Excellent articles on the Papacy

http://triablogue.blogspot.com/2013/03/a-brief-history-of-interpretation-of.html

Firmillian, bishop of Caesarea in Asia Minor (256 AD), in his letter to Cyprian ( # 74) calls bishop of Rome Stephen’s claim to be bishop of bishops “an open and manifest folly” (section 17)

https://www.ccel.org/ccel/schaff/anf05.iv.iv.lxxiv.html

Firmillian and Cyprian and 85 other bishops said that Stephen’s claim of Matthew 16:18 to himself alone as bishop of Rome was “tyrannical terror”

For neither does any of us set himself up as a bishop of bishops, nor by tyrannical terror does any compel his colleague to the necessity of obedience; since every bishop, according to the allowance of his liberty and power, has his own proper right of judgment, and can no more be judged by another than he himself can judge another.

Seventh Local Council of Carthage of 257 AD – led by Cyprian, bishop of Carthage, with 86 other bishops

https://ccel.org/ccel/cyprian/carthage_council/anf05.iv.vi.i.html

http://triablogue.blogspot.com/2013/03/pope-leo-great.html

http://triablogue.blogspot.com/2004/05/back-to-babylon-1.html

About Ken Temple

I am a follower of Jesus Christ. I am a sinner who has been saved by the grace of God alone (Ephesians 2:8-9), through faith alone (Galatians 2:16; Romans 3:28; 4:1-16), in Christ alone (John 14:6). But a true faith does not stay alone, it should result in change, fruit, good works, and deeper levels of repentance and hatred of my own sins of selfishness and pride. I am not better than you! I still make mistakes and sin, but the Lord is working on me, conforming me to His character. (Romans 8:28-29; 2 Corinthians 3:16-18) When I do sin, I hate the sin as it is an affront to God, and seek His forgiveness in repentance. (Mark 1:15; 2 Corinthians 7:7-10; Colossians 3:5-16 ) Praise God for His love for sinners (Romans 5:8), shown by the voluntary coming of Christ and His freely laying down His life for us (John 10:18), becoming flesh/human (John 1:1-5; 1:14; Philippians 2:5-8), dying for sins of people from all nations, tribes, and cultures (Revelation 5:9), on the cross, in history, rising from the dead (Romans 10:9-10; Matthew 28, Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24; John 20-21; 1 Corinthians chapter 15). His resurrection from the dead proved that Jesus is the Messiah, the eternal Son of God, the word of God from eternity past; and that He was all the gospels say He was and that He is truth and the life and the way to salvation. (John 14:6)
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