What else is there?

What else has Christ's Authority besides the

Holy Bible?


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Many Protestants are surprised to learn that the *SOLA* in Sola Scriptura, or the "Bible Only" idea is not taught anywhere in the Holy Scriptures. I.e., nowhere do the Holy Scriptures claim to be the ONLY or "Supreme Authority" for God's Word as their pastor's "Statement of Faith" may state, nowhere. Nowhere does the Holy Bible teach the "Sola" or the "Only" or a rejection of the teaching authority of Christ's Church.

In fact the Holy Scriptures do not even *imply* the idea that the Bible is the *Sole* Infallible Rule of Faith, and the Teachings of the Apostles (Apostolic Tradition) are secondary to anyone and everyone's interpretation of the Holy Bible. If you don't believe this statement, explore the link below.
(Does your pastor quote 2 Tim 3:16? Click here to read verse 15, the whole of chapter 3 and its implications. Is the Bible Only idea Biblical?)
Yet before rejecting the "Bible Only" idea as UNBiblical, many ask:

"What else is there, what else has Christ's Authority besides the Holy Bible?"

The issue can also be asked:

Does the Bible teach that anything OTHER than the Holy Scriptures is to be considered with Christ's authority and without error?

The answer is best revealed through the very words of Holy Writ. What does the Holy Bible say about itself and what does it say about Christ's Holy Church? A Bible Believing Christian embraces the sacred words of the Holy Bible. He doesn't discount them if they don't fit his present theology. He embraces without equivocation, what they say and what they mean. Are you a Bible Believing Christian?


=>Does Christ ever command that his Gospel be based on a book or even exclusively on a book? Or did he say it would be based on his Gospel as he delivered it to his Holy Church? Scripture tells us in Matt 16:16-19 that his Gospel is to be based on and taught through his Church, not anyone's and everyone's interpretation of a book.

"And I say that thou art Peter, and on this rock I will build my church and the gates of Hell will not prevail against it, I give you the keys to kingdom of Heaven, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in Heaven and what ever you loosen on earth will be loosened in Heaven." Matt 16:16-19.

=>Did Christ ever command that the teaching of his Gospel be taught exclusively a book? Or did he *explicitly* give this charge to his Church?
"Teach them to observe all I have taught you and behold I am with you always until the end of the world" Matt 28:20.

=>Did our Lord Jesus Christ ever even command that this book, the NT Bible be written? No.

=>Does Christ call a book the "Pillar and foundation of Truth" or his Church?

"The Church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of truth" 1 Tim 3:15.
=>Does Christ command men to "listen to" and follow a book (that was not even written yet), or his Church? In Matt 18:17 Christ himself admonishes his disciples to: "hear his Church". Why would Protestants reject the Church Christ himself started if Christ tells us to hear this very Church? And *what* verse in the "soon to be written" New Testament instructs Christians to "no longer hear" Christ's Church?

=> What does Christ call his Body? A Book or his Holy Church, the Body of Christ?


"And he is the head of the body, the church"Colossians 1:18 and

[Paul's Labor for the Church] "Now I rejoice in what was suffered for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ's afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church." Colossians 1:24

=>Did Christ say he would be with a *book* until the end of the world,,, or his Church?
Since the Apostles would not live forever, he spoke of his Church:

"Teach them to observe all I have taught you and behold I am with you always until the end of the world" Matt 28:20.

=>Did Christ say he would send the "the spirit of truth to guide you into all the truth" (John 16:13) for a book?,,, or for his Church to "Teach all nations? (Matt 28:20)"

=>And did he say a "Book" would prevail against the "Gates of hell" (Matt 16:16-19) or his Church, the ONE "Bride of Christ?"

=>Did he give the "Keys to the Kingdom of Heaven with power to Bind and Loose" to a Book or to his Church, the "Church of the Living God, the Pillar and Foundation of Truth?" (1 Tim 3:15)

=>And finally, when our Lord Jesus Christ himself said:

"He who hears you hears me, and he who rejects you rejects me, and he who rejects me rejects him who sent me" (Luke 10:16).
Was he referring to a book to base his Gospel on, or his Church to teach his Gospel to all nations??

Clearly Holy Scripture is replete with Christ himself giving direct commands of Authority for his Church and he charges all Christians to "Hear this Church," (Matt 18:17) the "Church of the Living God, the Pillar and Foundation of Truth." (1 Tim 3:15) Either this Apostolic Church is the "pillar and foundation of Truth" or it isn't? Either he sent "the spirit of truth to guide you into all the truth" (John 16:13) or he didn't. Do we believe what the Holy Bible says? Or are we more interested in remaining in a certain denomination/NONdenomintion or belief system? Either we believe the Holy words of Scripture or we don't. Either we "hear his Church" or we reject it.
"He who hears you hears me, and he who rejects you rejects me, and he who rejects me rejects him who sent me" (Luke 10:16).

I ask you.
If you reject Christ's historical Church, (the only Christian Church that dates back to 33AD), if you reject this Church as the "Pillar and Foundation of Truth," what Biblical command or what Biblical basis are you using to justify this?
Or is this rejection UNBiblical, and you are simply embracing a "tradition of man" from the Renaissance era. Yes, the Renaissance era philosopher chose to reject Christ's Church to justify his new theology(ies). That theology being that the Bible is the SOLE or ONLY infallible rule of faith, all by itself. And the Authority that Christ gave his Church as illustrated above does not exist. I.e., the Renaissance era doctrine of "Sola Scriptura" or the "Bible Alone." This idea frees the Protestant to believe *anything he wants* about the Gospel of Christ for there is no one to stop him.
Hence the 1000s and 1000s of Protestant denominations and NONdenominations present today. Look up the word "church" in your yellow pages for an illustration. Search the Holy Bible, and find just One verse that teaches the Sola or the Bible ONLY idea which mandates a rejection of the Authority of Christ's Church. A rejection of the one "Bride of Christ."

