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The false doctrine of Roman Catholic papal infallibility

If Peter was the first pope then:

  • Why was Paul was equal to Peter: “Actually I should have been commended by you, for in no respect was I inferior to the most eminent apostles, even though I am a nobody.” 2 Corinthians 12:11
  • Why was Peter was not an infallible guide in faith and morals: “But when Peter came to Antioch, Paul opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned.” Galatians 2:11
  • Click to ViewGeorge Salmon’s devastating refutation of Catholic Infallibility

    Click to ViewIs the RC church infallible and unable to make errors?

    Click to View Here is a Picture of the Pope kissing the Qur’an. This is like kissing Satan! We are utterly shocked that any Christian would kiss the Koran.

    Infallibility of the church?

    “The entire Roman Catholic argument depends upon the assumption that Rome could not do what Israel did. The problem is that in reality she has done exactly what Israel did. She has placed herself in precisely the same position that the Scribes and Pharisees found themselves in. Their oral law or tradition was so “synthesized” to the written Torah, that judgment of the validity of that unwritten law by means of the written law became an impossibility. Neither could judge the other because both were assumed to have originated with Moses. In the same way Rome has developed an unwritten tradition that she has synthesized with the written New Testament to the degree that it cannot be judged by that New Testament. If Mark 7 teaches us anything, it is that the two must not be “synthesized.” The written Word of God must remain the unique norm.” (The Shape Of Sola Scriptura, Keith A. Mathison, Reformed Protestant, 2001, p 179)

    Click to View Peter was not a Pope!

    By Peter McPherson

    A. What Is True Of The Apostle Peter, But…

  • It is true that the apostle Peter was the one chosen (Mt. 16:17-19) to first set forth the instructions that were necessary to enter into the kingdom of heaven or God on earth – both to the Jews on Pentecost (Acts 2) and to the Gentiles at Caesarea (Acts 10 & 11). But in the over-all the apostle Paul is actually named the “apostle to the Gentiles” (Rom. 11:13) as Peter was more to the Jews (Gal. 1:7-8). But again, all the apostles, being directed by the Holy Spirit (Jn.16:7-15), sent out and commissioned by Jesus (Mt.28:18-20; 18:18) gave instructions to all people as to how to enter the kingdom or church.
  • Yes, Peter was told to “strengthen your brethren” (Lk. 22:31) and to “feed My sheep” and to “Follow Me” (Jn. 21:15-19). Why this to Peter? Because he was the one who was going to stumble by denying the Lord three times (Jn. 13:36-38), and thus he, was the one who needed to be “converted” (Lk. 22:32) and be given these specific charges at the time they were given to him.
  • And yes, Peter is usually named first. i.e., “Peter, James, and John” (Mt. 17:1) but his proves nothing in regard to him being selected to being the first so-called Pope (Peter just happened to be the one of the first (not the first) few disciples that Jesus called – Jn. 1:35-42, and that were selected to be “fishers of men” – Mk.1:16-20. Besides, Peter was often out-spoken and it would be natural that he be named first.
  • B. 20 reasons why Peter Not A Good Choice For The First Pope

  • Peter was just one of the 12 apostles (Mt.10:1-2; Mk. 3:13-19; Lk. 6:13-16).
  • Peter was just one of the three close friends of Jesus (Mt. 17:1; 26:36-37).
  • Peter denied the Lord Jesus three times (Mt. 26:69-75; Lk
  • Peter was a married man: 1 Cor. 9:5; Matthew 8:14
  • Peter was rebuked by the Lord (Mt. 16:23; Jn. 21:20-22).
  • Peter was rebuked by Paul (Gal. 2:11).
  • Peter never accepted reverence (Acts 10:25-26); (No man should, Rev. 19:10; 22:9).
  • Peter was not superior to the other apostles (Mt. 18:18; 2 Cor.11:5;12:11).
  • Peter and the other apostles, in consideration of their demise, wrote letters preserving their combined God-given revelations for all time (2 Pet. 1:12-15; 3:1-2; Eph. 3:3-5.).
  • Peter along with the other apostles were to “sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel” (Mt. 19:28).
  • Peter was not the head of the church – Jesus is the only head of His church (Eph. 1:22-23;Col.1:19)
  • Peter was not selected to be the Vicar of Christ on earth (no references in the Bible).
  • Peter never talked about any “successors” to him.
  • Peter and Paul never wore any of the many titles of the modern Popes (2 Pet. 3:15).
  • Peter and no other disciple(s) were to be “the greatest in the kingdom” (Mt. 18:1-4; 20:20-28); rather, they were to be equal.
  • Peter’s name in the Greek is Petros (a detached stone, Jn. 1:42) but Jesus said the church would be built upon the “rock” or Petra (a mass of rock) – Mt. 16:18.
  • Matthew 16:18 Peter is masculine gender and rock in femine gender; in context they cannot refer to the same thing.
  • Peter and Paul declared that Jesus was “the chief cornerstone” (Acts 4:12; Eph. 2:20).
  • Peter and the other apostles were merely the layers of the foundation Stone – Jesus (Acts 4:11-12; Eph. 2:19-20).
  • Finally, Jesus Himself said that “all authority” was given to Him both “in heaven and on earth (Mt. 28:18-20).
  • C. Paul would make a far better “pope” than Peter:

