Having seen that Christ did not institute a papacy in the church, and that Peter was not a pope or universal bishop, one may ask when and how the papacy came to exist and how it became what it is today. The papacy did not appear immediately at one time, rather it developed over a long period of time. Attempting to identify the first pope is akin to asking: When does food become rotten? It is not easy to pinpoint at one specific time because it is a gradual process.… Read More Who Was the First Pope?
Edward LeighBody of Divinity, p. 474. It is a question between us and the Papists, Whether Peter exercised a primacy at Rome? There is a primacy, 1. Of order and degree. 2. Of authority and jurisdiction. The first, with St Jerome, Protestants will easily ascribe unto St Peter, but not the other. Those words Matthew… Read More Peter Did Not Exercise Primacy at Rome
It is very evident that Peter neither was a general bishop of the entire church nor had a position of supremacy over the other apostles and over the church. Thus, the pope of Rome is neither a successor of Peter nor the head of the church.… Read More The Pope Is Not Peter’s Successor
“And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.” (Rev. 21:14)… Read More The Equality of Peter Among the Apostles