… In other words, everyone knew scripture taught Christ is God… they came there to solidify teachings on the trinity.
Exactly! Because they knew that the authority to interpret the Word of God is vested in the Church. Otherwise, why convene? Just let everyone read the Scripture and make up their own mind.
…And then I get that 30000 denominations figure thrown at me. Nope. that number is straight up lie. It’s a dishonest attempt to simply justify a position.
Uh, if it’s a straight up lie, it’s a Protestant lie. Since the source of that data is David B. Barrett a Protestant. As of 2005, the number was up to 45000. I think Protestants have shut down Mr. Barrett, though. Apparently, this number is no longer something to be bragged about.
That number is indeed high but includes groups that even remotely mention Christ in their doctrine… ie, gnostic groups, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons… heck, even Catholic groups are included in that number.
That does nothing to alleviate the fact that Protestants divided the Body of Christ into fragments.
So yeah. The exhortation to disputes then is a biblical one.
On the contrary, you’re merely selecting your cherries knowing full well that the Scriptures Teach that there must only be one doctrine.
2 Corinthians 11:4For if one comes and preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted, you bear this beautifully.
In scripture it is very clear the God doesn’t just “appoint” an answer to be fed to His sheep…
That’s exactly what God has done:
Thessalonians 3:6 Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you [a]keep away from every brother who [b]leads an [c]unruly life and not according to the tradition which [d]you received from us.
He expects diligent study of His words so that His people may use wisdom and discernment to detect error.
True. By comparing to the Teaching which He passed down through the Church:
So the exhortation to accurately use it… as not all do I admit.
But who are you to judge? You don’t use it accurately either, as this message is proof.
I suppose if I put it bluntly… depending on one authority body or council other than scripture to rule on a dispute… instead of being a Berean and searching the Scriptures to see if these things are so (Acts 17:11)
… is laziness, irresponsible, and dangerous… it makes one susceptible to false teaching and error
On the contrary, the Bereans used the Three Legged Stool. They did not use the lazy, irresponsible and dangerous method of Scripture alone. They listened to the Tradition, passed down by the Christian Church and compared it to the Scriptures. They did not go by Scripture alone and decide for themselves what to believe. If they had, they would have remained Jewish. Because they only had access to the Old Testament. Unless the Apostles had taught them where to find the answer, they would have not found it.
your thoughts? Thank you in advance
I hope that helps.