Roman Catholicism’s drift into apostasy began when it no longer submitted to the authority of God’s Word. By elevating its religious traditions to be equal in authority to Scripture and declaring its bishops to be only valid interpreters of Scripture, they departed from the faith of the apostles. The Roman Catholic clergy is now under divine condemnation for teaching a distorted gospel (Gal. 1:6-9). God gave us His inspired Word as our supreme authority to protect us from doctrinal error and false teachers. We must always test the uninspired words of men with the inspired Word of God.