169 Should we follow the Bible Alone or should we follow the Church as well?
January 31, 2013 at 3:29pm
There are many verses in the bible that talk about authority given to Jesus and His Church. There are those who will accept Bible verses that speak of the authority of Jesus, while ignoring verses having to do with the authority of the Church.
Jesus had authority given to Him: Then Jesus approached and said to them, "All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me (Mt 28:18). Jesus passed this authority on.
Jesus gives His authority not to a paper text Bible, but to His Church: As the father has sent me, so I send you (Jn 20:21). "Whoever listens to you listens to me, whoever rejects you rejects me, whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me" (Luke 10:16, Matthew 10:40). If he refuses to listen to them, tell the church. If he refuses to LISTEN EVEN TO THE CHURCH, then treat him as you would a Gentile or a tax collector. Amen, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven” (Mt 18:17-18). Notice that Jesus shared this authority; it was not "Jesus Alone" who had authority. And it was not the "Bible Alone" that had authority, because Jesus in the Bible gives the Church real authority. There are some who choose not to listen to the Church, but choose the Bible alone; however, it was Jesus in the Bible who asked us to listen to the Church.
Jesus gives Peter the Keyes and the power to bind and loosen: 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” (Mt 16:19). I remember listening to someone in a debate dismiss Mathew 16:19 because of the word whatever. He said “Peter cannot bind all things because he cannot bind that which is evil.” He is right; Peter cannot bind that which is evil; however, his point is mute because when Jesus used the word whatever, He was not asking Peter to bind evil.
There are those who argue against the authority of the Church in favor of the Bible Alone. They think they are in disagreement with me, but they are not; their disagreement is with Jesus, who gave the Church real authority. Jesus said, “the Gates of netherworld shall not prevail”(MT 16:18) against the Church. And those who opt for the Bible Alone, while denying the Church, will not prevail against His Church.