1 John 4:20-21 “If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? 21 And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.”
D&C 11:23-24; “Behold thou art Hyrum, my son… 24 Build upon my rock, which is my gospel.”
The Biblical Jesus Said to Peter: ‘Upon This Rock I Will Build My Church’
Matthew 16:18 “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
The age old debate over the meaning of Matthew 16:18 will rage on long after you and I are gone, so the job of Christians today is to look at all things in context, in order to get a clear picture of what Jesus meant.
Many are totally sold on the idea Peter is the rock, and for those who are, the debate is over. Catholicism, to them, is the only means of salvation. Still others don’t buy into the idea all of Christianity is built upon Peter, and believe Jesus simply used Peter’s name as a play on words. Of course it goes without saying, Peter was a stalwart in the faith department, albeit he experienced his own rocky beginning [no pun intended].
Looking at the Bible as a whole, one can find many scriptures supporting the views of the latter position, of which, this writer is a staunch defender. Sola scripture.
Today we’re taking a look at key verses in God’s word in support of Jesus being the builder of the body of Christ. Here’s a look at what we found!
Jesus responded to Peter the way He did because of Peter’s statement of faith made to Jesus’ question in vs. 16 – ‘Whom do you say that I am?’ Immediately, Peter responded, ‘Thou art the Christ’.
The rock in vs. 18 is Peter’s confession in knowing Jesus is the foundation for belief, just as Jesus had already told them in Matthew 7:24, 25. Peter used the same imagery in his own epistle, describing Christ as the foundation – 1 Peter 2:5.
One is greatly mistaken to believe anyone other than Jesus built His church. Jesus and He alone fulfills the roles of the cornerstone, and head of the church (Christianity) Acts 4:11, 12; 1 Corinthians 3:11, Ephesians 5:23.
The problem in the Mormon canon we see today, is their belief that God, or Jesus, or whoever it was, told Hyrum he was to build the church. That’s the role of God, not man’s! Only the Holy Spirit has the power and authority to convict of sin and cause a confession of faith! Acts 2:37, John 16:8, 2 Corinthians 7:9-10, Romans 2:5-6. Besides, why are they plagiarizing God’s word when they’ve denounced it?
Another sign the Mormon canon isn’t God-inspired is found in the verse at the top of this article. 1 John 4:20-21 –
“If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? 21 And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.”