Shouldn’t we accept the mastery of bishops as infallible and of equal weight with Scripture?

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The Bible speaks of only one infallible guide left by God for His church. It is the written Word of God, not an infallible human erring leader. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:15-17).

God has given the Holy Spirit to guide holy men along in the writing of those Scriptures “We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the 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” (2 Peter 1:19-21). And He Lord has also given His Holy Spirit to guide the members of His church to the correct interpretation of that written word (1 Corinthians 12 and 14; Ephesians 4:11-16).

The Bible warned the believers that there would be false teachers who would twist God’s Word (2 Peter 3:16) and that these false teachers would arise from within the churches (Acts 20:30). Therefore, the believers are to turn to God and the “word of His grace” for their guidance (Acts 20:32), determining the truth not by who said it, but by comparing it with the gospel already received by the early church. “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed” (Galatians 1:8-9; Acts 17:11).

In His service,

BibleAsk Team

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