1 Timothy 3:15
Wednesday, 14 March 2012 23:02
Ok, thanks for the quick response, that makes a lot of sense.
A quick follow up concerning Dr. White's tr that ONLY the LOCAL is "the pillar and support" of truth. I have heard protestant apologists argue that this is the historically tenable claim since the idea of the church as a universal institution with authority did not come about until much later.
How could we begin to answer those who constantly stress that any concept of an authoritative or universal church (other than the invisible one made up of believers) in the first century is anachronistic?
I realize you are an extremely busy man, so no problem if you do not get to this. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks again for the response.
I would give them the Fathers, and if they don't listen to the Fathers they are not going to listen to us.
Here is Augustine: "Come to us, brethren, if you wish to be engrafted in the vine. We are afflicted in beholding you lying cut off from it. Count over the Bishops from the very See of St. Peter, and mark, in that list of Fathers, how one succeeded the other. This is the rock against which the proud gates of hell do not prevail" (Contra Donati).