30. April 2008 · 5 comments · Categories: Catholicism · Tags:

The Catholic Church may have started in its infancy with its basic foundation based on the Scriptures. However, it no longer basis its beliefs on the Scriptures only.

If you look at this graphic of a pair of pants which have been patched and re-patched, you can see the analogy I wish to make. The catholic church may have had an unpatched pair of pants at its beginning. However, throughout the years, the catholic church has added a dogma (a patch) and another dogma (another patch), and many others. This results in a pair of pants that is beyond repair because it is made up only of patches. There was a pair of pants under there somewhere, however, the patches are holding up the pants instead of the pants holding up the patches. Any seamstress knows that you can only patch so much and then there is nothing for the patch to hang on to.

Since the catholic church’s main foundational dogma is the office of the pope, which is a huge patch I might add, then let’s see what the Bible has to say about such an important dogma. They believe that Peter was the first pope. However, Peter spoke against “being lords over God’s heritage” in I Peter 5:3.

~1 Peter 5:1-3 The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed: (1) Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; (2) Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock. (3)

Peter, himself, said that he was an elder like the rest of them. Furthermore, Peter said that these same elders (himself included) should not be lords over this flock! The Holy Spirit is God and He was at the beginning of the Bible when it was penned. He could also see into the future and He knew what topics to cover in the Bible to make sure that we had every verse we needed to follow Christ’s path. Does this “lords over God’s heritage” statement sound like the Holy Spirit knew the catholic church would develop a hierarchical system that would lord over its membership? It sure does. God knew and He provided verses that would put a wrench into the romish system. This is where their other “patch” (Sacred Tradition) comes in.

I also find it interesting that if Peter were the first pope, he would have penned a lot more letters to the Christians in the New Testament than just the eight chapters which contain 166 verses. The Apostle Paul penned 100 chapters with 2,325 verses. Doesn’t it stand to reason that an office as important as the first pope would have been recognized by the Holy Spirit as an important office and God would have included a lot more writings by this first pope?

In fact, the Bible goes on to say that we are to follow after Christ’s teachings which, in turn, were through Paul’s teachings. Does this not bother you, dear catholic?

~1 Corinthians 4:16-17 Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me. (16) For this cause have I sent unto you Timotheus, who is my beloved son, and faithful in the Lord, who shall bring you into remembrance of my ways which be in Christ, as I teach every where in every church. (17)

Paul had every opportunity to promote the catholic church and the pope at this point. He had every opportunity to tell the Christians to follow Peter’s way – but instead, he encouraged them to follow after his ways which were Christ’s ways – Scriptural ways. He goes on to say that he, Paul, was teaching Christ’s way in every church. He didn’t say he was teaching the “Peter’s way or the catholic church’s way” – which, again, would have been the perfect opportunity to do so.

Sadly, the catholic church has added this huge patch of dogma and so many others that one can no longer see the true Christian foundation that Christ has laid. A catholic can find Christ’s foundation and Christ’s intentions for us in the Bible but the catholic is not encouraged to search these things out for himself because of yet another “patch,” which says that they cannot interpret the Scriptures for themselves. Yet Christ asked the unsaved lawyer in Luke 10:25 if he had searched the Scriptures!

What the catholic church now has is a man-made pair of pants filled with patches and one day, it will fall apart. The Book of Revelations talks about this and you can be sure it will happen.

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  1. Great post and nice picture to illustrate it!

  2. I searched high and low for a picture that would fit what I was trying to say 🙂 I was so excited when I found it, LOL!

    On a more serious note, I had been wanting to do a post on this very topic because that is exactly how I picture the catholic church. One is hardpressed to find anything remotely close to what the early church was like in the roman system’s dogmas.

  3. Hello! I just wanted to let you know I’d been here! I read your post at Baptist Muse, and realized I’d been to visit you before. Nice meeting you!

  4. “The Catholic Church may have started in its infancy with its basic foundation based on the Scriptures.”

    What sort of scripture are you referring to here? It cannot be the Bible, since the Bible was not existant until the 4th century.

    So what sort of scripture are you referring to?

    Thank you

  5. (2Ti 4:13) The cloke that I left at Troas with Carpus, when thou comest, bring with thee, and the books, but especially the parchments.

    (2Pe 3:16) As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.

    The early church DID have Scriptures – they may not have been assembled in a complete book as we have today but they had the foundational beliefs of the church.

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