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Is the Roman Catholic Church really the church being referred in Matthew 16:18 or merely the rock? This issue is worth discussing because of the statement in the verse stating that: “upon this rock I will build my church” and the qualifying statement, which states that: “and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it”.
One major form of the gate of hell is fictitious name Jesus, which was merely created by the Roman Empire through Emperor Constantine. If the gates of hell have been prevailing and continue to prevail over the Roman Catholic Church, it becomes conclusive then that it is not the church that is being referred in Matthew 16:18. Thus, logically, Christ, in his personal capacity, has still to build His church and that the verse is actually referring to the building of the Church upon his return. (more…)