At Baptism, among other things, a child is named. So what about those who later get a new name along with a new gender? Some LGBT activists in churches are urging the adoption of a new service “akin to baptism” to mark and to formally bless transgender transitions.
Officials of the Church of England have tabled a proposal to that effect. The General Synod meeting next week will NOT change church teachings about sexuality, it has been announced, and will NOT change the definition of marriage to allow for same-sex weddings.
But transgender re-baptisms, naming ceremonies, or the equivalent, are on the agenda of progressive church activists in many denominations. They are already happening, as a Google search will show.
How does this show a misunderstanding of Baptism? [Read more…]