In 1000 AD there was ONE Belief system for all of Christianity, one Christian Church, just as there was in 500 AD and 100 AD and in 33 AD., One Faith, the Universal (Catholic in Greek) Church. The Church Christ started in Matt 16:16-19. Christ's Church, the one "Bride of Christ."


St. Ignatius, Bishop of Antioch and direct student of St. John the Apostle wrote in 110 AD.
"Wherever the bishop appears, let the people be there; just as wherever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church" (Letter to the Smyrneans 8:2 [A.D. 110]).


Click here: For more quotes on what "Catholic" means and how the Church was called Catholic since the 1st century.


My friend, please reflect on the Biblical verses above in support for the Authority of Christ's Church, the Authority the Bible speaks of, the Authority needed to "Teach all nations" with Christ's blessing for he will be with this Church "Until the end of the World" and the "Gates of Hell will never prevail against it." And contrast this with the absence of *any* verse teaching the SOLA in Sola Scripture. The absence of *any* verse stating or even implying that the Bible by itself is the SOLE or SUPREME infallible rule of faith.


What else is there, what else has Christ's Authority???
The Holy Bible tells us that before the NT Bible was even written, there was:
"The Church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of truth" 1 Tim 3:15.

The Church AND the Bible is the Authority you seek. Just as the Bible tells us. For this Church is the institution that actually wrote and preserved the Bible. I know you have been taught the opposite for many years. But just because one has believed something for years on end, doesn't mean it's true.
I hope you agree. It's what the Bible tells us and what Christianity has taught for 2000 years.

"So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught, whether by word of mouth or by letter from us." 2 Thessalonians 2:15

God Bless you,

Daniel

"There is One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism, One God." (Eph 4:4)

Many Protestants have been taught that the Catholic Church originated in the 4th century or later. Yet many learned Protestants and even the secular encyclopedia tells us Christ commissioned the Catholic Church in 33AD and the unbroken succession of popes dates to 33AD. Read what isn't taught in most Protestant Churches or seminaries:
Click here: Catholic popes from St. Peter in 33AD to John Paul II from Encyclopedia Britannia.
http://www.britannia.com/history/resource/popes.html

Just because one has believed something or has been taught something for years on end, doesn't mean it's true.

14 SOBERING BIBLICAL QUESTIONS
FOR THE DEVOUT CHRISTIAN
The Catholic Faith comprises the verses not underlined in your personal Bible nor taught in Protestant seminaries or churches.


Read the Bible verses not underlined in your Bible.

“Test everything. Hold on to the good.” 1 Thessalonians 5:21


Suggested reading:

Catholic Answers: "Pillar of Fire, Pillar of Truth" A compendium of basic Catholic beliefs and the Biblicism behind these beliefs. http://www.catholic.com/library/pillar.asp

 

14 Questions for the Earnest Believer:

1. Are you a Bible Believing Christian? Does your pastor preach " Bible Only?"
Click Here: 40 Protestant Practices and Doctrines not found in the Holy Bible...
http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/unbiblical.html

2. Three Questions your pastor can't answer... http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/formypastor.html

3. Seven Reasons Christians go to church. Which one is yours? ... http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/forchurch7reasons.html

4. THE ORIGINS & AUTHORS OF THE PROTESTANT THEOLOGIES.
Do you know who authored Protestantism's distinctive beliefs and in what century? You might be surprised.
http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/dates.html


5. "The 7 Stages of Christian Spiritual Development."
What stage you are in?...
http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/7stages.html

6. Faith Alone (Sola Fide): It is a Catholic position.
Has your pastor taught you that Catholics must "work their way to Heaven?" Another misunderstanding of Catholic theology.
http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/faithalone.html

7. "Who is the Bride of Christ?
What does the Holy Bible say?
...http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/bride.html

8. Non-Catholics often ask: "WHAT ELSE IS THERE?"
"What else has Christ's Infallible Authority besides the Holy Scriptures?"
Read the verses not underlined in your Bible nor taught in your seminaries or present church.
http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/whatelse.html

9. Is Sola Scriptura or the "Bible Only theory" even Biblical?
Where does the Bible teach the "SOLA" in Sola Scriptura?
Click here to read what the Bible says about God's Word and how it is to be taught...
http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/ss.html

10. Did the Bereans "Search the Scriptures" and thereby follow the "Bible Only" theory?
Many claim they did, but not if you read the whole chapter, i.e., the verses not taught in non-Catholic churches. Read the story again and then decide.
http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/bereans.html

11. The 3rd Unanswered Challenge for Non-Catholic Theologies: Is the Catholic Faith Apostolic?
Name just one Catholic doctrine that isn't. Name one doctrine the early Church believed,,,, that the Catholic Faith *no longer does*. Why can't the Protestant theologies make the same bold claim? http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/3challenge.html

12. Biblically, did the "official teachings or doctrines" of the Catholic Church become corrupt or apostate? Are there verses in the Holy Scriptures that forbid this? What does the Holy Bible really say about: "The Church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of truth" 1 Tim 3:15? http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/gatesofhell.html

13. Is Praying to Saints Biblical? Is the "Hail Mary" prayer Biblical? (Read the Verses not underlined in your Pastor's Bible.) http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/saints.html

14. HOW NON-CATHOLICS ARE COMPELLED TO USE AND EMBRACE AN UNBIBLICAL AND ANTI-BIBLCIAL DEFINATION AND CONCEPT OF CHRIST'S CHURCH http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/onchurch.html

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