With reference to matrimonial dispensations now common, we meet in the sixth and seventh centuries with a few examples of general dispensations granted to legitimize marriages already contracted, or permitting others about to be contracted.It is not, however, until the second half of the eleventh century that we come upon papal dispensations affecting individual cases.The terms Catholic, Holy See, and Roman Catholic may be used interchangeably here to refer to the church whose headquarters occupies Vatican City. 566) And since both the Roman Catholic Church and COG consider that there is true Christianity, documenting the beliefs of both groups should assist any pursing honest inquiry. The list of his successors in the see is known, from Linus, Anacletus, and Clement, who were the first to follow him, down to the reigning pontiff. Both proclaim that the true church has the same mission and the same teachings as the apostles. He established firmly in the latter city a famous centre of Christian life... John traveled much throughout Asia Minor and has always been credited with the first establishment of many of its episcopal sees... Peter, too, preached the Christian Faith in Asia Minor (Shahan, Thomas J. LIMBUS PATRUM Though it can hardly be claimed, on the evidence of extant literature, that a definite and consistent belief in the limbus patrum of Christian tradition was universal among the Jews, it cannot on the other hand be denied that, more especially in the extra-canonical writings of the second or first centuries B. It is manifest that the fire destroys the wood of our transgressions and then returns to us the reward of our great works." (P. Roman Catholic Church: In the thirteenth century, the famed Catholic theologian Thomas Aquinas wrote the following: Nothing is clearly stated in Scripture about the situation of Purgatory, nor is it possible to offer convincing arguments on this question. It should be noted that the idea that what became known as Roman/Orthodox/Traditional Christianity gaining prominence by the second/third century is not simply a view held by those in Church of God, but is held by a variety of theologians and historians. The official Roman Church cannot have it both ways.The term Catholic is not intended to convey the Anglican, Eastern Orthodox, or other non-Roman Catholic churches, though in some early writings cited (prior to 200 A. 2104 "All men are bound to seek the truth, especially in what concerns God and his Church, and to embrace it and hold on to it as they come to know it." (Catechism of the Catholic Church. The Original and True Church Both the Roman Catholic Church and COG teach that they are the original and true Church, but because of their many differences, only one still could be. The Church has ever seen in the occupant of the See of Rome the successor of Peter in the supreme pastorate (Joyce G. And of course, there is no legitimate type of apostolic succession without that. C., some such belief finds repeated expression; and New Testament references to the subject remove all doubt as to the current Jewish belief in the time of Christ Whatever name may be used in apocryphal Jewish literature to designate the abode of the departed just, the implication generally is In the New Testament, Christ refers by various names and figures to the place or state which Catholic tradition has agreed to call the limbus patrum... It is probable, however, and more in keeping with the statements of holy men and the revelations made to many, that there is a twofold place of Purgatory. Here is some of what Bart Ehrman has written: ..the form of Christianity that began to thrive at the end of the third and beginning of the fourth centuries (Ehrman B. Thus, what is considered to be traditional Christianity developed in the third and fourth centuries, NOT in the early second century. It either does have the faith of the apostles as recorded in the Bible and early church writings or it does not.“For many years, I told myself (and others) that I was going to the nearby Catholic college so I could meet a nice Catholic boy and get married,” Richards recalls.But when she met Levy—who is Jewish—the two quickly became friends and eventually started dating. For dispensations from vows see VOWS and RELIGIOUS ORDERS; and from fasting and abstinence, FAST, ABSTINENCE.This is peculiarly true of ecclesiastical administration.
If the email address you enter belongs to a known site administrator or someone set to receive Wordfence alerts, we will send you an email to help you regain access. Some of these differences should help demonstrate which one is the the true and faithful church. After the death and resurrection of Jesus, our doctrines, practices, policies and traditions have their roots in the original Jerusalem church (Acts 2, c. D.), as well as through the faithful in Antioch & Asia Minor in the first (such as the Apostles Peter, Paul, and John) and second centuries A. (such leaders as Polycarp, Thaseas, Serapion, and Polycrates). Commandment 8 "For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts...thefts... But I say to you, do not swear at all" (Matthew -34). Commandment 10 "Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on" (Matthew ). These are the things which defile a man" (Matthew -20). All these evil things come from within and defile a man" (Mark -23). Notice that even into the 21st century, the Church of God has retained the order of the ten commandments that was even recognized by Catholic-accepted leaders such as Clement of Alexandria and Origen (both of whom were praised by Pope Benedict XVI in 2007). Thus, Jesus Christ declares (Matthew ): "And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but he that shall speak against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, nor in the world to come"... If a man depart this life with lighter faults, he is condemned to fire which burns away the lighter materials, and prepares the soul for the kingdom of God, where nothing defiled may enter. Now the COG does not teach limbo or purgatory per se (see below), yet both the Roman Catholics and the COG believe that God does have a plan for those that are not incorrigibly wicked, other than eternal torment. And to this day neither has it right — because they forsook the instructions of Christ and His apostles (Mc Nair C. For more information on them, see also Is Lent a Christian Holiday? The doctrine of the Catholic Church concerning the Holy Ghost forms an integral part of her teaching on the mystery of the