Roman Catholics are taught that Peter was the first Pope and that there has been a succession, one after the other, of Popes that followed Peter. Yet the office of the Pope did not exist for the first 600 years of history. Such displays are a powerful deception to the masses, for historically and biblically this is simply untrue.
As evidence for their belief that the Pope is the successor to Peter, the Roman Catholics love to quote Matthew 16:18:
“And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it”.
The Catholics believe that Jesus conferred on Peter the authority of making legal decisions and judgements in the government of His Church, and that the same spiritual supremacy has always resided in the Popes, or bishops of Rome, as being successors of Peter. Consequently, to be true followers of Christ all Christians, both among the clergy and the laity, must submit to the traditions of the See of Rome where Peter rules in the person of his successor.
As further evidence of the authority of Peter, Catholics point to the next verse in Matthew 16, where Jesus says to Peter, “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on Earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on Earth shall be loosed in heaven.” They interpret this as Peter receiving the authority to admit, or exclude anyone from the Church.
The Roman Catholic Church, therefore, holds that Jesus in Matthew 16:13-19 appointed Peter as the first Pope and so established the papacy, the authority of which is held exclusively in the Roman Catholic Church, which according to apostolic succession has the power to appoint Peter’s successors.
A closer look at Matthew 16:18-19 is required, to see the correct interpretation of the scripture. Jesus is using a play on words, saying “you are Petros (stone) and upon this Petra (rock – identifying Himself) I will build my Church.” A study of the New Testament Greek shows that Peter’s name in Greek is Petros, which means a stone (John. 1:42), Jesus, in Matthew 16:18, says that the Church would be built upon the Petra which means a “rock.” Rock is a metaphor used to describe God in the Old Testament:
“The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer, my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge” (2 Sam. 22:2).
Also, a rock is used as a symbol representing Jesus:
“the rock that struck the statue became a huge mountain and filled the whole earth” (Daniel 2:35).
Daniel’s prophecy points to Jesus returning at the end of the age to set up His Kingdom. In the Book of Romans Jesus is “a stumbling stone and rock of offence; and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.” (Rom. 9:33 [KJV]). In the parable of the wise and foolish builders in Matthew 7:24-27, the “rock” is the word of God upon which the wise builder builds his house. The Word of God is Jesus (John 1:1), so, the solid foundation, the rock that the Church is built is Jesus, not Peter.
To confirm this interpretation, there is also the use of two different nouns by Jesus: Petros in Greek is masculine; while Petra is feminine. Jesus cannot be referring to the same thing, the change in gender implies Jesus was changing the subject of the sentence.
A further important point is that Matthew 16:18 must be read in context with the events of chapter 16, the student of scripture needs to look closely at the events of the chapter to understand the true meaning of verse 18:
Jesus had said to the disciples that “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day” (John 6:44). So, Peter’s confession of faith in verse 16: “You are the Christ, the son of the living God,” is seen by Jesus as God having opened Peter’s eyes and revealed to him the truth about who Jesus really was. So, Jesus declares that God had revealed this truth to Peter, using a play on words. The word for “Peter,” Petros, means a small stone (John 1:42). Jesus is the Rock, the foundation stone, upon which the Petros (stones), will be laid in building the Church. Peter expresses this idea in 1 Peter 2:4 when he calls believers “living stones.” Believers then are the “living stones,” that are laid on the foundation stone that is Jesus. Thus, the Church, a spiritual house is built – and Peter is the first of many stones to be laid.
The Keys of the Kingdom of Heaven
In the New Covenant, there are three groups of people, Jews, Gentiles and believers. The correct interpretation of Matthew 16:18 is that Peter was the one who opened the door of salvation for the Jews and the Gentiles to become believers. On the Day of Pentecost, to the Jews (Acts 2), and then later to the Gentiles (Acts 10).
