THERE IS A VICAR OF CHRIST HIS NAME IS THE HOLY SPIRIT The word "vicar" means deputy - one who has been sent to take another's place. The Lord Jesus Christ, knowing the need for an infallible Vicar for His church, speaks of the coming of the Holy Spirit and His office as Vicar of Christ. St. John 14:26 - "But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you." St. John 15:26 ¶ But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me: St. John 16:7 ¶ Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you St. John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. 14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. THE IDENTITY OF THE VICAR OF CHRIST If someone were to approach you on the street and say, ' I am the President of the United States" you might believe him. Of course, if you personally knew the President, or if you had documented evidence that he were someone else, you would deny the claim of the imposter. The pope claims to be the Vicar of Christ; those who know the Holy Spirit immediately reject his claim, and others can see the documented evidence that proves this man to be an imposter. THE PERFECTION OF THE VICAR OF CHRIST The Lord Jesus Christ, Himself the Infinite Son of God, knew that the Church would need an infallible Vicar to keep it from errors that would assail her. Rather than designate a man, He appointed the Holy Spirit, Himself not only infallible, but infinitely perfect. There is a sharp contrast between the person and work of the Holy Spirit and that of the pope of Rome, who claims to be the Vicar of Christ. Papal "infallibility" is an empty doctrine when compared to the infinity of the Holy Spirit. DOES THE CHURCH NEED A VISIBLE HEAD? "(For we walk by faith, not by sight" (II Cor. 5:7). Do you trust the judgment of a human imposter or the ability of God Himself to guide you into all truth? THE WORK OF THE VICAR OF CHRIST 1. He convicts of sin (John. 16:8). Only He can show you that, outside of Christ, you are infinitely lost. 2. He testifies of Christ (John. 15:26). He reveals to your heart the Bible truths of a crucified and resurrected Saviour. 3. When you respond to this heart-revelation, the Holy Spirit baptizes you into the Body of Christ (I Cor. 12:13). By this regenerative act you are born again. (John 3:5) If you are incorrectly assuming that the pope is the Vicar of Christ, your salvation is being worked out by his system - the Mass, Confessional and Sacraments. You are invited to put your trust for eternity in the Christ of the Bible who completed a work on Calvary for your eternal salvation (Heb. 10:11-18)11 And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: 12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; 13 From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. 14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. 15 Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, 16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; 17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. 18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin. .