  • The Bible says apostle Paul was certainly in Rome, we have nothing in the Bible that says Peter was ever in Rome.
  • Paul is more front and center in the book of Acts than Peter.
  • Paul is the great apostle whose record we have of going far and abroad to preach the gospel.
  • Paul is the one who has not one recorded bad blot on his life after his conversion.
  • Paul is the one who takes charge of matters and even rebukes Peter to the face.
  • Paul had way more epistles written than any one else.
  • Paul was a single man.
  • Proof texts of Peter being the first Pope REFUTED!

    (Mt 16:18, Luke 22:31-32, Jn 16:12-13, Jn 21:15-17, Acts 15:6-29, Rom 11:17-22, Gal 1:8-9, 1 Tim 3:15)

  • “I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it. Matthew 16:18
    The church is built upon Jesus Christ: 1 Cor 3:11, not Peter. Although this is appealed to as a papal proof text, it is lacking of any such proof.
  • “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat; but I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.” Luke 22:31-32
    This verse simply cannot be used to prove the papal infallibility of Peter because Peter erred so bad later in his ministry, that Paul condemned him as a heretic: Gal 2:11
  • “I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. John 16:12-13
    Yes Peter was inspired by the Holy Spirit to proclaim the word of God, but so were the rest of the apostles. Peter is not given any special status and the promise of the Holy Spirit applies equally to all the apostles.
  • So when they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Tend My lambs.” He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Shepherd My sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Tend My sheep. John 21:15-17
    To suggest this proves Peter is a pope is short sighted. Jesus was reversing, by ceremony, the three denials of Peter with three confessions of faith. Three times Peter denied the Lord, and three time Peter was asked to proclaim his love for the Lord. The emphasis was not on Peter “leading the church as a pope” being promoted to “top position” but rather accepting him back from the realm of condemnation into the common fold of the apostles who had not denied the Lord. Peter was told to be a shepherd of the sheep not a pope. Peter was simply a presbyter/overseer/shepherd: “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, 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; nor yet as lording it over those allotted to your charge, but proving to be examples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.” (1 Peter 5:1-4) Notice that this verse is a commentary on Jn 21 because it shows Peter to be a common “pastor/shepherd” as were in all the churches. Contrary to Catholic theology, Peter describes himself as a “fellow-shepherd” on an equal level with other fellow elders. The chief shepherd is Jesus not Peter.
  • Jerusalem council: Acts 15:6-29
    The Jerusalem council provides absolutely no help to the Roman Catholic for the papal authority of Peter and the supremacy of the church at Rome. The council happens in Jerusalem, not Rome! Even if this council had happened at Rome, Peter was not the key note speaker, but one of four who are highlighted. In fact, James was the speaker who not only summed it all up, but concluded the meeting with “his personal judgement” on the matter. (v19) The inspired letter that was sent out to other churches (v23-29) made no mention of Peter at all: “The apostles and the brethren who are elders” v23. If Peter was the Pope, there was no indication in the Jerusalem council of such authority!
  • But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed! As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed! Galatians 1:8-9
    Yes the words of all the apostles were unchangeable. The only known record of what the apostles said, is in the 27 books of the New Testament. Oral tradition is full of contradiction. Take for example, the liturgy of the Lord’s Supper or the date of Easter. The Oral traditions of the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches contradict each other so bad, they condemn each other and are not “in communion” with each other. The key is to realize that both of these denominations base their teachings on the oral tradition of the apostles, yet the cannot agree! We are confused over the contradictory doctrine of the Catholics and Orthodox church! Whose oral tradition on the liturgy of the Eucharist and the date of Easter is correct? With all this division, it is obvious that scripture is the only sure method of determining truth.
  • but in case I am delayed, I write so that you will know how one ought to conduct himself in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and support of the truth. 1 Timothy 3:15
    The church that supports and upholds the truth, is distinguished from the truth she upholds. That truth is the gospel message contained in scripture. If the “church” is the source of truth, as both Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches claim, again we ask, which one, for they are divided against themselves in doctrine! obviously then, the traditionalist interpretation of this passage is as vacuous as it is illogical.
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  1. Why do Protestants question God on how he does things???

