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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Baptism

There are two Sacraments ordained of Christ our Lord in the Gospel, that is to say, Baptism, and the Supper of the Lord.

It is through baptism by water in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost that an individual dies to sin and rises to new life in Christ. Through this rebirth, or regeneration, baptism washes away original sin and opens the door to God’s grace. At baptism, a person is grafted into the Church, the Body of Christ, and becomes a branch of the Vine. Furthermore, in Baptism a visible confirmation is given of God’s forgiveness of the individual’s sins, and one’s adoption as a son of God and an heir of salvation.

Baptism is not only a sign of profession, and mark of difference, whereby Christian men are discerned from others that be not christened, but it is also a sign of Regeneration or New-Birth, whereby, as by an instrument, they that receive Baptism rightly are grafted into the Church; the promises of the forgiveness of sin, and of our adoption to be the sons of God by the Holy Ghost, are visibly signed and sealed, Faith is confirmed, and Grace increased by virtue of prayer unto God. The Baptism of young Children is in any wise to be retained in the Church, as most agreeable with the institution of Christ.

Not every deadly sin willingly committed after Baptism is sin against the Holy Ghost, and unpardonable. Wherefore the grant of repentance is not to be denied to such as fall into sin after Baptism. After we have received the Holy Ghost, we may depart from grace given, and fall into sin, and by the grace of God we may arise again, and amend our lives. And therefore they are to be condemned, which say, they can no more sin as long as they live here, or deny the place of forgiveness to such as truly repent.

3 Comments:

Blogger John14 said...

would you say that this includes all forms? Is a "Believer's Baptism" the same?

12:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This clearly teaches Baptismal Regeneration. I concur!

And please....dont anyone argue over the term "regeneration" as have many. What has the historic Church always taught? That is the answer.

Timotheus

4:58 AM  
Blogger An Anglican Cleric said...

What is posted above in the short piece (a mild reworking of the Articles on the Sacraments and Baptism in particular) is nothing more nor less than the historic Reformed Catholic teaching of the Church of England. The term "regeneration" is clearly defined in its context.

AC+

11:36 AM  

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