"You know that everyone in the province of Asia has deserted me, including Phygelus and Hermogenes."
Orthodox ecclesiology doesn't function quite in the manner described above by elijahmarie.
It is certainly inaccurate to say there is *no* primatial power in Orthodoxy; rather there is no *absolute* primatial power in Orthodoxy. Absolute power corrupts, as absolute independence corrupts. In Orthodoxy there is a proper balance of power, specifically sobernost, under the headship of Christ (cf. Ernst Benz below). In Orthodoxy bishops must call for the amen of the people. The people have a voice along with deacons and presbyters. This has worked out just fine for some 2000 years now.
Except that it hasn't. If this approach had worked "just fine", the major schisms that took place after Ephesus and Chalcedon wouldn't have occurred, nor the Great Schism between the Eastern and Western churches. The Orthodox people of Egypt rejected Chalcedon every bit as much as the Orthodox people of Greece rejected Florence. So what makes the Egyptians wrong and the Greeks right? I don't have the answer; I'm just asking the question. Rome's answer does make some sense, but they've carried it way too far.
-2 Tim 1:15"From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him"
-John 6:66"Even his brothers did not believe in Him"
Truth, if there is such a thing, would still be such even if it was abandoned by everyone. Major schisms have been present from the earliest period of Christianity (2 Tim 1:15 etc.). I think Paul, and even Christ Himself might have understood your feelings, and perhaps your doubts too, but I doubt they would have agreed with your conclusion.
Your points notwithstanding I would still maintain the ecclesiology of the Eastern Church has worked just fine regardless of all the schisms, heresies, heterodoxies, unbeliefs, and martyrdoms added together if in her "we have found the true faith" (as we confess). If on the other hand the gates of hell have prevailed against our Church because there have been schisms, or if we are in a false Church, our faith in her is in vain. I can respect and empathize with your honest doubts; still, I find no reason personally to confess the wretchedness and/or demise of Eastern Christianity so easily as all that.