Cturtle, b4 the protestant rising up, the church was considered Christian...
But with the division, it became a necessity...and the term..NOT name was Catholic, meaning, Universal.
So it became the universal church vs the Lutheran church. Luther himself was a priest.
He...being a man, decided he could not prescribe to what the church was about.
Was he correct in forming divisions? Only God does know.
Okcitykid...."The Baptists derive from two different streams. Particular Baptists usually claim a line of descent that goes back to the Reformers.
General Baptists and Landmark Baptists trace their descent from the Anabaptists.
The Baptists are probably the most diverse of all denominations. The Particular Baptists have produced several fine theologians, including John " http://www.gty.org/~phil/baptist.htm
Again, Okcity, only the Catholic church has and can claim being the first church.
yes, ct, I saw where they also threw away icons, returned them, denied the Divinity of Christ, but returned to it again.
In the times you see the conflict of 'theology' it notedly always returns back to the original state of belief.
I mark that as a period of error of men's judgement...and they always return back....AGAIN AND AGAIN..
This gives me trust, that although evil may attempt infiltration with the failing of men's understandings...does show Chirst is watching over the church to keep it on the path to truth and free from apostasy.
Even today, Satan makes all attempts at destroying the churches.
I myself can see how temptation to human lusts can infiltrate the church...and when temptations are given into...then the men of God are corrupted and when they are corrupted
this causes the masses to be confused and led away.
The priests are finding themselves divided again in some ways. Be it over Communions served to reprobates, and what nots, or those who succumb into vile desires....
I shall pray for them...that the spirits of hate for God will not succeed in leading astray yet another soul.