If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. – John 8:36
Therefore, what must be demonstrated is…
1. St. Peter is the rock on which Christ’s church is built upon.
(Please note that only some early church writers claim this, but not all.)
2. Based upon the above, that St. Peter had successors to his apostolic authority.
(Testimonies of mere succession to St. Peter’s bishopric are insufficient to prove this.)
3. Based upon the above, Roman Popes alone are successors to St. Peter.
What historical writings are there that prove all three of these?
This is altogether necessary to make the case for universal authority of the Church of Rome.
The earliest writings we find all of these claimed are from the late 4th century. The first pope to claim universal authority over the church, when consequently the east/west split also occurred, was during the late 4th century. Therefore, it is evident that this is the date of the true beginnings of the Roman Catholic Church. Its claims of universal authority are later inventions after Christianity’s true beginning. The Roman Catholic Church is NOT the one true and only Christian Church.
Christ’s true universal (or catholic) church began 33 A.D. (or 29 A.D. really) which was not and is not the Roman church. Christ’s church are all those who place trusting faith in God solely through His Son Jesus Christ for the free gift of eternal life and the forgiveness of all sins. Christ’s universal church is not any one denomination like Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Ukrainian Orthodox, nor Protestant denominations, nor any other. In fact, Christ’s church is not all denominations either nor is it any combination of them. His Church are those who trust in Him alone (not a church, self, nor others) for salvation.
What we can see instead, though, is that the Roman Catholic Church teaches an entirely different gospel than Christ and the Apostles taught as demonstrated in the New Testament. For example… The New Testament does not teach paying indulgences, nor about scapulars, nor prayers to St. Mary.
Galatians 1:6-9 (NKJV)
6 I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, 7 which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. 9 As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.
There are many other matters where the Roman Catholic Church contradicts the teachings of Christ and the Apostles recorded in the Holy Scriptures. Be sure to visit our link below to “Fascinating Reading of the Holy Bible for Roman Catholics” to find out more.
So, not only is the Roman Catholic Church NOT the one true and only Christian church. It does not even qualify as a Christian church at all due to its false teachings. It is a major false religion.
Are Roman Catholics showing you early church quotes to try to prove their faith to you?
Ask these questions…
• Did these quotes prove all three of the points mentioned above or are they lacking?
• Are the quotes earlier than the late 4th century?
• Were these were quoted accurately, not mistranslated?
• Do these quotes hold to the same meaning those citing them say about them within their own passage contexts?
• Did the authors of the quotes make other statements that go against how Roman Catholics choose to interpret them?
• Does what was quoted match with objective sources on the documentation?
• Were the writings actually from the date cited about them?
• Are the documents cited proven not to be forgeries?
Rome did have a powerful place in history but you will find that Papal Primacy is a later development, not what was taught earlier.
History has also held the question, “Who was St. Peter’s successor to his bishopric?” Was it Linus or Clement?
A wider view of history is required when examining such subjects.
If you have solid proof, contrary to what has been said here, we would like to know.
If you do not have such solid proof, why then maintain the myth?
The Church Fathers’ Interpretation of the Rock of Matthew 16:18
An Historical Refutation of the Claims of Roman Catholicism
Includes a Critique of Jesus, Peter and the Keys
By William Webster
Linus of Rome
Who was Linus? Did he know the Apostle Paul? Was he the first pope?
Was he the second bishop of Rome after the Apostle Peter? Was he even a bishop?
By Bob Thiel, Ph. D. (COGwriter)