In the Book of Acts, the church is unified in one body with One Spirit, however short of time that lasted. Christ promised to preserve His church. My question is, how do you think He did that? It is easy to eliminate some of the possibilities without much effort. The easiest is to eliminate the RCC. They were not even organized into a church until about 500 AD. They claim Peter as their first Pope, taking office 500 years before the RCC became an entity. So, they were a church before they were not. The RCC has never entertained the idea that the churches in the NT were local autonomous churches. From the history, edicts and proclomation of Catholic bureaucrats thoughout the centuries, it is quite obvioius that the motivation for existence was money, power, and greed. The "church" had people murdered, executed, and banished because they dare stand up to their false doctrine. Today, the RCC has evolved into a collection of false doctrines, power structures, and a claim that they are the one "true church." LOL. So, this becomes the easiest to dismiss. Without getting into the doctrines of the Protestant denominations, although light years closer to Scripture than the RCC, the fact is they did not come into existence until sixteenth century. There is not a denomination called Baptist that came out of the RCC. The vast majority of Baptists today are not arrogant enough without the evidence to claim that their origin is the Apostles (like the RCC, which has no evidence). However, some group or groups of local churches existed along side of the RCC (whenever they started) that mirrored what Christ established as a New Testement church. They followed the Scripture, obeyed the Lord, kept the faith, and faced tremendous persecution. IMO, the Reformation was a positive developement. At least there was some sanity in doctrine bringing much more Scriptural truth than offered by the RCC, although there were differences with these local churches and the main line Protestant groups. This is not a thread about who mirrors that today. It is about how do you think Jesus Christ preserved His church. Any differences of opinion are appreciated.