The Bible clearly
mentions that Church is the Ground of Truth, The Manifold of Wisdom. No mention in the Bible that Scripture is the
only ground of truth.
Unlike the Sola
Scriptura or Bible Alone and forget the Church theory of
catholics which is unfounded as per the Bible, the Holy Bible
that the ‘church is the manifold of wisdom’ to which ‘the hidden
are revealed’ for ‘all men to see’ not a hidden or invisible
church then, but one’ for all men to see’. Mysteries are revealed to the
church, and the church gives it to us in the written form of the Bible.
in the Old Testament it was the church that ‘received the
and ‘gave it to us’(Acts 7:38).
The church is
the ‘manifold of wisdom.
The church is
also the ‘pillar and bulwark of
of hell shall not prevail against the
Spirit is with the church ‘forever’ and
He guides the church into ‘all truth’.
Jn 14:16 His Holy Spirit is with the church
Joh:14:16: And I will pray the
Father, and he shall give you
another Comforter, that
he may abide with you for ever.
Joh:16:12-14 His Spirit will guide
the church into all truth.
Joh:16:12-14: I have yet many things
to say unto you, but ye
cannot bear them now.
Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth,
he will guide you into all truth:
Mt 16:18 Gates of hell shall not prevail
against the church.
M't:16:18: And I say also unto thee, That
thou art Peter, and
upon this rock
I will build my church; and the gates of hell
shall not prevail against it.
1Tim 3:15 Church is the pillar and bulwark
1Tm:3:15: 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.
Eph 3:9,10 Church is the manifold of wisdom
to which the hidden mysteries
from the beginning have ‘now’ been revealed. For men to ‘see’.
Eph:3:9,10: And to make all
men see what is the fellowship of
the mystery, which from the
beginning of the world hath
in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: To the
now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly
be known by the church the manifold wisdom of
The church is the ‘fulness of
Christ Himself’. (Eph:1:22-23).
hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the
overall things to the church, Which is his body, the
fulness of him that filleth all in all.
The church being the Pilar of truth, the
manifold of wisdom and the ‘fulness of Christ Himself’, it is the church alone that has the authority to interpret
what was revealed to it.
Thus, Peter declares, as like the Old Testament,
the church is the sole interpreter of the scriptures. No scripture is for private
interpretation. Interpretation done ‘privily’ leads to damnable heresies. (1Pet 1:19-21, 2:1,2; 3:16,17)
In the Old Testament, it was the church that
had the authority to interpret scriptures.
2:6-8 "True instruction was in his mouth, and no wrong
found on his lips. He walked with me in peace and
and he turned many from iniquity. For the lips of
a priest should guard knowledge,
and men should seek
instruction from his mouth, for he is the messenger of the
LORD of hosts."
Ac:7:38: This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness
with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sina, and with
our fathers: who received
the lively oracles to give unto us:
M't:23:1-3: Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his
disciples, Saying, The scribes and
the Pharisees sit in Moses'
seat: All therefore whatsoever
they bid you observe, [that]
observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say,
M'r:9:11: And they asked him, saying, Why say the scribes that
Elias must first come?
M't:7:29: For he taught them as one having authority, and not
as the scribes.
M'r:1:22: And they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught
as one that had authority, and not as the
M'r:12:35: And Jesus answered and said, while he taught in the
How say the scribes
that Christ is the Son of David?
Similarly, in the New Testament,
Church ministers are the stewards of the
mysteries. (1Cor:4:1; Eph 3:4-5).
1Cor 4:1 Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of
Christ, and stewards
of the mysteries of God.
Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my
in the mystery of Christ) Which in other ages was
made known unto the sons of men, as
it is now revealed
unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;
The mission to teach was given to the church.
ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the
of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
them to observe all things whatsoever I have
you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the
end of the world. Amen.
Peter, clearly admonishes that just as in
the Old Testament, Interpretation of scripture is to be done by the ‘holy men of God’ i.e. the church moved by
the Holy Spirit, and not for private interpretation. Because just as false prophets existed at the time of the prophets, false
teachers who ‘privily’ or through private interpretation shall
bring in damnable heresies. Interpretation is the mission of the church ‘moved
by the Holy Spirit’. (2Pet 1:19-21; 2:1-3; 3:16-17). It is to the church that revelation was made, as St Paul says
in Eph 3:9-10.
2Pe:1:19-21; 2:1, 2; 3:16-17: We have also a more sure word of
prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a
that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the
star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no
prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For
prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but
holy men of God
spake as they were moved by the Holy
Ghost. But there
were false prophets also among the people,
even as there shall be false
teachers among you, who privily
(private interpretation) shall bring in
even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon
themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their
ways; by reason of whom the
way of truth shall be
evil spoken of.
The only church seen and known to
accept the Church as the ground of truth and manifold of wisdom and being in
succession to the One and only church instituted by Christ Himself is the Catholic church.
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