A Scriptural and historical response to those who wonder whether Catholics are actually Christians. Is the Catholic Church authentic, authoritative and apostolic? Are Catholics Christians? Find out in this presentation where facts shall be separated from fiction.
Who is a Christian?
Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ. “Christos” is Greek which means “anointed” i.e. The Anointed One according to the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, as well as other books of the Bible.
The word Christian is derived from the Biblical Greek word “Christianos” which means “a follower of Christ”. It is used to refer to those who followed the lifestyle and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth and have been baptized.
The earliest usage of the word “Christian” is found in the Acts of the Apostles written by St. Luke. Here the word was used to refer to followers of Jesus of Nazareth who were in Antioch. St. Luke writes: “and in Antioch the disciples were for the first time called Christians.” – Acts 11:26 RSV
Who is a Catholic?
The word Catholic comes from the Greek adjective “katholikos” which means “universal” which is derived from “kata” meaning “according to” and “holos” meaning “whole”.
Note: The word “Catholic” is used in the Apostles’, Nicene, and Athanasian creeds and many non-Catholics try to claim it for themselves by arguing that the “catholic church” is the invisible, universal brotherhood of all believers. This is unfortunately an unhistorical view that deliberately overlooks the actual use of the word at the time these creeds were written.
Ironically like the word “Christian”, the word “Catholic” also was used by a bishop of Antioch named Ignatius. In his letter written to Christians in Smyrna, He says: “Let that be deemed a proper Eucharist, which is (administered) either by the bishop, or by one to whom he has entrusted it. Wherever the bishop shall appear, there let the multitude (of the people) also be; even as, wherever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church.” (Letter to the Smyrneans 8:2 — A.D. 110)
St. Irenaeus of Lyon: “The truth is to be found nowhere else but in the Catholic Church, the sole depository of apostolic doctrine. Heresies are of recent formation, and cannot trace their origin up to the apostles.” (Against Heresies 3:4 — A.D. 189)
St. Cyril of Jerusalem: “And if you ever are visiting in cities, do not inquire simply where the house of the Lord is–for the others, sects of the impious, attempt to call their dens ‘houses of the Lord’–nor ask merely where the Church is, but where is the Catholic Church. For this is the name peculiar to this holy Church, the Mother of us all, which is the Spouse of our Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God” (Catechetical Lectures 18:26 — A.D. 350)
A Catholic is a member of the Church that traces its origin all the way back to Christ and His Holy Apostles.
St. Pacian: “And shall the Fathers rather follow our authority, and the antiquity of Saints give way to be emended by us, and times now putrifying through their sins, pluck out the grey hairs of Apostolic age? And yet, my brother, be not troubled; Christian is my name, but Catholic my surname. The former gives me a name, the latter distinguishes me. By the one I am approved; by the other I am but marked.” (Epistle to Sympronian 7 — A.D. 375)
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YES!Â Catholics are Christians.
For over 1000 years there was only the Catholic Church. In the year 1054, a schism occurred in the Church and the eastern part of the Church split off. They are known today as the Eastern Orthodox Church.Â In the 1500’s some Catholics decided to break off from the Catholic Church and start their own churches which is known as the Protestant Reformation.
The Catholic Church is the single tree every other Christian denomination has broken off from, each taking a truth with it, but leaving a little behind every time a branch breaks off.
– – – written byÂ Godwin Delali Adadzie. He is passionate about separating facts from fiction in this age of information chaos. He strongly believes that faith and reason are two sides of the same coin. He is an African, Roman Catholic, Writer, Coder, Myths and Half-Truths Buster.
3 thoughts on “Are Catholics Christians?”
Absolutely wrong Catholics are not christians according to the word of God ( Bible).It is a barbarian religion with all pagan culture.Full of rituals and customs which is removed by Jesus Christ the saviour of the whole humanity. It can be proved in lot of ways.I will suggest one book named The Two Babylons by Rev Dr Alexander Hislop, if possible read. May God Bless You
Longer answer — If by “Catholic” you mean strictly Roman Catholic, the matter needs clarification. The Faith is itself catholic. For example, recently the Eastern Rite became acceptable to the Roman Church.
The Roman Church is itself a part of the True Church. Like a human institution, the Church has changed over time. The essential, by which I mean required, doctrine is salvation comes from God through Christ; there is no other way. I think the Roman Church has always remembered this.
Envy is profitless. There is nothing to be gained by speculating whether Roman Catholicism is more the true doctrine.
Indeed the Scripture suggests more ‘catholic’ point of view. As it is written, “For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body–Jews or Greeks, slaves or free–and all were made to drink of one Spirit. For the body does not consist of one member but of many. (1 Corinthians 12:12-14).”
There are different practices, ranging from Messianic Jew to the Orthodox Greek — and more, none better than the other. But there is one Spirit, which is the Spirit of God. God is the Sovereign who makes us one.
May the God who makes us one bless and protect you.
I believe what is more important is our personal relationship with Jesus Christ (Yeshua Hamashiac). The word catholic means worldwide. Therefore catholic church would mean worldwide church which could be interpreted as the “body” of Christ (i.e. the Church). The Roman Catholic Church is a subset of that Church (the body of Christ). I believe there are true followers of Jesus in the RC Church as well as in other Christian denominations just as there are “non-followers” in both groups. There are those who profess the “faith” by their lips but are not “doers” of the Word.
To a greater revelation of our Lord and Saviour (Jesus Christ),