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It is one of the leading doctrines of Romanism that the pope is the visible head of the universal church of Christ, invested with supreme authority over bishops and pastors in all parts of the work. More than this, the pope has been given the very titles of Deity. He has been styled “Lord God the Pope”, and has been declared infallible.  He demands the homage of all men.  The same claim urged by Satan in the wilderness of temptation is still urged by him through the Church of Rome, and vast numbers are ready to yield him homage.

“We hold upon this earth the place of God Almighty”   (Pope Leo XIII, in an Encyclical Letter, June 20, 1894)

But those who fear and reverence God meet this Heaven-daring assumption as Christ met the solicitations of the wily foe: “Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.” (Luke 4:8). God has never given a hint in His Word that He has appointed any man to be the head of the church.  The doctrine of papal supremacy is directly opposed to the teachings of the Scriptures.  The pope can have no power over Christ’s church except by usurpation.

Romanists have persisted in bringing against Protestants the charge of heresy and willful separation from the true church.  But these accusations apply rather to themselves. They are the ones who laid down the banner of Christ and departed from “the faith which was once delivered unto the saints” (Jude 3).


Satan well knew that the Holy Scriptures would enable men to discern his deceptions and withstand his power.  It was by the Word that even the Saviour of the world had resisted his attacks.  At every assault, Christ presented the shield of eternal truth, saying, “It is written”.  He opposed every suggestion of the adversary with the wisdom and power of the Word. In order for Satan to maintain his sway over men, and to establish the authority of the papal usurper, he must keep them in ignorance of the Scriptures. 

The Bible would exalt God and place finite men in their true position; therefore its sacred truths must be concealed and suppressed.  This logic was adopted by the Roman Church.  For hundreds of years the circulation of the Bible was prohibited. The people were forbidden to read it or to have it in their houses, and unprincipled priests and prelates interpreted its teachings to sustain their pretensions.  Thus the pope came to be almost universally acknowledged as the vicegerent of God on earth, endowed with authority over church and state.

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