Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Is the Apostle Paul the Great Falsifier of Apostolic Succession

A few years ago, I wrote a five-part response—and recorded an accompanying podcast—to an article at The Calvinist International on the patristic critique of icons (or lack thereof, as it were).

In the original article, a Presbyterian pastor named Steven Wedgeworth shared five excerpts from the early Church supposedly demonstrating their disdain for iconography. The proofs were brief, and he offered little commentary in support. However, the claims he did make were sweeping, and so I dedicated not a few words in response.

A friend recently made me aware of a new post on “Reformed irenicism” at their site, and some of its own, sweeping claims.

While speaking of their perspective on the Church, Wedgeworth drops this rhetorical bombshell:

"The Apostle Paul is the great falsifier of apostolic succession. He was not initially commissioned by Jesus Christ, and he did not “succeed” the original 12 apostles. He did not derive his authority from them, and he is emphatic about this point. Galatians 1:12 and 2:6 state exactly this, and when Paul has to defend his apostolicity throughout the 2nd Epistle to the Corinthians, starting in chapter 6, he makes no appeal to his credentials or office-bearing as such but instead points to the charismatic proof of his suffering and ministerial fruit."

This is not in any way cited out of context, nor is there any additional material on this specific point either in support or for further explanation.

Read more at On Behalf of All

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