I understand that, and agree. But the term "apostolic succession" has been bandied around here without any explanation as to what that means.Originally posted by Peter
DTK, No one is arguing for the Popish notion that apostolic succession is the necessary mark of the invisible church or that we should yield obedience to any false teacher who claims such succession. We believe, with the Westminster Divines and the Church of Scotland, that the power to ordain officers belongs soley to officers. The implication is that those not ordained by lawfully ordained officers are not truly ordained. "Ministerial succession" is a natural outgrowth of that belief.
BTW, of whom are you speaking when you state "We believe?"