Today I was thinking and something randomly popped into my head. The Reformation happened because many believed that the Roman Catholic Church had fallen into a state of apostasy, and therefore, fell away from God. Even today, the faiths that emerged from the seperation of the Catholic Church view Her as invalid.
Below is what I do not understand, though.
Those who believe that the Roman Catholic Church experienced an apostasy (and is still in one) believe that up until the apostasy occurred, that the Church was in good standing in the eyes of God. Everything up until the apostasy was correct. That means that at one point, in their eyes, the Roman Catholic Church really was the true dominion of God, until the Papacy supposedly “abandoned” God.
Jesus said, though, that “…And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Matthew 16:18. I’m assuming that by this, Jesus meant that there would never be an apostasy.
By Jesus saying this, and then an apostasy supposedly happening, wouldn’t it diminish any credibility in the Bible? Wouldn’t that mean that Jesus was incorrect, and thus, all of Christianity was incorrect, which would go directly against the beliefs of those who seperated from the Church. How do the sects that split from the Catholic Church justify this?
In my opinion, the entire Great Apostasy has no legs to stand on, because this one sentence in the Bible, in which the Son of God promises that his Church shall never be changed in a way that would disobey the Father. The Holy Roman Catholic Church has always been the true dominion of our Creator, and always will be, as stated to us by Jesus. I apologize if I rambled a bit, but I would like to know how a critic of the Catholic Church could ever defend the Great Apostasy, because to me, this one sentence in the Bible ends every argument in existence.