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Richard Bennett. "its nature and purpose"
[ An extract for Richard's article -Ed ]
Because of the fascination of the world with the office of the Pope and his power, and because of current discussions regarding who will be the next Pope, it is important to study the topic historically and in the light of Biblical truth.

Part I

Overview of the history of the Papacy from its inception

to the demise of the present Pope

The church at Rome was in the beginning a community of brothers and sisters,

guided by a few of the brothers. The four Gospels and letters of the Apostles settled the great questions of doctrine.
A pompous title and position of one man lording it over the others did not exist...[ continued HERE...]

This great article (posted June 2002) from Richard Bennett is well worth reading and you can at

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