It is difficult to believe that any [humanly-]"ordained" clergyman would have the arrogant audacity to claim that he was an APOSTLE of Christ Jesus in addition to and on par with any one of The Original Twelve Apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ - by the laying on of someone's hands or by any other means! It is true that Christ said to Those Original Twelve that "the sins of those you forgive are forgiven, and the sins of those you retain are retained," but if that is supposedly to be taken to apply to others besides Those Original Twelve, then it would not only apply to Catholic, Episcopal, Anglican, Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian, Covenant, Evangelical Free, Assembly of God, Baptist and similar clergy....but to the entire "priesthood of ALL believers!"
Now, even some pompous-headed false clergy will admit that they are not perfect, but they presumptuously go on to declare that they are still qualified and authorized to bless the bread and wine, distribute it to those subjectively kneeling at the communion rail in front of them, and pronounce sins of the penitent absolved in the name of God, perhaps alluding to Matthew 23:3 which states: "so practice and observe whatever they tell you, but not what they do; for they preach, but do not practice." And of course, we do follow Romans 13:7 which states: "Pay all of them their dues, taxes to whom taxes are due, revenue to whom revenue is due, respect to whom respect is due, honor to whom honor is due."
Clearly, there are many "false apostles" presuming apostolic authority not belonging to them!
"My deaconry can be traced back to Saint Peter." "A very-reverend, quite-reverend, most-reverend, 'duly-ordained,' anglican-catholic, father, priest, bishop, monsignor ceremoniously ordained' me part of THE apostolic succession (thus I am holier than thou and GOD is with me)," I've been canonized by a cardinal," "I been 'touched' by Benny Hinn," and so on. You've heard it before.
Sort of flies in the face of the Lord Jesus in Matthew 23:8 declaring: "But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all brethren." And Christ Jesus in Matthew 23:9 reminding us to "call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven.
"I am of Paul. I am of Apollos." The Apostle Paul expounds upon related quarreling, jealousy, and divisiveness involving partisan and prejudiced disunity condemned in First Corinthians 1:10-17.
As with other particularly-cultic-catholic heresies (but those of some reformed protestants as well), HUMANLY-concocted religious orders (ecclesiastical offices) and HUMANLY-connived "apostolic succession" is nonmistakenly HUMAN-centered......NOT Christ nor Spirit-centered. The strange-to-Scripture and foreign-to-God's-will cultic imposition of "apostolic succession" is a contrived pompous-ego attempt to feign credentials and spiritual-religious credibility by geneology-like and thus non-warranted plagiaristic-like lying and dishonest association with GENUINE human saints, or PURPORTED human saints, or ONE's OWN self-appointed and made-up acclamation....but not the Holy Spirit of Jesus Christ Himself.
It is without argument that Paul was appointed an apostle, both by His affirmation of such in II Timothy 1:11 but also by the record of his brilliant-face-of-Jesus Damascus-road encounter and conversion [Acts 9:1-22]. No where does Scripture indicate that 'disciple' Ananias was an authorized bishop to commission Paul to apostleship by laying on his hands. The laying on of Ananias' hands was merely part of the procedure for Paul to regain his sight - NOT ordain Paul to apostleship.
There are, of course, legitimate humanity-utilized ordinations of genuine ecclesiastical clergy of the Lord. Concordantly, God-through-Paul ordered his saints to ordain godly and Spirit-possessed pastors, teachers, etc:
Do not let churchy language of pseudo-"ordinations" and false-prophet-type "reverends" deceive you. The names of Father, Son, Spirit or Ghost, Jesus, Christ, God, etc. are self-righteously, piously, and underhandedly used by those pseudo-clerics pretending to be angels of light in so-called "ordination" services, along with the magic hocus-pocus-"Spirit"-transfer presumption accompanying and caused by full-body/face-on-the-ground prostration and "laying on of hands."
Admittedly, the New-Testament Authors did themselves commission and require others to continue to commission faithful men [II Timothy 2:1-2]....but not as "generally-infallible" icons to bow down to at communion rails (a super ego trip for those "vested" self-atoners handing out the wafers and wine as they re-crucify/re-sacrifice the body of Christ back to Him.....a rather ridiculous and even blasphemous anti-gospel absurdity, when one really thinks about it).
When Cornelius - who in Acts 10:25-26 had fallen down at the feet of and was going to kiss the big-toe ring of Pope Peter in Divine worship (sarcasm intended) - the Apostle Peter lifted him up with a repugnantly stern and urgent command to: "Stand up; I too am a man." The Apostle John erred by falling down and worshipping an angel in Revelation 22:8-9, but was reprimanded by the angel to instead worship God and keep His Word.
In Revelation 1:6, the Apostle John stated that Jesus Christ has made us PRIESTS to God His Father. U S priests? In I Peter 2:9 the Apostle Peter called the chosen and destined Dispersion exiles (i.e. 'us' - again) a royal PRIESTHOOD. The Spirit makes no discrimination nor distinction about that [Acts 11:12]. The Divine Voice in Acts 11:9 instructs everyone that 'What GOD has cleansed, you must not call common.' And WHO can withstand GOD who gives the same gifts to congregant lay people as was given to the Original Twelve Apostles? [Acts 11:16-18]
As theologian Timothy G. Enloe revealed within the website http://www.gracesermons.com/robbeeee/tim3.html apostolic commissioning was to establish bonafide teaching - NOT offices - of Christ's doctrine. That author also discerned that the foundation of the apostles and prophets with Christ Himself the cornerstone of the building of God's saints mentioned in Ephesians 2:20 is a non-successive entity that is a given from the start and itself does not develop over time - unlike the continuing and growing church-people structure who rest on that foundation.
