My Protestant girlfriend wants me to give her faith a fair chance, but the following is the stumbling block I have in even beginning to consider her faith.
Does anyone who is non-catholic deny the following? and if so, back up your comments please for my own benefit, thanks.
Priests and deacons are validly ordained by the bishops (Episcope/Apostles) (Acts 15:6,23; Acts 14:23; 1 Tim 4:14, 1 Tim 5:22; 2 Tim 1:6-7; 1 Tim 5:17; Jas 5:13-15 … presbyters/elders (priests) were ordained, preached and taught the flock, administered sacraments), who are traced in succession right down to the Apostles (Acts 1:15-26; 2 Tim 2:2; Tit 1:5).
The Church is the final say on spiritual disagreements (Mt 18:10-18), Christ Protects the Church founded on Peter (Mt 16:18), Gave the Church authority to make rules and disciplinesand Peter alone is given the Keys to the Kingdom **(Mt 16:19), **The Church had everything in common (Doctrines) and always had the breaking of bread **(Acts 2:42-44), **The Church is the Pillar/Foundation of Truth **(1 Tim 3:15), We mustobey the leaders of the Church (Hebrews 13), **There is one flock and one Sheppard (Jn 10:16), Rejecting the authority in the Church is as Jesus said rejecting Christ himself **(Luke 10;16). **I encourage you to look up all these verses from the bible that show a true church was formed with the Apostles as leaders, and selecting leaders to continue the ministry and has continued right into the early church to the present day. To truly appreciate this, one needs to read the writings of the Early Church Fathers, Clement of Rome, Ignatius of Antioch, Justin Martyr, Irenaeus of Lyons (which I have all their writings and am in the midst of reading). This is the Early Christian Church with the Universal (Catholic) faith.