No One Should be Elevated in Christianity


~2 Corinthians 12:7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.

Paul was chosen to write most of the New Testament and was given an abundance of revelations from Christ. If anyone could have been elevated to a position of authority in the church, it would have been Paul. However, even Paul stated that he was given a thorn in the flesh to buffet him, lest he should be exalted above that he should!

Christ is the head of the Church, not a pope, not Peter, not anyone! This is stated three times in the New Testament:

~1 Corinthians 11:3 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.

~Ephesians 4:15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:

~Ephesians 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.

There is no one that is “above another” in the Church other than Christ. There are Pastors (elders) who teach us from the Word.

~Hebrews 13:7 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.

Yes, follow after those of the faith, but only if they speak unto you the Word of God! We need to be preached to about sin so that we will fall under conviction, repent and keep going down the straight and narrow road. But not to the point of elevating such a Pastor to a place where it is taught that he is the Vicar of Christ (which means Christ’s replacement here on earth), the pope. Paul did not want to be elevated. Peter did not want to be elevated (Acts 10:25-26). They were our examples and continue to be in God’s Word. Look at what Peter said:

~1 Peter 5:1-3 The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed: (1) Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; (2) Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock. (3)

Something went wrong in the catholic church. The leaders stopped obeying God’s Word and Peter and Paul’s example, and started being lords over God’s heritage. I don’t know how much Bible one needs to see and understand that the hierarchy of the catholic church is wrong!  But their entire Gospel is no longer the simple salvation that Christ taught but their religion is filled with complicated rules, dogmas and unbiblical traditions of men.

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4 Responses to No One Should be Elevated in Christianity

  1. kylelmeade says:

    ~1 Corinthians 11:3 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.

    That’s right, Christ is the head of the Church. However, Christ built the Church on Peter (rock). He asked the Apostles to spread the Gospel to the world, so they did. However, they had a leader, and his name was Peter. If every man was left to his conscience to figure out how to translate the word of God, you’d have 25,000 different versions… oh wait, we do… there are 25,000 different versions of protestantism in the U.S. alone. Why? Because you people think you knew more about what Christ taught us than those who were actually around when he spoke. I don’t care what you say, it’s historically accurate that there is a direct line of succession from St. Peter to the current Pope. Not even Martin Luther disagreed with that – he was a German monk. Your brand of ‘christianity’ is no better and informed than the morman ‘church’.

  2. Kate says:

    Kylelmeade,

    Thank you for posting at my blog. You believe that Peter is the rock because that is what you have been taught all your life. If you’ve read anything about the subject, it probably has been written by the catholic church or catholic authors. But what does the Bible say?

    ~Deuteronomy 32:4 He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.

    ~Deuteronomy 32:15 But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked: thou art waxen fat, thou art grown thick, thou art covered with fatness; then he forsook God which made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation.

    ~Deuteronomy 32:18 Of the Rock that begat thee thou art unmindful, and hast forgotten God that formed thee.

    ~2 Samuel 23:3 The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.

    ~1 Corinthians 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.

    There is no question in these four verses that the Rock is God, Jesus Christ. Not only do these verses emphatically state that the Rock is Christ, but the word Rock is capitalized! No matter how much the catholic church teaches that Peter is the rock, their doctrine is a direct contradiction to these Scriptures.

    ~Matthew 16:16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.

    Peter’s statement (that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God) is that rock Christ spoke of in Matthew 16:18. He was not stating that Peter himself was the rock and that the entire church would be built upon Peter. No matter how hard Satan tries to convince mankind that there are many ways to Heaven, Christ is the only foundation – the only way to Heaven. It is that rock (that Jesus is God, the Saviour and Messiah) that will prevail. Not Peter.

  3. linda says:

    In Christianity the only one that should be elevated is Jesus Christ!!! Jesus should be the focus of all that we teach.

    Jhn 3:30 He must increase, but I [must] decrease.

  4. Jerry Bouey says:

    Right on, Kate – if someone actually reads and studies the Bible for themselves, they will see that the Lord is the Rock, not anyone else.

    Psalms 18:2 The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.

    Psalms 18:31 For who is God save the LORD? or who is a rock save our God?

    Psalms 18:46 The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted.

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