The Early Christians Never Heard Of A “Pope”

Our day in the light of prophecy and providence (1921) (14590940167)

Reformed Apologetics Ministries:

Absence of Papal Views Among the Earliest Christians

By Keith Thompson


In the fourth session of the 1870 first Vatican Council, Rome made the utterly false assertion that belief in papal primacy has always been understood by the church as a doctrinal necessity. Rome claimed this teaching “has been ever understood by the Catholic Church” (Vatican I, 4th Session, Chapter I, Of the Institution of the Apostolic Primacy in blessed Peter, 1869-1870, edited by Re. Vincent McNabb, O.P. [Burns and Oates, 1907], p. 37). In the same council Rome declared this teaching “is known to all ages . . . [and] has at all times been necessary(Vatican I, 4th Session, Chapter II: On the Perpetuity of the Primacy of blessed Peter in the Roman Pontiffs, 1869-1870, edited by Re. Vincent McNabb, O.P. [Burns and Oates, 1907], pp. 38-39 brackets mine).

In this essay we will prove the most primitive Christians after Jesus and the apostles did not have a pope or believe in the papacy. In fact we will show there is no primitive, meaningful evidence Peter was the first Roman bishop. What is more, we will demonstrate there was no Roman bishop prior to A.D. 150. Before that a group of equal bishops governed the Roman Church simultaneously. Thus, there was no “pope” seen as Peter’s unique successor but instead a group.

Moreover, we will refute the historicity of the Roman claim that primitive Christians believed everyone must submit to the papacy “not only in matters concerning faith and morals, but also in those which regard the discipline and government of the Church throughout the world” (Vatican I, bull Pastor Aeternus). We will also refute the Roman claim the earliest Christians believed “if any questions should arise regarding the faith, they must be decided by her [Rome’s] judgement. . . . To her all the Churches are subject; their prelates give obedience and reverence to her” (The Second General Council of Lyons (1274), quoted in Jacques Dupuis, The Christian Faith in the Doctrinal Documents of the Catholic Church, [Alba House, 2001], p. 20 brackets mine).

If we show the most primitive Christians rejected these papal ideas then we historically refute fundamental components of modern Rome’s doctrine of papal primacy. If papal primacy was not taught by the primitive Christians then it is not part of the faith once for all delivered to the saints by God (Jude 1:3)…

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Two Points On Left Behind And The Secret Rapture

Read them at Heidelblog here:

Two Points On Left Behind And The Secret Rapture (1)

To sum it up:

The Left  Behind properties (books, novels etc) may be good business but they are poor biblical exegesis, poor biblical theology, poor systematic theology, and quite out of accord with the expectations of the historic Christian church.

The Warming Pan Prince of Wales

Brass warming-pan, Europe, 1801-1900 Wellcome L0058290

In 1688, England had a Glorious Revolution when Papal King James II was overthrown and replaced by the Dutch King William III.

The Revolution was a great boon to Israel in the Wilderness because James II ordered Jesuit Sir Edmund Andros to collect all the charters of the colonies and return them to London. After the Revolution, Andros was ordered to return to London . . . without the charters.

Another great boon for the British Christians was the 1689 Bill of Rights, which was the precursor to the U.S. Bill of Rights.

In 1673, James Stuart married the daughter of Pope Clement X. Unable to produce a male heir, she feigned a pregnancy, and a counterfeit Prince of Wales was introduced into her “birth chamber.”…

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Clinton Against Catholics

Hillary Clinton (24634300275)

And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore… (Revelation 17:16)

From an October 12 Breitbart article:

“There needs to be a Catholic Spring, in which Catholics themselves demand the end of a middle ages dictatorship and the beginning of a little democracy and respect for gender equality in the Catholic church.”

~Sandy Newman, president of Voices for Progress in a letter to Clinton campaign manager John Podesta

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Protestants Against Protestant Iconoclasm



“The new National Museum of Estonia features an exhibit that invites visitors to desecrate a virtual image of the Virgin Mary, in celebration of the Protestant Reformation in the historically Lutheran nation…”

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A comment to the article:

Besides, no abiding heir of the Reformation would desecrate an image of the Virgin Mary, the mother of our Savior.

That is completely misrepresenting what the Reformation was all about.

Obviously the commentator is unaware of history as pictured above (note the burning of images mentioned).  Here is the image information from Wikimedia:

Woodcut image from the 1563 edition of Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, depicting iconoclasm. In the top part of the image “papists” are packing away their “paltry,” while the church is purged of idols. The bottom left depicts clerics receiving the Bible from King Edward VI, while on the bottom right we see the main elements of Protestant worship, including preaching of the Word and the two Protestant sacraments of communion (with bread and wine) and baptism.
Date 1563

The CIA and the Vatican

Seal of the Central Intelligence Agency

An interesting article from 2012:

Jesuits and Trump’s Controversial 2005 Comments

Trump & Clinton

Well, this is an interesting take on things:

Douglas Andrew Willinger:

“The incriminating 2005 Verizon Wireless [a company with Jesuit connections as discussed in the article] Access Hollywood audio-video sat in obscurity for over a decade, only to be publicly released in an October 8, 2016 article in The Washington Post, just prior to the 2nd Trump-Clinton debate held in St. Louis, Missouri on October 9, 2016, and within hours of a wiki-leaks public release of Hillary Clinton related emails…

A jesuitical move to shift public voter opinion against Trump, in order to favor what would logically be the Jesuit preferred ticket with one of its very own in the #2 position?”

