and after they are silent, James answered, saying, 'Men, brethren, hearken to me;
Acts 15:13 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
James answered - He was evidently president of the council, and is generally called bishop of Jerusalem. The rest either argued on the subject, or gave their opinion; James alone pronounced the definitive sentence. Had Peter been prince and head of the apostles, and of the Church, he would have appeared here in the character of judge, not of mere counsellor or disputant. Thy popish writers say that "James presided because the council was held in his own church." These men forget that there was not then what they term a Church on the face of the earth. The Church, or assembly of believers, then met in private houses; for there was no building for the exclusive purpose of Christian worship then, nor till long after. These writers also forget that the pope pretends to be the head of the catholic or universal Church; and, consequently, no man can preside where he is present, but himself. Peter did not preside here; and this was the first ecclesiastical council, and now, if ever, he should have assumed his character of prince and chief; but he did not; nor did any of the other apostles invite him to it, which they would have done had they thought that Jesus Christ constituted him head of the Church. From this very circumstance there is the most demonstrative evidence that Peter was no pope, and that the right of his pretended successor is a nonentity.
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1 Corinthians 14:30-33 If any thing be revealed to another that sits by, let the first hold his peace...
James 1:19 Why, my beloved brothers, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:
Acts 12:17 But he, beckoning to them with the hand to hold their peace, declared to them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison...
Acts 21:18 And the day following Paul went in with us to James; and all the elders were present.
Mark 15:40 There were also women looking on afar off: among whom was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the less and of Joses...
Galatians 1:19 But other of the apostles saw I none, save James the Lord's brother.
Galatians 2:9,12 And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given to me...
James 1:1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.
Acts 2:14,22,29 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said to them, You men of Judaea, and all you that dwell at Jerusalem...
Acts 7:2 And he said, Men, brothers, and fathers, listen; The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham, when he was in Mesopotamia...
Acts 22:1 Men, brothers, and fathers, hear you my defense which I make now to you.
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