Peter was not given the power to forgive sins, but to proclaim the terms of forgiveness. Whatever authority that was given to Peter was also given to the other Apostles (Mathew 18:18; John 20:23). The disciples could only declare the message of salvation, Jesus alone forgives. The Apostles were inspired by the Holy Spirit to proclaim the terms of that forgiveness. The keys then were for all the disciples to preach the gospel and thus open the doors of salvation for the lost – Jew and Gentile – to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
The expressions “bind” and “loose” were common to Jewish legal phraseology, meaning to declare something forbidden, or to declare it allowed. The Amplified Bible puts it, “Whatever you bind [forbid, declare to be improper and unlawful] on earth will have [already] been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose [permit, declare lawful] on earth will have [already] been loosed in heaven.” The apostles do not usurp Christ’s lordship and authority over individual believers and their eternal destiny, but they do exercise the authority to discipline and, if necessary, excommunicate disobedient church members. The apostles were to shoulder the great responsibility of establishing the Church after the resurrection of Jesus. The disciples (excluding Judas) were encouraged that, as they moved forward in their apostolic duties, they would be fulfilling God’s plan in heaven. When the apostles “bound” something, or forbade it on earth, they were carrying out the will of God in the matter. When they “loosed” something, or allowed it on earth, they were likewise fulfilling God’s eternal plan. This authority in establishing the Church did not extend beyond the apostles.
An example of this authority came about in about AD 50 at the Council of Jerusalem. The conference was called to discuss the entry of Gentiles into the Church, and the apostles decreed that Gentile Christians did not have to observe the Mosaic Law of the Jews. Acts 15:20 records that the council determined that Gentiles must abstain from food offered to idols, from fornication, from eating meat from strangled animals, and from blood. Of importance to note is that the council was headed by James, the head of the Jerusalem Church, not Peter. If Peter was the first pope this council would have been run by him and the final decree would have been his alone.
“Woe to you lawyers! For you have taken away the key of knowledge. You did not enter yourselves, and you hindered those who were entering” (Luke 11:52).
In Luke 11:52 the keys of heaven are clearly explained as being the words that lead to salvation, which in this case lay in the (idle) hands of the Pharisees, not Peter. Thus, the power of the “keys” is declarative power only.
Apostolic Succession Continued
The holy mass of the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter – using a metal idol built to honour Jupiter.
As was stated in the introduction, Apostolic succession is the belief by the Roman Church of an uninterrupted transmission of spiritual authority from the Apostle Peter through successive Popes. This doctrine is very convenient for the Roman Catholic Church, as they claim that Peter was the first Pope, and further claim full authority over the Church. This claim provides great authority to the Pope, as he is then the chief shepherd of the flock, while kings and rulers are merely one of the flock. According to the Vatican, the Pope is superior to, and has power over all the rulers of the earth. The problem for the Roman Church is that nowhere in the New Testament is the idea of “apostolic succession” set forth. To add to this conundrum, there is also no record of Peter being superior to the other apostles. Apostolic authority was passed on through the writings of the apostles, not through apostolic succession.
An analysis of scripture needs to be made to determine if the assertion that Peter was the first Pope is accurate. The question that needs to be answered is: Does the Church of Rome hold a seat of authority that has been maintained by God from the time of Peter to the present?
The following is scriptural evidence that Peter was not appointed to the position of sole authority over the Church by Jesus:
- The Bible tells us plainly that the Church is not built upon Peter but rather, “built on the foundations of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus being the Chief Corner Stone” (Ephesians 2:20; 1 Corinthians 3:11).
- Shortly after the Matthew 16 declaration, “the gates of hell” did prevail against Peter, in that he attempted to deny that Jesus would be crucified and received a stinging rebuke from Jesus.
- Paul also exposes the fact that Peter was not an infallible guide in faith and morals, as he rebuked Peter in Antioch for hypocrisy (Gal. 2:11-13).
