I need some help battling popery!!

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  1. M21195

    M21195 Puritan Board Freshman

    I'm engaged in a battle with catholics regarding the position of the pope. In regards to Matthew 16 and the Greek of the "small stone" Petra, Petros, etc... At that point a catholic will go to the "Jesus spoke Aramaic" card, So the distinction made, when Christ was talking to Peter, does not exist in the Aramaic language....

    Whats a good way to deal with this?
  2. Fogetaboutit

    Fogetaboutit Puritan Board Freshman

    I heard this argument before, I usually point out that it doesn't matter which language Jesus spoke, the Gospel of Matthew was written and inspired in Greek. I usually point to all the places especially in the Old Testament where God is referred as the Rock of of our salvation, if God is the Rock it cannot be referring to Peter. If somebody need to do gramatical gymnastic to prove a doctrine his argument is pretty weak.
  3. sastark

    sastark Puritan Board Graduate

  4. M21195

    M21195 Puritan Board Freshman

    AWESOME!! Thanks!!
  5. Romans922

    Romans922 Puritan Board Professor

    every conversation with RC or Eastern Orthodox peron will come back always to Sola Scriptura. You must start there if you want to get anywhere.
  6. M21195

    M21195 Puritan Board Freshman

  7. Fogetaboutit

    Fogetaboutit Puritan Board Freshman

    When debating popery I usually like to point out that the Pope to this day still hold to the title of the Roman Ceasars (Pontifex Maximus).

    I would also suggest "The Two Babylons" by Alexander Hislop to help you in identifying the pagan roots of many of the RC practices. If they refuse to use Sola Scriptura as a principle you can at least make them think by exposing the root of their system of belief.
  8. CharlieJ

    CharlieJ Puritan Board Junior

    Matt. 16:18 is irrelevant. For what it's worth, I think Peter is the rock, a position held by a number of Protestants, including Baptist John Broadus. The issue is not whether Peter had a unique role in founding the church, for it's clear that he did, but whether he was invested with an institutional power above all the other apostles and whether that power is passed down to a particular bishop who happens to hold the see of Rome. No matter one's interpretation of Matt. 16:18, one certainly can't deduce all that.
  9. CalvinandHodges

    CalvinandHodges Puritan Board Junior


    Jesus tells us the interpretation of "Peter" at John 1:42 where he says that "Peter" a piece of a rock, or, a small stone.


  10. nwink

    nwink Puritan Board Sophomore

    As Andrew pointed out above, every conversation with them *will* always come back to sola scriptura. What is the basis for their claim that the pope is the final authority in all matters? They appeal to Scripture (Matt 16:18), thus subconsciously recognizing Scripture as THE final authority. :)
  11. Fogetaboutit

    Fogetaboutit Puritan Board Freshman

    Well most Roman Catholics will not deny the autority of scripture to an extent but they might deny it as the "sole" authority. When they go to scripture they look for "support" for their doctrine but not necessarily to "define" their doctrine since they believe the Pope can overide the authority of scriptures. This is why I like to point out that most of their doctrine are rooted in paganism which most of them would agree is not from God.
  12. J. Dean

    J. Dean Puritan Board Junior

    I always wonder what happens when one points out Peter was married.
  13. Mathetes

    Mathetes Puritan Board Freshman

    Steve Hays provides some useful food for thought for our Romish friends:

    Triablogue: Back to Babylon-1
  14. KingofBashan

    KingofBashan Puritan Board Freshman

    John Owen deals with Matt. 16:18 in The Glory of Christ (vol 1 of his works).
  15. dudley

    dudley Puritan Board Post-Graduate

    I agree with brother Andrew Barnes position above.

    This is a huge question. I am going to attempt to summarize this as succinctly as possible--I am an ex Roman catholic and I have completely renounced the pope, the papacy and Roman Catholicism openly on here and in many public forums. I am now an avowed Calvinist Presbyterian Reformed Protestant.

