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I assume you’re responding to me and I say, “Uh, yeah.”
The narrative about Peter feeding God’s sheep does not go as far as you do. Paul also fed God’s sheep. James also fed God’s sheep. John fed God’s sheep. All of these were Apostles who function in a pastoral role but the bible is clear, “Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ…” 1st. Peter chp. 1 verse 1
To whom was Jesus speaking when He said?
Luke 22:30 that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom; and you will sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
Peter’s Denial Foretold. 31 “Simon, Simon, behold Satan has demanded to sift all of you like wheat, 32 but I have prayed that your own faith may not fail; and once you have turned back, you must strengthen your brothers.”
When you say “Church” you are not using the word in the intent of the Apostles.
In fact, it is you who is not. Read this and tell me what intent is meant:
Matthew 18:17 And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.
For them, the Church were people willing to come out into the public to proclaim God’s Kingdom. The idea that it is some kind of organization like a business is outside of New Testament thinking.
Well, Jesus didn’t call everyone. He called 12, initially. And He selected one of them over the rest. Therefore, it resembles what we call today a “corporation”. In fact, the Apostles call it His “corpus” or body.
Rome is not the headquarters for this global organization with all of its tradition and style. The Church is made up of “living stones” (1st. Pet. 2:5) from all over the world, some of them are in the Roman Catholic Church.
Rome is the Headquarters of this global “corporation”. And yes, we are all living stones that compose this organization. That doesn’t argue against it. We are members of the body.
1 Corinthians 12:28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
Jesus Christ established an organization with a hierarchy. That’s obvious from the New Testament.