- John Mark is the author of the Gospel that carries his name, he was a disciple of Peter and transcribed his teachings. If Peter was appointed to the position of the Pope by Jesus, Mark would surely have recorded the event, yet the Gospel of Mark does not even record the event when Peter’s confessed the deity of Christ.
- No superior standing had been conferred upon Peter, which is made clear in later disputes among the disciples about who should be the greatest amongst them. Had Peter been made Pope by Jesus, the argument would have been quickly settled by Jesus affirming this. Instead, Jesus said that whoever wanted to be a leader must learn to serve.
- In 1 Peter 2:6-8, Peter calls Christ a rock and chief cornerstone, yet makes no claim for himself.
- Peter did not allow Cornelius to show reverence towards him (Acts 10:25-26). Peter would be appalled that a man claiming to be his successor, not only sits in a chair entitled “Peter’s chair,” but also that men would kneel before the chair to kiss the Pope’s ring. Also, that the Pope is carried in the chair on the shoulders of other men during occasions of pomp and ceremony in the same manner as the ark of the covenant. This is not the humility that Peter showed, and which is required by scripture (Matthew 20:25-26).
- There is no evidence in scripture that Peter did or could transfer apostolic authority, and scripture indicates that the other apostles were given the same authority as Peter (Matt. 16:19; 18:18; John 20:22-13).
- In Act 10:43 Peter makes it clear that salvation is only through faith in Christ. Nowhere in scripture is the concept that salvation is dependent on obedience to Peter, or the Pope, is even hinted at.
- Peter does not claim to be Pope or have primacy over the other apostles in either of His two letters. Peter only ever refers to himself as an apostle. He also makes it clear the Church should be democratic, not authoritarian. He forbids leaders to lord it over the people, and to take money unjustly, which is something the Roman Catholics Popes have chosen to ignore over the centuries.
- Paul was called by Jesus to be an apostle after the formation of the Church. Peter was not consulted by God before fulfilling Paul’s calling. This would not have been the case if God had ordained Peter the head of the Church as the Roman Catholic Church believes.
- Paul exceeds Peter in every aspect as an apostle, establishing more churches, performing more recorded miracles, and writing more scripture. When Paul’s leadership is challenged by the Corinthian church (2 Corinthians 12:11), he states that he is equal in authority with all other apostles. Acts 1:24-26 records the only election of a man to apostle, and his appointment is done by casting lots, not by Peter, showing the early church did not recognise any superiority of Peter above the other apostles.
- Then in Acts 8:14 Peter and John are sent by the other apostles to preach the gospel in Samaria, further evidence that Peter was not superior to the other apostles.
- Scripture reveals that Peter was not celibate, as he had a wife (Matt. 8:14; 1 Cor. 9:5).
- Peter as an apostle had qualifications and gifts that the Popes do not have and dare not claim to have.
- The New Testament mentions Rome 9 times, and not once is Peter mentioned as bishop of Rome. With the Roman Catholic belief that Peter was the Bishop of Rome from AD 42 – 67 (25 years), it is hard to believe that there is no mention of this whatsoever in scripture. Paul who was imprisoned in Rome twice, the first time for two years (59-61 AD), makes no mention of Peter in the four epistles he wrote while in Rome.
- The early Church was centred in the eastern section of the Roman Empire, with the dominant Churches being at Jerusalem and Syrian Antioch. Rome only gained ascendancy with the conversion of Emperor Constantine.
- The seven letters dictated by Jesus to the seven Churches in Asia Minor made no mention of a successor to Peter. If Jesus had instituted apostolic succession, His letters would not have by-passed that authority.
- Paul, in his letter to the Galatians, explains that it is He who has the God-given responsibility to preach the gospel to the Gentiles, while Peter was to do the work of the Lord among the Jews (Gal. 2:7-8). Paul, in his letters, repeatedly refers to himself as the apostle responsible for teaching the Gentiles (Rom. 1:13; Gal. 1:16). So, scripture has Paul as the Apostle to the Gentiles and Peter as the Apostle to the Jews.
