The *Pope* resigns

The Pope Resigns Brett Petrillo It has been almost 600 years since a Pope has resigned from the papacy. At 85 years old, Pope Benedict XVI said he no longer has the mental or physical strength to carry on his responsibilities. He went on to say, “Strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me” (CNN). The Pope is expected to step down on February 28th.

According to the Roman Catholic religion, the Pope is the worldwide leader of the church and the successor of the apostle Peter. The problem is, the Bible doesn’t support this. For one, the word “Pope” is not found in the Bible. The first Pope didn’t come until several hundred years after the time of Christ. While some say Peter was the first Pope, the facts don’t support this. First of all, Peter never claimed supremacy but instead claimed he was just “an apostle” and a “fellow elder” (1 Peter 1:1; 5:1-21 Peter 1:1; 5:1-2
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The First Epistle General of Peter 1 1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the elect who are sojourners of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, 5 1 The elders among you I exhort, who am a fellow-elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, who am also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed: 2 Tend the flock of God which is among you, exercising the oversight, not of constraint, but willingly, according to the will of God; nor yet for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;

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). Beyond all of this, Peter was married (Matthew 8:14Matthew 8:14
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14 And when Jesus was come into Peter's house, he saw his wife's mother lying sick of a fever.

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), which is contrary to the Roman Catholic Church’s requirement of their clergymen. Also, the Bible never says Peter was the Pope, or that he was more significant than any other apostle, or that he ever even went to Rome.

Scripture simply doesn’t support the Pope, or Peter, as the leader of the church. So, if the Pope isn’t the head of the church then who is? Scripture makes it clear that Christ is the only head of the church (Ephesians 1:22-23; 5:22-23Ephesians 1:22-23; 5:22-23
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22 and he put all things in subjection under his feet, and gave him to be head over all things to the church, 23 which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all. 22 Wives, be in subjection unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, being himself the saviour of the body.

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; Colossians 1:15-20Colossians 1:15-20
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15 who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; 16 for in him were all things created, in the heavens and upon the earth, things visible and things invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers; all things have been created through him, and unto him; 17 and he is before all things, and in him all things consist. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. 19 For it was the good pleasure of the Father that in him should all the fulness dwell; 20 and through him to reconcile all things unto himself, having made peace through the blood of his cross; through him, I say, whether things upon the earth, or things in the heavens.

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; Romans 12:5Romans 12:5
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5 so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and severally members one of another.

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; 1 Corinthians 3:111 Corinthians 3:11
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11 For other foundation can no man lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

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; etc). Christ is the true head and true leader of the church. Notice what a contrast He is to the Pope.

Christ will never grow old.

Christ will never get tired.

Christ’s physical strength is unlimited.

Christ’s mental prowess is without limits and beyond comprehension.

Christ is eternal.

Christ is God.

Christ will never resign, nor will He ever need to.

Let’s keep in mind who the true, and vastly superior, leader of the church is. The head of the church is Jesus Christ. There could not be a leader greater than He. Let’s follow Him and no other. Recent Audio Content From B.V. LATEST UPDATE: Neal Pollard, Four Elements Of Ministry, 2/10/13, AM Denny Petrillo, Using Big Words: Fellowship, 2/10/13, PM Worship Times Sunday Bible Class – 9:00 A.M. Worship – 10:15 A.M. Worship – 6:00 P.M. Wednesday Bible Class – 7:00 P.M.

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