involving all; of interests to all (3) pertaining to the whole Christian body or church.

This last definition is the one which causes the most confusion, is the Roman Catholic Church represenative of the whole of the Christian church or just their communion. I maintain that it is just represenative of their communion. Using communion in the sence of fellowship or of the same mind. I do not maintain that the Roman Catholic church is a Christian fellowship and it never has been a Christian fellowship. I also maintain there are people inside of the Roman Catholic church, whom God is calling to come out of her.

1. broad or wide-ranging in tastes, interests, or the like; having sympathies with all; broad-minded; liberal.
2. universal in extent; involving all; of interest to all.
3. pertaining to the whole Christian body or church.

[Origin: 1300–1350; ME < L catholicus < Gk katholikós general, equiv. to kathól(ou) universally (contr. of phrase katà hólou according to the whole; see


Written by tfheringer

September 5, 2008 at 9:05 pm

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