One of the main boasts of the Roman Catholic system is that they are the one and only true church on earth. After I came to know the Lord in 1989 I realized that the Roman Catholic Church was NOT EVEN PART of the TRUE church of Jesus Christ. I went through all of the traditions and rituals of the Roman Catholic system but I did not know the Lord Jesus Christ at all until 1989. They teach that a person is “born again” when they are baptized as an infant, but I know that is not true, because I was born again the biblical way, many years later through hearing the “incorruptible seed of the word of God” being preached. Peter wrote this:
Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: Being BORN AGAIN, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the WORD OF GOD, which liveth and abideth for ever. For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the WORD of THE LORD endureth for ever. And this is the word which by THE GOSPEL is preached unto you. (1 Peter 1:22-25)
Let us take a look at the passage of scripture that the FALSE church of Rome likes to use to prove Peter as the ROCK, and Peter as the first Pope.
“When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath NOT revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is IN HEAVEN. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this ROCK I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Matthew 16:13-18
The Greek word for Peter is the word petros, which is a piece of rock, whereas the Greek word for ROCK, is the word petra which describes a mass of rock. Keep in mind that the Lord questioned his disciples as to what the people were saying about him. Jesus wanted to know who they thought he was. They told him that some thought that he was John the Baptist, which he was not. Some thought that he was the prophet Elijah, which he was not. Some thought that he was the prophet Jeremiah or some other prophet, which he was not. Jesus then asked THEM who they thought he was, and Peter (Simon) responded and told him that he was the Christ (Messiah), the Son of the living God, which he WAS! The Lord Jesus Christ then told Peter that flesh and blood (another human being) did not reveal that information to him, but his Father which is in HEAVEN! Jesus was letting Peter and his fellow disciples know that the church of God would be built upon the TESTIMONY, which Peter spoke, and the revelation which comes from above. The outside people did not have the revelation which Peter and his fellow disciples had, and thus they believed Jesus to be John the Baptist, Elijah, Jeremiah or one of the prophets. The true believer in Jesus Christ who has been genuinely born again of the Spirit, KNOWS that Jesus was indeed the Christ (Messiah) and the Son of the living God! That truth cannot be understood by the natural man, but ONLY by the Spirit of the living God.
“Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” 1 Corinthians 2:12-14
The Roman Catholic Church will have you to believe that PETER is the ROCK of the church, but the scriptures are very clear that the Lord is the ONLY ROCK of our salvation. There cannot be TWO different rocks. If you believe Peter to be the ROCK of your salvation, and you are trusting in the Roman Catholic system, and you have nothing more than an EARTHLY ROCK, versus the ETERNAL ROCK which is Jesus Christ himself. The revelation which the TRUE believer in Jesus Christ has, is that the Lord our ROCK became flesh and dwelt among us, died (for our sins), and then rose again from the dead!
Peter would be the first to tell you that he is not a rock, and he would be the first to point you to the true and only rock, which is Jesus Christ. In fact Jesus Christ was the very same “rock” which led the true children of Israel in Old Covenant (Testament) times.
Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; And did all eat the same SPIRITUAL meat; And did all drink the same SPIRITUAL drink: for they drank of that SPIRITUAL ROCK that followed them: and that ROCK was CHRIST. (1 Corinthians 10:1-4)
Yes, Jesus is the Christ (Messiah) and the spiritual rock which led the “fathers” of Israel all of those years. Until a person comes into contact with the REAL spiritual rock, which is Jesus Christ, they simply remain DEAD in their sins, and they are void of the everlasting life which God offers to all mankind. Jesus, NOT Peter, is the very cornerstone of the TRUE spiritual house of God, and entrance into that house is through a spiritual “new birth” better known as being “born again” of the Spirit! That is why I speak out against the false teachings of Rome like I do, because many are being led astray, and ultimately damned for eternity because they are not truly saved. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I would have ended up in Hell, if I had not come to a knowledge of the truth though God’s Word!
The LORD liveth; and blessed be MY ROCK; and let the God of MY SALVATION be exalted. (Psalms 18:46)
For thou art MY ROCK and MY FORTRESS; therefore for thy name’s sake lead me, and GUIDE ME. (Psalms 31:3)
He ONLY is my rock and MY SALVATION; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved. (Psalms 62:2)
He ONLY is my rock and MY SALVATION: he is my defence; I shall not be moved. (Psalms 62:6)
After I came to know the one and only rock of may salvation, the rosary beads and prayers to Mary stopped immediately. The religious medals, beads and trinkets were discarded and tossed in the garbage can. I knew that I did not need Mary or any other created human being to intercede for me, because I met the REAL Jesus Christ for myself. I was “born again” the REAL way, and I now LOVE the Word of God, because it is the TRUTH which set me free. Jesus Christ prayed to his Father in the following way:
I have given them thy word; and THE WORLD hath hated them, because they are not of THE WORLD, even as I AM NOT of the world. I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are NOT of THE WORLD, even as I AM NOT of THE WORLD. Sanctify them through THY TRUTH: thy WORD is truth. As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through THE TRUTH. Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through THEIR WORD; (John 17:14-20)
True revival will come when the Pastors in the “Protestant” and “Evangelical” churches start speaking out against the false gospels of our modern day, and that would include the false gospel of Rome. The Lord will NEVER bless a UNITY with a false gospel, BUT he will in fact curse it!
But though we, or an angel from heaven, PREACH ANY OTHER GOSPEL unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man PREACH ANY OTHER GOSPEL unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to PLEASE MEN? for if I yet PLEASED MEN, I should NOT be the servant of Christ. (Galatians 1:8-10)
Pope Francis and company need to repent and believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ, because the blood of untold millions is upon their hands, and upon the hands of all of those who work hand in hand with them.
For there is ONE GOD, and ONE MEDIATOR between GOD and men, the man Christ Jesus; (1 Timothy 2:5)
Jesus saith unto him, I AM the WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIFE: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (John 14:6)
Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is NONE other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be SAVED. (Acts 4:10-12)