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Jesuits and the Jewish State

An interesting quote from the Jesuit revue Civilta Cattolica on the existence of Israel:
Declaration of State of Israel 1948 2

1827 years have passed since Jesus of Nazareth’s prophecy that Jerusalem would be destroyed, that the Jews would be exiled as slaves among the nations and remain scattered to the end of time…. According to the holy scriptures, it is incumbent on the Jewish people to live forever scattered and wandering among the gentile nations, in order to provide testimony to Jesus, not only via the writings, but by means of their very existence. Being that Jerusalem has now been rebuilt, to become a center for the renewed Israeli State, we are duly bound to add this is a direct contradiction to Jesus’ own prophecy.

Read more about the Catholic Church and Israel:

Image information: David Ben-Gurion (First Prime Minister of Israel) publicly pronouncing the Declaration of the State of Israel, May 14 1948, Tel Aviv, Israel, beneath a large portrait of Theodor Herzl, founder of modern political Zionism, in the old Tel Aviv Museum of Art building on Rothshild St. The exhibit hall and the scroll, which was not yet finished, were prepared by Otte Wallish.

Assissi 2016: A Religious Babel

via Shaun Willcock at Bible Based Ministries:

The 2016 abomination

1986: The Start of It All

Way back on October 27, 1986, members of many different religions came together at Assisi, birthplace of the Roman Catholic “saint”, Francis, for a day of prayer for “peace”.  This massive interfaith gathering was at the instigation of the pope of Rome, John Paul II.    Such was the power and authority of this man that at his call, not only did leaders of various religions gather from around the world to “pray”, but three governments, and terrorist guerillas in 11 lands, held a 24-hour truce![1]

How well we remember that event!  Although inter-religious dialogue had been going on for decades already, and even meetings between various religious leaders, nothing like this had ever been seen before.  There was the pope of Rome, right at the centre of the greatest assembly of religious leaders in history!  It was an interfaith Babel of epic proportions, an abomination in the eyes of the Lord.


The 1986 abomination

  The representatives of each religion prayed according to their own rites.  The so-called “Christian” service was led by John Paul II, the Anglican archbishop of Canterbury, Robert Runcie, and Eastern Orthodox patriarchs.  These men, the whole lot of them, were not, by any biblical criterion, true Christians.  John Paul II, the biblical Antichrist, head of the most iniquitous religious system to ever disgrace the earth; Runcie, head of the effeminate, spineless, facing-both-ways religious system which arrogantly and erroneously calls itself “the Church of England”; and leaders of the Eastern Orthodox branch of the false, paganised “christianity”, icon-worshippers, Soviet stooges.  The god they were praying to was not the sovereign God of the Bible.

Elsewhere in the city of Assisi at the same time, Buddhists prayed mantras in a Roman Catholic “church” building, while Shinto priests chanted outside.  Four Indian religions prayed together: Hindus, Sikhs, Zoroastrians, and Jains.  At two other locations, Muslims and Jews prayed.[2]  And various others.

The Word of God commands true Christians to be separate from the world and from false religions, and not to unite with those still in darkness.  “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? and what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? and what agreement hath the temple of god with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.  Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty” (2 Cor. 6:14-18).

Not only were John Paul II, Robert Runcie, and all those other so-called “Christian” leaders participating in a religious event with the leaders of the dark, satanically-inspired religions of the world such as Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, and all the rest, but they themselves – these men claiming to be “Christians” – were unbelievers, unrighteous, in darkness, servants of Belial, infidels, and part of the temple of idols!  They were not part of the true Church, the temple of the living God; God did not dwell in them, nor walk in them; they were not His people!  They had not “come out from among them”, they were not separate from them, because they were as much a part of this world’s night, and of false religion, as all those idol-worshipping Hindus or Mohammed-serving Muslims!  What happened at Assisi all those years ago was not  Christians sinfully uniting with people of other religions to pray, but heathens pretending to be “Christians” uniting with other heathens to pray!

There were no true Christians at that iniquitous event.

2016: Three Decades On

Well, thirty years have passed.  And during all this time great strides have been made in inter-religious dialogue and inter-religious “unity”.  And so, John Paul II’s successor in the Vatican, the Jesuit pope, Francis I, decided to do it all again in 2016, and to re-create that moment when the devil’s religions got together and said to the world, “See?  We’re all praying together for peace!”

And thus it was that Francis called for another “Assisi” – another “World Day of Prayer” – to be held in the same city.  And representatives of various religions again heeded his call, assembling in Assisi in 20 September 2016 to relive the glory days.  And if it didn’t quite match the hype of 1986, this was only because what was so novel and momentous back then has now become far more commonplace around the world, with “mini-Assisis” being held in all kinds of venues.  Tragically, the abomination of witnessing so-called “Christians” praying together with people of various religions just doesn’t raise that many eyebrows anymore.

