For those who believe the RCC is the Church, "the occupant of the See of Rome the successor of Peter in the supreme pastorate," no further proof is needed.
For those who do not believe the RCC is the Church, "the occupant of the See of Rome the successor of Peter in the supreme pastorate," no further un-Scriptural proof can be given.
Why do you think hundreds of protestant pastors haver converting to Catholicism in the last 15 years?
I have two answers:
1) An outpouring of the Holy Spirit
2) The internet, which provides easily accessible information about the early Church
I may also say that many Catholics have converted to Protestantism as well.
One reason why this happens is that many are seeking truth. They often will jump from church to church. The problem is you will not likely find the true church if you are looking to the institutional church system or some affiliation or historical facts Truth is not always in historical evidences or tradition. for the church is based on faith in Christ and the Holy spirit and not men or institutions. The church is a relation and not affiliation. True we need the fellowship of other believers and teachers. but you will not really find truth until you seek Christ with all your heart. As it says"trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understand but in all thy ways acknowledge Him and he shall direct thy path." When you put Christ at the very center of all you are and do then you will find truth.
It is true that Satan has masterfully injected confusion into this thing we call Christianity so we often will look at the wrong things while looking for truth. Protestant catholic really has little to with finding the truth for truth is revealed truth and that truth is in the person of Jesus Christ There are no pet denominations in Gods kingdom but only those who walk in the Spirit.
Jumping from one church or denomination to another is not an outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
There was a mighty outpouring of the Holy spirit on the day of Pentecost that caused thousands to receive Christ. this can still and does happen today. People who are transformed by the Holy Spirits power. This is not something you join but something you experience. It is a revaltion of the truth that Jesus is the Lord of Lords and the king of kings. The only way of salvation. A witness so strong that many were willing to die for that truth.
I can only liken it to " I once was lost but now I'm found. I was once blind but now I see."
No affiliation will ever make these words come alive in you but the Holy Spirit, the same Holy spirit that moved in Peter at Pentecost when He stood up And said.
This is that which was prophesied bu the Prophet Joel
And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: 18 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: 19 And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: 20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come: 21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
. Acts 2:17-21
God bless His Holy Name