Jihad Watch: No one would even be interested in this question were it not for the abundant evidence to the contrary: the daily record of jihad violence carried out by Muslims who point to Islam and the Qur’an to justify their actions, including many who are burning churches and terrorizing Christians in Nigeria, Egypt, Syria, Pakistan and elsewhere.
It is because of them that Pope Francis, David Cameron and others feel compelled to insist that, contrary to what we see happening every day, Islam is really peaceful. The question is whether they are doing the victims of jihad any real service by insisting this.
The Bishop of Rome, by virtue of his position as successor of St. Peter, can, according to Catholic teaching, speak authoritatively about Catholic doctrine: he has the authority to delineate what is authentic Catholicism.
This, however, is a statement about “authentic Islam.” It would be interesting to know how he came to this conclusion, since the Pope of Rome has no counterpart within the Islamic world: there is no Muslim authority to which he can appeal in order to discover what “authentic Islam” consists of, and many Muslim authorities would disagree with his statement that “authentic Islam” is “opposed to every form of violence.” Read More …
Opinion: On the matter of Apostolic succession …
There is a profound contrast between the teachings of Peter and the opinions of Pope Francis. The enormous disparity between the teachings of these two men is a strong indictment of how far the Roman Catholic Church has departed from the faith of the apostles into apostasy. Just as Catholics must choose between trusting Christ and His Word or the teachings and traditions of their religion, they must also choose between trusting the teachings of Peter and the teachings of Francis. It is impossible to believe two opposing authorities.
Let me add that there were NO popes in the first century and even Catholic scholars admit that calling the Bishop of Rome, Pope, did not gain traction until the late fourth century. (source Proclaiming the Gospel (.org) here
Late 4th century was the time of Chrysostom and Augustine and the anti-Semitic doctrine of Replacement Theology – that the church replaced Israel in God’s plan.
On the matter of Authentic Islam …
Surah 8:39 “Fight them, till there is no persecution and the religion is Allah’s entirely; then if they give over, surely Allah sees the things they do.”
Source: the Religion of Peace (.com) here
See more on Replacement Theology in Bible Prophecy 101 Chapter 3 Here