Most of us recognize that in the beginning the NT church had the following 4 marks about it: it was one, holy, catholic, and apostolic. Today some individuals hold that these 4 marks are the means by which one is to evaluate the validity of any existing ecclesiatical body as being the Church of Jesus Christ.
My question is therefore twofold:
- Is there any existing ecclesialistical body that has ALL four of these marks of the Church?
- Should any such ecclesiastical body be found, does that ecclesialistical body have ALL four of the marks of the Church exclusively to itself?
Note: I do ask one personal priviledge of all those posting here, that we adopt a common way of writing with respect to the terms. My proposal:
If one is using any of the above terms (one, holy, catholic and apostolic) as an adjective to describe the nature of the ecclesiatical body that one NOT capitalize the term.
If one is using the term as being the moniker which identifies that ecclesiastical body that one DOES capitalize the term.
Thus, a few blocks down the street from my house there is an ecclesiastical body that considers itself a church and that has given themselves the name The Apostolic Church. Therefore when speaking of them I will capitalize the letter “A” in their name, but when discussing whether or not they are apostolic in character I will not. Likewise a disccusion as to the catholicity of the Catholic Church would similarly use miniscule “c” and capital “C” respectively. So, a person writing that the NT Church was catholic and a person writing that the NT Church was Catholic would be articulating two different things, and one who wanted to say both would need to say that the NT Church was both catholic and Catholic.