I kind of gathered in my imagination that Anthony, you would have a sense of humor.God bless you bro for that. No It is not the "nice Dan day". I still will contend that the RCC is just one of the siblings of Christian siblings.I do not believe that anyone is perfect,but Christ.However given the Word,we have no excuse to walk in total darkness as some have who claimed they know Christ.No matter who is the perpetrator,or by what name or affiliation he or she goes by,sin is sin,and it takes away from the Body of Christ. That is fact!<quoted text>
What, no stories about bad priests and the corrupt Catholic hierarchy?
This must be the "nice Dan" day....
However you are right about one thing Anthony,the gift of God in preaching or presenting truth is irrevocable,and unfortunately men and women who were called to serve God,sinned greatly bringing shame,but the truth neverthless was presented by them.There are so many cases of that in all expressions of Christian endeavor,in all centuries since the beginning of our faith in HIM,who purchased us all with a great price.
I do believe that the C h u r c h is the whole body of Christ,fitly joined together as ONE building of God,not of hands but of His testimony in the faithful who believe Him for His Word,that includes all affiliations.You are bound to one institution of "Church",and that is your choice,and joy if you will.But I will not forsake in my heart and mind the whole body,just to cling to one segment of it.Truth is given in all facets of Christian life,and we have the WORD which is the blueprint of His WILL to the whole of humanity.I love the whole church,not just one segment of it,no matter Anthony who big that segment is.Even if it dwarfs the rest,it still is just part.Because if the truth be known Anthony it is those who walk in truth and are changed by it who are HIS Body.
It is so important to know Him,and our right to Him is because He first loved us,and our response to His love changes us,EXCHANGED Lives!
Remember the words of Jesus Himself as he told the Samaritan woman that "Those who worship the Father must worship Him in Spirit and in Truth."
Well we know that in reading the entirety of the New Testament that the Spirit is the Holy Spirit,and the Truth is Christ.So we must worship our heavenly RATHER in the Holy Spirit and in His Dear Son,Jesus Christ.HE knows His own Anthony,and that is not restricted to a particular group,denomination or affiliation,but it is in the BLOOD of His Son which is seen on the door posts of human hearts who yield their lives to Christ,and receive His salvation!