The Church of Rome falsely claims that Peter was the first Pope. She has built the whole system of the Papacy supposedly upon certain words that the Saviour spoke to Peter making him the head of the Apostles and giving him special authority on earth over the Church of Christ.
Peter is not the rock upon which the Church is built. Neither was he given any special place above the other apostles in the Church. Furthermore there is no evidence in the Bible that Peter was ever bishop of Rome as Popery claims. The only time that Peter was ever in Rome is the claim from Church history that he was taken there and martyred for the faith.
Even Rome has a problem establishing this fiction. Rome believes that Scripture should be interpreted by the universal consent of the Church Fathers. This creates a problem for Rome on the issue of Peter being the 'rock' upon which the church is built, according to some interpretations of Matthew 16:18.
The Church Fathers do not support this point. As acknowledged by the Archbishop of Kenrick who attended Vatican I: seven Church Fathers say the Rock means the twelve Apostles as a body; sixteen believes it to refer to Christ Himself; seventeen believe that it refers to Peter and forty-four say it means the faith that Peter professed. Rome's own claim doesn't stand up to her own test never mind what the Bible teaches!
Paul was the apostle of the Gentiles and the apostle to Europe. It is inconceivable that Peter would have followed His calling to the few Jews then living in Europe.
 During the years when he was supposed to be Pope in Rome the Bible states that Peter was elsewhere. Rome claims that Peter was Pope from c.a. 42-67 AD. However, the Book of Acts has him elsewhere during this time, in Jerusalem, Judea, Galilee and Samaria [Joppa, Acts 9]. From here he went to Cæsarea, to meet with Cornelius and then back to Jerusalem, where he was later put in prison by Herod.
There are some time references to take note of in New Testament. Three years after Paul’s conversion Peter was still in Jerusalem, cf. Gal 1:18, c.a. AD 40. He was still there for the Council of Jerusalem, cf. Acts 15, which took place around AD 49. Fourteen years after Paul had first gone up to Jerusalem he returns and Peter is still present, cf Gal 2:1, 9. We also read that Paul had a dispute with Peter at Antioch Gal 2:11.
 Paul sought to preach the gospel where it had never been taken before, cf. 2 Cor 10:16. Rome was one of these places to which Paul desired to go and preach, cf. Rom 1:15 and therefore Peter could not have been there.
4. Paul in writing his epistle to the Romans sent greetings to a number of church members but never once in all that epistle does he mentions Peter. This epistle was written c.a. AD 58.
5. Towards the close of Peter’s life he was in Babylon, 1 Peter 5:13. This is believed to have been c.a. AD 60-64, maybe as late as AD 67. It is a long way from Rome! Not unless Romanists are acknowledging that Romanism is really Babylonian religion.
6. Up until Paul’s death in Rome no mention of Peter ever being there. This was around the same time as Peter was in Babylon and therefore it is no surprise that Paul does not mention Peter being at Rome.
He does mention a number of servants of the Lord who were at Rome with him, but definitely not Peter.
Having said all this, Peter has a message for the new Pope:
Peter rules out earning salvation. It is not by works of righteousness which we have done that any of us can be saved. It is not by corruptible things such as silver or gold. Corruptible things cannot buy that which is incorruptible. That which is of little value and worth can never buy that which is great value.
How foolish can people be to think that with their paltry sums they can obtain salvation from God. Salvation cannot ever be earned. There is none righteous no not one. Therefore no one can earn salvation for themselves. If somehow it was possible to buy salvation ourselves what would you do to earn it, cf. Rom 3:20,22,23.
Protestant Popery. We may speak about Roman Catholics and their religion of works but we live in a day of Protestant popery. Blinded Protestants think that they too can earn salvation with their 'good works' and outwardly moral lives.
Salvation is by free grace. Christ has paid the price. He offers salvation without money and without price, Isa 55:1-3: Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness. Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.
In Rome’s eyes it is the Church that dispenses the grace of God in salvation.
Peter whom Rome claims to the first Pope does not agree. He warns that vain traditions hand down have to be forsaken. He points each one away from vain traditions and from any organisation and he points them to one person. It is certainly not to a Pope. Rather it is the person of the Lord Jesus Christ. Redemption comes by the merits of this person alone. It comes from Christ direct to the sinner by the work and power of the Holy Spirit.
There is no need for any other priest but Christ. His is an everlasting priesthood. It is not transferable to an other person even be he a Pope. Christ Jesus is all that we need. Paul backs Peter up by saying in 1 Timothy 2:5: For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus. There is certainly no mention of the Church in Peter's definition of the Gospel, Acts 4:12: Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. That name is the name of Christ, cf. Acts 4:10-11.
Christ alone is the sinless one. We must be careful to understand that all the priests in the Old Testament were not mediators between the people and God. All those High Priests and ordinary priests were types and shadows of the one mediator between God and men whether in Old Testament or in New Testament. They all pointed forward to Christ. In the Old Testament Christ was their mediator.
Jesus Christ alone is the one who acts as our mediator for He alone is sinless. As Peter says He is the Lamb without blemish and without spot. Only a sinless mediator can act for sinners and bring salvation to them. Sinners must be pointed away from a Church, no matter which that Church may be, and they must be pointed alone to the person of Jesus Christ.
So called Protestants trusting in their Church. Peter’s message is not only applicable to Roman Catholics, it is applicable to all. How many so called Protestants there are who are trusting in their Church to take them to heaven? Whether it is baptism, confirmation, church membership, taking of the sacraments, a Christian burial, or whatever. It is the religion of Cain all over again, a religion of works.
In Peter’s mind the sacrifice of Christ was finished. He speaks here about the precious blood that was shed. The sacrifice that takes away sin must be one that involves the shedding of blood. Without the shedding of blood is no remission. By Rome’s own admission the sacrifice of the Mass is bloodless one. Therefore, it is of no worth or value.
Peter enlarges upon his thinking in 1 Peter 3:18: For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit.
No more sacrifice for sin is required. If Christ suffered once, if He cried it is finished, then the work of accomplishing redemption is complete. No more sacrifice is needed. Why would you need a sacrifice if one was sufficient and did all that was required?
We know the work of Christ is finished. God testified that Christ had met all the demands that were to be satisfied by raising His Son from the dead. Christ could only come from forth from the grave and be released from death after every requirement was met. He did so testifying that His sacrifice was sufficient to put away sin. Therefore we need nothing else but Christ and His saving work.
This is Peter's message to the new Pope.