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170 DOES THE CHURCH REALLY HAVE AUTHORITY OR WAS AUTHORITY DERIVED FROM THE BIBLE ALONE?


There are those who accept Bible verses that speak of the authority of Jesus, while ignoring verses having to do with the authority of the Church.     

Jesus had authority given to Him: Then Jesus approached and said to them, "All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me (Mt 28:18).  And then Jesus passed this authority on.

He gives His authority not to a paper text Bible, but to His Church:  As the father has sent me, so I send you (Jn 20:21).  "Whoever listens to you listens to me, whoever rejects you rejects me, whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me"  (Luke 10:16, Matthew 10:40). If he refuses to listen to them, tell the church.   If he refuses to listen even to the church, then treat him as you would a Gentile or a tax collector. Amen, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven”  (Mt 18:17-18).     Notice that Jesus shared this authority with leaders of His Church; it was not JESUS ALONE who had authority.  And with this authority, the Church determined the Canon of the Bible in the 4th Century. 

Jesus gave Peter the Keyes and the power to bind and loosen: I will give you the keys to the kingdom of Heaven.  WHATEVER you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and WHATEVER you loose on earth shall be loosed in Heaven” (Mt 16:19).  I remember listening to someone in a debate, dismiss Mathew 16:19 because of the word whatever.   He said “Peter cannot bind all things because he cannot bind that which is evil.”  He is right, Peter cannot bind that which is evil; however, his point is mute because when Jesus used the word whatever, He was not asking Peter to bind evil. 

There are those who argue against the authority of the Church in favor of the Bible Alone.   They think they are in disagreement with me; however, their disagreement is ultimately with Jesus who gave the Church real authority.  In Paul’s letter to Timothy, he refers to the Church as “the pillar and foundation of truth (1Tm 315).”  We must go to the Church, this pillar and foundation for the truth.