    Matt. to Rev. – Peter is mentioned 155 times and the rest of apostles combined are only mentioned 130 times. Peter is also always listed first except in 1 Cor. 3:22 and Gal. 2:9 (which are obvious exceptions to the rule).

    Matt. 10:2; Mark 1:36; 3:16; Luke 6:14-16; Acts 1:3; 2:37; 5:29 – these are some of many examples where Peter is mentioned first among the apostles.

    Matt. 14:28-29 – only Peter has the faith to walk on water. No other man in Scripture is said to have the faith to walk on water. This faith ultimately did not fail.

    Matt. 16:16, Mark 8:29; John 6:69 – Peter is first among the apostles to confess the divinity of Christ.

    Matt. 16:17 – Peter alone is told he has received divine knowledge by a special revelation from God the Father.

    Matt. 16:18 – Jesus builds the Church only on Peter, the rock, with the other apostles as the foundation and Jesus as the Head.

    Matt. 16:19 – only Peter receives the keys, which represent authority over the Church and facilitate dynastic succession to his authority.

    Matt. 17:24-25 – the tax collector approaches Peter for Jesus’ tax. Peter is the spokesman for Jesus. He is the Vicar of Christ.

    Matt. 17:26-27 – Jesus pays the half-shekel tax with one shekel, for both Jesus and Peter. Peter is Christ’s representative on earth.

    Matt. 18:21 – in the presence of the disciples, Peter asks Jesus about the rule of forgiveness. One of many examples where Peter takes a leadership role among the apostles in understanding Jesus’ teachings.

    Matt. 19:27 – Peter speaks on behalf of the apostles by telling Jesus that they have left everything to follow Him.

    Mark 10:28 – here also, Peter speaks on behalf of the disciples by declaring that they have left everything to follow Him.

    Mark 11:21 – Peter speaks on behalf of the disciples in remembering Jesus’ curse on the fig tree.

    Mark 14:37 – at Gethsemane, Jesus asks Peter, and no one else, why he was asleep. Peter is accountable to Jesus for his actions on behalf of the apostles because he has been appointed by Jesus as their leader.

    Mark 16:7 – Peter is specified by an angel as the leader of the apostles as the angel confirms the resurrection of Christ.

    Luke 5:3 – Jesus teaches from Peter’s boat which is metaphor for the Church. Jesus guides Peter and the Church into all truth.

    Luke 5:4,10 – Jesus instructs Peter to let down the nets for a catch, and the miraculous catch follows. Peter, the Pope, is the “fisher of men.”

    Luke 7:40-50- Jesus addresses Peter regarding the rule of forgiveness and Peter answers on behalf of the disciples. Jesus also singles Peter out and judges his conduct vis-à-vis the conduct of the woman who anointed Him.

    Luke 8:45 – when Jesus asked who touched His garment, it is Peter who answers on behalf of the disciples.

    Luke 8:51; 9:28; 22:8; Acts 1:13; 3:1,3,11; 4:13,19; 8:14 – Peter is always mentioned before John, the disciple whom Jesus loved.

    Luke 9:28;33 – Peter is mentioned first as going to mountain of transfiguration and the only one to speak at the transfiguration.

    Luke 12:41 – Peter seeks clarification of a parable on behalf on the disciples. This is part of Peter’s formation as the chief shepherd of the flock after Jesus ascended into heaven.

    Luke 22:31-32 – Jesus prays for Peter alone, that his faith may not fail, and charges him to strengthen the rest of the apostles.

    Luke 24:12, John 20:4-6 – John arrived at the tomb first but stopped and waited for Peter. Peter then arrived and entered the tomb first.

