The Gospel According to Rome ~ Part 4 Index

Galatians 4:16 Please first read the Introduction as to why these blog posts are necessary. This is the Part 4 Index.

SPIRITUAL AUTHORITY: Error versus Truth

The Catholic Church Teaches (ERROR)

1. Peter was the head of the apostles [RC Catechism 552, 765, 880].

The Bible Teaches (TRUTH)

Christ was the head of the apostles (John 13:13).

Read more at Part 4:1 >

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The Catholic Church Teaches (ERROR)

2. The bishops are the successors of the apostles [RC Catechism 861-862, 938].

The Bible Teaches (TRUTH)

The apostles had no successors, for to succeed them one needed to be a witness of Christ’s resurrection (Acts 1:21,22).

Read more at Part 4:2 >

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The Catholic Church Teaches (ERROR)

3. The Pope, as the Bishop of Rome, is the successor of Peter [RC Catechism 882, 936].

The Bible Teaches (TRUTH)

Peter had no successor.

Read more at Part 4:3 >

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The Catholic Church Teaches (ERROR)

4. The bishops, with the Pope as their head, rule the universal Church [RC Catechism 883, 894-896].

The Bible Teaches (TRUTH)

Christ, the head of the body, rules the universal church (Colossians 1:18).

Read more at Part 4:4 >

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The Catholic Church Teaches (ERROR)

5. God has entrusted revelation to the Roman Catholic bishops [RC Catechism 81, 86].

The Bible Teaches (TRUTH)

God has entrusted revelation to the saints (Jude 3).

Read more at Part 4:5 >

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The Catholic Church Teaches (ERROR)

6. The Magisterium is the authoritative teacher of the Church [RC Catechism 85-87].

The Bible Teaches (TRUTH)

The Holy Spirit is the authoritative teacher of the church (John 14:26; 16:13; 1 John 2:27).

Read more at Part 4:6 >

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The Catholic Church Teaches (ERROR)

7. The Magisterium is the infallible interpreter of Scripture [RC Catechism 890-891, 2034-2035].

The Bible Teaches (TRUTH)

Scripture is the only infallible interpreter of Scripture (Acts 17:11).

Read more at Part 4:7 >

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The Catholic Church Teaches (ERROR)

8. The Pope is infallible in his authoritative teaching [RC Catechism 891].

The Bible Teaches (TRUTH)

God alone is infallible (Numbers 23:19).

Read more at Part 4:8 >

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The Catholic Church Teaches (ERROR)

9. The Magisterium alone has the ability and the right to interpret Scripture [RC Catechism 85, 100, 939].

The Bible Teaches (TRUTH)

Every Christian, aided by the Holy Spirit, has the ability and the right to interpret Scripture (Acts 17:11; 1 Corinthians 2:12-16).

Read more at Part 4:9 >

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The Catholic Church Teaches (ERROR)

10. Scripture is to be interpreted in the sense in which it has been defined by the Magisterium [RC Catechism 113, 119].

The Bible Teaches (TRUTH)

Scripture must be interpreted in the original sense intended by the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 3:14-16).

Read more at Part 4:10 >

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The Catholic Church Teaches (ERROR)

11. The Magisterium has the right to define truth found only obscurely or implicitly in revelation [RC Catechism 66, 88, 2035, 2051].

The Bible Teaches (TRUTH)

No one has the right to go beyond what is written in Scripture (1 Corinthians 4:6; Proverbs 30:6).

Read more at Part 4:11 >

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The Catholic Church Teaches (ERROR)

12. Scripture and Tradition together are the Word of God [RC Catechism 81, 85, 97, 182].

The Bible Teaches (TRUTH)

Scripture is the Word of God (John 10:35; 2 Timothy 3:16,17; 2 Peter 1:20,21). Tradition is the words of men (Mark 7:1-13).

Read more at Part 4:12 >

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The Catholic Church Teaches (ERROR)

13. Scripture and Tradition together are the Church’s supreme rule of faith [RC Catechism 80, 82].

The Bible Teaches (TRUTH)

Scripture is the church’s only rule of faith (Mark 7:7-13; 2 Timothy 3:16,17).

Read more at Part 4:13 >

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Note – Quoted from pp308-309 of The Gospel According to Rome: Comparing Catholic Tradition and the Word of God by James G. McCarthy, 1995

Soli Deo Gloria

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