10 comments on “Matthew 16:18-19; a closer look, part 2

  1. Merry Christmas, ewell!



    “No matter the words you say, if you say them without the other person being able to feel them then the meeting has already failed.” Sash Dichter’s Blog

  2. An interesting point, it is never reported that Peter lauded his authority over the other Apostles, nor that he ever considered himself infallible. The Apostles seemed to act as a committee with regards to what was and was not permitted. As an example, the conflict over joining requirements for Gentiles as brought up by Paul.

  3. I was raised as a Catholic. That hardly makes me an expert on the Catholic Church’s doctrine, but I do understand that the Pope’s authority rests largely on this passage of scripture (Matthew 16:13-20). Yet when I read this passage as a teenager, I just thought: really?

    As a student of history, I could see that there had been some great popes and some awful ones. So much for papal infallibility.

    One of the notions that also gained currency early in church history is that to be a member of the clergy, one had to show that one had to be ordained by a bishop who could trace his ordination back to one of the apostles. Yet that obviously does not apply to the Apostle Paul, for example. Apparently, Jesus can call whoever He wants to serve Him, and scripture says He has done so. Hence, the Catholic clergy’s special claims of authority are dubious, at best.

    As some of your earlier commenters observed in the previous post, we have to let the text say what it says. We have no right to load our personal agenda onto it. In fact, the Bible explicitly calls that sinful. And when people see Christians doing that, it just weakens whatever faith they might have had in the Bible.

    That said, all of us Christians, not just Catholics, have a tendency to find whatever we want to find in the Bible. Thank you for encouraging us to be more circumspect.

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