    Luke 24:34 – the two disciples distinguish Peter even though they both had seen the risen Jesus the previous hour. See Luke 24:33.

    John 6:68 – after the disciples leave, Peter is the first to speak and confess his belief in Christ after the Eucharistic discourse.

    John 13:6-9 – Peter speaks out to the Lord in front of the apostles concerning the washing of feet.

    John 13:36; 21:18 – Jesus predicts Peter’s death. Peter was martyred at Rome in 67 A.D. Several hundred years of papal successors were also martyred.

    John 21:2-3,11 – Peter leads the fishing and his net does not break. The boat (the “barque of Peter”) is a metaphor for the Church.

    John 21:7 – only Peter got out of the boat and ran to the shore to meet Jesus. Peter is the earthly shepherd leading us to God.

    John 21:15 – in front of the apostles, Jesus asks Peter if he loves Jesus “more than these,” which refers to the other apostles. Peter is the head of the apostolic see.

    John 21:15-17 – Jesus charges Peter to “feed my lambs,” “tend my sheep,” “feed my sheep.” Sheep means all people, even the apostles.

    Acts 1:13 – Peter is first when entering upper room after our Lord’s ascension. The first Eucharist and Pentecost were given in this room.

    Acts 1:15 – Peter initiates the selection of a successor to Judas right after Jesus ascended into heaven, and no one questions him. Further, if the Church needed a successor to Judas, wouldn’t it need one to Peter? Of course.

    Acts 2:14 – Peter is first to speak for the apostles after the Holy Spirit descended upon them at Pentecost. Peter is the first to preach the Gospel.

    Acts 2:38 – Peter gives first preaching in the early Church on repentance and baptism in the name of Jesus Christ.

    Acts 3:1,3,4 – Peter is mentioned first as going to the Temple to pray.

    Acts 3:6-7 – Peter works the first healing of the apostles.

    Acts 3:12-26, 4:8-12 – Peter teaches the early Church the healing through Jesus and that there is no salvation other than Christ.

    Acts 5:3 – Peter declares the first anathema of Ananias and Sapphira which is ratified by God, and brings about their death. Peter exercises his binding authority.

    Acts 5:15 – Peter’s shadow has healing power. No other apostle is said to have this power.

    Acts 8:14 – Peter is mentioned first in conferring the sacrament of confirmation.

    Acts 8:20-23 – Peter casts judgment on Simon’s quest for gaining authority through the laying on of hands. Peter exercises his binding and loosing authority.

    Acts 9:32-34 – Peter is mentioned first among the apostles and works the healing of Aeneas.

    Acts 9:38-40 – Peter is mentioned first among the apostles and raises Tabitha from the dead.

    Acts 10:5 – Cornelius is told by an angel to call upon Peter. Angels are messengers of God. Peter was granted this divine vision.

    Acts 10:34-48, 11:1-18 – Peter is first to teach about salvation for all (Jews and Gentiles).

    Acts 12:5 – this verse implies that the “whole Church” offered “earnest prayers” for Peter, their leader, during his imprisonment.

    Acts 12:6-11 – Peter is freed from jail by an angel. He is the first object of divine intervention in the early Church.

    Acts 15:7-12 – Peter resolves the first doctrinal issue on circumcision at the Church’s first council at Jerusalem, and no one questions him. After Peter the Papa spoke, all were kept silent.

    Acts 15:12 – only after Peter (the Pope) speaks do Paul and Barnabas (bishops) speak in support of Peter’s definitive teaching.

    Acts 15:13-14 – then James speaks to further acknowledge Peter’s definitive teaching. “Simeon (Peter) has related how God first visited…”

    Rom. 15:20 – Paul says he doesn’t want to build on “another man’s foundation” referring to Peter, who built the Church in Rome.

    1 Cor. 9:5 – Peter is distinguished from the rest of the apostles and brethren of the Lord.

    1 Cor. 15:4-8 – Paul distinguishes Jesus’ post-resurrection appearances to Peter from those of the other apostles. Christ appeared “to Cephas, then to the twelve.”

    Gal.1:18 – Paul spends fifteen days with Peter privately before beginning his ministry, even after Christ’s Revelation to Paul.

