“With all due respect, I think you need to study history again. Your church was not even around back then....”
With all due respect, the body of Christ is the church:
Eph 1:22-23 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, (23) Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
It isn’t walls, or even an institution, but is Christ as the head, and all Christians being the members of it.
This is the true church that has never been defeated, even when the Roman Church began to elect “universal Bishops” 300 to 400 years after the fact.
I respect the fact that you are Christian and love your Church...
I love my Church as well. I love you as a fellow Christian... we are not going to agree.
I am merely pointing out events that happened in time for which its history cannot be changed. You can interpret the Bible and passages anyway you want. That is why there are so many “Free Will Baptist Churches” and not one single cohesive unit.
I can read a passage in the Bible and interpret it anyway that fits my argument.
That does not change the fact that there has been a “physical” breathing Pope ever since Peter for thousands of years” and Peter was the first Pope.