JWs & Apostolic Succession

JWs & Apostolic Succession

There are 11 comments on the Free Republic story from Jun 19, 2014, titled JWs & Apostolic Succession. In it, Free Republic reports that:

Jehovah's Witnesses accept the existence of authority in the early Church, but reject apostolic succession and fail to provide the link between their claim to authority today and the Apostles.

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EvidenceMan

Plymouth, MA

#1 Jun 25, 2014
To whom it may concern...There is NO such link. J W know that the holy spirit of God can rejuvenate the line of humans at any time. The apostles were the Sent Forth ones that paved the way of the establishment of the early Christian Church and the holy spirit to this day still operates as it did 2000 years ago. No need for a pope or a top human to function as Gods mouth piece. The Bible does that for all right hearted people and the spirit delivers them into a community of well serving Christians. Why do we need a human spokesman when we have the Lord Jesus, the Christ of God the Father....Your response please.
Dan

United States

#2 Jun 25, 2014
"Why do we need a human spokesman when we have the Lord Jesus, the Christ of God the Father....Your response please. "

OK.

If there isn't any need for a human spokesman, and the Bible (a book does this?) delivers right-hearted people into a community of well serving Christians, then it follows that JW's can and should:

Shut down all the Kingdom Halls

Go home, study the Bible yourselves

....and quit ringing my doorbell.

Stop acting like you're God's mouthpieces.

Since: Aug 09

Location hidden

#3 Jun 25, 2014
EvidenceMan wrote:
To whom it may concern...There is NO such link. J W know that the holy spirit of God can rejuvenate the line of humans at any time. The apostles were the Sent Forth ones that paved the way of the establishment of the early Christian Church and the holy spirit to this day still operates as it did 2000 years ago. No need for a pope or a top human to function as Gods mouth piece. The Bible does that for all right hearted people and the spirit delivers them into a community of well serving Christians. Why do we need a human spokesman when we have the Lord Jesus, the Christ of God the Father....Your response please.
The same reason they needed the apostles an older men at Acts 15. The same reason Paul sent letters to congregations admonishing Christians, encouraging them, etc. The same reason Jesus told Peter to feed his sheep.

Since: Aug 09

Location hidden

#4 Jun 25, 2014
EvidenceMan wrote:
To whom it may concern...There is NO such link. J W know that the holy spirit of God can rejuvenate the line of humans at any time. The apostles were the Sent Forth ones that paved the way of the establishment of the early Christian Church and the holy spirit to this day still operates as it did 2000 years ago. No need for a pope or a top human to function as Gods mouth piece. The Bible does that for all right hearted people and the spirit delivers them into a community of well serving Christians. Why do we need a human spokesman when we have the Lord Jesus, the Christ of God the Father....Your response please.
FYI the governing body of Jehovah's Witnesses do not claim to be direct successors of the apostles in the bible.
jace

Agawam, MA

#5 Jun 25, 2014
Duh-boy wrote:
<quoted text>FYI the governing body of Jehovah's Witnesses do not claim to be direct successors of the apostles in the bible.
But they wield more authority than the apostles despite never being inspired to write anything

Now that is a cool trick
They say

"We ain't like the apostle but you just got to treat what We say as you would the voice of god "

Whenever you show a nonjw that this is what the men who oversee the wt publications say

they find it absolutely fascinating that journalist for any publication makes SUV a claim

And not in a good way either
EvidenceMan

Plymouth, MA

#6 Jun 25, 2014
Duh-boy wrote:
<quoted text>
FYI the governing body of Jehovah's Witnesses do not claim to be direct successors of the apostles in the bible.
@ Duhboy......apparently you're a kid who doesn't read or fully understand my comment.
My advice to you...go back to school and pay attention to comprehensive written material.

Since: Aug 09

Location hidden

#7 Jun 26, 2014
jace wrote:
<quoted text>
But they wield more authority than the apostles despite never being inspired to write anything
Now that is a cool trick
They say
"We ain't like the apostle but you just got to treat what We say as you would the voice of god "
Whenever you show a nonjw that this is what the men who oversee the wt publications say
they find it absolutely fascinating that journalist for any publication makes SUV a claim
And not in a good way either
No they don't wield more power.

Since: Aug 09

Location hidden

#8 Jun 26, 2014
EvidenceMan wrote:
<quoted text>
@ Duhboy......apparently you're a kid who doesn't read or fully understand my comment.
My advice to you...go back to school and pay attention to comprehensive written material.
The pot calling the kettle black. Clearly you don't understand what I said.
jace

District Heights, MD

#9 Jun 27, 2014
Duh-boy wrote:
<quoted text>No they don't wield more power.
When a man can tell you how to make love to you wife or lose God favor
Perhaps you do not consider that as wielding power over you

I am glad that you are willing to show nonjw that you don't consider as going beyond both the bible and you as a husband

You see when you explain. This to nonjw they are already familiar with denominations that members are told when they can sleep with THIER wives
And they realized how foolish this is

Be they get to learn how Jw leaders also wade into this personal members private life

Like you said

You don't consider that as wielding power over you

Now the nonjw gets to decide dies he agree that ones church should tell couples how to make love as if it's ANY IF THEIR BUSINESS

see my approach is not so much to argue with you but for you to confirm
What I say about your religion

Thz

It's like shooting fish in a Barrel
EvidenceMan

Plymouth, MA

#10 Jun 28, 2014
Duh-boy wrote:
<quoted text>
FYI the governing body of Jehovah's Witnesses do not claim to be direct successors of the apostles in the bible.
DURRRRR!!!!=Really. woww your brilliant guy...Who told you that?
little lamb

South Yarra, Australia

#11 Jun 28, 2014
We are built upon Christ and the Apostles, and we are told ' no other foundation can be laid'

So we have to be careful how we build on the original foundation.

That means if any man comes and tries to shift the foundation out from under your feet...

you just say

" Jesus and his Apostles have recorded a commandment for us to follow and you have no authority to nullify it..you only have authority to encourage our faith in the foundation laid.

They either take the lead in imitating Christ and the Apostles ..or the set a different foundation and become a false Christ.

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