“Tell the Church. And if he will not hear the Church, let him be to thee as the heathen and publican” not “and if he will not read his Bible and decide for himself, let him be to thee as the heathen”. Jesus Christ established His Church (not churches) as one single visible society which, by the divine assistance of the Holy Ghost, is enabled to TEACH, to SANCTIFY, and to RULE the faithful in His name until the end of time, preserving her from all error in its teaching. Thus He commissioned His Church:A lot of words to say, "The Catholic Church is the one true church because the Catholic Church says so."
Hint: that does not make it so.
Give a closer reading to your Bible, the actual inspired Word of God, rather than the traditions of men. spouting this nonsense sound literally indistinguishable from the Pharisees Christ repeatedly rebuked, who clung to their religious traditions (the teaching of men) rather than those of the scripture (the teaching of God).
“Going therefore, TEACH ye all nations, baptizing them, etc. TEACHING them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you..” Notice He didn’t say:
“Go therefore, publish ye Bibles an distribute them to individuals in all nations, telling them to read and privately interpret for themselves what I have commanded you”.
Christ founded a Church, The Church is the rule of faith. If the Bible (according to one’s own individual interpretation, of course) were supposed to be our rule of faith, wouldn’t Christ have founded a printing press instead of a Church? (((Protestantism))) is nothing if not a hodgepodge of the traditions of mere men. The passage doesn’t pertain us, whose divine traditions derive from the apostles and Christ Himself.