Holy Trinity, of which St. While corroborating and explaining the testimony of Scripture, (Forget J. Church History, Book V, Chapter 19)--and this, combined with selective reporting of history (and the destruction of documents) is probably why we can no longer identify COG leaders by name after the first part of the third century. Regarding morals, Roman Bishop Callistus as well as certain other Popes condoned abortion (see Abortion, the Bible, and a Woman's Right to Choose). The Roman Church even accepted a renumbering of the ten commandments, which I also believe results in a change of faith and morals.Even though Eastern Orthodox and others consider themselves Catholics, for this article, Roman Catholics are defined as those supporting the Roman Catholic Church (which is why the term "Roman" is used). Many of whose followers went throughout the world establishing congregations through the ages. These are the things which defile a man" (Matthew -20). "It is written, 'My house shall be called a house of prayer', but you have made it a den of thieves" (Matthew ). All these evil things come from within and defile a man" (Mark -23). "For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts...false witness... Perhaps it should be mentioned here that Jesus condemned the Pharisees of His day for lawlessness and hypocrisy (Matthew ), essentially because they changed how the ten commandments should be kept because of their traditions (Matthew 15:3-6). "For if on the foundation of Christ you have built not only gold and silver and precious stones (1 Corinthians 3); but also wood and hay and stubble, what do you expect when the soul shall be separated from the body? And both groups, when they refer to the Bible, tend to refer to the same basic passages for support (though we in real COG consider that the world to come is AFTER the second resurrection and the Roman Catholics seem to feel that it is a world that exists now and comes immediately after death--though they believe it is a future world as well--but basically the COG teaches that at a time in the future, all who are alive will be offered salvation and that many will accept it--the Catholics do not seem to have a similar plan for those that are dead prior to that other than purgatory). The Holy Spirit This is an area of major difference, although the earliest writings suggest that both groups originally held the same or similar positions. Augustine (De Trin., I, iii, 5), speaking with diffidence, says: "In no other subject is the danger of erring so great, or the progress so difficult, or the fruit of a careful study so appreciable". Both the COG and the Roman Catholic Church accept perhaps all of these people as leaders in the true Church of God in Asia Minor. One young Catholic told me that the Roman Catholic Church has never changed any doctrine made .Historical writings that the Roman Catholic Church accepts (such as those from Irenaeus of Lyon, c. (Statement of Beliefs of the Continuing Church of God, accessed 09/04/13. Asia Minor was the principal scene of the labours of St. These are the things which defile a man" (Matthew -20). We in the real COG keep the ten commandments as originally written. What Happens After Death for Those Who are Neither Saints Nor Incorrigibly Wicked? Would you enter into heaven with your wood and hay and stubble and thus defile the kingdom of God; or on account of these hindrances would you remain without and receive no reward for your gold and silver and precious stones? It remains then that you be committed to the fire which will burn the light materials; for our God to those who can comprehend heavenly things is called a cleansing fire. It is once again astounding to note that the Roman Catholics claim to have held on to a version of the COG doctrine (which they sometimes call apokatastasis) until the late fourth century! ..Word called the Son, and the Spirit the Wisdom of God. As published in SOCIETY FOR PROMOTING CHRISTIAN KNOWLEDGE. The Holy Spirit...which operates in the prophets, we assert to be an effluence of God, flowing from Him, and returning back again like a beam of the sun (Athenagoras. The essential points of the dogma may be resumed in the following propositions: A. In the New Testament the word spirit and, perhaps, even the expression spirit of God signify at times the soul or man himself, inasmuch as he is under the influence of God and aspires to things above; more frequently, especially in St. If one actually reads and properly understands what the above leaders wrote/taught, they would see that the teachings of these leaders are much, much closer to the teachings of the COG than the Roman Catholic Church. And while that is questionable, let me simply state that this is another box that the Catholics put themselves into.180), items with an imprimatur, and other Catholic sources will be used. Hence current leaders in both groups recognize that the example of the apostles plural. John; he wrote his Apocalypse on the desolate island of Patmos, and his Gospel probably at Ephesus. Both groups believe that God has some type of plan for those that are not incorrigibly wicked. But this fire consumes not the creature, but what the creature has himself built, wood, and hay and stubble. Another article of possible interest may be Purgatory Denied by the Waldenses and Cathari Both groups agree that the Waldenses and others denied purgatory. ...according to the good pleasure of the Father, the Son ministers and dispenses the Spirit to whomsoever the Father wills and as He wills (Irenaeus, St., Bishop of Lyon. The Demonstration of the Apostolic Preaching, Chapters 5,7. Hence, there is an 'alternate' listing of leaders in a spiritual succession from the apostles that most people are unfamiliar with (many of the beliefs, as well as more information on the true second/third/fourth century church can be found in the article The Smyrna Church Era). There is not one statement made by any claimed Bishop of Rome beginning with Linus (Peter's true successor according to current Catholic teaching) for at least a century or so that could truly be called Well, there is simply no record of any claimed bishop of Rome even saying anything (the comments from the letter erroneously called I Clement came from a group in Rome and calls itself only "our advice") until Anicetus (c. D.) and his few statements are not even truly quotes--nor would any Catholic consider them to have been made to have gotten most of their traditions) or that those people were not true to Catholicism.