John Bugay's recent post, "Whatever else the “definition of the word church” contains, it must be purged of Roman conceptions of Rome " led me to consider this question: Suppose you were to ask one of the apostles to define the term "the church." Would that definition have any reference to Rome or her bishop?
If not, isn't Rome's concept of "the church" at odds with that of the apostles?
Read the New Testament for yourself. Learn what the apostles believed and taught about "the church." You won't find any reference to the papacy, and certainly not to Roman papacy amongst those pages.