All those early Christians who referred to themselves as members of the Catholic Church for almost 300 years before AD 380 must not have seen your memo.Anthony....and other misdirected Catholics:
The Roman Empire legally recognized Pauline Christianity as a valid religion in 313 AD. Later in that century, in 380 AD, Roman Catholicism became the official religion of the Roman Empire. During the following 1000 years, Catholics were the only people recognized as Christians.
Question: If, as you believe, Christ built the Catholic Church when He said "I will build my church"...why did it take Him,almost 400 years to do So!!!!!????
All historical evidence shows the earliest Christians called themselves Catholic and members of the Catholic Church and professed belief in Catholic doctrine.
There does not exist one shred of historical evidence of ANY fundamentalist evangelical protestant persons, groups or denominations OR anyone referring to themselves as such. Not one shred of evidence exists of ANY Christian holding to reformed protestant beliefs of sola scriptura, sola fide, invisible Church, symbolic Eucharist, symbolic baptism, etc.
Question: If the earliest Christians who were taught by the apostles, passed on their teaching, copied and preserved their writings (the NT) and all believed as the Catholic Church teaches, why do today's protestants insist they know the scriptures better 2000 years later?