Interview with St. Peter
Elder Peter, your blessings.
Grace to you and peace be multiplied in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; 2 Peter 1:2-3
Elder Peter, you know about the polemic that grew around your blessed confession on that day Our Lord asked to all the Apostles who you thought He was, and you in particular replied: "The Christ, the Son of the Living God".
Many say that Christ was saying that you, Father Peter, would be the stone that is the foundation of the Church, and that thus nobody could be part of the Church by not being subject to you or one of your successors. Is that what Christ meant?
For in Scripture it says: "See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame." Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe, "The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone," and, "A stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall." They stumble because they disobey the message —which is also what they were destined for. As you come to Him, (who is) the living Stone —rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him. 1 Peter 2:6-8;4
But some elders, bishops and priests, say that you are an elder above them, above all!
To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder and a witness of Christ's sufferings who also will share in the glory to be revealed. 1 Peter 5:1
Some of those elders say that your successors have a "supreme and ordinary" leadership over the Church, a kind of lordship. What would you reply to them?
Be shepherds of God's flock that is under your care, watching over them —not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away. 1 Peter 5:2-3
They insist that the man who is proclaimed the bishop of Rome is the Supreme Shepherd of the Church. They also say the Supreme Shepherd needs a secular power to exercise this ministery and they have even given him the crown of a king.
When the Supreme Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away. 1 Peter 5:4
But isn't that all a bit too cranky, Father Peter, just trying to be against for the sake of contradiction? They say that the role of your successor is merely to confirm his fellow elders in the faith, nothing more.
And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself confirm you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 1 Peter 5:10
They also say that this same man has the final word on the meaning of Scripture when it regards doctrine and moral, when he makes "ex cathedra" pronouncements.
Know this first, that no prophecy of scripture is of private interpretation. 2 Peter 1:20
They say this was supported by great teachers of their faith.
But there arose false prophets also among the people, as among you also there shall be false teachers, who shall privily bring in destructive heresies, denying even the Master that bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. 2 Peter 2:1
Thank you, Father Peter! Any final blessings to all the Orthodox Christians of the world?
Ye therefore, beloved, knowing [these things] beforehand, beware lest, being carried away with the error of the wicked, ye fall from your own stedfastness. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him [be] the glory both now and for ever. Amen.
2 Peter 3:17,18