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Racism and the Roman Catholic Takeover of America

Quote by Montrell Jackson-sentence from the facebook page of Montrell Jackson, Baton Rouge police officer killed in the line of duty: Please don’t let hate infect your heart.

In light of the continued attempts to start a race war in the United States, here is an interesting article to consider:

The Still Man:

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6).

Grace and peace, Saints,

This morning I awoke around 3:30 .A.M. And could not go back to sleep. This is nothing new, but, today was different. Today, I couldn’t go back to sleep because I couldn’t stop thinking about a letter someone wrote me concerning our article, Does God Hate Blacks?

It is incredible how deceived my people are, and it grieves me that after all we’ve been through, after all the deceptions we’ve survived, and in spite of being used for so long to foment rebellion, sow discord, and spread hatred many–and I dare say most–Black people still cannot see the forest for the trees. They still can’t see that racism is being used not only to destroy Blacks, but also whites as well.

Racism is a tool of the devil. And, just as racism was used in the nineteenth century to divide the United States over the issue of slavery, an issue that eventually ignited the most bloody conflict in the History of the United States and caused the death of one of the bravest and noblest men who ever lived—Abraham Lincoln—so racism is being used in the twenty-first century to once again divide our nation over the problem of racial inequality and the unjust treatment of Blacks by the “Justice” System.

You know, racism, slavery, the Civil War, and the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln have much in common, and that is no coincidence. They all share one common denominator: Rome.

Charles Chiniquy, in the book, Fifty Years in the Church of Rome writes that the U.S. Civil War was actually instigated by the Roman Catholic Church. According to Chiniquy, a close personal friend and confidant of Lincoln, the President was well aware of the role Rome played in starting that conflict, and he quoted Lincoln as saying:

“This war would never have been possible without the sinister influence of the [Roman Catholic] Jesuits. We owe it to Popery (Roman Catholicism) that we now see our land reddened with the blood of her noblest sons.

Though there were great differences between the North and the South on the question of slavery, neither Jeff Davis nor any one of the leading men of the Confederacy would have dared to attack the North, had they not relied on the promises of the Jesuits, that, under the mask of Democracy, the money and the arms of the Roman Catholics, even the arms of France, were at their disposal, if they were to attack us.

I pity the priests, the bishops, and the monks of Rome in the United States, when the people realize that they are, in great part, responsible for the tears and the blood shed in this war; the later the more terrible the retribution will be. I conceal what I know, on that subject, from the knowledge of the nation; for if the people knew the whole truth, this war would turn into a religious war…” (p. 498-499). [Brackets and parentheses mine.]

As a former Roman Catholic priest, Chiniquy well knew that racism is an integral part of the Roman Catholic belief system, and he held that this was ultimately what motivated Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, a devout Roman Catholic, in handing down the infamous Dred Scott decision, to write, “The Negro has no rights that the white man is bound to recognize.”

You may also find it interesting to learn that Mary Surrat, another devout Roman Catholic, who was tried, found guilty, and ultimately hanged for being one of the chief conspirators in the murder of Abraham Lincoln, and in whose house the Roman Catholic priests and other engineers of Lincoln’s murder met, slept, ate, and planned that assassination, said, “The death of Lincoln was no better than the death of any nigger in the army.”

Chiniquy went on to explain how the Roman Catholic Church went to great lengths to ensure that it’s involvement both in the Civil War and in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln were kept out of the press and out of the history books. That is why many of us never learned any of this in high school, which is incredible, when you think about it.

And, lest you be further deceived into believing this is purely a white vs. black thing, you should know that many blacks have also taken part in this scheme. In fact, without the help of many blacks of all ranks, stations, education levels, and income brackets, Rome would not be able to implement its racial agenda nearly as efficiently. You may recall, for example, our article entitled the Occult Hand signs and the Cult of Mary, where I explain a certain hand sign in use by Mary worshippers of all flavors, and provide ample photos of many Blacks: famous, infamous, and relatively unknown, flashing the Marian Signal: from President Barack Obama and the First Lady to Muhammad Ali.

Moreover, in an article entitled Trayvon Martin and the Roman Catholic Takeover of America, I show you Rachel Jeanteel, Trayvon Martin’s alleged girlfriend, (as well as George Zimmermann) flashing the Cult of Mary hand sign during Zimmermann’s trial, and I explain that the whole Trayvon Martin affair was just another Jesuit plot to further divide America over the issue of racism.

So, folks, don’t fall for the lie. This is not about White vs. Black; this is about Rome vs. Freedom. And the ultimate goal is to destroy the American republic and eventually enslave all of humanity—not just Blacks.

In order for Rome to rule, America must fall. And for America to fall, it must remain fractured and divided; and racism has proven to be the most potent weapon of fraction and division ever devised.

Read more about the Roman Catholic Takeover of America here.

Be encouraged and look up, for your redemption draweth nigh.



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