That was a claim that a friend, a very good friend made to me last weekend. I finally asked him via e-mail what did he mean? The word, “Pope”? The “Donation of Constantine” allegation? I got the following e-mail.
"This is where I found out some of the information:
I’m pretty sure that you’re going to scream, “BULLOCKS!” at it a whole bunch, but I would also like to see some evidence that there has always been a pope.
Let me recall back to the time that you said that you hated it when churches made little charts that claim they are the original church. Afterwards, you showed me a chart that claims that there has always been a pope. They are all the same charts to me. I know that the Church of Christ has made a chart, and I don’t believe that that particular chart is true. I do, however, believe that Orthodox Christianity has always been around. So if you can find me conclusive evidence (and not just scriptual evidence) that there has always been a pope, please show me. Oh, and if it can be evidence that is outside of your church, that would make it stronger, for many churches have tampered with their own history to make themselves look clean.
PS: For keeping an open mind and strength in researching read Acts 17:11."
To tell you the truth, I haven’t opened those links because I’m not sure of the fallacies I will find. Can all this be answered with letters from the Church Fathers? Help me out you guys. I don’t want to get upset over this.
ALSO, he IS a VERY good friend!! I do not feel he is anti-Catholic or anything. He DOES believe in truth & Jesus’ love & he attended a weekday Mass with me (commenting, “That’s just like my friend’s Luteran church” – :rolleyes: ) I say this because he is really not antagonistic so that is not the way to approach him. ALSO, should I point out that in Acts 17:11 the scriptures included the Deutero Canon as well?
Please help me & pray for this guy. I just don’t have the strength to open those threads alone. I KNOW the Papacy has been around for 2000 years!!! I KNOW it has, BUT, can I show this to him? Also, where is it where a dispute was settled by the 4th pope instead of John on Patmos? Thank you!!!