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« on: January 25, 2008, 07:04:05 AM »

I believe that the Church will exist on Earth right up until the Second Coming....
And that  in the Bible it says that Christ will take care of his Flock out of the world and in the desert or Wilderness in the last days....


Does this mean that this Flock (the Church)  will have Bishops and Priests within it till Christ comes back?

Or can this Church exist till the end without any Bishop or Priest..?

Or if all the Bishops die or no longer exist ,does this mean that the Church no longer exists?


Thanks..
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« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2008, 10:17:02 AM »

I believe that the Church will exist on Earth right up until the Second Coming....
And that  in the Bible it says that Christ will take care of his Flock out of the world and in the desert or Wilderness in the last days....


Does this mean that this Flock (the Church)  will have Bishops and Priests within it till Christ comes back?

Or can this Church exist till the end without any Bishop or Priest..?

Or if all the Bishops die or no longer exist ,does this mean that the Church no longer exists?


Thanks..

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The bible does state that the church will exist forever.

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« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2008, 10:43:57 PM »

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« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2008, 11:25:42 PM »

Yes, the Church must have bishops and priests until the end, otherwise without any bishops, there is no Church.  I can't remember where I read some exact quotes, but I believe the Fathers specified this in their writings, that there would always be bishops and priests around til the end (however, this is not to say that they won't all be in the Catacombs or will be very dispersed, etc). 
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« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2008, 12:29:13 AM »

Yes, the Church must have bishops and priests until the end, otherwise without any bishops, there is no Church.  I can't remember where I read some exact quotes, but I believe the Fathers specified this in their writings, that there would always be bishops and priests around til the end (however, this is not to say that they won't all be in the Catacombs or will be very dispersed, etc). 
I believe it was both Ss. Ignatius of Antioch and Cyprian of Carthage who posited that the Church and the episcopal office are inseparable--you can't have one without the other.  With Ignatius, the bishop, the assembly of the faithful, and the Eucharist make the Church the Church.  He even went so far as to say that those who are not in communion with and submission to the local bishop are outside the Church.  Thus, I believe that, when Christ promised that the powers of death would not prevail against His Church, His promise also implied that the Church's hierarchical office would never disappear.
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« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2008, 01:41:34 AM »

thank you ..very good..

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« Reply #6 on: January 27, 2008, 02:52:55 PM »

I believe it was both Ss. Ignatius of Antioch and Cyprian of Carthage who posited that the Church and the episcopal office are inseparable--you can't have one without the other.
"Let no one do anything that pertains to the church apart from the bishop.  Let that be considered a valid Eucharist which is under the bishop or one whom he has delegated.  Wherever the bishop shall appear, there let the people be: just as wherever Christ Jesus may be, there is the catholic Church."
Ignatius of Antioch, Letter to the Smyrnaeans

Or as paraphrased by Nicholas Afanasiev in The Church of the Holy Spirit, "...wherever the bishop is, there is the Church and, conversely, wherever the Church is, there is the bishop.  The bishop belongs to the Church, but the Church incorporates the bishop.  There can be no Church without a bishop, but there also can be no bishop without a Church."
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