Is it the "True" Church?


Binding and Loosing

by Bill Wong


The Roman Catholic Church believes it is the true church.  The pope as head of the Roman Catholic Church believes he represents God/Christ on earth and has the power to modify the commandments of God and create his own commandments in addition to or superseding those written in the Bible, the holy word of God. “Binding and loosing” is often cited as why it has the authority to do things that are not found in the Bible.  However, this is utterly wrong and a misunderstanding and abuse of the term.  We will see how binding and loosing cannot be used to explain how the Roman Catholic Church destroys, changes and replaces Bible truth with its own erroneous man-made ideology and practices.


To bind and loose means to forbid/prevent (bind) and allow/permit (loose).

Most translators did a terrible job translating Matthew 16:19 and make it sound like whatever Peter and the apostles do on earth will be honored in heaven. In other words, what is done on earth by Peter who as the supposed first pope (this is also false) allows the Roman Catholic Church to also do whatever it wants, will then be honored (like becoming law) in both heaven and earth.  This is how it reads in most English Bibles:


Matthew 16:

18   And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church,

          and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.

19   And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven,

          and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven."    (NKJV)



However, it is the reverse that is true.  The Lord Jesus actually said that whatever the apostles do will ALREADY HAVE BEEN BOUND in heaven.  It is what is allowed in heaven that will then be allowed on earth (what is loosed in heaven is then loosed on earth).  This means that the apostles can only do what God has already ordained in heaven for them to do on earth. Look at a good Greek-English interlinear or a good word-for-word translation Bible such as below.

This is Young's:

19 and I will give to thee the keys of the reign of the heavens, and whatever thou mayest bind upon the earth shall be HAVING BEEN BOUND IN THE HEAVENS, and whatever thou mayest loose upon the earth shall be HAVING BEEN LOOSED IN THE HEAVENS.' 

This is Mounce Reverse Interlinear:

19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will HAVE BEEN BOUND IN HEAVEN, and whatever you loose on earth will HAVE BEEN LOOSED IN HEAVEN.”

In other words, God commands it in heaven and only then do the apostles do it on earth.


This means that whatever the Roman Catholic Church does and says it has the authority to change or create, MUST ALREADY BE IN THE BIBLE, because Holy Scripture is inspired by God and comes from heaven. 


So is this the case with what the Roman Catholic Church does?



One of the most blatant examples of the Roman Catholic Church’s un-Biblical practices using its supposed authority to bind and loose is when it replaces the Law of God with its own.  In the Bible, the first 4 of the 10 Commandments pertain to the worship of God specifically (no other gods; no idolatry; do not make His name useless; observe the Sabbath).  However, in the Roman Catholic Church’s version of the 10 Commandments, the 2nd Commandment regarding idolatry is removed and all others are moved up to fill the empty #2 slot which leaves the 10th Commandment regarding coveting open.  The Roman Catholic Church fixes this by dividing the 9th Commandment (which was the 10th moved up one position) into two to be #9 and #10.  It must be noted that the Bible stresses idolatry as one of the main reasons why people end up not worshipping God in spirit and truth, and these people and even entire nations fall away from God.


The reader should immediately see that the Roman Catholic Church is wrong to do this, because the 10 Commandments of God were clearly loosed in heaven to be loosed on earth and recorded in God-inspired Holy Scripture.  Binding and loosing originates in heaven which the 10 Commandments surely did, but nowhere can we find in the Bible that God changed His law or created a new law.  If He were to change His law, such a command must also originate/be loosed from heaven and be recorded in the Bible; the Bible is the evidence of God’s will on earth.  Therefore, if a doctrine/teaching or law claims to be holy and right, but is not in the Bible, than its absence in the Bible is proof that it is simply not from God (loosed from heaven to earth).  The Roman Catholic Church’s laws, doctrines and traditions do not come from heaven, but are fleshly and of the earth, opposing the Bible and the will of God which are truly loosed from heaven. 


In this example, despite what the Roman Catholic Church says, it does practice idolatry (adoration of angels, deceased saints, images, relics, etc.) and has deceived all its believers to do the same; this is why its version of the 10 Commandments removed idolatry from its very prominent spot as the 2nd Commandment.  Out of sight is out of mind to more easily convince and deceive the masses many centuries ago (the Roman Catholic Church sought most of all to grow by assimilating pagan believers/practices into it), and now people today do not even think anything of it at all, because it is tradition that is deeply engrained in their minds.  Where God says idolatry is a great sin and not to be done, the Roman Catholic Church has deceived many to commit idolatry by its many lies that are human reasoning, appeals to the flesh and distortions of God’s word (Proverbs 14:12 “there is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death).



