“And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped him. But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man.”
How different is Peter from the Papacy that exalts itself and claims the chair of St. Peter.
Here is a picture showing a Cardinal bowing down to the Pope, i.e. one bishop worshipping another:
- Veneration and adoring is worship, and worshipping anything else than the invisible GOD, is idolatry forbidden by the Ten Commandments but allowed by the Church of Rome putting itself in the place of GOD and JESUS CHRIST whom He had sent.
- The clown dresses they are wearing is unchristian and comes from the cult of Mythra.
JESUS did not say to Peter, on you I will built My Church! He said, you are Peter [Petros meaning a small stone], and upon this rock I will built My Church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it. [Matthew 16:18]
JESUS used a play on words. Peter himself testifies that JESUS is the foundation stone against whom hell did not prevail [1.Peter 2:9; Matthew 21:42-44]. GOD is called the Rock in the Old Testament and Paul confirmed that CHRIST is the rock [1.Cor.10:4]. Hell did prevail against Peter when he denied his Lord and Saviour three times with cursing and swearing. Please compare the lowly Lord JESUS and Peter with the self exalting haughty Papal See.
Nowhere is there evidence that Peter was in Rome. Paul was. And he was specially chosen as an apostle to the gentile [non Jewish] world, while Peter looked after the Jews and James was mostly presiding over the Jerusalem Council meetings.
For a human being to claim to be the rock or foundation of Christianity, is pure blasphemy.
“Hence the Pope is crowned with a triple crown, as king of heaven and of earth and of the lower regions.”
(#13. Hinc Papa triplici corona coronatur tanquam rex coeli, terre et infernoram.”)
Source: Lucius Ferraris, Papa, art. 2, in his Prompta Bibliotheca Canonica, Juridica, Moralis, Theologica, Ascetica, Polemica, Rubristica, Historica. (Handy Library), Vol. 5, published in Petit-Montrouge (Paris) by J. P. Migne, 1858 edition, column 1823, Latin.Claiming even to be the king of heaven.
Isn’t that speaking great words against the Most High? [Daniel 7:25].Did he think to change times and laws of GOD?
They removed the second of the Ten Commandments in order to bring images and idolatry into Christianity by force. Millions have been tortured on the rack and burned at the stake for refusing to agree with their idolatry. Daniel had prophesied that he would wear out the saints of the Most High GOD. See Daniel 7:25. Times were also changed from Saturday to Sunday and from GOD’s time of sundown to the darkest hour of midnight by Pope Gregory.
The Claim of the Apostolic Succession
A fatal blow to the Catholic view of the “Petrine Primacy,” is the lack of any New Testament support for the primacy of Peter in the Apostolic Church. If according to the Catholic claim, Christ appointed Peter as His vicar to govern the church, then we would expect Peter to function as the leader of the Apostolic church. But this is hardly the case.
For example, there are no indications that Peter ever served as the presiding officer of the Jerusalem church. The organizational structure of the Jerusalem Church is characterized as collegiality with a presidency. But there are no indications that Peter ever served as the presiding officer of the church. At the Jerusalem Council, it was James, not Peter, who presided in the deliberations (Act 15:13).
Furthermore, the ultimate authority of the Jerusalem Church resided, not with Peter, but with the apostles, who were later replaced by “elders.” For example, it was “the apostles” who sent Peter to Samaria (Acts 8:14) to check on the new Christian communities. Had Peter been the leader of the apostolic church, he would have counseled the apostles to send him to Samaria, rather than being told by the apostles to go there.
It was the “apostles” who sent Barnabas to Antioch (Acts 11:22). It was “the apostles and the elders” who sent Judas and Silas to Antioch (15:22-27). It was “James and the elders” who advised Paul to undergo a rite of purification at the Temple (Acts 21:18, 23-24). Had Peter been appointed by Christ to serve as the Head of the Church, he would have played a distinctive leadership role in the decisions mentioned above.
Paul Did not Acknowledge Peter as the Head of the Church
Moreover, there are no indications that Paul viewed Peter as the leader of the church. We are told that when Peter went to Antioch, Paul “opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned” (Gal 2:11). Paul’s action hardly suggests that Peter was recognized and respected as the infallible head of the church.
Furthermore, Paul explicitly says that Peter was entrusted with preaching the Gospel to the Jews, while his mission was to preach to the Gentiles (Gal 2:7). This suggests that Peter’s mission was predominantly to the Jews, and not over the whole church.
Paul refers to the “pillars” of the Apostolic Church as being “James, Cephas, and John” (Gal 2:9). The fact that “James,” the Lord’s brother, is mentioned before “Cephas,” the Aramaic for of “Peter,” indicates that James, rather than Peter, served as the leader of the church. Had the apostles understood that Christ had appointed Peter to serve as the Head of the church, they would have entrusted to him the leadership of the church. But the fact is that Peter is never seen in the NT as the sole or chief leader of the Apostolic Church.
Note: Greek is a very precise language in which the New Testament was written. Peter means a rolling stone-Petros and is a mascular verb. Petra on the other hand, means rock which is in the feminine.
Who is the Rock?
The Pope claims that he is the rock of salvation as a successor of the apostle Peter. But what does the Bible really say?
Throughout all of the Old Testament, God has been referred to as the only Rock of salvation. Now in the New Testament, we have the same God: “And they all drank the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.”–1 Corinthians 10:4
“And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone.”–Ephesians 2:20
“This is the stone which was set at naught of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is no other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”–Acts 4:11,12.