Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Is The Roman Catholic Church Built On Peter?

  • Consider These Excerpts From The Roman Catholic Catechism On The Apostle Peter Being The Rock Upon Which The Church Is Built:
          -"...Because of the faith he confessed Peter will remain the unshakable rock of the Church. His mission will be to keep this faith from every lapse and to strengthen his brothers in it." (CCC #552)
          -"The Lord made Simon alone, whom he named Peter, the "rock" of his Church. He gave him the keys of his Church and instituted him shepherd of the whole flock...This pastoral office of Peter and the other apostles belongs to the Church's very foundation and is continued by the bishops under the primacy of the Pope." (CCC #881)
  • In Contrast, The Scripture Teaches That Jesus Christ Is The Foundation Stone:
          -"For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ." (1 Corinthians 3:11)
  • The Apostle Peter Himself Confirmed This Same Truth:
          -"Let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead—by this name this man stands here before you in good health. He is the stone which was rejected by you, the builders, but which became the chief corner stone. And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:10-12)

          If the church was built on Peter, then how come he never made such a statement about himself in Scripture? Where do we see him calling himself the stone upon which the church is built? Nowhere. This is ironic, since the primary passage of Scripture cited for papal supremacy is Matthew 16:18. The Apostle Peter refers to the Lord Jesus Christ as being the chief cornerstone, and believers as "living stones" (1 Peter 2:5). He describes the Christian church in its entirety as a royal priesthood.

          If Peter was the first pope, then it is quite odd how Scripture nowhere records him distinguishing himself from the rest of Christendom. The role of this apostle has been exaggerated by the Church of Rome so as to bolster its claims to having infallible teaching authority.

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