I had an idea that may help explain to protestants the idea of an established Church hierarchy. Protestants refuse categorically to accept that the Church is an establishment with a Patriarch, Bishops, Priests etc... and furthermore they think that they are all priests.
That is just totally incorrect.
Also, they state that no where in the Bible does it say "Catholic, Apostolic or Orthodox Church" for them to be part of our Church. That is just plain ignorance on the history of the Apostles.
But here is an idea that could help. Please tell me what you think:
In the Bible, Saul presided over the execution of Saint Steven. It clearly says in the Bible that Saint Steven is a deacon.
A deacon is an order within the Church hierarchy. A deacon is below a priest, who is, in turn, below a bishop.
No matter which translation you have, it is undeniable that each one refers to him as being a "Deacon".
That means that if Saint Steven was a deacon - then there must have been priests/bishops also in the early Church. We already know that there were 12 Apostles and many disciples, so again this is another example of hierarchy.
What do you think? Would this explanation count to refute those who deny that there is NO need in the Bible for priests, bishops, deacons, and for those who say that are our hierarchy is "man made".
The Apostles received the Holy Spirit, and upon that , they were taught how to administer and ordain others for the purpose of "preaching the Gospel, and baptising nations in the Name of the Father , Son and Holy Spirit".
Any feedback would be appreciate on this issue.