    1 Peter 5:1 – Peter acts as the chief bishop by “exhorting” all the other bishops and elders of the Church.

    1 Peter 5:13 – Some Protestants argue against the Papacy by trying to prove Peter was never in Rome. First, this argument is irrelevant to whether Jesus instituted the Papacy. Secondly, this verse demonstrates that Peter was in fact in Rome. Peter writes from “Babylon” which was a code name for Rome during these days of persecution. See, for example, Rev. 14:8, 16:19, 17:5, 18:2,10,21, which show that “Babylon” meant Rome. Rome was the “great city” of the New Testament period. Because Rome during this age was considered the center of the world, the Lord wanted His Church to be established in Rome.

    2 Peter 1:14 – Peter writes about Jesus’ prediction of Peter’s death, embracing the eventual martyrdom that he would suffer.

    2 Peter 3:16 – Peter is making a judgment on the proper interpretation of Paul’s letters. Peter is the chief shepherd of the flock.

    Matt. 23:11; Mark 9:35; 10:44 – yet Peter, as the first, humbled himself to be the last and servant of all servants.

  2. Where was Peter while Christ was being tortured and nailed to the cross?

  3. I will answer your question with a few questions of my own…Were any of the apostles sinless? Did Jesus command Peter to “feed my sheep? Three times he asked Peter “Do you love me?” Peter affirmed three times, and was forgiven for denying Him three times. That Peter was a sinner does not make him any less the first apostle among equals. Which is exactly what a pope is.

  4. Hey World

    He was no where to be found, but then so were the other apostles hiding out for fear of their lives.

    John Wilder

  5. And this makes Peter less of the leader of the apostles…how?

  6. Matt. to Rev. – Peter is mentioned 155 times and the rest of apostles combined are only mentioned 130 times. Peter is also always listed first except in 1 Cor. 3:22 and Gal. 2:9 (which are obvious exceptions to the rule).

    Matt. 10:2; Mark 1:36; 3:16; Luke 6:14-16; Acts 1:3; 2:37; 5:29 – these are some of many examples where Peter is mentioned first among the apostles.

    Matt. 14:28-29 – only Peter has the faith to walk on water. No other man in Scripture is said to have the faith to walk on water. This faith ultimately did not fail.

    Matt. 16:16, Mark 8:29; John 6:69 – Peter is first among the apostles to confess the divinity of Christ.

    Matt. 16:17 – Peter alone is told he has received divine knowledge by a special revelation from God the Father.

    Matt. 16:18 – Jesus builds the Church only on Peter, the rock, with the other apostles as the foundation and Jesus as the Head.

    Matt. 16:19 – only Peter receives the keys, which represent authority over the Church and facilitate dynastic succession to his authority.

    Matt. 17:24-25 – the tax collector approaches Peter for Jesus’ tax. Peter is the spokesman for Jesus. He is the Vicar of Christ.

    Matt. 17:26-27 – Jesus pays the half-shekel tax with one shekel, for both Jesus and Peter. Peter is Christ’s representative on earth.

    Matt. 18:21 – in the presence of the disciples, Peter asks Jesus about the rule of forgiveness. One of many examples where Peter takes a leadership role among the apostles in understanding Jesus’ teachings.

    Matt. 19:27 – Peter speaks on behalf of the apostles by telling Jesus that they have left everything to follow Him.

    Mark 10:28 – here also, Peter speaks on behalf of the disciples by declaring that they have left everything to follow Him.

    Mark 11:21 – Peter speaks on behalf of the disciples in remembering Jesus’ curse on the fig tree.

    Mark 14:37 – at Gethsemane, Jesus asks Peter, and no one else, why he was asleep. Peter is accountable to Jesus for his actions on behalf of the apostles because he has been appointed by Jesus as their leader.

    Mark 16:7 – Peter is specified by an angel as the leader of the apostles as the angel confirms the resurrection of Christ.

    Luke 5:3 – Jesus teaches from Peter’s boat which is metaphor for the Church. Jesus guides Peter and the Church into all truth.

    Luke 5:4,10 – Jesus instructs Peter to let down the nets for a catch, and the miraculous catch follows. Peter, the Pope, is the “fisher of men.”

    Luke 7:40-50- Jesus addresses Peter regarding the rule of forgiveness and Peter answers on behalf of the disciples. Jesus also singles Peter out and judges his conduct vis-à-vis the conduct of the woman who anointed Him.

    Luke 8:45 – when Jesus asked who touched His garment, it is Peter who answers on behalf of the disciples.

