Is the Papacy Biblical?

17 Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. 18 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. 19 And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

Before delving too deeply into why Pope Benedict is resigning, I’d like to take this opportunity to clear up a few misconceptions about what Catholics believe about the Chair of Peter; the Papacy.

First of all, unlike Bible Christians, who are quite ironically in denial of what the Bible teaches about Peter being the Rock, usually leaning on some lame excuse about the words Petra vs. Petras, (which had only to do with correcting the Greek feminine spelling of a male name; Jesus never spoke Greek, He spoke Aramaic, and in Aramaic there is only one word for Rock) we can point to the exchange between Simon Bar Jonah and Jesus in Matthew 16:17-19 above, as being the fulfillment of the prophecy of Isaiah 22.

If you happen to be a Bible Christian and have no idea what I’m talking about, it’s because Satan prefers the Church, Spirit filled believers that is, to remain  separated and divided.

We are all weaker because of it.

Fact; In Matthew 23: 2,3 where Jesus says the following:

“the Scribes and Pharisees sit on Moses seat, therefore do whatever they tell you.”

Jesus is acknowledging here, that there is an Old Testament chair or seat.

And…that it has authority from one generation to the next, otherwise why else would He be teaching those around Him to submit to it?

That chair, in our Catholic view, is now the chair of Peter, the Papacy…as prophesied in Isaiah 22.

Confused?

You shouldn’t be, you have a Bible.

When Peter is handed the keys to the kingdom, it is prophecy being fulfilled of the transfer of that seat of dynastic authority, from the Jews over to the Christians.

Let’s keep going with the King James version, check out Isaiah 22.

…And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will call my servant Eliakim the son of Hilkiah:

21 And I will clothe him with thy robe, and strengthen him with thy girdle, and I will commit thy government into his hand: and he shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to the house of Judah.

22 And the key of the house of David will I lay upon his shoulder; so he shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open.

23 And I will fasten him as a nail in a sure place; and he shall be for a glorious throne to his father’s house.

24 And they shall hang upon him all the glory of his father’s house, the offspring and the issue, all vessels of small quantity, from the vessels of cups, even to all the vessels of flagons.

25 In that day, saith the Lord of hosts, shall the nail that is fastened in the sure place be removed, and be cut down, and fall; and the burden that was upon it shall be cut off: for the Lord hath spoken it.

When you juxtapose this prophecy with Matthew 16:17-19 you would have to be intellectually biased not to agree that this exchange between Jesus and Peter is the fulfillment of Isaiah 22.

Another clue that Peter really is the Rock, is that never before in antiquity had anyone been named Rock.

It is an original maneuver by our Lord.

There is hope for the Church to be reunited as one.

The Pro Life movement is a window to where we may be headed.

Fact 2; Killing unborn babies is a direct assault against Truth.

Catholics, and Bible Christians are all who remain loyal to that Truth.

I believe that every Bible Christian will eventually come back to The Church, so that it will become one as Christ earnestly prayed in John 17.

If not in this life than at least in the next.

I promise you there won’t be 2,000 denominations in heaven.

It’s also true that many luke-warm Catholics will continue to be purged away and that much still has to change within.

But it’s coming.

One last thing.

If you’re a Bible Pastor, who ordained you and by what authority do you claim to be a Pastor?

I don’t question it, and I’m not being mean, I just want to make a point…Jesus is Who ordained Peter, it’s right there in Scripture.

It’s impossible to deny.

Once one can accept that Truth, all else that causes angst about Catholics will melt away.

Now, as for why Benedict stepped down…simple…the Gates of Hell… and who better to tear them down than the next in line to sit in Moses’ seat?

For fallen away Catholics who want to learn more about the Truth, I recommend Scott Hahn’s tape series called “Answering Common Objections.”

http://www.amazon.com/Answering-Common-Objections-Scott-Hahn/dp/1570584109

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