Christian Pilgrim


160. Peter Never Went to Rome

The Roman Catholic church believe that Peter was the first pope and is buried in St Peter's church in Rome. This is utter nonsense. Peter never went to Rome.

Peter was charged as the apostle mainly to the Jews (and Paul to the Gentiles):

Galatians 2:7-9 - "But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me, as the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter; (For he that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles:) And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision."

The Jews were expelled from Rome by Claudius, so there was no real reason for Peter to ever go there:

Acts 18:2 - "And found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, lately come from Italy, with his wife Priscilla; (because that Claudius had commanded all Jews to depart from Rome:) and came unto them." 

Peter wrote his first epistle from Babylon, where there would have been a remnant of Jews from the time of the exile:

1 Peter 5:13 - "The church that is at Babylon, elected together with you, saluteth you; and so doth Marcus my son."

Most commentaries say that "Babylon" here is a code word for Rome, but why? There is no need. There is just another piece of Roman Catholic propaganda.