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Vicar of Christ

Updated on March 17, 2013

Is the Pope Really the Vicar of Christ?

This common belief stems from yet another Bible misinterpretation. Most people believe that Christ made Peter the head of the church due to Matthew 16:18...

"And I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades shall not overpower it,"

However, further study reveals that Jesus had referred to Peter as "pebble" or "chip off a rock, " using the Greek word 'petros.' The next word used for 'rock' in the same verse is 'petra.' This minor difference makes all the difference in the world! Greek nouns have a gender. It is similar to the English words actor and actress. The first is masculine and the second is feminine. Likewise, the Greek word "petros" is masculine; "petra" is feminine. Peter, the man, is appropriately referred to as Petros. But Jesus said that the rock he would build his church on was not the masculine "petros" but the feminine "petra."

Consider - the Bible clearly teaches that Jesus is the ONLY 'rock' upon which our salvation is based and Peter himself confirms this in 1 Peter 2:8. In referring to Jesus, Peter says...

"And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed."

The word for 'rock' used here is "petra" and here, Peter is referring to Jesus! Selah.

Papacy Contradicts the Bible

Friends, as you look further into this system of beliefs, it becomes clear that it does not adhere to standard Bible teachings, but rather promotes a belief system quite contrary to basic Bible doctrines.

Some of the Bible teachings that the papacy clearly contradicts include bowing down to statues, the idea that all have sinned and Christ as our only mediator. The Bible is clear in teaching that Christ's sacrifice on the cross was final and for all, that all Christians are saints and priests, and that we are to call no man on earth "our father." Also, please consider that nowhere in the Bible will you find mention of the doctrine of purgatory, limbo or prayers for the dead!

What About the Beast?

Continuing from my Hub on the Mark of the Beast Part 2...

I bet you didn’t know that the first individual to identify the papal office as antichrist was a pope! Pope Gregory the Great, at the end of the church period, said that such a church teaching came from the spirit of antichrist. He wrote, “I confidently affirm that whomever calls himself universal bishop or desires to be so called is in his pride a fore runner of antichrist.”

Even the heroes of the Reformation knew it!! Luther, Spurgeon, Wesley, Calvin, Knox, Moody, and virtually every other major Protestant reformer identified the Catholic Church as the beast of Revelation 13 and the papal office as antichrist.

Sadly, most Protestants and evangelicals today seem to have forgotten what it is that they were protesting.

Also - is it not curious that the newly elected Pope (03/14/13) is openly a Jesuit?? Just sayin ;)


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      newenglandsun 4 years ago

      Do you take this passage literally?

      Luke 22:19 - Then he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, 'This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.' (NJB)

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      newenglandsun 4 years ago

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      newenglandsun 4 years ago

      I already addressed prayers to the dead.

      We don't bow down to statues. Greek Catholics bow down to iconoclasts and kiss iconoclasts because they are more than just representative figures, they are also the venerated saints as well. Same with statues in the Latin Rite.

      I'll probably write something about the relationship between the Eastern Orthodox and the Catholics addressing this in the future. Nevertheless, you can read:

      The term lithos not petros is used in that verse you quoted. The Reformers didn't take their Bibles seriously. Maybe John Wesley but that's about it. Luther hated the book of James because it contradicted his salvation through faith alone heresy.

      I think that only the SDA's take all of the Reformers that seriously.

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      Andy 4 years ago

      Newengland I know about your conversion, as you seem to post it in all your comments. Yet, I greeted you as a fellow brother in Christ on another Hub. Now you want to make it personal by talking about "SDA kool aid." It seems you have quite a ways to go in your conversion still.

      Nonetheless, your comment does not address any point made in this Hub. You do have to say about another Pope commenting about the system being anti christ? What about the original greek words for rock and pebble? You find it necessary to talk about SDA but mention nothing about any of the Reformers. Why is that? Is it because when you can't refute truth, you try to attack and discredit the author, perhaps?

      I might suggest that you focus on the section in this Hub about how the Papacy contradicts the Bible position on bowing down to statues, who forgives sins and calling any man father, not to mention purgatory and praying for the dead.

      May the Holy Spirit work with you.


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      newenglandsun 4 years ago

      In my opinion, only an Eastern Orthodox can consistently call the Pope antichrist.

      What the heck is this post any way? I'm about to enter my conversion process to the Greek (Byzantine) Catholic Church and I will testify that the attacks on the Pope are what is antichrist.

      Revelation 8:3-4 - Another angel with a golden censer came and stood at the altar; he was given a great quantity of incense to offer with the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar that is before the throne. And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, rose before God from the hand of the angel. (NRSV Catholic Edition)

      Tobit 12:12-15 - So now when you and Sarah prayed, it was I who brought and read the record of your prayer before the glory of the Lord, and likewise whenever you would bury the dead. And that time when you did not hesitate to get up and leave your dinner to go and bury the dead, I was sent to you to test you. And at the same time God sent me to heal you and Sarah your daughter-in-law. I am Raphael, one of the seven angels who stand ready and enter before the glory of the Lord.” (NRSV Catholic Edition)

      The saints pray for us. We pray to angels to pray for us. Etc. Nothing wrong with that (James 5:16). Stop drinking SDA Kool-Aid.