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Treatise on the Power and Primacy of the Pope – part 15

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Galatians 3:26–28

From the Confessions: Treatise on the Power and Primacy of the Pope 

X. Gregory, writing to the patriarch at Alexandria, forbids that he be called universal bishop. And in the records he says that he did not accept the primacy offered to the bishop of Rome at the Council of Chalcedon.

Pulling It Together

If we are all one in Christ, how can there be one over all? This is a human invention; primacy is not God’s way, for he is the head over all. There may be area bishops, and pastors of congregations, and teachers, and evangelists, and even presidents of Church Councils (Eph 4:11), but Scripture does not teach that one should be over us all.

Prayer: Help me be true to my calling, Lord, and build up the Body of Christ. Amen.

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