Let us continue to address if the Roman Catholic Church’s claimed authority to bind or loose is true and gives it the power to create its own commandments and traditions that remove and replace the commandments of God.  We will remain on the topic of the 10 Commandments, because another major abuse of this supposed power is the Roman Catholic Church’s self-proclaimed authority and act of changing or replacing God’s 7th day Sabbath (God’s 4th Commandment) with its own created “special” day it calls the Lord’s Day which is the 1st day of the week, Sunday.  Its Sunday worship overrides and substitutes God’s sanctified 7th day Sabbath which is for all people by saying that the “Lord’s Day” – Sunday, is for Christians and the 7th day Sabbath is only for Jews.  Sunday is often called the “Christian Sabbath” in opposition and juxtaposition to the supposed “Jewish Sabbath” which is in reality God’s Sabbath.


This lie has been passed down to Protestants who have been deceived ever since (most Christianity is deceived since Roman Catholicism and Protestantism comprise the vast majority of believers in Christ).


Where the Roman Catholic Church using binding and loosing to create its own 10 Commandments which does away with God’s 2nd Commandment to not commit idolatry is more easily seen, its attempt to change God’s Sabbath day is not as obvious.  Meaning that we can see God’s 2nd Commandment about idolatry is missing, but the Sabbath commandment is still there (even though it is the 3rd Commandment in their version and not the 4th Commandment like it is supposed to be in the Bible).  In other words, regarding idolatry, it was easier for the Roman Catholic Church to remove it from sight to help deceive people, but in the case of the Sabbath, it left it there to use it to create its own “special” day and divide not only believers from the truth, but also the Jews from non-Jews. 


We must remember that the Roman Empire and its Church (later to be called the Roman Catholic Church) persecuted the true church – which were both Jew and non-Jew believers in Messiah who walked as He did, holy and obedient to the Law of His father.  This was “the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 1:3).  It was Roman Catholicism that created the division between Jews and Christians, saying that the Law is only for Jews. It said non-Jewish believers must not be with Jewish believers nor do “Jewish” things, and those who did would be persecuted or killed.  On top of these supposedly “Jewish”-only things was God’s 7th day Sabbath, the 4th Commandment.   Roman Catholicism persecuted the true church and did away with the commandments of God, and instead called itself the true church, creating its own commandments and traditions of men for Christians (non-Jews or Jews who renounced God’s laws) which the Lord Jesus warned us not to do. 


When we look into its claim that it has the right to do whatever it wants regarding God’s Sabbath day and can create its own worship day instead, we will see even more clearly why the Roman Catholic Church is dead wrong in saying that the concept of binding and loosing gives it power to do whatever it wants on earth as representative of God/Christ.  We will see the truth that binding and loosing originates from heaven and not the other way around as the Roman Catholic Church believes and does, and that the Roman Catholic Church has no God-given authority at all to do anything by binding and loosing or otherwise in contradiction to the Bible.  Its doctrines and traditions do not originate from God, but from men.  At the same time, we will see that the Law of God is not obsolete, but it still applies to ALL mankind – both Jews and non-Jews.  The Law of God, include His 7th day Sabbath, is not just “for Jews” or “Jewish”; it is for everyone.



The Bible teaches that the 7th day Sabbath is for all mankind since Creation week. God created it and then blessed it and sanctified it (the only day of the week blessed and made holy) and then gave it to man. The Sabbath was made for man (all man, not just Jews), and not man for the Sabbath, and the Lord Jesus is the Lord of the Sabbath. The Sabbath and the Lord of the Sabbath is not "just for Jews", but the Sabbath and the Messiah are for all people - Jew and Gentile:


Genesis 2:

1    Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished.

2    And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.

3    Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.     (NKJV)


Mark 2:

27   Jesus said to them, "The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.

28   "So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath."    (NASB)



So since what is in heaven comes first before being done on earth, then the question we must ask ourselves really is:


"Did God declare in heaven that His 7th day Sabbath has been nullified or changed/replaced by the 1st day Sunday?"

The Lord Jesus already said He is the Lord of the Sabbath. He also said that He did not come to destroy the Law and it will endure longer than heaven and earth. We are also told that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever:


Matthew 5:

17   Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.

18    For truly I say to you, Till heaven and earth pass, one stroke or one pronunciation mark shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.    (AKJV)


Hebrews 13:

8    Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.    (NASB)


In addition, we are told the Ark of the Covenant (also called the Ark or Tabernacle of the Testimony) which contains God's Law, appears in the end times:

Revelation 11:
19    Then the temple of God was opened in heaven, and the ark of His covenant was seen in His temple. And there were lightnings, noises, thunderings, an earthquake, and great hail.    (NKJV)


Revelation 15:

5    After these things I looked, and behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened.   (NKJV)



Also in the end times, God's people are defined as those who keep the commandments and have faith in Christ:


Revelation 12:

17   So the dragon was enraged with the woman, and went off to make war with the rest of her children, who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus.   (NASB)

Revelation 14:
12   Here is the perseverance of the saints who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus.    (NASB)

If we are being completely objective and do not just believe traditions or fear change for God and truth's sake, we will see that the answer is:


No, the Sabbath was not changed in heaven and therefore was not changed on the earth either.



