Friday, September 25, 2009
Sometimes Them Lections Makes Ya Think!
I've been thinking about the readings from the Hebrew scriptures and the Gospel for this coming Sunday (I'm still using the BCP lectionary; too cheap to purchase an entire set of the RCL and we don't have to use it here in Panama), and the message I get is "no one gets to decide through whom the Holy Spirit will do Her work." So, I'm thinking, "how does Apostolic Succession fit in with this?" Besides the fact that AS doesn't hold up historically, I see it as an attempt to control the Holy Spirit. We invoke the Holy Spirit at ordinations, and, I will admit, that in my case I felt it was a very sacred and holy moment, but the only way we really know that the Holy Spirit descended, IMHO, is by the fruits of the Holy Spirit in the person's ministry.
When I was in seminary I took a class on "Anglican Holy Orders" with the Great Louis Weil. One of my annoying classmates was going on and on about Apostolic Succession, and I said, "Are you saying that my grandfather, who was a pastor in the Assemblies of God and served as a missionary in China and the Philippine Islands, starting churches and training local clergy in the 1930's when all the Western Churches were only using Europeans and North Americans, wasn't doing God's work because some guy with a pointy hat didn't put his hands on his head?" Said classmate had no response, but the Great Louis Weil said, "Michael, Apostolic Succession has more to do with butts in seats than hands on heads."
So, wadda YOU think? Apostolic Succession: Holy Spirit pipeline or buncha hooey? Or merely butts on seats?
Also, no Friday Red Mr. Peanut Bank and Gallito Mescalito Blogging 'cuz I'm just not into it right now.
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