1 John 2:27 – A huge blow to Sola Ecclesia (Romanus)

But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.

Concerning the verse above,  Dr. Henry Morris (Co-founder of the modern day creationist movement) aptly states:

This in no way denigrates the value of God-called teachers (note Eph4:11; Act13:1), but does indicate that each believer is capable and responsible to study the Word for himself or herself. The Holy Spirit inspired the Scriptures, and has anointed and indwells each believer, who therefore does not need other believers to tell him what to believe. He can certainly request and receive help from others, but in the last analysis he is able and responsible to know and believe the truth himself. Otherwise, he may not end up as a “workman that needeth not to be ashamed” (2Ti2:15) when the Lord comes (1Jo2:28).

This excerpt above flies in the face of the Roman State Church’s philosopy that ordinary Christians are unable to ascertain truth by themselves and therefore need a special intermediary (e.g. the Magisterium, the Pope, etc.) to arbitrate truth to the poor and helpless Christian. In fact, through out scripture we are told that we have been empowered to personally understand truth and admonished to resist putting our confidence in man, for example:

(Jeremiah 31:34 KJV)  And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.

(John 6:45 KJV)  It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.

(John 16:13 KJV)  Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

When John first referred to this anointing back in 1John 2:20 he did not suggest that this anointing was the private property of a few special or spectacular Christians (e.g. the Magisterium, the Pope).  All Christians, we are told have the presence of God’s Spirit within them and because of the anointing of the Holy Spirit given to all believers, they possess the resources for knowing the truth.

Once again, this does not set aside the usefulness and necessity of God-appointed and equipped teachers in the Church or mean that teachers are unnecessary, in fact, one of the resources for knowing the truth is the reminder given by teachers like John.

Therefore, regarding 1 John2:27, when understood properly, we discover that Christians are not at the mercy of a particular church or at the mercy of any teacher, for that matter.  No teacher, even a God-appointed one, is the only and ultimate source of the Christian’s instruction contrary to what the Roman State Church would have us believe. We have the Holy Spirit and the Word which scripture tells us is utterly sufficient and profitable for doctrine, for reproof (or apologetics), for correction, and for instruction in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

In light of the above, it is common for Catholics (i.e. My Catholic friend Dave @ Dave’s Books) to mention the following: “God sent His Holy Spirit to guide the Church.”  Now by “the Church” they always only mean the Roman Catholic Church thus Rome claims to have a systematic monopoly on the Holy Spirit and thus truth. The interesting thing about this proposition is that it is not explicitly found anywhere in scripture.  One has to deduce this from other verses in scripture that talk about Christ imparting His Holy Spirit to his disciples and to all believers.

This link from “The Berean Call” provides an excellent analysis of Roman Church State’s heresy of Sola Ecclesia (The Church Alone).

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