” Romanism….commits the two-fold error (a) Of making the church, not the Scriptures, the immediate and sufficient source of religious knowledge; and (b) Of making the relation of the individual to Christ depend upon his relation to the church, instead of making his relation to the church depend upon, follow, and express his relation to Christ.” A.H. Strong, Systematic Theology, Complete edition p.33
Imagine years ago if one Catholic priest went to one authority concerning a priest who was abusing a young boy who went to another authority and the necessary correction and discipline was handled; all priests would know that abusing young boys is not only career threatening but more importantly scripture does not tolerate it. Yet, scripture also teaches the avenue of repentance and forgiveness for those engaged in this awful behavior. But the problem that still exists today within the Catholic church is what theologians call ‘Romanism.’ Any religion who puts its policies, rules and qualifications before abiding by God’s word will find itself in the same position the Catholic church is in now (and has been in for many centuries).
“Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother. But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more, that ‘by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.’ And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a heathen and a tax collector. Matthew 18:15–17