THE MYSTERY OF INIQUITY
The “mystery of iniquity” that Paul writes about in 2 Thessalonians 2:7 is the great spiritual battle that has been taking place, as Satan perseveres in his attempts at overthrowing God’s true Church, so as to set up his own counterfeit apostate church. The aim of the counterfeit church will be to direct man away from God on a path to eternal damnation. Jesus is the mystery of Godliness, which is when God became man. The Antichrist is the fulfilment of the mystery of iniquity, which is when Satan embodies a man and is worshipped by mankind. Judas is described as “the son of perdition (John 17:12 [KJV]),” he is a son of the author of perdition – Satan. Judas is the mystery of iniquity among the disciples of Jesus. Jesus also refers to him as a devil (definite article in John 6:70-71). The Antichrist is also the son of perdition, who will be possessed by Satan, and will be the champion of the mystery of iniquity during the Tribulation. He will have a disguise of righteousness, but will obey the father of lies – Satan.
Paul speaks of the mystery of iniquity at work during his time of ministry. Satan will continually use sinful people for his own ends, but the Antichrist will be the one who is able to display the full force of Satan’s power. He will be the “seed of the serpent” at enmity with Jesus, “the seed of the woman” Genesis 3:15. The Satanic power of the Antichrist will not be hindered by the Church during the Last Days. Paul explains that the force hindering Satan – which is the Holy Spirit’s power manifest through the Church – will be taken out of the way when the rapture occurs (2 Thessalonians 2:7). When the Rapture takes place, the Church will be taken up to heaven, so the power of prayer that is unique to the Church will be removed. The Holy Spirit will no longer hinder Satan because the Church is no longer praying against Satan’s schemes. The Antichrist, midway through the Tribulation, will shrug off Roman Catholicism and do away with the title of Pope (Rev. 17:16), as he will declare himself to be god and demand to be worshipped (Rev. 13:12).
Jesus uses the parable of the tares and the wheat (Matthew 13:24-30) to warn of the future counterfeit church. The good seed is the wheat, which are children of God, and the tares that the enemy sows are children of the wicked one, who profess to be children of God, but are not. The children of the wicked one will display external signs that they are believers but their hearts will not be with God.
Roman Catholics profess to be Christian, but the majority of them place Mary before Jesus, and, as worshippers of the queen of heaven, they are wolves in sheep’s clothing. Those few true believers who are still part of the Roman Catholic Church, need to heed the warning God gives in Revelation 18:4 to “come out of her my people.” Jesus warns in Luke 13:24-27 that there will be those who will not recognise him as Lord and Saviour, yet they will still believe that because they, in some way, work in a Christian context and profess to be Christians, they deserve salvation. The response Jesus has for them is, “I know you not… depart from me [KJV] (Luke 13:27).”
This is a strong warning to Catholics who believe that salvation can only be attained through the Roman Catholic Church (Unam Sanctam). The Popes have claimed to serve Jesus on earth, but they are no more than successors to the pagan priests of old, cloaked in a camouflage of Christianity. They are Satan’s mechanism of planting the tares that have no value to Jesus, so they will be gathered up and thrown into the flames.
The pretence of Christianity in the Roman Catholic Church is a thin veneer. One only needs to scratch the surface to expose the rotting core. One way of doing this is to make a study of the history of the Popes, who are believed to be infallible by Roman Catholics and the “the Vicar of Christ,” the very mouthpiece of God on earth. The History of the Roman Catholic Church is filled with corrupt and immoral men who determined the path of the Roman Catholic Church for hundreds of years. There is no finer example of the tares than these men who claimed to be the very representatives of Jesus on the earth, yet their degraded immorality is well documented:
- Pope Stephen VI (896-897): Pope Stephen is infamous for having the corpse of his predecessor, Pope Formosus, exhumed and placed on trial. Not surprisingly Pope Formosus failed miserably in his defence and was sentenced to be dragged through the streets of Rome and dumped in the Tiber River. Not long after the cadaver trial, Pope Stephen was strangled to death by one of his enemies.
