The Belgic Confession
The Catholic Christian Church
We believe and
profess one catholic or universal Church, which is a holy
congregation of true Christian believers, all expecting their
salvation in Jesus Christ, being washed by His blood, sanctified
and sealed by the Holy Spirit.
This Church has
been from the beginning of the world, and will be to the end
thereof; which is evident from this that Christ is an eternal
King, which without subjects He cannot be. And this holy Church
is preserved or supported by God against the rage of the whole
world; though it sometimes for a while appears very small, and
in the eyes of men to be reduced to nothing; as during the
perilous reign of Ahab the Lord reserved unto Him seven thousand
men who had not bowed their knees to Baal.
holy Church is not confined, bound, or limited to a certain
place or to certain persons, but is spread and dispersed over
the whole world; and yet is joined and united with heart and
will, by the power of faith, in one and the same Spirit.
Confession of Faith