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The New Webster Encyclopedic Dictionary says...

“Pope:

The Bishop of Rome and head of the Roman Catholic Church.

“Pontiff:

Greek word which means father. Used in the Roman Catholic Church as a title for the high priest or pontiff, the head of the Church. The Greeks give that title even today to all their priests.”

The Catholic Church says...

“A Church requires a visible head. Jesus Christ appointed a man to be His vicar and the minister of His power. The Savior appointed Peter head and pastor of all the faithful. He willed the power of ruling and governing the entire Church to Peter's successors.”

–Council of Trent, Part I, Chapter X, Paragraph 13.

“The Roman Pontiff, as Vicar of Christ and pastor of the whole Church, has full supreme and universal power over the Church. And he can always exercise the power freely.”

–Vatican Council II, Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, Chapter III, 22, November21, 1964.

“The Pope, Bishop of Rome and Peter's successor, 'is the visible source of the bishops and of the faithful.' “

–Catechism of the Catholic Church, Section II, Chapter 3, Part I, Article 9, Paragraph 4 No. 882.

“Every cleric must obey the Pope, even if he commands what is evil for no one may judge the Pope.”

–Pope Innocent III, Dave Hunt, A Woman Rides The Beast.

“If anyone were to say that the Apostle Peter was not constituted by Jesus Christ, visible head of the Church, be accursed (is anathema). If an\ one were to say that the Roman Pontiff is not a successor of the blessed Peter, be accursed (is anathema).”

–Vatican Council I, Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, Chapters 1 and 2.

“He that acknowledges not himself to be under the Bishop of Rome, and that the Bishop of Rome is not ordained by God to have Primacy over all the world, is a heretic and cannot be saved, neither is he of the flock of Christ (is anathema).”

–Decree of Vatican Council, 1870.
Canon Law of Church of Rome.

The New Webster Encyclopedic Dictionary says...

“Accursed:

Lying under a curse, blasted, ruined, execrable, cursed.

“Cursed:

"To utter a wish of evil against one, to imprecate evil upon, to call for mischief or injury to fall upon, to execrate, to torment with great calamity, severe affliction, torment, condemnation or sentence of divine vengeance on sinners, hateful, detestable, abominable.”

Does Peter in Rome make the Pope 'Ruler of the World'?

The Roman Catholic Church says...

“Every human creature is subject to the Roman Pontiff, as of absolute necessity for salvation.”

–Decree of Pope Boniface VIII.

“None but an apostate (a traitor of the faith) Catholic could assert that Peter was not in Rome: for the reason of that fact is the coming of St. Peter to Rome, and the seat there established by him is connected with an article of our faith - that is, the Primacy of Order and Justification belonging to Divine Right to the Roman Pontiff. Henee it follows that he cannot be a Catholic who does not believe in the coming to, and the episcopate and death of St. Peter in Rome.”

–Cardinal Perroul, 1864.

“Whoever would seek salvation must adhere to this unity; to this authority of St. Peter and his successors.”

–Cardinal Gibbons, Imprimatur Pam. Ex. Catholic Doctrine, p. iii, 1888.

Disagreeing Catholic Church Theologian leaders say...

“The Roman Catholic Church teaches that the Pope is the successor of the Apostle Peter. The Roman Catholic Church has never been able to produce evidences that Peter was ever in Rome! The beginning years of the Roman Catholic Church history concerning a link between Peter and the first papal authority are veiled in darkness. The Roman Catholic leaders don't know what happened during the 300 years which followed the days of Peter Peter was married, claimed not infallibility nor having the key to heaven.”

–Phillip Hughes, A History of the Church, London, 1934, Vol. l, p. 198.

...there never was even a vague tradition among the ancients about Peter's having been in Rome. Even when, the breaking up of the empire, the Bishops of Rome began to extend their authority over other Churches, they never alleged or put forth this story of Peter's being at Rome: the story, I suppose, not having yet been invented.”

–Charles Du Moulin, the great ecclesiastical Lawyer (A.D. 1566).

“There is no proof that Peter's blood was shed in Rome.”

–De Cormeniu, Roman Catholic Historian. History of Popes.

“Peter's abode (residence) at Rome can never be proven.”

–Ellendorf, Roman Catholic Professor. Berlín, Germany. Bib. Sac., Jan. 1859.

Disagreeing Protestant Church Theologian leaders say...

