“10 According to the grace of God which is given unto me (the Apostle Paul), as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another builds thereon. But let every man take heed how he builds thereupon.
11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 3:10-11
My Roman Catholic friends are taught that Peter was the founder of the church. However, according to Scripture the Apostle Paul laid the foundation of Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
“15 He (Jesus) said unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
16 And Simon Peter answered and said, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.
17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed are you, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood has not revealed it unto you, but My Father which is in Heaven.
18 And I say also unto you, That you are Peter (no longer Simon Barjona [vs 17]), and upon this rock [the revelation of Who Jesus is] I will build My church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Matthew 16:15-18
Peter was not the Apostle to the gentiles and there was no record of Peter ever going to Rome. Sadly, the entirety of the Roman Catholic system was not built upon the foundation of Jesus Christ and Him crucified but another foundation…a foundation of traditions and ceremonies rooted in Babylonian rites and rituals.
There are many evangelical churches today that are aligning themselves with these rituals in order to seduce the masses. The harlot on the corner has enticed many a Christian into her snare.
If the cornerstone of the church is not Jesus Christ and Him crucified, it is built upon another foundation. Jesus Christ is the Head of His Church. The “Message of the Cross” of which we teach is not new but is that which was revealed to the Apostle Paul for Salvation and Sanctification. The Sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit is not afforded to one who renders the Cross of Christ as insufficient and chooses membership in a church as the only means of Salvation and renders all others lost. The Holy Spirit does not superintend the work of God in one who believes their eternal Salvation is bought in purgatory and not through the precious Blood of Christ Jesus.
Many do not understand what they believe because the Truth has not been the measuring stick. A crooked stick is best revealed by the laying down of a straight stick beside it. When that straight stick, the Word of God, lays waste the doctrine of man be declared as biblical and the Believer chooses to ignore, there is a death that takes place…a hardening of the heart. We must recognize how we receive the preaching of the Cross of Christ ALONE for Salvation and daily living for God. If we think it to be foolish, we are perishing. God forbid no!
“For the preaching of the Cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are Saved it is the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:18
-Donna Clark Warren