Peter is NOT THE ROCK upon what the Church of God is built upon - it is the Son of God

We look at the scripture used to "justify"  the foundation of the Roman Catholic Church (i.e., Christianity):

           "I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not 
             overpower it.
Matthew 16:18

Catholicism / Christianity has taken this piece of scripture completely out of context to give credibility to its heresy - as you will see below, it is an another outright lie upon its foundation of lies it has created to deceive the world.

Now let's simply back up a bit and read 5 verses earlier:

           Peter's Confession of Christ

          13When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, He questioned His disciples: “Who do people say
    the Son of Man is?”
14They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah
        or one of the prophets.” 
15He said to them, "BUT WHO DO YOU SAY I AM?" 16Simon
        Peter answered, 
"You are the Christ, 
the Son of the living God."
       17And Jesus said to him, "Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this
       to you, 
but My Father who is in heaven. 
18"I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock
    I will build My church
; and the gates of Hades will 
not overpower it.  Matthew 16:15-18

Common sense clearly shows that the entire topic of the conversation the Messiah was having with His disciples centered on WHO the Son of God IS - Peter recognizes 
that He (the Messiah) is the Son of the living God - He who was sent to fulfill the Law of Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms (Luke 24:44).  It's as simple and straight-forward as that - even Peter himself proclaimed that the Messiah is the “living stone” (1 Pet.2:4). It is Immanuel who is THE PETRAthe Mass of ROCK upon which the Messiah will build HIS CHURCH (i.e., ekklesia meaning assembly) of followers are those WHO KEEP TESTIMONY OF WHO HE IS AND KEEP HIS LAW.  See The Nazarene

The Lexicon immediately below of the above verse & subsequent scriptures that follow proves the Son of God is THE ROCK beyond ANY DOUBT.

One other thing - Catholics/Christians ALSO conveniently ignore the fact that the Son of God sternly rebukes Peter (petros the pebble) AS SATAN just a few verses later:

                  22Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him. “Far be it from You, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to You!”
            23But Jesus turned AND SAID TO PETER, “GET BEHIND ME SATAN ! YOU ARE
For you do not
have in mind the things of God, but the things of
 Matthew 16:22-24

Clearly, Peter the pebble, a stumbling block to the Messiah whom He called Satan who does not have the things of God in mind CANNOT POSSIBLY BE THE ROCK UPON WHICH THE SON OF GOD BUILT HIS CHURCH - only a blind, ignorant fool would believe this.  Christians have been so terribly deceived and misguided they cannot see THE OBVIOUS before them.

Matthew 16:18

NASB Lexicon
NASB ©GreekTransliterationStrong'sDefinitionOrigin
"I alsoκαὶkai2532and, even, alsoa prim. conjunction
sayλέγωlegō3004to saya prim. verb
to you that you are Peter,Πέτροςpetros4074"a stone" or "a boulder," Peter, one of the twelve apostlesa noun akin to petra, used as a proper name
and upon thisταύτῃtautē3778thisprobably from a redupl. of ho,, used as a demonstrative pronoun
rockπέτρᾳpetra4073a (large mass of) rocka prim. word
I will buildοἰκοδομήσωoikodomēsō3618to build a housefrom oikodomos
My church;ἐκκλησίανekklēsian1577an assembly, a (religious) congregationfrom ek and kaleó
and the gatesπύλαιpulai4439a gatea prim. word
of Hadesᾅδουadou86Hades, the abode of departed spiritsperhaps from alpha(as a neg. prefix) and eidon (3708)
will not overpowerκατισχύσουσινkatischusousin2729to overpowerfrom kata andischuó


4074. Petros

Strong's Concordance
Petros: "a stone" or "a boulder," Peter, one of the twelve apostles
Original Word: Πέτρος, ου, ὁ
Part of Speech: Noun, Masculine
Transliteration: Petros
Phonetic Spelling: (pet'-ros)
Short Definition: Peter
Definition: Peter, a Greek name meaning rock.
HELPS Word-studies

4074 Pétros (a masculine noun) – properly, a stone (pebble), such as a small rock found along a pathway. 4074 /Pétros ("small stone") then stands in contrast to 4073 /pétra ("cliff, boulder," Abbott-Smith). See below.

