The Creeds

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  • http://theoldadam.com/ theoldadam

    Every word of the Creeds comes out of Scripture. It all reflects orthodox, biblical Christianity.

    Baptism is commanded by Jesus. If He’s not at work in our baptisms, then Jesus was quite the joker.

    No…our Lord was, and is not into empty religious ritual, just for kicks.

    St. Paul knew it. Read Romans 6. And Galatians. “Those of you who have been baptized have put on Christ.” It doesn’t mention anything there about our commitment, or our seriousness.

    He is serious. He is committed. And He is the One who Baptizes us.

  • http://faithnetworkcommunity.net Ian Forest-Jones

    I will join with the others in looking forward your thoughts, Frank, on baptism.
    It is indeed a thorny topic as some hold that baptism is effective for imparting grace and others that it is merely symbolic of grace imparted. As a recovering member of the Salvation Army, I am now disposed to take a middle ground between these three positions: Baptism is effective in imparting grace in that an individual is making a statement that warms God’s heart, publicly declaring that have been restored to and reconciled with God already, and is a worthwhile statement to make.

  • Steve

    What is a recovering Lutheran?

  • Whipsnard

    As a recovering Lutheran, I am like Steve in thought about the Nicene Creed statement, “… one baptism for the remission of sins.” I look forward to your thoughts, Frank.

  • Patricia

    I basically believe the creeds are true; however, as Jeremy Myers got into awhile ago, they weren’t written in English and where the Apostles Creed is translated as Jesus descended into hell it should more accurately be He descended into Hades (or the grave). Makes more sense to me that way.

  • Rick

    Amen.

  • Frank Viola

    The connection between baptism and the “remission of sins” comes from the book of Acts. I will post about this in the near future. You may want to subscribe to the blog if you’re not already so you don’t miss it. Thx. for the question.

  • Steve

    May I ask a question? The Nicene Creed ends with the following line, “I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins.” Many would look upon that as affirming baptismal regeneration or sacramental baptism, which doesn’t sit right with everybody. What are your thoughts on that?


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