Berean Challenge
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Position: Jesus is the only head of the church!
"And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way."
(Ephesians 1:22,23)

Challenge
Some say the church is built on Peter, the rock who was also the first Pope.
Defense
The church was built on the rock of Peter's confession that Jesus was the Son of God, not Peter himself.
"'But what about you?' he asked. 'Who do you say I am?' Simon Peter answered, 'You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.' Jesus replied, 'Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.'"
(Matthew 16:15-19)

Peter's original name was Simon. Jesus changed his name to Peter (petros)...which means a small rock or stone that can be easily moved. In this text Peter was petros.
The word rock used when Jesus said "on this rock I will build my church" is petra...a rock ledge that cannot be moved.
The church was build on the foundation rock that was revealed to Peter in his answer..."You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."

The position of Pope was created in the mind of men (for political reasons), not in the mind of God. It is not a Biblical concept. There is no Biblical or historical evidence that Peter was ever exalted to such a position as pope. Peter would not have allowed himself to be elevated to a position of earthly head of the church. Peter knew elders were to be under-shepherds over local churches.
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To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder, a witness of Christ's sufferings and one who also will share in the glory to be revealed: Be shepherds of God's flock that is under your care, serving as overseers—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away."
(I Peter 5:5-7)

Since Peter wrote that there was no private interpretation of scripture, it would have been against his personal conviction for one man to make decisions for the church.
"Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet's own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit."
(II Peter 1:;20,21)

Jesus is the head of the church, which is His body. A body with 2 heads is unnatural.

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