"4074 (Pétros) is an isolated rock and 4073 (pétra) is a cliff" (TDNT, 3, 100). "4074 (Pétros) always means stone . . . such as a man may throw, . . . versus 4073 (pétra), a projecting rockcliff" (S. Zodhiates,Dict).


4073. petra

Strong's Concordance
petra: a (large mass of) rock
Original Word: πέτρα, ας, ἡ
Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine
Transliteration: petra
Phonetic Spelling: (pet'-ra)
Short Definition: rock
Definition: a rock, ledge, cliff, cave, stony ground.
HELPS Word-studies

4073 pétra (a feminine noun) – "mass of connected rock," which is distinct from 4074 (Pétros) which is "a detached stone or boulder" (A-S). 4073 (pétra) is a "solid or native rock, rising up through the earth" (Souter) – huge mass of rock (a boulder), such as a projecting cliff.

4073 (petra) is "a projecting rockcliff (feminine noun) . . . 4074 (petros, the masculine form) however is a stone . . . such as a man might throw" (S. Zodhiates, Dict).


59 Bible Verses about

God, The Rock

Most Relevant Verses

Psalm 78:35

And they remembered that God was their rock, And the Most High God their Redeemer.

Genesis 49:24

But his bow remained firm, And his arms were agile, From the hands of the Mighty One of Jacob (From there is the Shepherd, the Stone of Israel),

Deuteronomy 32:15

"But Jeshurun grew fat and kicked-- You are grown fat, thick, and sleek-- Then he forsook God who made him, And scorned the Rock of his salvation.

2 Samuel 23:3

"The God of Israel said, The Rock of Israel spoke to me, 'He who rules over men righteously, Who rules in the fear of God,

Psalm 42:9

I will say to God my rock, "Why have You forgotten me? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?"

Isaiah 30:29

You will have songs as in the night when you keep the festival, And gladness of heart as when one marches to the sound
of the flute, To go to the mountain of the LORD, to the Rock of Israel.

Habakkuk 1:12

Are You not from everlasting, O LORD, my God, my Holy One? We will not die You, O LORD, have appointed them to
judge; And You, O Rock, have established them to correct.

2 Samuel 22:32

"For who is God, besides the LORD? And who is a rock, besides our God?

Psalm 18:31

For who is God, but the LORD? And who is a rock, except our God,

1 Samuel 2:2

"There is no one holy like the LORD, Indeed, there is no one besides You, Nor is there any rock like our God.

Isaiah 44:8

'Do not tremble and do not be afraid; Have I not long since announced it to you and declared it? And you are My witnesses
Is there any God besides Me, Or is there any other Rock? I know of none.'"

Deuteronomy 32:31

"Indeed their rock is not like our Rock, Even our enemies themselves judge this.

Deuteronomy 32:37

"And He will say, 'Where are their gods, The rock in which they sought refuge?

Psalm 144:1

Blessed be the LORD, my rock, Who trains my hands for war, And my fingers for battle;

Deuteronomy 32:4

"The Rock! His work is perfect, For all His ways are just; A God of faithfulness and without injustice, Righteous and upright
is He.

Psalm 92:15

To declare that the LORD is upright; He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.

Psalm 62:7

On God my salvation and my glory rest; The rock of my strength, my refuge is in God.

Psalm 28:1

To You, O LORD, I call; My rock, do not be deaf to me, For if You are silent to me, I will become like those who go down to
the pit.

