And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.Peter's Primacy (mp3)
Let's objectively test the popular Roman Catholic interpretation for Peter's primacy and apostolic succession by comparing it with facts about the Apostle Peter's life and doctrine, as recorded throughout the Scriptures. The following are related facts that must not be overlooked:
Now when Jesus had come into Peter's house, He saw his wife's mother lying sick with a fever (Mt. 8:14, NKJV).
When Peter came to Antioch, I [Paul] opposed him to his face, because he was clearly in the wrong. Before certain men came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles. But when they arrived, he began to draw back and separate himself from the Gentiles because he was afraid of those who belonged to the circumcision group. The other Jews joined him in his hypocrisy, so that by their hypocrisy even Barnabas was led astray. When I saw that they were not acting in line with the truth of the gospel, I said to Peter in front of them all, 'You are a Jew, yet you live like a Gentile and not like a Jew. How is it, then, that you force Gentiles to follow Jewish customs?' (Gal. 2:11-14).
To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder, a witness of Christ's sufferings and one who also will share in the glory to be revealed (1 Pet. 5:1).
Now when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them (Acts 8:14).
But by the grace of God I [Paul] am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them--yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me (1 Cor. 15:10)?
Then a dispute arose among them as to which of them would be greatest (Lk. 9:46).
Now there was also a dispute among them, as to which of them should be considered the greatest (Lk. 22:24).
Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved (Acts 4:12).
To him all the prophets witness that, through his name, whoever believes in him will receive remission of sins (Acts 10:43).
But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved in the same manner as they (Acts 15:11).The Apostle Peter exalted Jesus and faith in his name for salvation with no mention of Mary, even in an indirect way! The focus was on Jesus and him alone for salvation.
He himself [JESUS] bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. (1 Pet 2:24)As with the other apostles, the Apostle Peter likewise never mentioned the sacraments, church membership, attending mass, praying the Rosary, or any other Catholic distinctive as having any role in salvation at all! What then should we believe about Peter's Primacy and the proper interpretation of Mt. 16:18 when we consider the sum total of Scripture? This is certain: The Bible is eternal truth and it doesn't allow for the popular pope-exalting Roman Catholic interpretation of Mt. 16:18. Furthermore, Scripture was given to make us wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus:
And how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Tim 3:15-17)We are to go by the Bible and use it for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness (2 Tim. 3:16). The Bible alone is final authority. Jesus said that the Word of God will be our judge (Jn. 12:48), and the Word of God teaches that we must repent and place all (100%) of our trust in Jesus for our salvation (Jn. 3:18; Acts 20:21; 26:20; etc.). Baptism, holy communion, good works, church membership, subjection to the Pope, praying the Rosary and Mary cannot save us, according to the Bible! So why not believe the Bible? Could there be anything wrong with repenting and trusting Jesus 100% for salvation?
I tell you that you are Peter [Petros, masculine, a large piece of rock], and on this rock [petra, feminine, a huge rock like Gibraltar] I will build My church....Peter is "a large piece of rock," but the church is built on petra which means "a huge rock like Gibraltar"! Peter is also masculine gender and not feminine gender as petra is. The misuse of this verse has led people to wrongly believe that the church was built on St. Peter, who was supposed to have been the visible head of the church and the first Pope!
"And with these we define that there shall be expelled from the holy Church of God and anathematized Honorius who was some time Pope of Old Rome, because of what we found written by him to [Patriarch] Sergius, that in all respects he followed his view and confirmed his impious doctrines."
The Sixteenth Session stated: "To Honorius, the heretic, anathema!"
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