[quote=Catholic4aReasn]Christ promised us ALL truth (John 16:13). He gave his church the job of upholding, protecting and defending that truth (1 Tim 3:15). Which church do you believe contains ALL truth as Jesus promised?
Some of you may be tempted to say that it’s simply the church of “all believers” but since conflicting and contradictory doctrine exist in the “all believers” church there is, at best, SOME truth and some error, not ALL truth. ALL truth is what we were promised. Where do you believe it can be found?
Let’s look at 1 Tim 3:13-16 for a minute:
- For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.
- These things write I unto thee, hoping to come unto thee shortly:
- But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.
- And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
So, here Paul has just given directions/guidelines to Timothy for the leadership of the local churches. He is writing ahead in the hopes that he can go quickly to them. But, if he has to wait, he wanted them to know how to behave in the “house of God”, which is the “church of the living God”, which is the "pillar and ground of the truth. He finishes by explaining the “mystery of godliness” which is essentially the incarnation of Christ and His resurrection from the dead.
Now, I don’t see here what you claim for this verse, “*He gave his church the job of upholding, protecting and defending that truth (1 Tim 3:15).” *Your quote from above. This passage of Scripture actually identifies all believers as being the Church. Notice house of God = church of God = pillar and ground of truth. The churches that existed when Paul wrote this were numerous. They were located all over the region. They were not Roman Catholic, Baptist or Lutheran. They were simply the original “catholic church”.
Notice that Paul wrote this letter to Timothy whom he had left in Ephesus while he himself had gone on to Macedonia. He wrote this epistle approx 66 or 67 AD.
I Tim 1:3 “As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine”
Since Paul is writing first specifically to Timothy to teach the Ephesians and other churches, we can easily conclude that these churches together (with the believers making up the individual congregations) constitute the house of God (the dwelling place of God), the church of God (one body, many members) which is the pillar (holds up the roof) and ground (again, base or foundation) of truth. That truth is Jesus Christ. The church is to hold Christ up so that the world may know and experience the God-man Jesus Christ.
“All truth” is summed up in Jesus Christ and the gospel of Jesus Christ. Doctrines outside of the gospel are simply that - doctrines, not necessarily to be considered as “truth”. There is a difference.