“As for the coming of Peter to Rome, his episcopate of twenty years, and his final martyrdom, no man with a grain of common sense will believe a single syllable (word).”

–George Stanley Faber, England's Famous Writer. Facts andAssertions, Etc., p. 58.

“The Roman Peter Legend proves itself to be from beginning to end a fiction, and thus our critical judgement is confirmed. The feet of Peter never trod (walked) the streets of Rome.”

–Richard Adelbert Lipsius (1830-1892), Germán Theologian, Encyclopedia Britannica.

“The conclusion of Bishop Bull, as it seems to me, must be assented to, and the testimony accepted, which he considers must be drawn from the silence of Bishop Clement (Pope) of Rome (A.D. 92-101) that the Apostle Peter was never in that city.”

–J.H. Browne, Peter the Apostle Never at Rome.

“There is no sufficient reason for believing that Peter was ever even so much as within the walls of Rome.”

–Dr. Kitto, Declares in his Encyclopedia.

“I am of the opinion that St. Peter did not write from Rome - that he was neither Bishop of Rome nor martyred at Rome - in a word, that he never was at Rome.”

–Adam Clarke, Modern Scholar.

Dr. John Owen, describing the untrustworthiness of the Patristic writings says...

“The truth is, the corruption and fiction of the epistolical writings in the first ages was so intolerable as that very little of that kind is preserved sincere and unquestionable.

“Henee Dionysius, the Bishop of Corinth, complained that in his own time his own epistles were so corrupted by additions and subtractions that it seemed he would have them no more esteemed as his.

“ 'As the brethren desired me to write epistles, I wrote them, and these the Apostles of the devil, have filled with tares, exchanging some things and adding others, for whom there is a woe reserved.' ”

–Dr. Chas Hodge, Introduction Commentary to the Epistle to the Romans.

Do you believe...

...that unless the Roman Catholic Church can prove with facts that St. Peter was ever in Rome, either as a visitor or resident, her whole fabric and foundation are overthrown, dumped?

 

...that the most thorough investigation by noted scholars has shown that for the first century (after Peter's death) there is not even a remote tradition to prove that he was ever in Rome?

 

... that there are no such assertions until after the beginning of the third century, in any authentic document?

 

... that Bishop Dionysius is right when calling his fellow Roman Catholic priests “apostles of the devil“?

 

The Bible says...

“He (Jesus) is the head of the body, the Church.”

–Paul, Colossians 1:11

“He (God) put all things beneath His feet and gave Him as head over all things to the Church, which is His (Christ's) body, the fullness of the one who filis all things in every way.”

–Paul, Ephesians 1:22-23

“Living (speaking) the truth in love, we should grow in every way into Him who is the head, Christ.”

–Paul, Ephesians 4:15

“He (Jesus) is the image of the invisible God, the first born of all creation. For in Him were created all things in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers: all things were created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. He is the head of the body, the Church. He is the beginning, the first born from the dead, that in all things He himself might be preeminent. For in Him all the fullness was pleased to dwell, and through Him to reconcile all things for Him, making peace by the blood of His cross through Him, WHETHER THOSE ON EARTH OR THOSE IN HEAVEN.”

–Paul, Colossians 1:15-20

Do you believe...

... that the Pope is really the head of the Church?

 

... that Christ is the only head of the body?

 

DEFINITIONS

Vicar of Christ:

The Latin equivalent of the Greek “Anti“ is “vicarious.” From which comes 'Vicar' thus “Vicar of Christ“.

Antichrist:

An Antichrist is an imposter who is trying to replace Christ from His Priestly and Kingly office to enthrone himself as Christ, and replace God's and Jesus' law for his own man made laws substituting God's way of forgiveness for his own false way, also claiming authority to add, to alter or take away from His Holy word. He covers up and disguises his real intentions with subtle friendliness, in order to achieve his goal of diverting Christian worship of God and Jesus to himself. An Antichrist is opposed to the authority of Christ as head of the Church and creation and is set on raising himself as the head of the Church.

Roman Apostolic Catholic Church says...

“The Roman Apostolic Catholic Church is neither: Catholic, Apostolic nor Roman. Catholic means Universal. If she is Universal she is not Catholic. If she is Roman she is not Universal. The title Apostolic does not apply to her, because her dogmas and organizations, according to what the Apostles taught, are diametrically different as day and night.”

–Dr. Diego Thompson, Ph.D., Theologian, Lecturer and Missionary.

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