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179 If Peter was the first Pope, then why did Paul have to rebuke him for TEACHING A LIE?


The above heading was a quotation from one person who was trying to negate the unique authority that Peter had.  He then cited Galatians 2:11-14 as definitive proof that Peter was, teaching a lie?   After all Peter according to Paul was CLEARLY WRONG!  

And when Kephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face because he clearly was wrong. For, un...til some people came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles; but when they came, he began to draw back and separated himself, because he was afraid of the circumcised...But when I saw that they were not on the right road in line with the truth of the gospel, I said to Kephas in front of all, "If you, though a Jew, are living like a Gentile and not like a Jew, how can you compel the Gentiles to live like Jews" (GAL 2:11-14).
Peter was clearly wrong, but is this the same thing as teaching a lie?   No, Peter was not teaching at all.  He was setting bad example.  He separated himself from the gentiles and in this Peter was clearly wrong.

In Acts 10:3-5, Cornelius had a vision and in it he was asked to send some men to summon, Peter.  Peter falls into a trance and "The heavens were opened to him and he saw an object that looked like a large sheet coming down, until it rested on the ground by its four corners. In it were all kinds of four-legged animals of the earth, reptiles and birds.  Then a voice said to him, ‘Get up, Peter, kill and eat!’ But Peter replied, ‘Certainly not, Lord! I have never eaten any defiled or unclean creature.’   And again a second time the voice spoke, ‘What God has made clean, you must not call unclean.’   This happened three times and then the sheet was taken up again into the sky” (Acts 10:11-16).

Three men who were sent by Cornelius show up.  And explain why they are there.  The next day they visited Cornelius.  And this was peter’s response.

"You know that it is unlawful for a Jewish man to associate with, or visit, a Gentile, but God has shown me that I should not call any person profane or unclean…Then Peter proceeded to speak and said, ‘In truth, I see that God shows no partiality.  Rather, in every nation whoever fears him and acts uprightly is acceptable to him.  You know the word (that) he sent to the Israelites as he proclaimed peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all…Can anyone withhold the water for baptizing these people, who have received the Holy Spirit even as we have?’  He ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ” (Acts 10:34-48). 

Peter set a bad example and was clearly wrong because “he began to draw back and separated himself”  from the Gentiles.  Peter has a vision and based on this vision he taught CORRECTLY  “that God shows no partiality.”  The person who insisted that Peter was teaching a lie does not know the difference between bad example and inspired teaching.   Any one of us may teach the 10 commandments correctly and then later fail in one of the commandments and give bad example. 

  • Who set a bad example and according to Paul was clearly wrong?  Peter (Gal 2:11-14). 
    Who was Cornelius, in a vision, asked to summon?  Peter (Acts 10:3-5).  
    Who was inspired by God, through a vision?  Peter (Acts 10:11-16). 
    Who actually gave the correct teaching THAT WAS NOT A LIE?  Peter (Acts 10:34-48).