THE CHURCH OF CHRIST
THE MANY CHURCHES
The Church, its origin and its constant presence is vital and important to those interested in Jesus Christ, the Resurrection and their own eternal life. Christ declared, of Peter’s answer to Him:"You are the Christ, Son of the Living God." Early in the second millennium, the western church apostatized from the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church – Orthodoxy, and proceeded to form the Papacy, they distorted the meaning of Christ’s words, used forged and false decretals, constructing their house of cards. They proclaimed that Christ built His Church on Peter who is the rock or foundation stone of His Church. However, Peter denies this, clearly saying concerning Christ: "Whom, coming to us as a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, precious, you also, as living stones, are built up into a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. Wherefore it is also contained in Scripture: Behold, I lay in Sion a chief cornerstone, elect, precious; and he that believes on him shall not be confounded. Unto you therefore which believe He is precious, but unto them which are disobedient, the stone which the builders rejected, the same is made the head of the corner, a stone of stumbling and a rock of scandal to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient" (1 Peter 2: 4-8).
Certainly, the divine Scripture is not speaking of Peter but of Christ. Christ did not teach us to believe in Peter but in himself, saying: "The words that I speak are spirit and life."