Did You Know?: The Power Of The Pope And That Peter Was The First Pope?

* The new Catholic Catechism reads: “The task of interpreting the Word of God authentically has been entrusted solely to the Magisterium of the Church, that is, to the Pope and the bishops in communion with him.”

As a Roman Catholic Pope follower, you are not allowed to interpret scripture! And from what I have read is that in the entire history of the Roman Catholic Church as little as eleven verses have been translated. This number could be a bit higher or lower.

Peter is recognized as the first Pope in Roman Catholic Dogma. However, Paul, John, Jude, or James in the epistles never refer to Peter as a Pope.
Conversely, Peter in his first epistle clearly says the opposite!

1 Peter 5: 1-2 (NASB) Therefore, I exhort the elders among you, as your fellow elder and witness of the sufferings of Christ, and a partaker also of the glory that is to be revealed, 2 shepherd the flock of God among you, exercising oversight not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God; and not for sordid gain, but with eagerness;

He speaks as an elder, not as Pope.

Paul writes the order in structure of the Church in 1 Corinthians 12: 27-28 (NASB),

27 Now you are Christ’s body, and individually members of it. 28 And God has appointed in the church, first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, various kinds of tongues.

No mention of a Pope there either.

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God Bless

Brian Mason

Jesus Is the Rock on Which the Church Is Built. Or Is It Peter?

One does not have to look any farther than 1 Corinthians 3: 10-11 to see that Jesus is the Rock on which the Church is built:

10 By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. 11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.

So why does the Roman Catholic Church insist that Peter is the rock on which the Church is built? Well the RCC is in error, by saying Jesus said that he would build his Church on him (Peter) when they refer to Matthew 16: 18,

18 And I tell you that you are Peter] and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.

The Roman Catholic Church position is very problematic. Matthew 16: 18 when read from the Greek language yields a different interpretation than in English! “…and I also tell you are Peter (πέτρος, petros) and on this rock (πέτρα, petra) I will build My church, and…” Greek nouns are gender specific.

The Roman Catholic defense to the above is where they will quote that in Aramaic the word “Peter” and “Rock” are spelled the same way “Kipha”. However the problem lies in the fact that the scripture was written in Greek not Aramaic. Why would the RCC say this? Jesus clearly said that the rock he would build his church on was the feminine “petra” not the masculine “petros”!

John 14: 6, 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.

God Bless.

Brian Mason