- Defining The Issues:
- General Absence Of The Papal Office Throughout The New Testament:
- General Absence Of Papal Titles Throughout The New Testament:
*Jesus is the "Chief Shepherd" of the "flock" (John 10:10; 14-16; Hebrews 13:20), not the pope.
-Christ is the "head of the church" (1 Corinthians 11:3; Ephesians 1:22-23; 4:15; 5:23-25). Roman Catholics believe that the pope is the "visible" head of the church and that Christ is the "invisible" head. However, Scripture reserves no such position for any man. The Kingdom of God is spiritual and so does not require a single earthly leader to guide it.
- The Apostle Peter Did Not Behave As If He Were A Pope:
- The Absence Of Papal Office In Contexts Relating To Church Unity:
- The Apostle Peter Viewed Himself As Having No Supremacy Over The Church:
- Peter Was Sent By Others To Travel And Preach The Gospel:
- The Apostle Paul Worked Harder Than Peter:
- The Apostle Peter Was Only Known As The Apostle To The Jews:
- The Apostle Paul Rebuked Peter As Though He Were His Equal:
- Paul Never Mentioned Or Greeted "Pope Peter" In His Epistle To The Romans:
- The Apostle Peter Himself Seemed To Be Unaware Of Apostolic Succession:
-"And I will also be diligent that at any time after my departure you will be able to call these things to mind." (2 Peter 1:15)
-"This is now, beloved, the second letter I am writing to you in which I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder, that you should remember the words spoken beforehand by the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior spoken by your apostles." (2 Peter 3:1-2)
*How come Peter failed to mention his papal office in the two epistles that he authored?
- The Apostle Peter Did Not Exclusively Exercise Authority In Church Government: