EPISCOPALIAN TRADITION / WORD GOD
1. The church should be governed by one bishop who rules over a diocese of several local churches.
2. The twelve "great facts of the Apostles' Creed" are to be obeyed.
(J. P. Norris, Catechism and Prayer Book,p.9).
3. What the parents promise for the child at his or her baptism, the child is bound to believe and obey.
4. A person must obey the Ten Commandments as recorded in Exodus chapter 20, because his parents bound it upon him at baptism...as well as the "Apostles'Creed." (Norris, Ibid.).
5. Christ taught us the "Lord's Prayer" and we should pray it today, including "Thy Kingdom come," because the kingdom only came "imperfectly" on the Day of Pentecost...it is a prayer for church extension and for Second-Advent.
6. "Forms of prayers" are recommended by the Lord. (Norris,p.42).
7. After the Hampton Court Conference (1604), two sacraments are held to be "necessary to salvation" - Baptism and the Supper of the Lord.
"Sacrament is an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace given unto us". Baptism makes infants children of Christ; imparts remission of sins.
(Ibid., p. 50-51, and Book of Common Prayer, p. 230).
8. Infants are born in sin, in a state of sin, inherited from their parents ..."being by nature born in sin and the children of wrath" (Ibid., p. 51, 62).
9. "Immersion is the rule of the church, and baptism by affusion (pouring water over the child's head) is the exception ...but practically affusion had become adopted and immersion seldom desire.
10. "Confirmation is the connecting link between the sacraments. It looks backward to Baptism, and forward to Holy Communion ...possibly from the first called 'Communion'!" (Ibid.,p.233).
Evangelists could baptize but only apostles could confirm, and the Holy Spirit was given at confirmation, not at baptism. (Ibid., p.234-5).
Candidates for Confirmation are required to acknowledge, renew and ratify their baptism obligations made by their parents for them when in infancy.
11. Christ died to reconcile God to man.
(Article 2, Prayer Book).
VIII. Name Lutheran
Luther did not approve:
"I pray you leave my name alone and not to call yourselves Lutherans but Christians. (Life of Luther, Michelet, p.262).
1.In the Bible, never was one bishop or overseer over several churches. The "Diocesan Episcopacy" was unknown.
2. Elder and bishop are two names for the same office in the New Testament. Acts 20:17, 28; Titus 1:5-7; I Peter 5:1-3
3. A plurality of elders (also called bishops, overseers,presbyters, shepherds, pastors) guided the local body of believers; there is no case of one man over a plurality of churches. See Acts 14:23; 15:2, 22, 23; 16:4; Philippians 1:1-2; I Timothy 3:1-7;5:17.
1. The Bible and the Bible only is the Christian's rule of faith and practice.
2 John 9-11; II Timothy 3:16-17.
2.The 'Apostle's Creed' , so called, was not written by the apostles.
1. Every person is accountable for his own choices and his own deeds. (See arguments under Presbyterianism
where Calvinism is discussed.)
2. No Bible passage authorizes a father or mother to make promises for what a child shall believe or obey. Beware of doctrines and commanments of men that make void the word of God! Matthew 15:7-9; Mark 7:6-7.
1. A person who endeavors to be justified by the law given by Moses is "severed from Christ" and "fallen away from grace," Galatians 5:4; 2 Corinthians 3:7-11; Galatians 3:24-25.
2. The law was taken away, changed. Colossians 2:14-17; Hebrews 7:12; 10:1-4.
1.Disciples were never instructed after the Day of Pentecost to petition God that the kingdom might come in any sense whatsoever . The kingdom "came with power" on that Day; nothing failed that God designed for it. Isaiah 2:2-4;Mark 9:1; Acts 1:8; 2:1-47.
1. Our prayers are not to be stereotyped, lip-service, such as is characterized by memorized prayers..Matthew 6:1,5-15; Mark 7: 5-13.
2. The Lord's Prayer is recorded in John chapter 17. Obviously he did not intend that any prayer be a repetition of mechanical memorized utterances of the lips.
1. Sacraments is a word not found in the Bible,but let us here for the sake of conversation used the word regarding Baptism as administered by them is sprinkling or pouring water upon an infant for his salvation.
2. Much water required. John 3:23.
3. Went into water. Acts 8:38
4. Were buried in water. Colossians 2:12; Romans 6:3-4.
5. Came up out of water. Acts 8:39. (Never was water brought to a person for baptism in the early church times).
6. If water is all a person receives in baptism for his salvation, then this would be 'water salvation' as some talk about. This is all a baby receives for it if he is too young to be taught, to believe, to repent, to confess.
7. Faith and repentance are pre-requisites for all candidates of baptism. Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38.
*Special note: We must be very careful when baptizing small children. They may not be mature enough to understand the requirements of salvation. At young ages many get baptized because of pressure of adults or other peers. This is NOT bible baptism...just getting wet.
Baptize infants Unbiblical
1. Infants do not sin. Romans 4:15.
2. Sin is transgression of law.
3. Sin is always an act of the mind and body, hence cannot be transferred to or inherited by another. James 1:14-15.
4. Children do not bear the guilt of their parents' sin. Ezekiel 18:17 - and also chapter 33.
5. Children are a gift from God. Matthew 18:3; Mark 10:14.
6. Of such is the kingdom God. Matthew 18:3, 10; Mark 10:14.
7. People go astray; are not born astray. Psalms 14:3; Isaiah 59:2.
8. We are the offspring of God. Acts 17:29
9. God is the Father of our Spirits. Hebrews . 12:9.
1. There is one baptism. Ephesians 4:5.
2. Baptism is a burial in water (see above)
3. Traditions of men are self-condemned and those who worship thereby are doing so in vain, said our Lord (Matthew 15:1-9).
1. Those whose faith was confirmed were already Christians, having been previously baptized as adults 22;15:41; 8:5-20.
2. It was never a "service" or ceremony for children at a set age who had come to an age of responsibility or accountability. The unwarranted practice of infant baptism left a void in the person's life ordinarily filled by baptism of his own choosing and as a result of his own instruction and faith at a time when he reached an age of accountability.
3. The Holy Spirit is given to all those who obey Christ based on the teachings of Christ and from the heart, at baptism. Acts 2:38; 5:32;Romans 6:3-4;17-18.
4. When disciples were confirmed in the early church it was simply a strengthening , encouraging, etc,; it was never accompanied by a "first communion", obviously a purely human arrangement "after the precepts of men." Those so practice truly make void God's truth regarding true baptism to which every accountable person should and would have access, were it not for the "doctrines and commandments of men."
1. The opposite is true: Christ came to reconcile us to the Father. We were in need of being brought back, 2 Corinthians 5:18-19; Romans 5:10.
1. Acts 4:12. No other name.
2. I Peter 4:16. If you suffer as a Christian (not Episcopalian )
3. Acts 26:28. "...Almost thou persuadest me to be a (Episcopalian) no the Bible says Christian. Paul like the other Christians in the first century church established by Christ persuaded people to be just Christians...not hyphenated Christian names.