Perkins: The Bishop Of Rome Is Peter’s Successor In One Respect Only

[T]he bishop of Rome is Peter’s successor, not in teaching but in denying Christ.

William Perkins (1558–1602), The Works of William Perkins, 2:79. (HT: Inwoo Lee)


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    • Perkins was making a wry comment. The papists would have us believe that the Pope is Peter’s successor. Perkins was saying that he is: Peter denied Christ and so does the Pope.

  1. One wonders what the tone police would have to say if such an (accurate) statement were made today.

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