Grace and peace, Saints.
Roman Catholics are very adamant that Jesus Christ instituted the Roman Catholic Church when He told the Apostle Peter “Upon this rock I will build my church” (Matthew 16:18). Never mind that Jesus Christ was referring to Himself, as He is the Rock. Simon Peter wasn’t the rock Jesus was talking about, as Simon means “sand,” and Peter means “a small stone.” So, while Peter was integral to the early church, the Lord Jesus would never build a church on him, as sand and pebbles could never be a sure foundation for any building, let alone the Church of God. It is also important to note that moments after making this statement, Jesus called Peter Satan. This fact, however, has never stopped the romish church from declaring that Jesus instituted the Catholic Church and made Peter the first Pope.
But, the Roman Catholic Church doesn’t stop There. Rome even goes so far as to call the Lord Jesus a Catholic priest. On page 113 of A Practical Catholic Dictionary, under “Holy Thursday,” the dictionary says this:
“Jesus Christ instituted the Holy Eucharist both as a sacrament and a sacrifice. As a sacrament He gave His apostles His own body and blood in Holy Communion. As a sacrifice He said the first Mass. He was preparing His Apostles for the priesthood when He said, “Do this in remembrance of me.”
One has to really marvel at this, because, in that only Catholic priests say Mass, with this statement, the Catholic Church is actually implying that Jesus was the first Catholic priest! Now, it is one thing to claim that Jesus instituted the Catholic Church. It is another thing to claim that the Pope of Rome is the substitute for Jesus Christ and call him Holy Father, a name reserved for God the Father (John 17:11). But, implying that Jesus was a Catholic priest is going way too far. If you think about it though, this is not a stretch for a church that considers its head, the Pope of Rome, Jesus on earth, and gives its priests powers which belong only to God. If the Catholic Church can call its priests Alter Christus (another Jesus), then why wouldn’t it call Jesus a Catholic priest?
Protestants, do you still think that Roman Catholicism is Christianity? Come quickly, Lord Jesus!
P.S.: Think about this: In that Jesus Christ is our High Priest, and the Pope is the highest priest in the romish church, then, isn’t the Catholic Church really calling Jesus the first Pope? Food for thought.
Be encouraged, and look up; for your redemption draweth nigh.
The Still Man