- Sergius III (904-911): Obtained Papal office by murder. Like many of the Popes, he sired illegitimate children. His period of rule became known as “the rule of harlots.”
- John XII (955-964): An immoral man accused by a synod of 50 Bishops of sacrilege, simony (buying the position of the Pope), perjury, murder, adultery and incest. It was said of him that he spent his entire life in adultery, and it was even rumoured that he had a stroke while committing adultery with another man’s wife.
- Boniface VII (984-985): Maintained his position through gifts and bribes of money he had stolen. His rule was so unpopular he was murdered and dragged through the streets of Rome naked.
- John XV (985-996): Was greedy, corrupt and his main goal was to enrich himself, looting the Church’s finances.
- Benedict IX (1033-1044): Became Pope at 20 (some accounts say 12), when his parents bought him the position. He was driven out of Rome because of the crimes of murder, adultery and the robbery of pilgrims to Rome.
- Urban II (1088–1099): Initiated the crusades, resulting in the deaths of millions. He created the “sex tax” (Cullagium) which allowed priests to keep a mistress as long as they paid an annual fee.
- Innocent III (1198-1216): As the instigator of the inquisition, he is responsible for the deaths of multiple millions of people. The Roman Catholic Church, for a period of more than 500 years, sought to hold on to the devotion and dedication of the population of Europe by fear and intimidation.
- Martinus IV (1281-1285): Suffered from the last of the seven cardinal sins, gluttony. His enormous appetite for rich foods culminated in his eventually dying of indigestion.
- Boniface VIII (1294-1303): He is considered to be the evillest of all the Popes, and the list of his crimes cover almost all a person could think to name. Dante, the poet, said of his rule that Rome was a “sewer of corruption.” Boniface’s greed was limitless, and he even used mercenaries to take over wealthy landowners’ properties. He is recorded as saying that “to enjoy oneself and to lie carnally with women or with boys is no more a sin than rubbing one’s hands together.”
Pope Boniface VIII performed repeated incest on all his children, siring illegitimate children through some of his daughters. He regularly held orgies and occult rituals in the Vatican. He was responsible for several mass murders, ordering the slaughter of 6 000 people from Palestrina by the papal troops, because members of the town were feuding with his family. In Nuremberg he authorised the murder of 628 Jews, for the false accusation of hammering nails through the communion host and “thereby crucifying Christ again.” He also had 146 Jewish communities destroyed in six months, because of rumours that Jews were “torturing” communion hosts.
This debased man was able, in his position as “Vicar of Christ” the representative of Jesus on earth, to issue the “Unam Sanctum,” which meant that salvation could only be attained through the Roman Catholic Church! “Unam Sanctum” is a Papal Bull (law) and therefore remains in force to this day. The salvation of every single person is, according to this law, dependent on their submitting to the Pope. The hypocrisy is astounding!
The Roman Catholic stance regarding the well-documented immorality of their Popes is that, no matter how sinful the Pope is, he remains, as the head of the Roman Church, the mouthpiece of God, and therefore requires submission and obedience from all Catholics.
- Clement V (1305 -1314): Had a weakness for prostitutes and is responsible for authorising the torture and murder of the Knights Templar.
- Pope Urban VI (1378-1389): Pope Urban VI was responsible for the Western Schism of 1378, which resulted in the Roman Catholic Church having two Popes, each claiming to be the head of the Church. Urban was known for his sadistic, violent treatment of his enemies, using brutality and murder to maintain control of power.
