I would just like to give an “out of the box” perspective here.
I met Jesus Christ without the help of any man, nor any “church”. The Father saw fit to save me and reveal His word to me directly. He is a real God and He does Beget us into a living hope. He starts the work and He carries us through and sanctifies us along the way and He finishes the work that He started; He needs no church of man, nor can any church of man hinder His work if we but believe and cooperate with Him.
(1Pet 1:3 [AKJV/PCE])
Blessed [be] the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
(1Pet 1:4 [AKJV/PCE])
To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,
(1Pet 1:5 [AKJV/PCE])
Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
I am neither Catholic nor protestant. I am a Son of God, I am becoming a Son of God and I will yet become a son of God.
(John 1:12 [AKJV])
But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
(1John 3:1 [AKJV/PCE])
Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
(1John 3:2 [AKJV/PCE])
Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
(1John 3:3 [AKJV/PCE])
And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
There is no Catholic Church nor a protestant Church in the bible record. There is the body of Christ. Any one and everyone who is born again, begotten of God through Jesus Christ, is a member of the Church which is the body of Christ and Jesus Christ Himself and He alone is the Head of His Church.
(Col 1:17 [AKJV])
And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
(Col 1:18 [AKJV])
And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
(Col 1:19 [AKJV])
For it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell;
Our identification as believers has nothing to do whatsoever with some man made organization. God sets members in His church as He sees fit.
(1Cor 12:18 [AKJV/PCE])
But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.
I am born of God, I am not a protestant nor a Catholic, I am a son of God, a member of the body of Christ, a new creature, old things having past and are passing away, all things having become and are becoming new.
(2Cor 5:17 [AKJV/PCE])
Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
(2Cor 5:18 [AKJV/PCE])
And all things [are] of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
(2Cor 5:19 [AKJV/PCE])
To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
(2Cor 5:20 [AKJV/PCE])
Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech [you] by us: we pray [you] in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.
(2Cor 5:21 [AKJV/PCE])
For he hath made him [to be] sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
In my humble and puny opinion, the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree. If Protestants came out of the Catholic Church and built their own Churches, which is what they did, following her pattern to boot, then I must conclude that protestants are the daughters of the Catholic Church. People often see Church splits as division. Well division from one into two means that something just multiplied. If it is of the devil then by the divisions, the devil multiplied, if it be of God, then God’s work multiplied.
I don’t intend on offending anyone but if we say the Catholic Church is the Whore of Babylon, then what does that make her daughters? Harlot Daughters.
Please bear with me a moment. We need to get serious about who we say we are of. We better be begotten of the Father through Jesus Christ like Peter said. Then if you think you can be light in the darkness of man’s church that will yet be determined.
There is one Church and One Church only. It is described and recorded in the bible. It is not a sovereign State like the Vatican City, for we have been called out of the World. We are to be in the world but not of it.
(John 17:14 [AKJV])
I have given them your word; and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
(John 17:15 [AKJV])
I pray not that you should take them out of the world, but that you should keep them from the evil.
(John 17:16 [AKJV])
They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
(John 17:17 [AKJV])
Sanctify them through your truth: your word is truth.
The Church of the Jesus Christ as revealed in the bible is not a 501C3 either for why would anyone seek to join Christ to a harlot system? We are to be joined to Christ, not to the world system which is at enmity against Him and which system He comes to destroy.
(Col 2:10 [AKJV])
And you are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:
Be true to Jesus Christ and forsake the machinery of men. The one true Church is Spiritual. It is Christ’s building. You are the temple of God for God dwelleth not in temples made by the hands of man.
(Acts 7:48 [AKJV])
However, the most High dwells not in temples made with hands; as said the prophet,
(Acts 7:49 [AKJV])
Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house will you build me? said the Lord: or what is the place of my rest?
(Acts 7:50 [AKJV])
Has not my hand made all these things?
I know this is too much for some of you because you have been so entrenched in this system but this “system”, this machinery of men, is not God’s.
Do we want to be the habitation of God or devils and of every unclean bird?
(Eph 2:20 [AKJV])
And are built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
(Eph 2:21 [AKJV])
In whom all the building fitly framed together grows to an holy temple in the Lord:
(Eph 2:22 [AKJV])
In whom you also are built together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
(Rev 18:2 [AKJV])
And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.
The Babylon of the last days reaches into all of life outside of Christ. It is not merely the modern day church, Catholic or otherwise, it is not merely Hollywood or Islam or the Illuminati etc… It is all that is not the body of Christ. All that poses as the bride or offers something other than Jesus Christ but is really the whore that makes everyone drunk with the wine of her fornication.
When God calls us out He is serious! He is not playing. He says come out and He means it for your own salvation.
(2Cor 6:14 [AKJV/PCE])
Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
(2Cor 6:15 [AKJV/PCE])
And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
(2Cor 6:16 [AKJV/PCE])
And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in [them]; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
(2Cor 6:17 [AKJV/PCE])
Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean [thing]; and I will receive you,
(2Cor 6:18 [AKJV/PCE])
And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
(2Cor 7:1 [AKJV/PCE])
Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
Trust in the LORD and He will keep you from the day of wrath which is at the door even now. We do not have time to play church and compete; we must be Christ’s and Christ’s alone.
Finally, I leave you the Holy Spirit inspired words of the Apostle Paul.
(1Cor 3:1 [AKJV])
And I, brothers, could not speak to you as to spiritual, but as to carnal, even as to babes in Christ.
(1Cor 3:2 [AKJV])
I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for till now you were not able to bear it, neither yet now are you able.
(1Cor 3:3 [AKJV])
For you are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are you not carnal, and walk as men?
(1Cor 3:4 [AKJV])
For while one said, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are you not carnal?
(1Cor 3:5 [AKJV])
Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom you believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?
(1Cor 3:6 [AKJV])
I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.
(1Cor 3:7 [AKJV])
So then neither is he that plants any thing, neither he that waters; but God that gives the increase.
(1Cor 3:8 [AKJV])
Now he that plants and he that waters are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labor.
(1Cor 3:9 [AKJV])
For we are laborers together with God: you are God’s husbandry, you are God’s building.
(1Cor 3:10 [AKJV])
According to the grace of God which is given to me, as a wise master builder, I have laid the foundation, and another builds thereon. But let every man take heed how he builds thereupon.
(1Cor 3:11 [AKJV])
For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
(1Cor 3:12 [AKJV])
Now if any man build on this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
(1Cor 3:13 [AKJV])
Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.
(1Cor 3:14 [AKJV])
If any man’s work abide which he has built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
(1Cor 3:15 [AKJV])
If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
(1Cor 3:16 [AKJV])
Know you not that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
(1Cor 3:17 [AKJV])
If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.
(1Cor 3:18 [AKJV])
Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seems to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.
(1Cor 3:19 [AKJV])
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He takes the wise in their own craftiness.
(1Cor 3:20 [AKJV])
And again, The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.
(1Cor 3:21 [AKJV])
Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are your’s;
(1Cor 3:22 [AKJV])
Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are your’s;
(1Cor 3:23 [AKJV])
And you are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s.
No one can touch what Christ does for you. That is yours and His. We are all at different places in our walk. Different stages of understanding and sanctification. That is if we truly are Christ’s. I hope we are all moving along though. From Children to men, from milk to meat, from faith to faith, from glory to glory from sacrifice and death to the flesh to more of the same and from love to love without compromising and condoning that which is damnable.