Simon Peter is the first pope, and because of that, it was assumed that the church is naturally founded upon the Popes, thus they are our final authority.
Real bible believers disagree on that, we believe Jesus Christ is the foundation of the church, not Peter.
Matthew 16:23 “But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.”
From the scripture, we believe Peter could be used by the devil and the devil could be the Founder of the Church. This explains why in the dark ages, there are so many Popes who abuse their power, to live lavish lifestyles, commit adultery fornication and all kinds of sinful acts, and misleading millions of blinded followers.
Acts 10:25-26 “And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped him. But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man.”
Peter rejected people bowing down to him, so it is believed that he must have denied his identity as a Pope, or he simply did not live up to the expectation of a Pope.
Luke 4:38 “And he arose out of the synagogue, and entered into Simon’s house. And Simon’s wife’s mother was taken with a great fever; and they besought him for her.”
Peter had a mother in law, which meant that he was married. These are clear proofs to debunk Peter as the first Pope.
Catholics believe that when the saved die, they will be placed in a temporary burning place and once this purgatory expels their sins, they will be clean enough to enter Heaven.
Matthew 3:10-11 “And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:”
Purgatory is mentioned in the bible too, but it literally means eternal hell fire. Unlike the temporary burning place as mentioned in Catholicism.
2 Corinthians 5: 7-8 “(For we walk by faith, not by sight:) We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.”
For the saved ones, as soon as we leave this earth, we will immediately be together with the Lord again up in the Heaven.
Hebrews 9:14 “How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?”
It clearly states that purgatory is cleansed by the blood of Christ Jesus, it has nothing to do with works.
Another issue with Catholicism is concerning with the confession of sin to its religious leaders.
Matthew 16:18-19 “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. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
This is pure wickedness at its finest, where people are terrified at the power of man, referring to the pope or Vatican. Nonetheless, the contradicting part is that Catholicism exhibits such leniency, that even some of the Popes actually can accept homosexuality.
Hence it is definitely an issue if Catholics would allow themselves to confess theirs sins to religious leaders like that. Where in fact, they should have their fear for the Lord instead, not men.
James 5:16 “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed.”
The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
Some Catholics may use to this prove that faults are referring to sins. However, this is actually an opportunity Lord has provided us, which is why Churches stress so much on empathy and forgiving others. So the confession here has nothing to do with salvation, and this confession is not to the higher authority or spiritual leaders, but simply to one another, brethren helping each other.
With the effectual fervent prayer, healing can happen. As God will answer the prayers of those who repent.
2 Corinthians 2:10-11 “To whom ye forgive any thing, I forgive also: for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ; Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.”
Paul was able to forgive because Christ forgave them as well. God truly wants us to repent on our sins, and reconcile with others. There is power in forgiveness; never let bitterness, anger, resentment and jealousy get the better of us. Learn to forgive for our Father will also forgive us.