I was discussing with a Protestant about the teachings of the Early Christians. I asked why Protestants don’t believe what the Early Christians taught, he said,
“Allow me to respond with a question. Why didn’t the Early Christians follow what the Bible says? The reason that most Protestants do not follow what the Early Christians believed is that the Early Christians believed many things that contradict what the Apostles wrote in the New Testament. Protestants choose to follow the actual teachings of the Apostles, instead of the teachings of those who came in the centuries after the Apostles.”
I talked about Apostolic Succession, the office of Bishop, the appointing of someone to fill in, etc.