[quote:3n4d2o8d]Firstly, I said that there was a Papal primacy – I am not of the extremist almost Protestant persuasion you find in some Orthodox circles, OK? Primacy is not the issue, it is the kind of monarchical authority claimed by the Pope. Such never was, and never will be accepted by any of the Sees Rome split with. I have to ask here, what diference this even makes to you? Why do you care? Why must your bishop have the ability to sack mine? It makes no sense to me at all and I tried asking Scott this in another forum but he declined to answer.[/quote:3n4d2o8d]
I guess I’m failing to see exactly what Peter’s primacy is exactly for. Do you see it as a Primacy of honor only?
As I noted in one of my previous post James. God does indeed like working thru one person. As a matter of fact, this was mostly how he did things. This makes a huge difference James. As Acts 15 shows that the early Patriarchs were not in agreement with circumcising Gentiles. Peter settled the matter. Here let me post it:
[b:3n4d2o8d]The Jerusalem Council[/b:3n4d2o8d]
6Now the apostles and elders came together to consider this matter. 7And when there had been much dispute, [b:3n4d2o8d](Doesn’t sound like they were agreeing)[/b:3n4d2o8d] Peter rose up and said to them: “Men and brethren, you know that a good while ago God chose among us, [b:3n4d2o8d](talking about himself)[/b:3n4d2o8d] that by my mouth [b:3n4d2o8d](who’s mouth? Why not OUR mouth?) [/b:3n4d2o8d]the Gentiles should hear the word of the gospel and believe. [b:3n4d2o8d](At this point he begins talking about the whole group)[/b:3n4d2o8d] 8So God, who knows the heart, acknowledged them by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He did to us, 9and made no distinction between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith. 10Now therefore, why do you test God by putting a yoke on the neck of the disciples which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? 11But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved in the same manner as they.”
12Then all the multitude kept silent and listened….[b:3n4d2o8d](Why were they not doing this before? What is it about Peter that they had to keep silent and listen?) [/b:3n4d2o8d]
James, you seem agitated and a bit cocky if I may say. Perhaps you aren’t really seeking for a union. Or are you? Did you read much of the posts James?
Some of what you cover is mentioned in other posts. I will answer the rest later.