My interlocutor is a person well versed in the Lutheran theology. He is also close to the hierarchy of the Lutheran Church, and frequently publishes articles on religious matters. A well respected conservative man. Whether his stetement to me represents the view (on papacy) of his church, I don’t know.
Who are you? Jim Bakker, the Crouch couple, the drunken preacher on the downtown corner, Marjo, or a follower of one of those? Because your readings of the Holy Scripture count as much as the readings of any of those listed. That is by the very definition of your Church protesting against Rome. Rome will outlast us all. If you define yourself but what you are against, then you ain’t much.
“My interlocutor is a person well versed in the Lutheran theology.”
I’ve read Luther. I could tell you what Luther says on the matter, but it would make everyone angry.
“Who are you?”
A Christian, whose head is Christ, not the Bishop of Rome.