    Luke 8:51; 9:28; 22:8; Acts 1:13; 3:1,3,11; 4:13,19; 8:14 – Peter is always mentioned before John, the disciple whom Jesus loved.

    Luke 9:28;33 – Peter is mentioned first as going to mountain of transfiguration and the only one to speak at the transfiguration.

    Luke 12:41 – Peter seeks clarification of a parable on behalf on the disciples. This is part of Peter’s formation as the chief shepherd of the flock after Jesus ascended into heaven.

    Luke 22:31-32 – Jesus prays for Peter alone, that his faith may not fail, and charges him to strengthen the rest of the apostles.

    Luke 24:12, John 20:4-6 – John arrived at the tomb first but stopped and waited for Peter. Peter then arrived and entered the tomb first.

    Luke 24:34 – the two disciples distinguish Peter even though they both had seen the risen Jesus the previous hour. See Luke 24:33.

    John 6:68 – after the disciples leave, Peter is the first to speak and confess his belief in Christ after the Eucharistic discourse.

    John 13:6-9 – Peter speaks out to the Lord in front of the apostles concerning the washing of feet.

    John 13:36; 21:18 – Jesus predicts Peter’s death. Peter was martyred at Rome in 67 A.D. Several hundred years of papal successors were also martyred.

    John 21:2-3,11 – Peter leads the fishing and his net does not break. The boat (the “barque of Peter”) is a metaphor for the Church.

    John 21:7 – only Peter got out of the boat and ran to the shore to meet Jesus. Peter is the earthly shepherd leading us to God.

    John 21:15 – in front of the apostles, Jesus asks Peter if he loves Jesus “more than these,” which refers to the other apostles. Peter is the head of the apostolic see.

    John 21:15-17 – Jesus charges Peter to “feed my lambs,” “tend my sheep,” “feed my sheep.” Sheep means all people, even the apostles.

    Acts 1:13 – Peter is first when entering upper room after our Lord’s ascension. The first Eucharist and Pentecost were given in this room.

    Acts 1:15 – Peter initiates the selection of a successor to Judas right after Jesus ascended into heaven, and no one questions him. Further, if the Church needed a successor to Judas, wouldn’t it need one to Peter? Of course.

    Acts 2:14 – Peter is first to speak for the apostles after the Holy Spirit descended upon them at Pentecost. Peter is the first to preach the Gospel.

    Acts 2:38 – Peter gives first preaching in the early Church on repentance and baptism in the name of Jesus Christ.

    Acts 3:1,3,4 – Peter is mentioned first as going to the Temple to pray.

    Acts 3:6-7 – Peter works the first healing of the apostles.

    Acts 3:12-26, 4:8-12 – Peter teaches the early Church the healing through Jesus and that there is no salvation other than Christ.

    Acts 5:3 – Peter declares the first anathema of Ananias and Sapphira which is ratified by God, and brings about their death. Peter exercises his binding authority.

    Acts 5:15 – Peter’s shadow has healing power. No other apostle is said to have this power.

    Acts 8:14 – Peter is mentioned first in conferring the sacrament of confirmation.

    Acts 8:20-23 – Peter casts judgment on Simon’s quest for gaining authority through the laying on of hands. Peter exercises his binding and loosing authority.

    Acts 9:32-34 – Peter is mentioned first among the apostles and works the healing of Aeneas.

    Acts 9:38-40 – Peter is mentioned first among the apostles and raises Tabitha from the dead.

    Acts 10:5 – Cornelius is told by an angel to call upon Peter. Angels are messengers of God. Peter was granted this divine vision.

    Acts 10:34-48, 11:1-18 – Peter is first to teach about salvation for all (Jews and Gentiles).

    Acts 12:5 – this verse implies that the “whole Church” offered “earnest prayers” for Peter, their leader, during his imprisonment.

    Acts 12:6-11 – Peter is freed from jail by an angel. He is the first object of divine intervention in the early Church.

    Acts 15:7-12 – Peter resolves the first doctrinal issue on circumcision at the Church’s first council at Jerusalem, and no one questions him. After Peter the Papa spoke, all were kept silent.

    Acts 15:12 – only after Peter (the Pope) speaks do Paul and Barnabas (bishops) speak in support of Peter’s definitive teaching.

    Acts 15:13-14 – then James speaks to further acknowledge Peter’s definitive teaching. “Simeon (Peter) has related how God first visited…”

    Rom. 15:20 – Paul says he doesn’t want to build on “another man’s foundation” referring to Peter, who built the Church in Rome.