The Bible tells us the Lord of the Sabbath does not change and neither did the Law of God change (in heaven or earth). This means the 7th day Sabbath (the 4th Commandment), of which He is the Lord, did not change either. The Law of God cannot change on earth, because it was never changed in heaven just like the Lord Jesus does not change.

Remember, Jesus said He did not come to destroy the Law --- but where did Jesus come from and what was the state of the Law? Jesus came from heaven and the Law was in force; and He does not change yesterday, today or forever. This means the Law of God stands in heaven when He was in heaven and was not made obsolete when He later came down to earth. The Law, just like Him, stays forever and is more durable than heaven and earth, just as He told and showed us.

Jesus did not destroy the Law, but when He came He made it greater and showed us it applies even more than ever to all believers - both Jew and non-Jew:


Matthew 5:

21    "You have heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.'

22   But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, 'Raca!' shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, 'You fool!' shall be in danger of hell fire.

23   Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you,

24   leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.

25   Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are on the way with him, lest your adversary deliver you to the judge,

         the judge hand you over to the officer, and you be thrown into prison.

26   Assuredly, I say to you, you will by no means get out of there till you have paid the last penny.

27   "You have heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not commit adultery.'

28   But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

29   If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.

30   And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.    (NKJV)



Of course Jesus magnified the Law of God.  This is because the New Covenant requires God’s laws to now be written inside the believers – in our hearts and minds; this is how God and Christ dwell within us:


Hebrews 10:

16   "This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the LORD: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,"

17   then He adds, "Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more."    (NKJV)



In heaven, His father commanded Him to do this on earth. What Jesus did with the Heavenly Father's law is a true example of how the binding and loosing should be done: ordained in heaven first before being implemented on earth. Jesus was given a command in heaven (already bound in heaven) and performs the will of His father, saying and doing everything His father gave Him to do (performs it/binds it on earth):

John 12:

49   "For I did not speak on My own initiative, but the Father Himself who sent Me has given Me a commandment as to what to say and what to speak.

50   "I know that His commandment is eternal life; therefore the things I speak, I speak just as the Father has told Me."    (NASB)


What the Lord of the Sabbath said is the Law goes beyond heaven and earth. His father told Him to say that. The Lord of the Sabbath does not change and neither does the Law.  Both are from heaven and then come down to earth.  


So with Jesus elevating the Law, such as murder is also hate (6th Commandment) and adultery is also lust (7th Commandment), then we would expect that God’s 7th day Sabbath (4th Commandment) is also expanded and made more powerful and applicable to the believer.  And it is, because now the Law of God is written into our hearts and minds to become a part of us and who we are, and we know that the Lord Jesus Christ is the Lord of the Sabbath – this is because as the one through whom God, His father creates all things, this means that the Lord Jesus had a hand in the creation of the 7th day Sabbath:


1 Corinthians 8:

6    yet for us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and through whom we live.   (NKJV)


Colossians 1:

15   He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.

16   For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.

17   And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.    (NKJV)



Therefore, this means the 7th day Sabbath has even more meaning to the believer of Christ and the day that belongs to the Lord of the Sabbath is the 7th day Sabbath --- the Sabbath day is the Lord’s day, not Sunday.  He created the Sabbath; it is His day that He gives to all mankind as a gift so we may be one with Him.  The 7th day Sabbath is part of God's Law and has not been removed, changed or replaced by Sunday.  It is loosed on heaven and then to earth. 


With all we have read:  Jesus who does not change is the Creator and Lord of the Sabbath, and the Law also does not change, this means that the 7th day Sabbath is for all mankind and stays exactly where it is.  To minimize the Sabbath or try to do away with it; or try to replace it or move its solemnity to another day (Sunday) of man’s creation, is to change it and make it obsolete – but God tells us clearly in the Bible that it is not obsolete at all and actually is magnified, and applies even more to all believers in Christ.



Sunday is simply not part of God's Law – ever. God’s Law comes from heaven first before being given on earth and His sanctified day of rest and worship is the 7th day Sabbath, and so to believe Sunday is commanded by God is to actually teach the opposite of what to bind and loose really is.  To bind and loose starts in heaven and then to earth, and it is not the reverse direction like the Roman Catholic Church erroneously teaches, which is that what it does on earth then goes to heaven.  To believe Sunday is commanded by God is to also say all of Holy Scripture stating God, Christ and the Law endure forever are lies.