    I agree with brother Andrew Barnes position above.
    Sola Scriptura
    According to the doctrine of Sola Scriptura, there is no higher authority than the Bible--not tradition, not other people's opinion or beliefs. Therefore, the pope, as simply a human, cannot stand up against the authority of the Bible, as God-breathed
    Sola Scriptura is supported by 2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Cor. 2:13, Romans 3:2 (among others), which shows that the Bible was divinely inspired. Because of this, we can trust the Bible to be the absolute truth (above all human knowledge).
    Side note: Martin Luther wrote “a simple layman armed with Scripture is greater than the mightiest pope without it”
    Priesthood of All Believers
    The doctrine of the priesthood of all believers states that we are all priests and do not need to go to a human mediator in order to reach God.
    1 Timothy 2:5 shows that there is only one mediator between God and man. This shows us that we don't need priests (or bishops, archbishops, or popes) to intercede for us.
    Furthermore, Hebrews 4:14 (among others) shows that Jesus is our high priest. As such, we need no one else to offer prayers on behalf of the nation. The pope, by comparison, is attempting to act as High Priest, like the High Priest in Judaism--to go before God on behalf of all Christians.
    Each of these has more support and many more arguments that can be used to dispute the papacy.
  16. Bill The Baptist

    Bill The Baptist Puritan Board Senior

    If Peter were really the Pope in the way that Catholics view that position today, would Paul have dared to confront him in this way?

    "11 Now when Peter[a] had come to Antioch, I withstood him to his face, because he was to be blamed; 12 for before certain men came from James, he would eat with the Gentiles; but when they came, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing those who were of the circumcision. 13 And the rest of the Jews also played the hypocrite with him, so that even Barnabas was carried away with their hypocrisy.

    14 But when I saw that they were not straightforward about the truth of the gospel, I said to Peter before them all, “If you, being a Jew, live in the manner of Gentiles and not as the Jews, why do you compel Gentiles to live as Jews?[c] 15 We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles, 16 knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified."-Galatians 2:11-16

    I would point out that in light of this passage, there are only three possibilities;

    1. The Word of God is not really inerrant and inspired and Paul was simply being a braggart.

    2. The position of Pope has evolved into something far beyond what Christ and the apostles intended.

    3. Peter was not the Pope because Christ never instituted such a position.
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2012
  17. ProtestantBankie

    ProtestantBankie Puritan Board Freshman

    Perhaps what Peter says would be a useful thing to read alongside
    1 Peter 2
    v4 To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men,
    but chosen of God, and precious,
    - Christ
    v5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy
    priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by
    Jesus Christ.
    - Peter and you and Me.

    A further argument.

    Peter couldn't have been Pope because he is in heaven.:graduate:
  18. Mathetes

    Mathetes Puritan Board Freshman

    I think Roman Catholics would simply respond that the pope isn't impeccable, he's only infallible when speaking ex cathedra. Nevertheless, the fact is that no one tells the pope what to do. It sounds good on paper, but it doesn't happen in practice. Second of all, if the pope is going to call himself the "Vicar of Christ", then why shouldn't we expect him to be impeccable? If it's responded that he's only a man with a sinful nature, then it could also be said that he shouldn't go around calling himself the Vicar of Christ.

    Peter also didn't think of himself as being greater than the other bishops/elders:

    1 Peter 5:1-2

    1 Therefore, I exhort the elders among you, as your fellow elder and witness of the sufferings of Christ, and a partaker also of the glory that is to be revealed, 2 shepherd the flock of God among you, exercising oversight not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God; and not for sordid gain, but with eagerness;
  19. PointyHaired Calvinist

    PointyHaired Calvinist Puritan Board Sophomore

    Even IF Matthew wrote in Aramaic, I've heard it suggested that Petros = Kepha, and petra = minrah.
  20. A5pointer

    A5pointer Puritan Board Sophomore

    I would not bother with the argument or engage RCs about other issues we have with their practices ie saints, Mary, communion etc. Shift the conversation to "justification". Discuss faith alone. This will give you the opportunity to present the gospel. The only message that can change the heart. Seems counter productive to bother them about other issues unless they have a grasp on the gospel of faith alone. It is kind of like trying to win arguments with non believers about creation as if that will lead to a conversion.
  21. Somerset

    Somerset Puritan Board Junior

    Brother Lyle - no useful advice from me, my attempts to try to communicate truth to RCs have left me feeling that I might as well have tried to teach the cat algebra. But iIwill be praying that the Lord gives you the words you need.
  22. M21195

    M21195 Puritan Board Freshman

    :agree: :lol:
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