- John XXIII – (1410-1415): Bought the position of Pope (simony), and preceded then to break as many of the 10 Commandments as possible. He was accused by 37 bishops and priests of murder, theft, adultery, sodomy and incest. The council that was formed to assess the evidence, after hearing from hundreds of witnesses, found him guilty of the crimes he was accused of. This included the violation of 300 nuns and that, during the time he had lived in Boulogne, more than 200 girls had been victims of his lust, a fact revealed by the Pope’s own personal secretary.
- Pius II (1458-1464): Continued the practice of many Popes before him of fathering many illegitimate children. He was not only very promiscuous himself, but openly encouraged young men to become that way, even giving them instructions on how to seduce women.
- Paul II (1464-1471): Was a homosexual, who enjoyed bondage. He is believed to have died of a heart attack while being sodomised by a page.
Pope Paul II
- Sixtus IV (1471-1484): Was responsible for the establishment of the Spanish Inquisition in 1472. He, too, was promiscuous and was involved in incest, bisexual activity and was a patron to prostitutes.
- Innocent VIII (1484-1492): Fathered 16 children by a variety of women.
- Alexander VI (1492-1503): He at first lived with a mistress, a lady of Rome called Vanozza dei Catanei. He then cohabited with her daughter, siring five children with her. He also lived with and had sexual relations with his two sisters and also a daughter with whom it is believed he had a child. The depths to which this immoral Pope would sink, seemed to have no limits when, in 1501, on All Hallows’ Eve he held an orgy in the Vatican. He celebrated this pagan holiday by having 50 naked women serve his guests in the Vatican. There were competitions and prizes, and one prize went to the man who copulated with the most women. Alexander was so corrupt that his surname eventually became synonymous with an expression that represented the appallingly low papal standards of the time.
Pope Alexander VI
- Leo X (1513-1521): Was an extremely hedonistic man, enjoying an extravagant lifestyle of banquets and carousing. His ostentatious lifestyle was a display of his immense wealth and desire for self-indulgence. His extravagance extended to his being a patron of the arts, and to help pay for his lavish spending, he relied heavily on the sale of indulgences where people could pay for the forgiveness of sins of loved ones, so that they may be released from purgatory. A fact that annoyed Martin Luther, and sparked the Protestant Reformation that tore apart the Roman Catholic Church.
Finally, to further shake the claims by the Roman Catholic Church of apostolic succession and papal infallibility there is the story of the female Pope, Pope Joan (855-?). After the death of Pope Leo IV in 855, a woman of great intelligence and theological knowledge, who was posing as a priest, was elected to the position of Pope. Her deception was uncovered when, while being carried aloft on St Peter’s chair during a Papal procession, she went into labour. The stunned crowd, entrenched in their superstitions, took this as a sign of demonic possession and stoned her to death. Her rule as Pope was then removed from all Roman Catholic records.
The 2009 movie poster for Pope Joan
The existence of Pope Joan is heavily denied by Roman Catholic historians as an outrageous legend, aimed at deriding the papacy. The denial of the existence of Pope Joan is understandable, because should the existence of a female Pope be true, the claim of apostolic succession by the Roman Catholic Church – where there is a continuous line from the modern Pope all the way back to the Apostle Peter – then becomes invalid.
If this denial of the existence of a female Pope by the Roman Catholic Church is accurate, it is difficult for them to explain a ritual that began at the time of the death of mythical Pope Joan. The ritual took place after every papal conclave, when the newly elected pontiff was required to sit on a birthing stool, while one of the cardinals reached under his garments and confirmed the existence of testicles. This practice was continued by the Roman Catholic Church well into the 17th century.
A birthing stool
The Council of Trent
Satan has worked through the mystery of iniquity to establish his counterfeit church, using a corrupt and immoral priesthood. The Council of Trent, which was convened by Pope Paul III in 1545, sat for more than 25 sessions and ratified the doctrines and dogma of the Roman Catholic Church. Then in 1869 Pope Pius IX convened Vatican 1, where 800 bishops over four sessions reaffirmed all that was decided at the Council of Trent. Ninety-two years later, in 1962, under John XXIII, Vatican II took place. Over three years Vatican II produced a book of 412 pages with 51 chapters, which ratified all that was decided at the council of Trent.