Psalm 31:1-3

In You, O LORD, I have taken refuge; Let me never be ashamed; In Your righteousness deliver me. Incline Your ear to
me, rescue me quickly; Be to me a rock of strength, A stronghold to save me. For You are my rock and my fortress; For
Your name's sake You will lead me and guide me.

Psalm 61:2

From the end of the earth I call to You when my heart is faint; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

Psalm 71:3

Be to me a rock of habitation to which I may continually come; You have given commandment to save me, For You are my
rock and my fortress.

Isaiah 26:4

"Trust in the LORD forever, For in GOD the LORD, we have an everlasting Rock.

Psalm 94:22

But the LORD has been my stronghold, And my God the rock of my refuge.

Psalm 28:8

The LORD is their strength, And He is a saving defense to His anointed.

Psalm 46:7

The LORD of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our stronghold. Selah.

Psalm 48:3

God, in her palaces, Has made Himself known as a stronghold.

Psalm 59:9

Because of his strength I will watch for You, For God is my stronghold.

Psalm 91:2

I will say to the LORD, "My refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust!"

Psalm 144:2

My lovingkindness and my fortress, My stronghold and my deliverer, My shield and He in whom I take refuge, Who subdues
my people under me.

Jeremiah 16:19

O LORD, my strength and my stronghold, And my refuge in the day of distress, To You the nations will come From the ends
of the earth and say, "Our fathers have inherited nothing but falsehood, Futility and things of no profit."

2 Samuel 22:3

My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge; My savior,
You save me from violence.

Psalm 18:2

The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; My shield and the horn of
my salvation, my stronghold.

Psalm 9:9

The LORD also will be a stronghold for the oppressed, A stronghold in times of trouble;

Psalm 27:1

The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the defense of my life; Whom shall I dread?

Psalm 37:39

But the salvation of the righteous is from the LORD; He is their strength in time of trouble.

Psalm 43:2

For You are the God of my strength; why have You rejected me? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of
the enemy?

Psalm 52:7

"Behold, the man who would not make God his refuge, But trusted in the abundance of his riches And was strong in his
evil desire."

Joel 3:16

The LORD roars from Zion And utters His voice from Jerusalem, And the heavens and the earth tremble But the LORD
is a refuge for His people And a stronghold to the sons of Israel.

Psalm 95:1

O come, let us sing for joy to the LORD, Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation.

2 Samuel 22:47

"The LORD lives, and blessed be my rock; And exalted be God, the rock of my salvation,

Psalm 18:46

The LORD lives, and blessed be my rock; And exalted be the God of my salvation,

Psalm 19:14

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my rock and my Redeemer.

Psalm 62:2

He only is my rock and my salvation, My stronghold; I shall not be greatly shaken.

Psalm 89:26

"He will cry to Me, 'You are my Father, My God, and the rock of my salvation.'

Isaiah 17:10

For you have forgotten the God of your salvation And have not remembered the rock of your refuge. Therefore you
plant delightful plants And set them with vine slips of a strange god.

Isaiah 8:14

"Then He shall become a sanctuary; But to both the houses of Israel, a stone to strike and a rock to stumble over, And a
snare and a trap for the inhabitants of Jerusalem.

Isaiah 28:16

Therefore thus says the Lord GOD, "Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a tested stone, A costly cornerstone for
the foundation, firmly placed. He who believes in it will not be disturbed.

Psalm 118:22

The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief corner stone.

Matthew 21:42

Jesus said to them, "Did you never read in the Scriptures, 'THE STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS REJECTED, THIS

Mark 12:10

"Have you not even read this Scripture: 'THE STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS REJECTED, THIS BECAME THE

Luke 20:17

But Jesus looked at them and said, "What then is this that is written: 'THE STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS REJECTED,

Acts 4:11


1 Peter 2:6-7

For this is contained in Scripture: "BEHOLD, I LAY IN ZION A CHOICE STONE, A PRECIOUS CORNER stone, AND HE
WHO BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED." This precious value, then, is for you who believe; but for those

Daniel 2:34-35

"You continued looking until a stone was cut out without hands, and it struck the statue on its feet of iron and clay and
crushed them. "Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver and the gold were crushed all at the same time and became
like chaff from the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away so that not a trace of them was found But
the stone that struck the statue became a great mountain and filled the whole earth.

