Never a Pope, Never in Rome, was Apostle Peter
Peter was never a pope, more so, in Rome.
Pope means father. Notice what is written for the subject, “The Pope,” in the Catholic Encyclopedia (Herberman, Charles G. et al., ed. 1907. The Catholic Encyclopedia. Volume 1: Aachen–Assize. New York: Robert Appleton Company.)
A backgrounder on this encyclopedia says it is “an international work of reference on the constitution, doctrine, discipline, and history of the Catholic Church.”
The preface explains that the first volume appeared in March 1907 and the last three volumes appeared in 1912. In 1914 a master index volume followed and supplementary volumes later on. It was designed "to give its readers full and authoritative information on the entire cycle of Catholic interests, action and doctrine.”
Now, on the subject of “The Pope” is a blatant error in that St. Peter is erroneously involved where he is not mentioned in the Bible as such.
Note: The pencil marks here mean discussions will not include these items on St. Ennodius and the Western Church. On the title, “Pope” and other titles that clericals use, we refer to biblical examples -
Giving orders and discipline to His apostles said, the Lord Jesus Christ said -
8 But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren.
9 And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.
10 Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ.
None of the apostles ever affixed the word "Father" to their names. Nowhere in the Bible can we find "Father Paul" or "Father Peter.” They were addressed as "brothers" or "brethren" in conformity with the order of the Lord Jesus Christ that "all ye are brethren."
THE ACTS 2:37
Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?
In this particular verses, the apostles were addressed as "brethren" not "fathers.”
A simple equation and analysis will reveal the great lie being propagated by the Catholic Church, saying that Peter was the first pope!
The word "pope" was invented by Catholic authorities only in the 6th century.
How can Peter be a pope when the Office of the Pope and the title were created by the Catholic Church five hundred years after the death of Peter! This is laughable stupidity!
The Apostle Paul called Timothy, Titus, and other Christians as his "own sons in faith" but never instructed neither Timothy nor Titus to call him "Father.”
I TIMOTHY 1:2
Unto Timothy, my own son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.
To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior.
Let us read again Matthew 23:9.
And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.
It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
When He said, "Call no man your father upon the earth,” He refers to spiritual matters of faith. Spiritually speaking, we must call only one person "Father," and that is the Father in heaven. There is a person on earth we can call our father but carnal and not spiritual.
Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?
Catholic priests and popes are neither our carnal fathers nor spiritual fathers. They have no right whatsoever to be called "Father" in any angle of truth! But why do Catholic priests love to be called "father" by their constituents? Remember, we have only one person to be addressed as "Father" spiritually, and that is the Father in heaven. This honor is being grabbed by the false teaching of Catholic priests and authorities! To prove that they are lying, they use mistranslated scriptures. They justify their Father titles with this one -
I CORINTHIANS 4:15 (English Standard Version)
For though you have countless guides in Christ, you do not have many fathers. For I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel.
However, if we consult the interlinear Greek translation of the scriptures, the phrase "I became your father" in the preceding verse is not found.
1Co 4:15 ForG1063 thoughG1437 ye haveG2192 ten thousandG3463 instructorsG3807 inG1722 Christ,G5547 yetG235 have ye notG3756 manyG4183 fathers:G3962 forG1063 inG1722 ChristG5547 JesusG2424 IG1473 have begottenG1080 youG5209 throughG1223 theG3588 gospel.G2098
The word used and translated in English as "begotten" is γεννάω, meaning, "be born".
From a variation of G1085; to procreate (properly of the father, but by extension of the mother); figuratively to regenerate: - bear, beget, be born, bring forth, conceive, be delivered of, gender, make, spring.
Consider that by using 1 Corinthians 4:15-16, the Catholics in their official website did not use the authorized Roman Catholic Bible which is the Douay-Rheims Version. They used another version that is not a Catholic Version to mislead people so they can cling on to their “Father” tradition.
