CKB Quote of the Day— Apostolic Succession, or the success of the apostolic Gospel?


(St. Patrick statue)

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. C.K.Barrett

Or as I am wont to say— nothing is theologically true, that is historically false.

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