    1 Cor. 9:5 – Peter is distinguished from the rest of the apostles and brethren of the Lord.

    1 Cor. 15:4-8 – Paul distinguishes Jesus’ post-resurrection appearances to Peter from those of the other apostles. Christ appeared “to Cephas, then to the twelve.”

    Gal.1:18 – Paul spends fifteen days with Peter privately before beginning his ministry, even after Christ’s Revelation to Paul.

    1 Peter 5:1 – Peter acts as the chief bishop by “exhorting” all the other bishops and elders of the Church.

    1 Peter 5:13 – Some Protestants argue against the Papacy by trying to prove Peter was never in Rome. First, this argument is irrelevant to whether Jesus instituted the Papacy. Secondly, this verse demonstrates that Peter was in fact in Rome. Peter writes from “Babylon” which was a code name for Rome during these days of persecution. See, for example, Rev. 14:8, 16:19, 17:5, 18:2,10,21, which show that “Babylon” meant Rome. Rome was the “great city” of the New Testament period. Because Rome during this age was considered the center of the world, the Lord wanted His Church to be established in Rome.

    2 Peter 1:14 – Peter writes about Jesus’ prediction of Peter’s death, embracing the eventual martyrdom that he would suffer.

    2 Peter 3:16 – Peter is making a judgment on the proper interpretation of Paul’s letters. Peter is the chief shepherd of the flock.

    Matt. 23:11; Mark 9:35; 10:44 – yet Peter, as the first, humbled himself to be the last and servant of all servants.

  7. Yea I guess that qualifies him as the Pope all right.

  8. The cathoic church is corrupt and rules with an iron fist through fear and intimdation. The popes have known full well about sexual abuse by the priests and the bishops covering it up, not caring anything for the damaged kids, just wanting to protect the church. There are so many direct commands in the Bible that they just blow off or contradict.

    John Wilder

  9. You have no proof of what you’re saying, John, though you have every right to believe it. It’s totally unsubstantiated.
    Up until the mid-90’s, when all the cases of abuse happened, it was accepted psychological practice to rehabilitate and reassign people with this problem. It was treated as a curable disease.
    The Catholic Church does not rule anyone. The Catholic Church has no power, other than to propose the right way to live. Past that, it’s up to the individual. You can accept that Jesus protected his apostles and their successors by sending the Holy Spirit, as is written in the scripture you hold so dear, which means that the Catholic Church is infallible in matters of faith and morals. Or you can reject it. There’s only two choices. Believe it…or don’t. If you choose not to, you can be a Baptist. Or a Methodist. Or a Non-denominational Christian. Protestants, whether you like it or not, are Catholic light-you cut out what you don’t like and go on-as I’ve been saying, a religion of subtraction from Catholicism.
    Peter is the representative of Christ because Christ made him so. Peter was the only apostle to be invited to walk on water, and the only one to do so. Peter alone confessed the divinity of Christ, and then Christ told Peter where he got that knowledge-from God the Father. Only Peter receives the keys, representing the authority over the Church. Peter is clearly a leader among the group of the apostles. Peter is the only one to speak at the mountain of transfiguation. In Luke 22, Jesus prayed for Peter alone and asked that his strength not fail, and directs him to strengthen the rest of the disciples. After denying Christ three times, Jesus asks him three times “Do you love me more than these?” giving Peter the chance to confess his sin. Acts is full of Peter healing, performing other miracles, and speaking for the Church.
    Jesus did not choose saints to be his apostles. He chose men. Fallen men. The Church today is full of men. Fallen men. But never in 2000 years has the Catholic Church taught falsely about what Jesus said and wanted. Not unless you don’t believe Jesus when he said that the gates of Hell would not prevail against it, or when he said he would send the Holy Spirit to protect it.
    John, you have yet to name something it says in the Bible that the Catholic Church does not do or fulfill, or contradict. I have shown Biblically where we get our beliefs. You may disagree, but that’s where the roots are.

  10. Yes, indeed, a poor sinner like you and me who was afraid for his life, and who, unlike you and me, received the power of God in the Holy Spirit when Christ breathed on him in John’s gospel. The power to heal, the power to bind and to loose, the power to convert. The power to go bravely to your death and, as Jesus foretold, to die as Christ did, by crucifixion.

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