Practical Application of the Word of God
The short answer to this question is, “No!” Each time we hear it used, we should say, “No!”
That “No!” should produce a fire in our bellies of righteous indignation that the truth of the Word of God has been exchanged for a lie. If it doesn’t, then we are not only asleep, but we have no oil (God’s spirit) in our reserves.
Let’s go to God’s word – the only source that Jesus Christ Himself says is truth – and reprove to ourselves why this is a false and erroneous doctrinal statement.
Who is “the Church?”
The Church is not any physical organization. It is not a building. We do not go to church. We are the Church.
Using our brains, which God gave us, just on a critical thinking and logic basis without anything other than the scriptures listed in the preceding two paragraphs, we should be able to deduce that:
So where did this persistent idea of the Church as the Mother of Christians come from and why is it so appealing (even though it is dead wrong scripturally)?
You may be surprised at its source and the nefarious reason it continues as doctrine (this is not scriptural doctrine, but human doctrine, which we should always be wary of and never trust – the Bible is the only source of truth and trust).
Let’s cut to the chase. Who, in scripture, was the only virgin to become a mother? Jesus Christ’s human mother, Mary.
What human religious organization, which calls itself “the Church,” elevates Mary to a place of worship and is the source of “the Church is our Mother” idea?
The Catholic Church. Here in their own catechism is the source of this false doctrine:
LIFE IN CHRIST
MAN’S VOCATION LIFE IN THE SPIRIT
GOD’S SALVATION: LAW AND GRACE
THE CHURCH, MOTHER AND TEACHER
2030 It is in the Church, in communion with all the baptized, that the Christian fulfills his vocation. From the Church he receives the Word of God containing the teachings of “the law of Christ.”72 From the Church he receives the grace of the sacraments that sustains him on the “way.” From the Church he learns the example of holiness and recognizes its model and source in the all-holy Virgin Mary; he discerns it in the authentic witness of those who live it; he discovers it in the spiritual tradition and long history of the saints who have gone before him and whom the liturgy celebrates in the rhythms of the sanctoral cycle.”
All human religious organizational constructs have elements of Catholicism in them in terms of worship rituals, service structure, and even the physical layout of services (we the Church, the ekklesia go to services, by the way).
Although I don’t agree with the response of this book, which goes into a opposite and wrong ditch in many erroneous ways, Pagan Christianity by Frank Viola and George Barna shows just how much of Catholism is still present in the way all religious organizations construct their services.
Why then would humanly-constructed religious organizations that routinely slam the Catholic Church as the epitome of religious deception retain and perpetuate one of the key tenets of the Catholic Church’s catechism?
Because it’s useful as a control mechanism.
Go back and read the included section very carefully.
You will find the things we have preached at us ad nauseum:
So the first point is a false doctrine appropriated from the Catholic Church.
We’ve already shown that the Church, the ekklesia cannot be “the Mother,” so this second point is also a false doctrine appropriated from the Catholic Church.
We’re sleeping spiritually and now is the time to wake up!
We are responsible for, as the Bereans did, testing and proving all things from the word of God (never ever just accepting things that have been handed down generationally through humans) and holding fast to what is good (in other words, what is true!).
The questions we must ask and answer of ourselves and for ourselves continually are: