This is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.’ Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.
The words of Acts 4:11-12 were given by the apostle Peter. We must pay close attention to what Peter said that through these words we understand many things and clarify doubts about the traditions that we have been taught since childhood. We highlight two key things in these two verses. The first is that Jesus is the stone rejected converted into the cornerstone. The second is that there is salvation in no other than Jesus Christ.
For centuries it has been teaching human traditions that clearly contradict the Bible. I will bring these unbiblical teachings in this message today and compare them with what Scripture says. I want to warn who hears or reads this message is not my intention to attack anyone’s faith but to reveal the truths contained in the Bible that come in clear contradiction with the religious tradition. After reading or listening to the message, I suggest that, rather than refute what I say, ponder both positions and take the decision to choose who to believe. I decided to believe the Bible over any other writing.
The Catholic Catechism in its paragraph 881 states: “The Lord made Simon, whom he named Peter, and only him, the stone of his Church. He handed her the keys; he instituted pastor of the whole flock.” In Acts 4:11 Peter himself says: This is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.’ Who then is the stone, Peter or Jesus? In Acts 4:11 Peter says that Jesus is the cornerstone, which contradicts what was stated in the Catechism.
Peter himself repeated again who is the stone: Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious (1 Peter 2:4). At no time Peter said to come to him or he is the stone. 1 Peter 2:6 continues: Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture, “Behold, I lay in Zion a chief cornerstone, elect, precious, and he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.”
Peter again is referring to Jesus himself. Peter quotes Scripture is Isaiah 28:16: Therefore thus says the Lord God: “Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation, a tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation; whoever believes will not act hastily.”
It being understood that Peter is not the cornerstone of the church, but it is Jesus Christ. Let consider the second contradiction. The Catholic Catechism has the following title preceding the numeral 846: “Outside the Church there is no salvation.” This statement seems to be a parody of what Peter said in Acts 4:12: Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved. Again there is a contradiction between the Bible and the Catechism.
I tell you something, for years I kept rebel within the traditional church because of the contradictions between its doctrine and the Bible. However, what still tying me to the traditions was that hammer over my head that there was no salvation outside the church. Today I tell you, Peter himself, to whom tradition identifies as head of the church; he says that there is not salvation outside of Jesus. No church, whether Catholic or Protestant will save because only Jesus died on the cross for your sins. God bless you.