This means the rules and regulations established by the corrupt immoral Popes prior to 1545 were upheld, even when they contradicted scripture. The Roman Catholic Church cannot make changes to the doctrines and dogma introduced by the immoral Popes, for to do so would be to admit the Popes were fallible and not the representatives of God on earth. For Vatican I or II to have denied any part of the Council of Trent would have destroyed totally the claims of Papal infallibility, and that the Roman Catholic Church is the true church.
Satan, using immoral and corrupt men, has prepared the foundations for the End Times counterfeit church exceedingly well.
Warning from Church leaders
The modern Church has a short memory and has been lulled into a sense of complacency by the Roman Catholic Church. Protestants who forget the warnings of leaders down through Church history do so at their peril. The website 81 Scripture References on the Antichrist records the following quotes from some of the great Protestant theologians:
- Martin Luther: “We are of the conviction that the Papacy is the seat of the real antichrist (quoted in LeRoy Froom, The Prophetic Faith of Our Fathers, Vol.2, p. 256).”
- John Calvin: “I deny him to be the vicar of Christ… He is antichrist — I deny him to be head of the church (John Calvin Tracts, Vol. 1, pp. 219,220).”
- John Knox: “That tyranny which the pope himself has for so many ages exercised over the church, the very antichrist and son of perdition of whom Paul speaks (The Zurich Letter, p.199).”
- John Wesley: “Roman Papacy he [the Pope] is, in an emphatical sense, the man of sin (John Wesley, Antichrist and His Ten Kingdoms, p.110).”
- The most appropriate quote for the modern Church to pay attention to was given by Cotton Mather who said: “The oracles of God foretold the rising of an antichrist and in the Pope of Rome, all the characteristics of that antichrist are so marvellously answered that if any who read scripture do not see it, there will be marvellous blindness in them (The Prophetic Faith of Our Fathers, Vol. 3, pg. 13).”
For the modern Church to ignore the warnings of these great men regarding the Roman Catholic Church is dangerous and foolish, revealing a blindness equal to Neville Chamberlain in 1938. Chamberlain, the British Prime Minister of the day, wanted to believe that Hitler was a man of peace, so it was very easy – despite ample evidence to the contrary – for Hitler to convince Chamberlain that there would be peace in Europe.
More recently, the well-respected theologian Dave Hunt, devoted his book, A Woman Rides the Beast, to Revelation 17 exposing the Whore as the Roman Church. Ralph Woodrow in his book Babylon Mystery Religion, does an equally convincing work in convicting Catholicism, and there is also John Walvoord who gives further confirmation in his book The Destruction of Ecclesiastical Babylon. A quote from Walvoord in his book is: “I do not hesitate therefore… To maintain that interpretation which regards papal and not pagan Rome as pointed out by the harlot of this vision.” Emphatic language! All three well-known and trusted Christian authors, give ample evidence that the prophecies in Revelation 17 point a finger directly at the Roman Catholic Church – there is no ambiguity, they are firm in their conviction. They do not state that the evidence is their opinion, they are certain it is the truth.
It is the duty of all believers to love the Roman Catholics, but hate the organisation that has so deceived them. Many Roman Catholics believe they are going to heaven because they were baptised as babies and follow the traditions of the Roman Catholic Church. Also, many believers are likewise duped by the deception, and therefore do not witnessing to the Roman Catholics because they believe that they are “Christians” who follow the teachings of Scripture. Roman Catholics must be called out of the apostate faith, before they are judged along with her, we need to heed and support God’s call to all His Children within the institution of the Roman Catholic Church, that Scripture calls The Mother of Prostitutes (Revelation 17:5):
“Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues” (Revelation 18:4).