The Gates of Hell Shall Not Prevail Against It
Words written or spoken express something physical or spiritual, but they are realities. Words of God create or cause the existence of things.
GENESIS 1:3 (KJV)
And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
Words called nouns or names came to use to describe the nature or character of something that exists physically and spiritually.
GENESIS 2:19 (KJV)
And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.
Sometimes words or names are mere inventions of undisciplined human minds to express some make-believe things or fables.
TITUS 1:14 (KJV)
Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.
ECCLESIASTES 7:29 (KJV)
Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions.
After creating humans, God created an entity out of humans, which He called the Church.
EPHESIANS 2:10 (KJV)
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
The word “we” refers to the Church to whom the Apostle Paul was writing his epistle. What constitute the Church created by God in Christ Jesus?
I CORINTHIANS 12:28 (KJV)
And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
The composition of the true Church came from God, the persons, the offices, and their functions are all God ordained. The words or names that describe the person that comprise the Church came from God, like the words apostles, prophets, and teachers. This is the Church established or created by the Lord! This is the true Church, the recipient of the promise and guarantee of the Creator that “the gates of hell shall not prevail against it”!
MATTHEW 16:18 (KJV)
And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
Is this the Catholic Church? Let us study the evidential facts and figures from the scriptures!
THE OFFICE AND PERSON OF THE POPE, LEADER OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH, IS NOT BIBLICAL!
The word “pope” according to Catholic authorities means, “father”.
Although Catholic authorities say that Peter was the first pope, no records in history, in archaeology or in the Bible will prove that Peter was once a pope! The apostles, including Peter were prohibited by the Lord Jesus Christ to use the title “father” or “teacher”.
MATTHEW 23:8-9 (KJV)
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.
Arguments to the contrary based on illogical reasoning and distorted personal opinions are passed off as truth by the Catholics but the final authority is the word of God, which never said that there has been such an office in the true Church.
The truth of the matter is that the Catholic Church invented the word “pope” only in the 11th century many hundreds of years after the death of the apostles. Allegedly, the pope is the recipient of the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven being handed down from one pope to another in an undisturbed or unbroken succession! Is that reality or just mere fantasy???