Horatius Bonar on the Oxford Movement’s theory of apostolic succession

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No one, indeed, who has studied, or even looked at the creeds of Oxford and Rome, can doubt their essential identity. Their likeness marks the nearness of their kindred. Every year is increasing the resemblance, and it will soon be impossible to discover any feature of difference. Hence the necessity of sounding the alarm.

We shall first of all take up the doctrine of apostolical succession in the ministry. It is maintained by the writers of the Tracts, and their sect, that no man can be a minister of Christ, or hold office in his Church, who has not been ordained by a bishop; which bishop must be able to trace his ordination, in unbroken line, from the apostles themselves. There cannot be a Church of Christ at all where this episcopal and apostolical succession does not exist. They say, that they “are as sure that the bishop is Christ’s representative, as if they actually saw him work miracles, as St Peter and St Paul did.” [Tracts, no. 10, p. 4.] ...

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