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The Gates of Hell Shall Not Prevail Against the Church

Matthew 28:18-20: And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.”

Matthew 16:18: “And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the powers of death (gates of hell) shall not prevail against it.”

The Scriptural testimony is clear, and is confirmed by history, the Church endures century after century despite all obstacles. Christ’s Church did not cease to exist and have to be reinvented at a later date. Such a hypothesis is ridiculous! Man-made religions cannot compete against the divine institution of the Catholic Church.

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  1. “Reformers” (from Pagans, to Protestants, and even some Catholics) so often hammer away at one or two points of Scripture, which they then choose to interpret with opinion rather than scholarship, while tripping, stumbling and falling flat faced over contextually and even adjacently important Scripture, which cries out to correct their statements. (Or perhaps they just ignore the veracity of that which they don’t want to accept. Yeah, after years of listening to this stuff, I observe this second thing to be prominent.) Just something I’ve noticed happening over and over again as I spend the past 3 decades or so, wondering why folks don’t just get sensitive to that gentle pressure from the Holy Spirit, saying; “Go to Mass, silly goose, Jesus knew what he was doing all along, still does, do you really think you need to refine his work?”

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