The more I dug into the early Church, I found many early church teachings. When I say early, I mean John the Apostle was still alive and taught these men himself. If you couldn’t walk directly up to the physical Jesus because He’s in heaven and you needed to ask a question, I would seek out the one He taught. St. John wrote the last Gospel and his final sentence was “and there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen. ” [John 21:25]
The problem for me as a protestant was that the early church was Catholic. The Eucharist, bishops, the order of the Mass… It was there when St. John the Apostle was still here and he taught this to St. Ignatius of Antioch [who first used the term “Catholic”], St Polycarp, St Justin Martyr, St Irenaeus… that’s how the church was spread. Jesus told them to go out and make disciples and they did!
There wasn’t a Bible yet. There was a Church. Just one.
You cannot change God’s Word. Jesus is The Word in The Flesh.
Oh boy. I couldn’t find ANY consensus among protestants anywhere.