Daniel 2:44-45

"In the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which will never be destroyed, and that kingdom will not
be left for another people; it will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms, but it will itself endure forever. "Inasmuch as
you saw that a stone was cut out of the mountain without hands and that it crushed the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver
and the gold, the great God has made known to the king what will take place in the future; so the dream is true and
its interpretation is trustworthy."

Matthew 21:44

"And he who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; but on whomever it falls, it will scatter him like dust."

Luke 20:18

"Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces; but on whomever it falls, it will scatter him like dust."

Romans 9:32-33

Why? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as though it were by works. They stumbled over the stumbling stone,

1 Peter 2:4-8

And coming to Him as to a living stone which has been rejected by men, but is choice and precious in the sight of God,
you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices
acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For this is contained in Scripture: "BEHOLD, I LAY IN ZION A CHOICE STONE,


Rome's claim that Peter is upon which the church was built gets only worse...

There is nothing in scripture that suggests that Peter's place of death (which is not known as a certainty) should become the permanent headquarters for the true church. Nor is there any indication that the true Church should be forever based out of a single city or from Rome.

The Catholic Encyclopedia admits this about Peter,

...we possess no precise information regarding the details of his Roman sojourn (Kirsch J.P. Transcribed by Gerard Haffner. St. Peter, Prince of the Apostles. The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume XI. Copyright © 1911 by Robert Appleton Company. Online Edition Copyright © 2003 by K. Knight. Nihil Obstat, February 1, 1911. Remy Lafort, S.T.D., Censor. Imprimatur. +John Cardinal Farley, Archbishop of New York).

No precise information means that the Roman Church has essentially relied on after the fact writings, nearly all of which were written over 100 years after Peter's death, that say that he was in Rome and/or died in Rome. But even those accounts suggest that he was not there very long. (It should be noted that there are later accounts that Peter actually died in Jerusalem or Asia Minor, but they also are of questionable reliability.)

Thus the earlier claim about Peter that "Early Christian history tells us that before his death, he fixed his residence at Rome" is clearly false.

Furthermore, according to Catholic sources, there were no bishops in Rome prior to the second century (and Peter died in the first century):

We must conclude that the New Testament provides no basis for the notion that before the apostles died, they ordained one man for each of the churches they founded..."Was there a Bishop of Rome in the First Century?"...the available evidence indicates that the church in Rome was led by a college of presbyters, rather than by a single bishop, for at least several decades of the second century (Sullivan F.A. From Apostles to Bishops: the development of the episcopacy in the early church. Newman Press, Mahwah (NJ), 2001, p. 80,221-222).

Notice what the 20th century Franciscan scholar Jean Briand reported:

Everyone knows the Church grew out of Jerusalem…From Jerusalem, Judeo-Christian communities spread out through Palestine and beyond Transjordan and Syria.  We also find Judeo-Christans in Asia and other parts of the Empire…The mother Church…which remained for a long time at the head of the Judeo-Christian movement was in Jerusalem.  It was at first headed by the Apostle Peter himself and then, after his departure from the Holy City, by James, “the brother of the Lord… (Briand J. The Judeo-Christian Church of Nazareth.  Translated from the French by Mildred Duell. 1st edition, Franciscan Printing Press, Jerusalem, 1982, pp. 10-11,13)

The true Church of God spread from Jerusalem into Palestine, Syria (Antioch), Asia Minor, and elsewhere. The Church that Peter headed had what are called Judeo-Christian practices.

