As is your right.I do not believe the RCC is the church of our Lord and Savior.
The Christian Church. It was not the same in the year 400 as it was in the first days. The basics of Christ being the Savior, the Messiah didn't change, but the Christian faith was expounded upon. If you believe it remained stagnant, for you that is the way it is and I am not here to change your mind.What was evolving?
You flub that "institution" off as if it were nothing. To us orthodox believers, Jesus is in and of the Church. I don't put my faith in men either, but I listen to those leading the Church. “He who hears you hears me, and he who rejects you rejects me, and he who rejects me rejects him who sent me.” (Luke 10:16)But that said, I don't put my faith in men, a religious institution.
I see, so you don't take your lead from anyone? Your Pastor or those "Reformers"? Scripture is revealed, and then it is interpreted. Everyone does it.I put my faith in Christ as revealed in Scripture through the Holy Spirit.
I can post numerous quotes from other ECF's where they do indeed agree in the "Real Presence" of Christ in the Eucharist. The Eucharist is indeed a remembrance; it is indeed a memorial; it is indeed His true body and blood. A point of contention between us that will live on. Such does not mean that I don't love you as a brother/sister in Christ.“Having taken the bread and given it to His disciples, Jesus made it His own body, by saying, ‘This is My body,’ that is, the symbol of My body. There could not have been a symbol, however, unless there was first a true body. An empty thing or phantom is incapable of a symbol. He likewise, when mentioning the cup and making the new covenant to be sealed ‘in His blood,’ affirms the reality of His body. For no blood can belong to a body that is not a body of flesh” (Against Marcion, 4.40).
Agreement! Yea!Nothing is impossible for God. Your conclusion is true.
I listen to those whom God has placed over me in an ecclesiastical sense. When I read the Scriptures, what they say makes sense - there is a concurrence between us. You do not come to your Christian faith in a vacuum. Others who believe like you do have handed down that belief through successive generations, and you follow them. There is nothing wrong with that, it is what it is.And your faith is placed in what the RCC tells you to believe.
I respect you opinion.It is not the church He established.