Wow, my close friend’s brother just sent me an extremely anti-Catholic message. I don’t even know where to start. Here’s what he wrote:
"I believe, Jon that you The catholic church has misunderstood Mathew 16:17-20. which is where the idea papacy is derived from. I will get into this verse more momentarily but more important to now is this fact. The Catholic Church ignores 1st Timothy 2:5 (as quoted from a King James Bible) “For there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” Is this because The Septuigant (LXX)does not contain this verse, Seeing how the untouched manuscripts used for the King James are older and more trusted than those of the LXX (which is believed widely too be false, Strangely still used as a reference by most scholars). Mathew 16:17-20 states that " And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Then charged he his disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ. "
In my opinion this just means that Peter is to go witness to the world. The keys to the kingdom is simply that Peter and the other apostles have the ability to save people by preaching. Peter was not a pope nore did he act as one. To have a pope is to have a man act as a mediator between me and God, which would directly contradict verse 20. But the Catholic church has always done this. It is simply a political body. The Vatican is as greedy, corrupt and power hungry as Any tyrranical government. In fact the Vatican and Pope Pius XII were responsible for the first militery action of WWI and urged Hitler to invade Stalingrad. Pius is know as Hitler’s Pope. It goes further into the proverbial rabbit hole than that. read Zenit “the world from the vatican’s view” or look up the Vatican Bank Claims. But according to Romans 3:10 “As it is written, There is no one that is rightous,no, not one.” If Luther was a heretic for opposing the Catholic church than I am too. You will find that The Catholic church is not as clean and perfect as many believe. It is a political church and nothing good wil come of it. Now is this to say that all catholics are bad? Of course not, just the higher ups are. Now I am not a fan of lutherans either but They have deviated from ML’s plans for the church alot. but so have the catholics. From the Vatican saying the Bible isn’t true its just a good way to live your life, to other endless examples, the church aint good man. At least the jews have not changed a damn thing in 6000 years, thats why I like them, they dont screw around with what God told them to do. I dont know what I am, sure as hell aint a catholic, and you have to be born a jew to be a jew, so I guess I’ll take the KJV literally, call myself a Christian and leave it at that."
So, I don’t really even know where to begin. I can easily address the Peter/pope issue, but I’m not familiar with other issues that he raises. I didn’t know that the Septuagint didn’t contain 1st Tim. 2:5 Since when is the KJV more reliable? I didn’t know that it was older either. What’s up with Pope Pius XII urging Hitler to invade Stalingrad? How do I respond to his claims of corruption in the Church? Obviously there’s corruption in the Church…there always has been the whole way back to Judas. I’m sure that there is much corruption in Protestantism today too. I’ve heard that the so-called “reformers” weren’t the most righteous of individuals. Is this true? Sorry for posting this big long thing. I don’t like to do that, but I’ve never even heard of most of these things. Thanks a lot!