Interestingly, a Catholic respected scholar, Origen of Alexandria, wrote this about Peter:

Peter himself seems to have observed for a considerable time the Jewish observances enjoined by the law of Moses, not having yet learned from Jesus to ascend from the law... Peter "went up into the upper room to pray about the sixth hour. And he became very hungry, and would have eaten"...Peter is represented as still observing the Jewish customs respecting clean and unclean animals. (Origen. Contra Celsus, Book II, Chapter 1)

So, Peter was believed to have Jewish practices as late as the time of Origen, and according to the Bible never ate unclean meat (Acts 10:14).

Common sense should tell you that Peter NEVER went to Rome - if he had Christians would be keeping THE LAW (TORAH) - but just the opposite is the case - they practice LAWLESSNESS - and who was the one that is documented to have gone to Rome AND taught a Lawless gospel?   Paul.   Be sure to read the "False Apostle Paul" chapter.


St Peter was not the first Pope and never went to Rome, claims Channel 4

St Peter's journey to Rome led to the spread of Christianity in the West and the foundation of Roman Catholicism, so the Church has always taught.

But a new documentary will challenge the link as nothing more than a "conspiracy of faith". In it, prominent academics accuse the Vatican of misleading the world over the fate of the man regarded as Jesus Christ's closest disciple. In allegations likely to spark controversy, they accuse the Church of fabricating a connection with the apostle to validate giving ultimate power to the papacy.

Catholicism has taught for centuries that Peter was martyred and buried in Rome and that all popes succeed him, but the documentary will challenge this by asserting that he never reached the Italian city. Instead, it will accuse the Church of ignoring the discovery of a tomb in Jerusalem that archaeologists believe contains the bones of Peter. 

Leading theologians said that these views were an "attempt to smear Catholicism" and criticised Channel 4 for allowing such "outlandish" claims to be broadcast. 

They expressed concern that they would appeal to people who are easily persuaded by conspiracy theories, such as the idea that Jesus had a child with Mary Magdalene, as proposed in Dan Brown's best-seller The Da Vinci Code. 

Dr Robert Beckford, a theology lecturer at Oxford Brookes University, who presents the documentary, denied that this was an attempt to attack the Catholic Church. "This is about looking at what the pillars of power are founded on and examining the scholarship that most Catholics take for granted," he said.

"We found that there is no scientific evidence to support the idea that Peter was buried in Rome, but yet the rival theory has not got out because it challenges the Church.

"If you undermine its basis for power you undermine the Church. It's tragic that the faith gets reduced to manipulating the facts and to one Church trying to make itself superior to others."

As Christianity spread following the crucifixion of Jesus, it became important for the new churches to claim a link with the disciples and led the Catholic Church to establish a connection with St Peter.

Catholics believe the proof that Christ constituted St Peter head of His Church is found in the two Petrine texts, Matthew 16:17-19, and John 21:15-17. In Matthew, the office is solemnly promised to the apostle as Jesus addresses him: "Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-Jona: because flesh and blood hath not revealed it to thee, but my Father who is in heaven. And I say to 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 to thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven."

Roman Catholicism holds that the Pope, also known as the Bishop of Rome, is the sole successor to the "supremacy" or primacy of Peter and is thus the "Vicar of Christ" for the world.

It is traditionally believed that he was crucified in Rome and buried where the Basilica of St Peter was later built, beneath the high altar.

In 1939, the Vatican announced that the bones of Peter had been found in Rome during an archaeological dig. But the documentary casts doubt on this, questioning why the dig was carried out "in total secrecy", and led by a "personal friend" of the Pope.

"The Pope's authority over the world's one billion Roman Catholics derives from the belief that Peter died and was buried here almost 2,000 years ago," said Dr Beckford.

The documentary, The Secrets of the Twelve Disciples ­(Channel 4 today at 5.45pm), suggests it that is much more likely that St Peter was buried in an ossuary found in Jerusalem with the inscription Shimon Bar Jonah - Simon son of Jonah - the Hebrew name for Peter.


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