Mat 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
The catholic church builds its foundation and many other churches followed the interpretation of this verse.
In fact in the basilica there is a black statue whose toes must be kissed of supposedly of peter but in truth it is actually a idol of the roman god zeus, a form of masked sun worshipping, or satan worshipping. This became what is one of the most perverted verse in scripture by wicked men to establish the foundation for man’s church doctrine as authority over man.
How on earth did man get it so wrong. Jesus Christ will never build His assembly of saints on a man, even peter.
Lets get a biblical truth from Gods word the bible which harmonises with the rest of scripture:
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Mat 16:14 And they said, Some say John the Baptist, and others Elijah, and others Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.
Mat 16:15 He said to them, But you, whom do you say Me to be?
Mat 16:16 And answering, Simon Peter said, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.
Mat 16:17 And answering, Jesus said to him, Blessed are you, Simon, son of Jonah, for flesh and blood did not reveal it to you, but My Father in Heaven.
Mat 16:18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My assembly, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against her.
Mat 16:19 And I will give to you the keys of the kingdom of Heaven. And whatever you bind on earth shall occur, having been bound in Heaven. And whatever you may loose on the earth shall be, having been loosed in Heaven.
The question here is a discussion with the disciples when Jesus asked them who do the people say he is. Some say John some Elijah etc. he then asks them who they think he is and they say he is Christ the son of God. Then Jesus looks at peter and says you are peter. Full stop! the original word which is καί and here comes now the true meaning, Jesus stops the refers to verse 16:16 you are Christ, … (and koi) … then continues his teaching that Christ is this rock upon this rock (Christ) the assembly of saints will be built. NOT PETER….This harmonizes because Jesus teaches he is the cornerstone and all others that become saved will follow him, or be built on Him, Christ, the holy spirit to build the new Jerusalem the spiritual ‘city’…….
Be deceived by no means my friends, when a verse makes no sense or appears to make sense it has to harmonize perfectly with the rest of the bible else we interpreted it falsely…
the ‘church’ is the body of true believers not to be confused with the churches as we know them from the church of rome, the mother harlot of churches to our churches today, which are mere buildings and instruments of religion, not of GOD.
Amen and Shalom