Sunday is a tradition of the Roman Catholic Church that has deceived almost everyone.  Sunday worship simply never came from heaven ever.  It is the Sabbath, which as part of God’s Law, endures forever and was from heaven and then came to earth.  Sunday just appeared on earth as the invention of men.

The Bible tells us the 7th day Sabbath originated in heaven and stands from Creation week into the end times and past heaven and earth.  No person or institution on earth has the power or authority to change what is decreed (bound and loosed) in heaven since the beginning of Creation to be given to us on earth.  The Roman Catholic Church cannot change it, but it thinks it can.  However, what it really did was to blind and deceive millions of people to disobey God’s commandments and to instead observe its own man-made and sinful commandments which mock God.


All of God’s commandments originated from the throne of our Heavenly Father and were given to all of mankind.  The laws of God have never changed, because God and the Word and Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ, do not change.  Jesus came to declare His father as His father commanded.  The commandments of God were loosed from heaven to be loosed on earth.  What God forbids (binds) are the traditions of man that overrides and nullifies/makes obsolete the commandments of God; God already forbids (binds) this in heaven, to also be forbidden on earth:


Mark 7:

8    For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men --- the washing of pitchers and cups,

          and many other such things you do."

9    He said to them, "All too well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition.

10   For Moses said, 'Honor your father and your mother'; and, 'He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.'

11   But you say, 'If a man says to his father or mother, "Whatever profit you might have received from me is Corban" ---

         (that is, a gift to God),

12   then you no longer let him do anything for his father or his mother,

13   making the word of God of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down. And many such things you do."    (NKJV)


Matthew 15:

5    But you say, 'Whoever says to his father or mother, "Whatever profit you might have received from me is a gift to God" ---

6    then he need not honor his father or mother.' Thus you have made the commandment of God of no effect by your tradition.

7   Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying:

8   ' These people draw near to Me with their mouth, And honor Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me.

9    And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.' "     (NKJV)



The traditions and commandments of the Roman Catholic Church are traditions of men that make God’s commandments of no effect which Christ teaches against. These traditions seek to do away with and replace the commandments of God with the commandments of men.  Christ forbids it and calls those who substitute the teachings of men in place of God’s holy word, hypocrites.  What God binds and looses in heaven cannot be overridden, but stands eternally even on earth, enduring longer than heaven and earth itself.  From its beginning, these false traditions of men – the Roman Catholic Church, have existed to wrongfully divide God’s word and God’s people, to create and spread the lie that God’s laws are for Jews only and Messiah is for Gentiles only.


No, the Bible truth is that the same commandments of God from heaven are for both Jews and non-Jews on earth, just like the same Son of God and Messiah is for both Jews and non-Jews.  


What God has already bound in heaven is then applied to earth, and not the other way around.  Men cannot contradict God’s commandments and try to replace or circumvent them by just inventing their own commandments, and then think their invention will be honored in heaven.  No, this is not what the Bible teaches.  The Bible teaches that when men do this, they are proud and oppose God to His face, deceive themselves and are hypocrites who say they honor God, but their actions show what is in their hearts which is actually far from God and His ways, and engage in false worship.  The Bible tells us that the heart is deceitful and wicked above all things (Jeremiah 17:9) and this is the heart of the Roman Catholic Church, showing us clearly that it does not have the Law of God written into its heart and mind. 


Unfortunately, the Roman Catholic Church and its pope does not only deceive itself, but have used binding and loosing to deceive and mislead many to obey their own commandments of men instead of the commandments of God.   However, their teachings and traditions wrong; their version of the commandments of God is in truth a perversion of the Law of God.  


It is far past time earnest believers in God learn the truth that what God declares in heaven cannot be revoked, but applies to everyone on earth.  It is time the serious seekers of God’s truth worship God in spirit and truth and stop keeping the traditions of men passed down to them, but keep only the laws of God created in heaven and given to men on earth.  Everyone must understand that the true body of Christ is NOT the Roman Catholic Church.  The true body of Christ consists of worshippers in spirit and truth; the worship of God in spirit and truth is the faith once for all delivered to the saints (Jude 1:3) – this faith of the apostles and disciples have the loving obedience to the laws of God and faith in Messiah.  These are the worshippers our God seeks:


John 4:

22   You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews.

23   But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.

24   God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."    (NKJV)



God’s truth is above all – will you follow it no matter what the cost?



Please also read the article ‘Peter – not the Rock of the Roman Catholic Church’ and others in this section, as well as the articles regarding the Sabbath truth in the section ‘Law of God’.




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