2018-12-04 13:56:45 UTC
Roman Catholicism teaches that the apostle Peter was the first "pope" and that
there has been an unbroken line of popes since Peter. From this belief they
proclaim that the Roman Catholic Church is the only true church because Peter
(and the Catholic Church) were given the "keys", so to speak, to the kingdom of
God and no other church has been given those keys. The Catholic Church base this
teaching on those well known words that Christ Jesus spoke to Peter in Matthew:
Matthew 16:18 ...'And I say unto thee Peter, thou art Peter [petros], and upon
this Rock [petra] will I build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.'
So who was the "rock" [petra] that Christ was talking about? Was it Peter like
the Catholics believe? Or was Christ speaking of Himself? Well, the best way of
getting to the truth of this verse, is by using the Bible to interpret itself.
Would you agree that the best way to interpret these words from Jesus is to
find out how the other apostles who heard these very words understood them?
After all, if Jesus really did mean that Peter was to be the "head" of the
church, then we should find some support for this in the rest of the New
Let us start with the very apostle who these words were directed at; Peter.
Who did Peter believe was the "rock" upon which the church was to be built?
Speaking of Jesus Christ before the people, Peter said:
Acts 4:11-12 ...'This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders,
which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any
other; for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we
must be saved.'
Is there any reference at all here from Peter that the church was to be built
upon himself? No, he clearly points to Christ Jesus as the "stone" or "rock"
that the church is to be built on, with Jesus being the HEAD of it.
And notice what else Peter says. He clearly states that NO OTHER NAME HAS BEEN
GIVEN AMONGST MEN whereby we can be saved. Only Jesus Christ. And yet the
Catholic leaders teach that it is only through the Roman Church that salvation
can be secured, due to Jesus giving Peter the "headship" of the church. But
Peter himself disagrees with them!
1 Peter 5:1-4 ...'The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an
elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the
glory that shall be revealed: Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking
the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre,
but of a ready mind; Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being
examples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, you shall
receive a crown of glory that will not fade away.'
We can clearly see that Peter thought himself to be just an "elder" among
the other elders of the church. Nothing more! And he confirms Christ to be
the "chief Shepherd" and only Leader of the Christian church. Also, look at
what else he says. No one is to act as a "lord" over God's heritage, i.e., no
one is to exercise any kind of dominion over the church.
( From: http://www.end-times-prophecy.org/was-peter-first-pope.html )