“Prove all things; hold fast that which is good” (1 Th. 5:21).
The Scripture is able to make the man of God “perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works” (2 Timothy 3:16-17), which means that the Bible is the sole authority for faith and practice. Everything is to be tested by this perfect Authority, and when this test is applied to the papal election and its environment in Rome, nothing is left that is good by the biblical standard.
Everything is found to be heresy. In Scripture we find no pope, no cardinals, no archbishops, no Vatican city, no papal chair, no special priesthood (only the general priesthood of believers), no mass, no candles, no bells, no incense, no saints (only the sainthood of all believers through the sanctification of the cross), no veneration of Mary, no Queen of Heaven, no prayers to the dead, no prayers for the dead, no veneration of relics, no ecclesiastical garments, no nuns, no enforced “celibacy,” no baptism of infants, no auricular confession, no consecrated buildings, no cathedrals, no crucifixes, no rosaries, no scapulars, no pledge of secrecy.
The papacy is alleged to be built upon Peter, but as God’s people have often observed, Peter had no crown, no gold, no throne, no state, no ambassadors. He did not try to exercise authority over all the churches, and he was a married man. “Evangelicals” who speak of the Roman Catholic Church as if it were a true church in any sense are in rebellion to God’s Word and are part of the end-time apostasy.
(Friday Church News Notes, March 15, 2013, www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)