Please enlighten me on the following verse:
[/font]29I know that after my departure ravening wolves will enter in among you, not sparing the flock.http://www.scriptours.com/images/spacer.gif
[/font]30And of your own selves shall arise men speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.
As per an Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church of Christ) member, this is a prophesy of St. Paul on the apostasy of the Roman Catholic Church. They (Iglesia Ni Cristo here in the Phippines) is using this to counter our claim on the Mat. 16:18, “that the gates of hades will not overcome it”. He said that the true church disappeared to be founded later ihere n the Philippines by the late, Felix Manalo in, if my memory serves me right, the year 1914 - I know something is very wrong with their Church History.
The ravening wolves according to their teachings are the bishops and priests with the Pope, who has drawn away the Church from its true teachings.
I’m studying the given verse on Acts but would like to seek an experts help on the correct interpretation.
By the way, said Iglesia ni Cristo member is a former Catholic. I’m patiently trying to explain to him some of our basic beliefs and I know have planted some seed of doubts in him with regards to his present faith.
In Christ-Jesus and Mary!