Let’s for 1 minute consider what you are proposing.
So who had the keys originally? From scripture we know it was St. Peter.
He is obviously dead.
we have 2 possible scenarios.
1.- He took the keys with him back to Heaven
2.- He passed them on to his successor.
So per your question… HOW would mr. Smith get ahold of the keys?
Did he get them by succession? :rolleyes: apparently not.
So he could only get them from Heaven.
So when St. Peter was given the Keys we have witnesses present and we also have written record of this being so.
Matthew 16:19 And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven. And whatever you shall bind on earth shall be bound, even in heaven. And whatever you shall release on earth shall be released, even in heaven.”
16:20 **Then he instructed his disciples that they should tell no one that he is Jesus the Christ. **
Do we have any evidence from mr. Smith side?
Don’t think so.
Further if St. Peter had taken the keys back to Heaven, Jesus’s Church was left to it’s own devices for 1700 years. Hardly a wise thing to do for someone who promised to be with His Church untill the end of the Universe.
The keys are “Authority” If St. Peter took them with him he left a Church with NO authority. :rolleyes: Preposterous!