I CORINTHIANS 4:15 (Douay–Rheims Version)
For if you have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet not many fathers. For in Christ Jesus, by the gospel, I have begotten you.
See? “I have begotten you” is worlds apart from “I became your father.” It is easily noticeable that in the authorized version of the Catholic Church, the word "father" does not appear in the verse but the phrase " I have begotten you,” forcing them to use a version of the Bible which they do not normally use.
What exactly is the teaching of the Catholic Church regarding the use of other translation of the Bible? Notice the sanctions mentioned in the following publications –
The Catholic Encyclopedia, under "Scripture,” notes that the Synod of Tarragona (1233/4) issued a prohibition, similar to that of the Synod of Toulouse. It also "ordered all vernacular versions to be brought to the bishop to be burned." [Source: Antony Stockwell (2014) “A Corrupt Tree, An Encyclopaedia of Crimes committed by the Church of Rome against Humanity and the Human Spirit.]
King Ferdinand II of Aragon (called “the Catholic”) and Queen Isabella I “prohibited all, under the severest pains, from translating the sacred scripture into the vulgar tongues, or from using it when translated by others” (M’Crie, p. 192). [Source: Thomas M’Crie. History of the Progress and Suppression of the Reformation in Spain in the sixteenth century, page 192.]
In 1408, the Constitutions of Thomas Arundel, issued by the Archbishop of Canterbury, demanded: We therefore decree and ordain that no man shall, hereafter, by his own authority, translate any text of the scripture into English, or any other tongue, by way of a book, libel, or treatise, now lately set forth in the time of John Wyckliff, or since, or hereafter to be set forth, in part or in whole, privily or apertly, upon pain of greater excommunication, until the said translation be allowed by the ordinary of the place, or, if the case so require, by the council provincial. [Source: Antony Stockwell (2014) “A Corrupt Tree, An Encyclopaedia of Crimes committed by the Church of Rome against Humanity and the Human Spirit,” pages 474-475]
To escape from the consequence of their invented teaching that Catholic priests are spiritual fathers, they use an unauthorized version of the Bible!
This one is worth considering. Using their invented title "Father,” they do not simply use it! To show the height of their stupidity and arrogance they go beyond, affixing several adjective phrases like "Reverend Father,” "Most Reverend Father,” "Most Holy Father," “The Very Reverend,” “Right Reverend,” and the like. These are titles that are most blasphemous, because when they invoke the name of the Father in heaven in prayers, they just say "Our Father" not "Reverend Father,” not "Very Reverend Father,” when it is certainly biblical that only the Father in heaven must be addressed "Reverend.”
He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant forever: holy and reverend is his name.
The word ירא , translated as "reverend" in English, was used in only one instance in the Bible to show the greatness of the name of God. But the Catholic Church, time and again, have used and misused this word for themselves. Truly, the Great Babylon and the Beast in the Bible is full of blasphemous names!
So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet colored beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
Peter could not have been a pope, let alone in Rome! Why? Because he is Apostle to the Israelites and not to the Gentiles!
7 But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me, as the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter;
8 (For he that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles:)
Thinking wisely and justly, will it be possible that the Apostle Paul be renting a place to live for two years and never seeing Peter in Rome? If indeed "Pope Peter" was in Rome, why did he never visit Paul in his rented apartment? Both of them are Apostles with the same commission; if staying in the same area, would their behavior be one of avoiding each other?
THE ACTS 28:16, 30-31
16 And when we came to Rome, the centurion delivered the prisoners to the captain of the guard: but Paul was suffered to dwell by himself with a soldier that kept him.
30 And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him,
31 Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him.
If Peter was in Rome allegedly being the first pope, it will be very unbecoming of a senior apostle not to show any act of compassion to his co-apostle, who is under house arrest, renting a place to live for two years!
What can explain all these injustices done by a senior apostle to a co-apostle? Answer: the lies of the Roman Catholic Church!
More to come. May God bless you.