By his own admission, and according to Roman Catholic dogma (traditions of men), the current Pope and every Pope in history is illegitimate. The point is blindingly obvious, and most of you probably already had this figured out, but it just hit me as I was reading Sue Wyatt’s most recent post concerning Acts 15.
Catholic dogma teaches that the Pope is the Vicar of Christ on earth. Essentially, the Pope claims to be the personal representative and official voice of Christ on the earth. His/their claim on this distinction stems from their claim of descendancy from Peter the Apostle, their alleged first Pope.
Not that I ever believed the Pope had any legitimacy anyway, while reading Sue’s post, I realized two important points that scream, ‘illegit!’
- Peter was NOT of the lineage of David, and therefore has no authority to sit on the Throne of David, and
- James (actually Jacob, but that is another issue), the half-brother of Yeshua, and OF the line of David, is portrayed as being the leader/decision-maker in Acts 15.
Quite simple really. James, not Peter was at the head of the Council and was the recognized Nassi, or leader of the Body, and he was of the line of David. Therefore, by its own admission, Roman Catholic dogma reveals the illegitimacy of the Pope. Period.
So simple, but I missed it.