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Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He was asking His disciples, "Who do people say that the Son of Man is?" And they said, "Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets." He *said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." And Jesus said to him, "Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it. "I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven." Matthew 16:13-19
The papal system is a man made institution. The Scriptures do not speak of or support this system, nor do the Scriptures give the individuals who hold this office any authority. Below are claims made by the Catholic leadership that are not supported in Scripture, but are the invention of men only.
It is taught by the Catholic leadership that Peter was the first pope, the first of a line of papal successions up to today. The scripture they use to enforce their teaching is found in Matthew 16:13-19.
Myth: Peter was the first Pope
It is not the intent of this author to spend time going over the original Greek text. One can, with a little study, find this information themselves. However, when Peter gave the answer "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.", he was stating what would become the 'hallmark' of the Christian faith. When Jesus responded with, "I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it., he was not focusing on Peter, but on what Peter said. The Catholic leadership teaches that Jesus was in effect making Peter the first pope, the first vicar of Christ.

There is no other place in scripture that supports this notion. Peter himself never claimed the title. In this passage, Peter replied to the people, "Men of Israel, why are you amazed at this, or why do you gaze at us, as if by our own power or piety we had made him walk? (Acts 3:12). In this passage, Peter completely rejects any attempt from the people to exalt him to some special position. He saw himself like all other men, having no special 'power or piety'. He never took Jesus' earlier response as any special calling.
But on the contrary, when they saw that the gospel for the uncircumcised had been committed to me, as the gospel for the circumcised was to Peter (for He who worked effectively in Peter for the apostleship to the circumcised also worked effectively in me toward the Gentiles), Galatians 2:7-8
The above passage clearly states that Peter’s primary mission field was to the Jews, Paul’s to the Gentiles. There is no indication that he was ‘over’ the whole group, Jews and Gentiles, which does make up the true church, at any given time.
For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,… 1 Timothy 2:5

"I am the LORD, that is My name; I will not give My glory to another, Nor My praise to graven images”. Isaiah 42:8

But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. John 14:26
Myth: The Pope is the Vicar of Christ
Jesus never left a human representative before he left. The following contradicts this teaching:
But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceeded from the Father, he shall testify of me: John 15:26

Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. John 16:7
The Lord never intended to transfer his authority or representation to a mortal man. He made it clear that the Holy Spirit, the third person of the trinity, would carry on His work.

It is not only presumptuous, but sinful for any mortal man to take upon himself that authority. And, it is even a greater sin to teach others to see him in that light.

For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body. Ephesians 5:23
Christ is still head of the Church. He never gave His headship to a mortal man.
Myth: The Pope is infallible when he speaks ex cathedra
Ex cathedra...cathedra is chair, seat...ex...when he speaks out of his seat, when he speaks as Pope, he is infallible.

Papal infallibility was voted in 1870 by the church leadership. It was voted in by a split vote. They had to vote several times to finally get it through and it never was unanimous. Before 1870, the Pope was not considered ‘infallible’.
There is not one verse in Scripture that even hints of Papal infallibility. This was thought up by men who desired to have power over other men.
All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
The Bible is the entire Word of God. It is complete. No mortal man has the authority to change it, take away from it, or add to it.
We are all ‘holy’ in terms of our standing in Christ. But, we are not ‘holy’ in regard to one another, that is, one Christian being ‘holier’ than another. The Pope has no intrinsic ‘Holiness’ in regard to his standing, position, or given authority by the Catholic religion.
Myth: From Peter on there is an unbroken chain of papal succession
There was no official Pope until 600 A.D. Before then, there was ongoing conflict as to who was in charge. Church leaders had to go back and make up pope names, back to Peter, in order to substantiate this claim. Papal and apostolic succession does not exist. It is a myth.
Myth: Referencing the Pope as the Holy Father
Scripture forbids us to call another man father.
This is of course not referring to you earthly father, your parent. This is in regards to any spiritual leader….do not call them father. Our only spiritual leader, our only ‘father’ is our Lord. No moral man is to be given that distinction.

Nor are we to reference any human as distinctly holy, as regard to any special spiritual standing. All true believers, all truly born again believers are ‘holy’.
But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 1 Peter 2:9