No where in Scripture are we commanded to make "apostles" of all nations, but instead disciples of all nations....as we continue to ordain and appoint New-Testament-worded bishops, deacons, and elders - the qualifications and disqualifications of who are clearly stated in I Timothy 3:1-14 and Titus 1:5-14. GOD - not MAN - gives gifts of leadership to HIS chosen to be pastors, teachers, miracle-workers, etc. [Ephesians 4:11-14]
Incidently, why do cultic catholics consider Peter to be The First Papal Bishop of Rome, when no where in the New Testament is there any record of Peter ever visiting or residing in Rome? (We do know from the Bible that the Apostle Paul was there).
The dubious claim of non-broken lineage of hands-laid-on transfer of "Spirit Authority" from primary to secondary to tertiary "apostles" is extremely questionable, indeed. Hands-blessed clerics have been and become apostate and heretics, so their remaining Spirit magic (if they ever had any to begin with) to "ordain" others, is debatable. Spirit credentialing has not, does not now, and will never occur by gentic-reproductive-type physical-contact emanations of whatever human body parts, including hands. Let's not get carried away with the holy-cloth superstitions of touching magic hems of garments to cure hemorrhaging, nor relic magic napkins by Dorcas Industries for Peter and Paul to snot in and create healing-magic shadows by. Toenail-clipping relics from Elvis and The Beatles are bad enough.
The purported "apostolic succession" of the catholic church has accumulated such obviously-wrong non-New-Testament heresies as:
(If catholic indulgences (an anti-gospel/anti-atonement means to acquire money for offering-plate coffers) release from purgatory: Pay Up To Free Up?)
The previously-mentioned website points out that a true church (and corresponding authentic clergy therein) will align with Scriptural teachings - not fabricated "apostolic succession" as a litmus test for Divine authorization in determining veracity (or lack of it) of WORTHY celebrants for communion. A TRUE church will teach only what Scripture teaches, and not miss the mark by adhering to religiously-humanistic substitutes like "apostolic succession."
The Apostle Paul rips mandatory seminary ordination and (alleged) "apostolic succession" to shreds in Galatians 1:11-2:16 with reference to his own pre-parish/pre-missionary theological training as a new apostle newly-commissioned directly from Jesus Himself (on the Damascus-road outdoor seminary). And Paul rightfully establishes (or reiterates) his own apostolic credentials in II Cor. 11:1-33 through II Cor. 12:1-12 with understandable boastfulness.
The position of "priest" is typically an OLD-Testament term, and not part of the NEW-Testament church as recorded in the New Testament itself. The meager references to "priests" in the gospels and Acts of the New Testament are to Pharisee/Sadducee Sanhedrin types of the jewish (not Christian) religion. Such certainly are no part of the disciples and saints called Christians (NOT "catholics") for the first time in Acts 11:26. The references to "priests" in the book of Hebrews are generally to OLD-Covenant priests of the jewish religion, and the references to "priests" in I Peter 2:9 and Revelation 1:6 have a generic all-Christian-saints overall inclusiveness. "Rector" is a catholic managerial warden-type term not found in the Bible. The Word of God does not mention "cardinals" with reference to either ecclesia or birds. "Monsignor" sounds like Spanish or Mexican nobility.
Judaizers insisting on their artificial terms of "deacon, bishop, priest" and so on relish the display of their legalistic ritualism of all types of make-crosses-in-the-air, genuflecting types....worshipping the indirect, the things, the relics, and not the invisible presence of the Holy Spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ...according to their whims-at-the-moment, often-confusing/frequently-disruptive capreciousness.
Characteristic of the concept of "apostolic succession" is the factor of supreme human authority. Unconditional submission to governing authorities mentioned in Romans 13:1-7 can be taken too far, and must be balanced out by the "we must obey God rather than men" of Acts 4:19-20 and especially Acts 5:29-32. To impose or presume authority of humans who God does not establish nor authorize in the Spirit is not only heretical, but blasphemous and results in hideous and obnoxious human-worship idolatry.
Do you recall how the King James Version blasphemously misworded II Kings 5:3 in misrepresenting the Israelite girl's misstatement of:
GOD my lord? Was she thus calling Naaman her master "GOD" - or instead inferring that God was not with Elijah His prophet? Neither, to be sure! Even a little Hebrew girl knew enough to not call any human being "GOD!"
A similar 20th-century misappropriation of authority is the ridiculous pope/bishop-is-infallible Hitlerian-Nazi absurdity:
After all, does not one sacred Bible verse order us to "Obey your [sinfully wicked] leaders and submit to them [and their evil godless directives]....(sarcasm intended) per Hebrews 13:17 and Jude 1:8-11?
Interesting that the Apostle Peter tells us that the Spirit is given to those who obey Christ and His doctrines (not those "ordained" ceremoniously or declared "ordained" by State licensing bureaucrats or fake religious archibishop/bishop-type clergy).