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Was Peter Pope? (2)

Ferrell Jenkins
St. Louis, Missouri

IV. A Third Scriptural Claim Examined- 1 John 21:15-17

When, therefore, they had breakfasted, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon, son of John, dost thou love me more than these do?" He said to him, "Yes, Lord, thou knowest that I love thee." He said to him, "Feed my lambs." He said to him a second time, "Simon, son of John, dost thou love me?" He said to him, "Yes, Lord, thou knowest that I love thee." He said to him. "Feed my lambs." A third time he said to him, "Simon, son of John, dost thou love me?" Peter was grieved because he said to him for the third time, "Dost thou love me?" And he said to him, "Lord thou knowest all things, thou knowest that I love thee." He said to him, "Feed my sheep." (Confraternity)

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Was Peter Pope? (1)

By Ferrell Jenkins

Introduction: Authority is important. As Jesus taught He was asked by the chief priests and elders. “By what
authority doest thou these things? and who gave these this authority?” (Matt. 21:23).

 

A Catholic Invitation

 

. . . the Catholic Church says again and again to people everywhere: ‘Investigate! Investigate!’ . . . The
Catholic Church therefore invites you to inquire into its teaching and practices . . . to find out for yourself if
what you believe about the Church is true or false. Learn for yourself. . . .” (From an ad “Why The Catholic
Church says ‘INVESTIGATE!’ ” published by the Supreme Council Knights of Columbus). .

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"Catholicism"- Greek, Roman, Ancient and Modern

Luther Martin
Rolla, Missouri

Contrary to popular belief, the term "Catholicism" includes some twenty-two different religious bodies in the United States, although the word is mostly used in reference to the "Roman" Catholic movement in the U.S.

Over 3,250,000 members make up some 19 groups listed in the 1965 World Almanac, under the heading of "Eastern Orthodox Churches." Two other groups, the Old Catholics and the Liberal Catholics, are also listed under "Catholic Churches" but not counted with the Roman Catholic Church's nearly 45 million in the U. S.

In the world, the 1965 World Almanac lists Roman Catholic population as nearly 572 million, Eastern Orthodox as nearly 141 million and Protestant 220 million.

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Is the Catholic Church the Church of the New Testament

Tom Bunting
Sault Ste. Marie, Canada

 

We hear many claims that the Roman Catholic Church is the church of Christ. Is this statement true? How can we decide on the answer to such a question? Obviously it is a question of identity. A statement from Catholic works puts the problem very clearly before us.

"If it is not identical in belief, government, etc. with the primitive church, then it is not the Church of Christ" (Catholic Facts, 27.)

That really makes the problem quite simple to solve, if an organization's worship, government, membership requirements, or doctrine is in any way different from what it was in the New Testament church then it cannot be the church of Christ. For any religious organization to be the church of Christ it must be identical in belief, government, worship, name, membership requirements, etc. However, Catholics admit that they are different from the primitive church, and therefore not the church of Christ.

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