Your 20th century church is a spin off of a spin off, of a spin off, of a spin off........etc.<quoted text> WRONG, The Catholic church is a man made church which came about from some of the members of the true church which is the Church of Christ. These few members enjoyed the attention and praise they were getting from the Roman dignitaries and for this these members decided to please them back by doing things that these Roman officials desired and that's when you have the development of the Catholic church . The Church of Christ which Jesus built Matthew 16;18 and the Church that Jesus said he would build was eventually built in the year 33 AD when the first souls that were saved were added to the church on the day of Pentecost. There is only one true church of the bible and that's the CoC and I urge all to go to the nearest Church of Christ and study, then get baptized and then you would know that your home will be.
AN UNBROKEN HISTORY
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.
Among the Christian churches, only the Catholic Church has existed since the time of Jesus. Every other Christian church is an offshoot of the Catholic Church. The Eastern Orthodox churches broke away from unity with the pope in 1054. The Protestant churches were established during the Reformation, which began in 1517.(Most of todays Protestant churches are actually offshoots of the original Protestant offshoots.)
Only the Catholic Church existed in the tenth century, in the fifth century, and in the first century, faithfully teaching the doctrines given by Christ to the apostles, omitting nothing. The line of popes can be traced back, in unbroken succession, to Peter himself. This is unequaled by any institution in history.
Even the oldest government is new compared to the papacy, and the churches that send out door-to-door missionaries are young compared to the Catholic Church. Many of these churches began as recently as the nineteenth or twentieth centuries. Some even began during your own lifetime. None of them can claim to be the Church Jesus established.
The Catholic Church has existed for nearly 2,000 years, despite constant opposition from the world. This is testimony to the Churchs divine origin. It must be more than a merely human organization, especially considering that its human members even some of its leadershave been unwise, corrupt, or prone to heresy.
Any merely human organization with such members would have collapsed early on. The Catholic Church is today the most vigorous church in the world (and the largest, with a billion members: one sixth of the human race), and that is testimony not to the cleverness of the Churchs leaders, but to the protection of the Holy Spirit."