Dr. Jim West rightly observes the unchanging stance of the Institutional Roman Church.
When Christ stated to Peter that He would build His church on the rock of The Father’s revelation to him, Peter, Christ spoke of a spiritual body of Christians composing an organism. Christ did not authorize setting up an institutional hierarchy to control entrance into heaven or less time in an non-existing purgatory. Paul tells the Corinthians that there is “One Body”. This “One Body” is all believers known by Christ from His crucifiction until now. So according to the authoritative Scriptures, its better to think of the church not as an organization, but an organism. This definition of the church pictured as and organism is true both on the local level and universally. Paul wrote to a church and said they were members of one another. On the universal level the church is called a body.
Jim West’s post concerns false practice, my comments show that no warrant exists to their (Rome) supposed authority.
In its latest attempt to keep up with the times the Vatican has married one of its oldest traditions to the world of social media by offering “indulgences” to followers of Pope Francis‘ tweets. The church’s granted indulgences reduce the time Catholics believe they will have to spend in purgatory after they have confessed and been absolved of their sins. The remissions got a bad name in the Middle Ages because unscrupulous churchmen sold them for large sums of money. But now indulgences are being applied to the 21st century.
But a senior Vatican official warned web-surfing Catholics that indulgences still required a dose of old-fashioned faith, and that paradise was not just a few mouse clicks away. “You can’t obtain indulgences like getting a coffee from a vending machine,” Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, head of the pontifical council for social communication, told the Italian daily…
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