I was reading the article about the above mentioned topic, and I had some questions about it. Maybe someone here can enlighten me.
"You comment that of all the sects that have begun in the last 480 years, only theirs even claims to have apostolic authority. According to Ephesians 4:11-15, St. Paul tells us the true Church of Jesus Christ must have “apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers. . .” "[from the apologist]…As we saw before, this true Church must have apostles, prophets, pastors, evangelists and teachers (cf. 4:11)."
If this is the case, why doesn’t the Roman Catholic church have apostles and prophets? Christ never said anything about cardinals, popes, archbishops, and so forth.
"Why would I ever leave the Catholic Church which was founded by Jesus Christ and received apostolic authority directly from Him and the Apostles?"
At one point in church history, there were three popes–all of whom claim their authority back to Christ and His apostles. How do I know that the Roman Catholic pope was right instead of, say, the Greek Orthodox pope?
"Amos prophesied around 780 B.C. Among other things, he warned of the coming destruction of Israel that would, in fact, occur in 721 B.C…This text speaks of an apostasy in ancient Israel, not after the death of the last apostle in New Testament times."
How do you justify this statement?
As you have quoted Paul, you obviously view him as an authority on Christ’s Gospel. Paul describes in I Timothy 4 the apostasy of the church members with statements like:
"Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;…Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth."
All Catholic priests must be celibate. Isn’t this “giving heed to doctrines of devils?”