Power of the keys


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(Eccl.) the authority claimed by the ministry in some Christian churches to administer the discipline of the church, and to grant or withhold its privileges; - so called from the declaration of Christ, "I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven."
- Matt. xvi. 19.

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By the entire promise, a man submits to the Power of the Keys.
These are laws which require personal compliance with the Power of the Keys at every degree of hierarchical responsibility, from deacons, as ordinary ministers of the Holy Eucharist, from priests on up.
Chapters one and two discuss the theological core of Bucer's thought in the 1520s, his reaction to the late medieval practice of penance (common to Protestants generally), and the counter view of the power of the keys as the proclamation of the gospel (also shared with other Protestants, although more Zwinglian in its expression at this time than in Bucer's later development).