Comment: Ignatius of Antioch

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Ignatius of Antioch

Before you go saying that Ignatius was apostate and not a true Christian please check out his story. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ignatius_of_Antioch

Second the gospel that you are preaching is contradictory to the Gospel that Jesus taught.
Mat 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen
Jesus promised his church he would always be with.

Third the comment about baptist going underground also contradicts the words of Jesus

Mat 5:14-15 "You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house."

The lord knew that the Gospel would make martyrs of his people , such as all the apostle, and early Christians. However Jesus always prefaced everything he told them with "Peace be with you" or "Fear not" It would be counter productive to the Gospel if they hide in fear. Perfect example of who how the early church was is in the book of Acts. As they were filled with the Holy Spirit they were given the grace of courage.

And finally the quote you used from Cardinal Hosius is in error. Here is the actual quote before it was altered:

"For not so long ago I read the edict of the other prince who lamented the fate of the Anabaptists who, so we read, were pronounced heretics twelve hundred years ago and deserving of capital punishment. He wanted them to be heard and not taken as condemned without a hearing."
(The letters of Cardinal Stanislaus
Hosius, Liber Epistolarum 150, titled "Alberto Bavariae Duci" in about 1563 A.D.)
take a look at this source for more info.

Many reformer would attempt to use Catholic documents against them even if it meant to distort the truth. Here is a source that will show all the different alterations of protestants over that quote.
http://www.drbentownsend.com/Documents/Hosius%20Quote%20In%2...

The Bible itself tells us to hold fast to Tradition, whether it comes to us in written or oral form (2 Thess. 2:15, 1 Cor. 11:2). these are the ones the Catholic Church passes down to us which include the new testament canon of 27 books. The Canon of the New testament was compiled in 4th century by a group of bishops. This collection is now the excepted canon of all Christendom. What group would have the authority to do such a thing? i challenge anyone to look at the history of the Canon of the 27 books of the new testament and find out what kind of men and by what authority they claimed to create such a canon. If these men were fallen and apostate as you have stated then wouldn't that also include the canon they complied as well?