Peterine authoriy and Pentecostals


Here’s an excerpt from a tract I received today. It was distributed by “Boston United Pentecostal Church, Brighton, MA”

I recommend you save this if you ever talk about Peterine authroity with a Pentecostal or someone from the Assembly of God denomination.

Emphasis is in BOLD, my comments are in RED.

The Book of Acts

Matthew, John, and the other apostles were all present on the Day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit was first given.

**They were all witnesses to Peter’s marvelous message and supported him as he opened the door to salvation **(Acts 2:14) [So wait, Peter OPENED THE DOOR to salvation? Imagine what would happen if a Catholic said this about Peter, or worse yet, Mary!] When the audience cried out under conviction of sins, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?” Peter replied, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost” (Acts 2:38).
Peter had the authority to proclaim the way of entrance into the church, for Christ had given him the “keys to the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 16:19) **[Okay, so why wouldn’t this power have been passed down?] **No one disputed his answer or his authority to give it **Not then, at least. Give it some time.] Repentance was accepted as essential to entering the kingdom. Moreover, the formula Peter gave was not controversial, for the apostles understood the identity of Jesus as the one God manifested int he flesh (Colossians 2:9, I Timothy 3:16). [Peter didn’t give a formula, else he would be contradicting Christ’s command in Matthew. Also, I’ve known some Pentecostals who deny the Trinity.] They realized that He was the embodiment of the eternal Spirit of God, whom He as a man called His Father. Therefore, there was no argument that when Peter commanded water baptism to be administered in the name of Jesus Christ. Finally, the promise of the Holy Ghost was not new since Jesus said that all who believe on Him would receive the Spirit (John 7:38-39).

Peter used the same keys to open the door of salvation to the Gentiles (Acts 10), and they received the same experience that the disciples did on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2). Moreover, the same keys were used in proclaiming the message of salvation to the Samaritans; they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus and filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 8). A few years later, the Apostle Paul rebaptized the disciples of John the Baptiset in the wonderful name of Jesus, and they too received the Spirit and spoke in tongues (Acts 19). Thus, the Book of Acts consistently presents the same keys-the same plan of salvation. [Again, if Peter’s authority was used to preach to all these people, why would that authority have ceased at his death, when so many others need to hear the message? I assume that they don’t believe it was passed on. I’ve never heard of any Pentecostals claiming that their church is the true successor to Peter!]


Is no one else surprised by this?


No, I’m not surprised. I heard something very similar out of an Evangelical’s mouth. I’m not sure if that was his personal opinion or theory, or if he got the idea elsewhere.

If that’s all they said, that’s all they believe. I don’t believe they would validate apostolic succession as we do. Neither would they acknowledge Peter as Pope, and that he ensured a successor to replace him.

It’s seems to me this is a reasonable way of interpreting many verses of scripture without validating Mother Church’s viewpoint. They seem to be willing to go half way.


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