By Rev. Dr. Curian Kaniyamparambil
The argument is that the word 'ordained' is not used, but that the word used is 'appointed'. Please refer to any standard versions like the KJV or Scofied, and you will find that the word ordained is used. In some new translations they have used the word appointed instead of ordained. Purposely altering a word will not change the truth. Furthermore, altering His words is a grave sin.
By laying their hands on the people who were to be ordained. Here are the references. They chose seven deacons... Whom they set before the apostles; and when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them. (Acts 6:6)
St. Paul to Timothy "therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. (2 Tim 1:6)
Again to Timothy "Do not lay your hands on anyone hastily" (1 Tim 5:22)
It is therefore obvious that for a Christian appointment to receive the Holy Spirit, an authority has to lay his hands. This is what the Bible and the apostolic tradition teaches, and this is what the Church practiced from the 1st century till this date.
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