The Catholic Church claims for her Bishops and Priests a
sacramental identification with Christ Himself. The Catholic
priest, it is claimed, is truly made like unto Christ the High Priest,
possessing His authority and power. Catholics are taught that the
Bishop is the living image of God the Father. Both priest and
bishop, it is claimed, share in the one identical priesthood and
ministry of Christ.
In contrast, the Scripture teaches that no human can take Christ’s
place as priest. In fact the Bible warns us to ...Take heed lest any man deceive you: For
many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
Jesus Christ’s unending priesthood cannot be transferred to any other
person, as stated in Hebrews 7:24, “But
this man [Jesus Christ], because He continueth ever, hath an
unchangeable priesthood.” Thus Rome’s sacrament of “Holy
Orders”, which claims to pass on Christ’s sacrificial priesthood by
“sacerdotal consecration”, is a tradition of men that contradicts
revealed Biblical truth.
The Roman Catholic church does not have Christ’s New Testament
sacrificial priesthood let alone any higher grade of bishop. The
Catholic priesthood is created in order to perpetuate her seven
physical sacraments, which she claims are necessary for
salvation. The whole life of the Church of Rome revolves around
her Bishops and Priests and the sacraments that they perform.
According to the Bible all believers have immediate access to God in
the Lord Christ Jesus; all share in the royal priesthood of praise. (I