Quote of the Day from CKB– Apostolic Succession?

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CKB,in commenting on Romans 9, and God’s freedom to choose Jacob over Esau and Isaac over Ishmael for his own purposes adds:

“Whenever the Church bases its own life and validity of its ministry on a line of succession connecting it with Augustine of Canterbury or Peter of Rome it is committing the same blasphemy against the sovereign freedom of God to choose his people in creative love, from generation to generation. Of course, the claim to an unbroken succession is bad history, but it is worse than that, it is bad theology. John Wesley called the so-called ‘apostolic succession’ a fable. It was and is also a denial of the free grace of God which he preached and no Methodist has any reason to seek orders elsewhere.”