As a book, the Bible can be trusted as being in the highest degree of literary work. Words used in the Bible came directly from the Creator, the origin of information that expresses His thoughts and wisdom to His created beings like humans. Words used by God Himself must be acknowledged and believed with our highest respect. They are pure!
The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.
They are true!
Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
They must be spoken by a preacher as they were spoken by God.
Thus saith the LORD; Stand in the court of the LORD’s house, and speak unto all the cities of Judah, which come to worship in the LORD’s house, all the words that I command thee to speak unto them; diminish not a word:
Even the Lord Jesus, though He is the Son, faithfully spoke God’s word!
For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.
Inventing words or using man-made synonyms is an utter disrespect to God who originally chose the words that He speaks.
But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
The reasons why the word “pope” is not found in the Bible are:
(1)There is no office in the church created by God as the office of the pope, and
(2) The Apostle Peter, which the Catholics allege to be the first pope, was never a pope!
I CORINTHIANS 12:28
And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
If the office of the apostles is the first in the church, and Peter was one of the first apostles called by Christ, then it is apparent that the office of the Pope, which the Catholics invented, is non-existent in the Bible!
The office of the pope is the most important office in the entire Catholic Church. He is the head of the entire organization.
How can the Catholic Church be the true church when the highest office in it is nowhere to be found in the Bible! Moreover, if the Catholic Church were the true church founded by the Lord Jesus Christ, “the gates of hell must not prevail against it!” Is this true in the office of the pope? We will let Catholic authorities answer.
The phrase, “most notorious” means there were so many notorious popes in the history of Roman Catholicism! Can anyone now prove that there really was an undisturbed and unbroken succession of power from the Apostle Peter up to the present pope?
When the leaders of the Israelites became subject to the “gates of hell” (Gate is a passage to enter into a particular place, and evil is the gate of hell), God left them, and so there was no God with them.
II CHRONICLES 15:3
Now for a long season Israel hath been without the true God, and without a teaching priest, and without law.
Why? Because they commercialized religion!
The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach for hire, and the prophets thereof divine for money: yet will they lean upon the LORD, and say, Is not the LORD among us? none evil can come upon us.
Isn’t it true that Catholic priests perform for money? Baptisms, confirmations, marriage ceremonies, masses and so many other rituals are paid for by members of the Catholic Church. With this happening in Roman Catholicism, is it true that “none evil can come upon them?” Even the office of the pope, the highest in the hierarchy of the Catholic Church, was stricken by all sorts of evil in the long history of the Catholic Church. Currently there are complaints of so many sorts of abuses popular enough to merit an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records.