Can Sin Destroy the Church?

I found this during search on blogs. What should be readily apparent is that as our Church is universal, truths are absolute. From the blog site Roman Catholic Faith.

The Catholic Church and of it being indestructable by sin

"And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven." (Matthew 16:18-19 NAB).

These words of Jesus established the Church as it is know (Mt 16:18) and made Peter as the first Pope and its first earthly leader (Mt 16:19). Undoubtedly the Roman Catholic Church is really the Church that was established by Christ in the Bible. As we all know, the Catholic Church in its archives possesses the original manuscripts of the biblical books and other laws, letters, and writings written by the very first Christians.

Others have said that after the death of the first chosen Apostles this Church has already committed apostasy and did not comply anymore with Christ's true teaching. But as the Bible clearly states: "...and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it." (Mt 16:18). This directly means that the Church shall never be conquered by sin--it will not be overcome by any power in earth or in hell. Yes, its leaders may commit sin, after all, these leaders are just human, still capable of committing sin but as Jesus said it will not be conquered by the gates of the netherworld, meaning it will still continue to exist until the end of time.

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