Thursday, January 12, 2012

Jesus did not want us to come to Him through anyone else?

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On the CARM forum, in his heart to heart with Roman Catholics, Matt Slick said:

Quote Originally Posted by Matt Slick
Jesus Does not tell us to come to him through a prophet, a prophetess, an organization, a church, a philosophy....or anyone.
My response follows:

He doesn't? Then why did Jesus send the Church out to make disciples?

Matthew 28:19-20

King James Version (KJV)

19Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

In this one statement, it is proved that your teaching contradicts Scripture.

First, Jesus sent the Church, an organization which He established to teach His philosophy.

  1. The study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence, esp. when considered as an academic discipline.
  2. A set of views and theories of a particular philosopher concerning such study or an aspect of it.

philosophy c.1300, from O.Fr. filosofie (12c.), from L. philosophia, from Gk.philosophia "love of knowledge, wisdom," from philo- "loving" (see philo-) +sophia "knowledge, wisdom," from sophis "wise, learned;" of unknown origin.

Second, this organization is composed of prophets (and prophetesses) as well as Apostles and teachers and many other folks with a variety of gifts all of which they use to edify the other members of the Church.

1 Corinthians 12:28

King James Version (KJV)

28And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.

Therefore Scripture says:
Hebrews 13:7

King James Version (KJV)

7Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.

To me, it sounds very much as though Christ wants us to come to Him through the Church.

So, if Jesus did not want us to come to Him through the Church and the people in His Church, why did He send the Church out to teach, make disciples and Baptize in His name?


De Maria