Dave: Proverbs 16:5- "Everyone proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord; though they join forces, none will go unpunished". 16:18- "Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall".
Please don't cherry pick. Read the next verse about it talking about the sin personal of personal pride.
Are you proud of children? If you are you are an abomination based on this 1 verse.
Dave: 2 Peter 1
I don't see the point you are making. Of course we should come to the full knowledge. I don't see anywhere him saying anything about directing us to the written word that he was expecting us to interpret it on our own. Come on Dave, that personal interpretation of 2 Peter 1 is far fetched.
It does say "I think it right, as long as I am in this body,[h] to refresh your memory, 14 since I know that my death[i] will come soon, as indeed our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me. 15 And I will make every effort so that after my departure you may be able at any time to recall these things"
Recall what he taught, not reinterpret. This verse is a nice one against SS. No need of private interpretation just like he said a few verses later.
Dave: Who did John write to in 1 John 2:12-14? How about all of Paul's epistles? Go look-they were addressed to all believers. NONE OF THEM WERE ADDRESSED TO THE CHURCH LEADERSHIP.
This epistle was for all of his Church. After all he was the leader, what we now call the Pope. Papal Encyclicals today are similar to this book.
(a little Bible history. This is one of the books that almost did not make the canon. It was hotly contested. The main reason was that there was a lot of doubt that it came from the Apostle Peter. If CC says it is insrired, it surely is)
Dave: Apostolic succession: Where are we directed to this?
So many to pick from and so little space. Of course Peter's decision to replace Judas is pretty obvious.
Col 1:25 - Paul calls his position a divine "office." An office has successors. It does not terminate at death. Or it's not an office. See also Heb. 7:23 – an office continues with another successor after the previous office-holder’s death.
1 John 4:6 - whoever knows God listens to us (the bishops and the successors to the apostles). This is the way we discern truth and error (not just by reading the Bible and interpreting it for ourselves).
1 Tim. 4:14 - again, apostolic authority is transferred through the laying on of hands (ordination).
1 Tim. 5:22 - Paul urges Timothy to be careful in laying on the hands (ordaining others). The gift of authority is a reality and cannot be used indiscriminately.
2 Tim. 1:6 - Paul again reminds Timothy the unique gift of God that he received through the laying on of hands.
2 Tim. 4:1-6 - at end of Paul's life, Paul charges Timothy with the office of his ministry . We must trace true apostolic lineage back to a Catholic bishop.
2 Tim. 2:2 - this verse shows God's intention is to transfer authority to successors (here, Paul to Timothy to 3rd to 4th generation). It goes beyond the death of the apostles.
Titus 1:5; Luke 10:1 - the elders of the Church are appointed and hold authority. God has His children participate in Christ's work.
Exodus 18:25-26 - Moses appoints various heads over the people of God. We see a hierarchy, a transfer of authority and succession.
Exodus 40:15 - the physical anointing shows that God intended a perpetual priesthood with an identifiable unbroken succession.
Numbers 3:3 - the sons of Aaron were formally "anointed" priests in "ordination" to minister in the priests' "office."
Numbers 16:40 - shows God's intention of unbroken succession within His kingdom on earth. Unless a priest was ordained by Aaron and his descendants, he had no authority.
Numbers 27:18-20 - shows God's intention that, through the "laying on of hands," one is commissioned and has authority.
Deut. 34:9 - Moses laid hands upon Joshua, and because of this, Joshua was obeyed as successor,