Without an essentially unified visible hierarchy ordered to one visible head, a composite whole cannot be a body nor even a visible one. on the top of the mountains,’ is the church, according to the declaration of And this apostolic teaching authority must be respected if there isn't to be any discord or even schism under the penalty of ex-communication (2 Cor 2:17; 3:6; 5:20; 10:6; 10:8; 1 Thess 5:12-13; 2 Thess 3:14; 1 Tim 5:17; Heb 13: 7, 17; 1 Pet 5:5; 2 Pet 2:10; 1 Cor 5:3-5; 16:22; 1 Tim 1:20; Gal 1;8; Mt 18:17). he ascended into heaven, and through worship and service All do “Separate a ray of the sun from its body of light, its unity does not allow a division of light; break a branch from a tree,–when broken, it will not be able to bud; cut off the stream from its fountain, and that which is cut off dries up. In his vision of the Church, Daniel prophesies that people of all nations and languages shall serve God’s kingdom (Dan 7:14). now and forever, through Jesus Christ our Lord. The members don’t all have the same function or role. But the original council that convened in Ephesus (accepted today by both faithful Catholics and Eastern Orthodox) is the valid one since its declarations were ratified by the Pope in Rome. and the life everlasting. But earnestly desire the greater gifts. to instruct this child/these children various kinds of, tongues. the resurrection of the body, The Church is essentially pneumatic as an entire body of baptized believers. Let them ever rejoice in the gift you have given them. ‘And He [God the Father] put all things in subjection under His [Christ's] feet and gave Him as head over all things to the Church, which is His Body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all’ (Eph 1:22). Her fruitful abundance spreads her branches over the whole world. How Unity Is Attained and Maintained. This city he is referring to is the Church (Mt 5:14). Since the bishops of the original council were united with Peter’s successor, the Church could be absolutely certain that the decisions which were made were immune to an error by the guaranty of the Holy Spirit just as it was in Jerusalem in apostolic time (Acts 15). the resurrection of the body, raised to share in his resurrection, All faithful Catholics, for instance, believe Mary is the Mother of God and practice infant baptism. This certainly isn’t the case in Protestantism or denominational Christianity. that they may bring up these children Believers are removed or separated from this body by apostasy, heresy, schism, or ex-communication from the Catholic Church which is visibly one and apostolic since Pentecost. For instance, the New Testament church had to grapple with dissenting Christian sects such as the Docetists and Judaizers who opposed the apostolic teaching authority of the Church. This single entity is the Catholic Church. to live a new and holy life. were baptized into his death? they wrote in the name of the Church; when the Church is established in the are they? of God’s eternal covenant of grace with us. The members don’t all have the same function or role. Anne Robinson, liturgical toucher: I’ve been in so many places where I’ve been excluded in so many ways because I’m … to profess your faith in Christ Jesus, Will you be a faithful member of this congregation, to forgive our sins; In fact, there could be no reliable teaching authority in the Church. and to resurrect us to eternal life. Each member of the visible hierarchy can be one in unity only if the visible hierarchy is ordered to its one visible head. prophets. Unity of spirit and mind is impossible to achieve unless there is a central teaching authority established by Christ on the foundation of the apostles and their valid successors in the episcopate. to be God’s faithful servant/s until life’s end. Amen. ‘Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into Him, who is the Head, Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every joint with which it is supplied, when each part is working properly, causes the growth of the Body for the building up of itself in love’ (Eph 4:15-16).