What is Apostolic Succession?

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Corrections to: Authority and Love Submitted by tomgroeneman on

Corrections to: Authority and Love Submitted by tomgroeneman on Sat, 2012-05-05 14:26.

Tom, you have well said your part. However, you have misconstrued the facts in such a way as to give advantage to your position. So here I correct some of your remarks, from a Protestant perspective. My remarks are indented within the context of your remarks.

Quoting Tom:
When the reformers broke away from the Roman Catholic Church, they did so mainly over perceived doctrinal differences that have yet to be resolved.

    Tom, Martin Luther was a priest who was put out of the Church. In his own words he states that it was not his intention to leave the church but rather bring in reform. He raised questions about certain practices in the church and it was in the end the church that perceived the doctrinal differences and resolved to excommunicate Luther.

However, that did not change the fact that they were rejecting the authority invested by God in the Pope and the Magisterium.

    Tom, Martin Luther did not reject the authority until that authority proved itself to him to be not of God. When men are not of God they no longer have authority from God and we are no longer under subjectection to them.

The reason some people rail against the authority of the Church is because they do not choose to submit to that authority.

    Tom, that is not the issue. The issue is that people resolves, like the apostles, that we ought to obey God rather than men. When men prove they are not ordained by God then they have no authority and we are not under any obligation to obey them. In fact, to do so would be disobedience to God.

Apostolic Succession is taught in the Scriptures, the Early Church Fathers, history, tradition and is the fundamental claim of the Church today regarding her spiritual authority to bind and loose, discipline, teach and preach the gospel, ordain her ministers, establish local Churches and arbitrate disputes.

    Tom, Apostolic Succession is taught by the Catholic church, not the Bible.

The Bible says in Ephesians chapter 4 that we are to speak the truth in love.

    Tom, yet falsehood spoken in the kindest manner is never love because it seeks to rob a person of their eternal soul.


Fools find no pleasure in understanding but delight in airing their own opinions. -Proverbs 18:2 NIV