The reason people believed in Jesus in the first place is because His church told them about Him in the first place.
Either the people who told other people about Jesus told the truth and had the authority to speak the truth about Him or they didn’t.
As long as James 2:24 is the truth salvation by faith alone is a Satanic lie!
Even if someone outside the disciples believed in Jesus–Jesus commissioned the discipled to preach the gospel and baptize all nations.
He gave them that authority! So even if a person had faith in Jesus they either respected the authority of the disicples to Baptize and authoratatively preach the gospel that Jesus orally gave them or they didn’t.
They didn’t have a choice to respect that authority or not–Jesus gave that authority–to not respect it–to not respect the authority given to the church by Jesus is plain and simple not to respect Jesus!
And Why did Jesus say “Paul why do you persecute Me?”
Could it even be remotely possible that Jesus was being consistent–hadn’t He earlier said to the apostles “Whoever receives you receives me and whoever Rejects you Rejects me?”
When Saul was persecuting the early christians he was Rejecting them who Jesus had sent!
See you can’t reject the authoratative church that Jesus sent because when you do you reject Him!
Jesus said anyone who will not listen to the church should be treated like a publican or a sinner.
The question one should ask themselves is “Do I listen to that church that Jesus is talking about?” If you Reject its authority you persecute it exactly like Saul!
If you are truely converted like Saul was to Paul–then you will respect its authority. Did not Paul go see Peter and the rest of the disicples?
When he saw them he was not given a list of scriptures to believe in–he heard them give the Oral Authoratative Truth that Jesus Orally gave them.
He respected that truth and their authority. And you know what? Respecting that authority to Orally give the Sacred traditions that Jesus gave them did not Kill Paul!
Why does it kill Protestants?
One simple reason–the whole thing does come down to authority.
If Protestants can’t reject that authority then they have no leg to stand on. Alot of them do know this–that is why they always try to run away to only their interpretation of written scriptures given much later.
Paul respected Peter as head of the church. Tell me this: How could Paul go preach the gospel if he hadn’t heard the gospel from the disciples who were eyewitness and had actually Heard the words that Jesus gave?
Paul preached the gospel Before any wrtitten scripture was gvien him by the Holy Spirit–his letters were written before the gospels.
The only way he could preach the gospel was by hearing it from the disciples who had rthe deposit of the faith!
They had the authority that Jesus gave them–it didn’t come from Sola Scrioptura or from the Bible–it came from Jesus Himself!
And that gospel could not be preached by an Invisible church that had no authority! It couldn’t be believed by hearers of that word that didn’t respect that authority?
And why did people back then trust that authority? Because the words that the disciples preached–and those words about the authority that Jesus gave them–seemed consistent with the truth!
They had been with Jesus more than anyone. And don’t think for a minute that the fact of the fruits they exhibited did not make a difference!
When Peter prayed to Tabitha and she rose from the dead–do you think people said “Who cares–that doesn’t prove any authority–I only believe written scriptures?”
No! The fruits bore witness to the truth and the authority that Jesus gave!
And none of the people back then who Believed and had not seen with their own eyes Jesus or heard His words to the disicples–none of them were bothered by that authority or the authority of the church.
If there was a problem with the church’s authority–with bishops who the disicples and the apostles had laid hands on–there would have been a Protestant church in the 1st century.
There wasn’t! The Holy Spirit guided them into all truth–people respected the Holy Spirit.
Anyone who does not respect that same church does not respect the Holy Spirit. It’s that simple!