In John 14-17, Jesus is speaking to the Eleven and promises that the Holy Spirit would “guide them into all truth.”
Some view this as a promise to the leaders of the fledgling Church and not to ALL believers. They see this verse is a foundation stone for the doctrine of infallibility.
However, in Acts 2, Peter, speaking of the Holy Spirit, clearly states:
“Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”
From this passage, non-Catholics argue that all believers have the Holy Spirit to lead them and to help them understand “all truth”.
Catholic apologists argue, “Then why are there xx,000 denominations which teach conflicting and contradictory doctrines, etc., etc.”
So, did Jesus promise that the Holy Spirit would lead each individual believer into all truth or not?
How would YOU distinguish between the promise of the Spirit to the Church and to the individual?