Saturday, June 5, 2010

Pope Peter /Apostolic succession

Many of you do not understand why we have a Pope . Some of you may even say, "The Pope is just another man made tradition" .What if I told you that it is in scripture ? That's right , indeed it is in scripture . When Jesus was here with his Apostles on earth, He gave them authority to be the leaders of his church on earth. He made Peter their leader . Jesus clearly gave Peter authority to be the leader of his church on earth .Turn to Matthew 16:17 -19 :"Blessed are you ,Simon son of Jonah . For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you , but my heavenly father .And so I say to you,you are Peter ,and upon this rock I will build my church ,and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it .I will give you the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven .Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in Heaven ;and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in Heaven ."Jesus was very clear in talking to Peter in front of the apostles .He appointed Peter as their leader on earth . Now, some may argue that Jesus told all of them in Matthew 18:18 the same thing he told Peter in Matthew 16:17-19 . He did tell them that whatever they bind on earth will be bound in Heaven, and whatever they loose on earth shall be loosed in Heaven . However , he did no tell them he would give them the keys to the kingdom of Heaven, as he did Peter. And he made a point to first tell Peter in front of the other Apostles .He would have only told them one time if he meant for all of his Apostles to lead . Now if you read John 21, he tells Peter :" Feed my lambs.......Feed my sheep".This was Jesus confirming to Peter that he wanted him to be the church leader on earth.And so Peter was the first Pope. Every pope after him is his successor .We have had an unbroken line of popes since 33 AD .We are the only church that can trace Apostolic succession . Peter is seen as the church leader in Acts of the Apostles .He even wrote two letters (1st letter of Peter/2nd letter of Peter )in the New testament that had the words"leader" written all over them. In his first letter, he gives his Presbyters (the first priests) instructions on how to tend to their flocks . He also gives instructions on how to act as a Christian. In his second letter he warns of false teachers who will introduce destructive heresy. He also points out that their is no prophecy of scripture meant for a matter of personal interpretation. He also warns those who are in the faith, that turn away from it , that there will be consequences for those actions from God .Now , Jesus also appointed his apostles to be leaders of the church under Peter .They were the first Bishops .Bishops are successors of the Apostles.Priests are today's presbyters . Now, some of you would say that Jesus did not mean for us to have leaders after Peter, and the apostles .Do you think it make any sense for Jesus to have leaders of his church, for just the rest of the Apostles lives, and just forget about other generations ? If you think about it, it makes sense that we have an unbroken line .Hope you enjoyed the scriptural proof , on the teachings of the pope and Apostolic succession.

May God bless all of you, Frankie

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