Anglicans’ Revised Baptismal Rite Makes No Mention of Sin

The Anglican church has begun implementation of a new version of the church’s baptism service.  In the watered down version, there is no more “repenting sins” and no more mention of the devil for parents and godparents at baptism services in Anglican churches.  There’s also no more “submitting” (as in “Do you submit to Christ the Lord?”) because people—women especially—don’t like to submit nowadays.

Around 1,000 Anglican churches are utilizing a new trial version of the traditional Anglican baptism service which eliminates key phrases such as “Do you reject the devil and all rebellion against God?” and “Do you repent of the sins that separate us from God and neighbor?”

Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali, Visiting Bishop in the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina, told the Daily Mail that the new baptismal formula will be used on a trial basis until Easter 2014, at which time it may become permanent.  The formula has the approval of Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, leader of the world’s 80 million Anglicans.

Bishop Nazir-Ali accused the Episcopal Church—from which the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina has formally separated—of a “constant dumbing down of Christian teaching”.  He told the Daily Mail:

“Instead of explaining what baptism means and what the various parts of the service signify, its solution is to do away with key elements of the service altogether.  Rather than the constant ‘dumbing down’ of Christian teaching, whether for baptism, marriage or death, we should be spending time preparing people for these great rites of passage.  It is best to call a halt to this perhaps well-meant effort before it further reduces the fullness of the Church’s faith to easily-swallowed soundbites.”

This is not the first time that well-meaning Christians have abandoned the Scriptures in order to be friendly and “inclusive” toward people of other faiths.

I am reminded of a story that surfaced two years ago regarding new, “inoffensive” translations of the Scriptures by three Bible translation organizations:  Wycliffe Bible Translators, Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL), and Frontiers.  In 2012 those organizations produced new Bible translations which changed the baptismal formula to:

“Go ye therefore into all the nations, baptizing them in the name of Allah, his Messiah and his Holy Spirit.”

The editors noted that the customary Christian reference to the Trinity was offensive to Muslims; and the new translation eliminated any reference to God as three-in-one.

Click here for the full story of that misguided attempt at appeasement which hides the real meaning of the Gospel from people who need to hear the story.

And 2011 must have been a big year for baptisms:  That’s the year I wrote about the little girl who was baptized in the Stanley Cup.

 

  • http://www.exclusivechurch.com/ Lorenzo Fernandez-Vicente

    So a disgruntled retired conservative bishop is quoted by a tabloid, you do not bother to check on the site of the church of England and you hurry to bear false witness for such is your love for your Christian brothers and sisters. Who’d be a Roman Catholic.

    • kathyschiffer

      Well, Lorenzo, I read two articles posted today in major news sources. If you’d like to enlighten me, I will be pleased to receive your information.

      Also, he is not a “retired bishop.” He is a bishop in the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina, which is no longer in union with the Anglican communion.

      • http://www.exclusivechurch.com/ Lorenzo Fernandez-Vicente

        “He is a bishop in the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina.” Exactly, and thus with a serious amount of animus against the church which he left. Would you quote a Lefebvrist as a reliable source of information on your own church? Furthermore, allowing a ‘lighter’ form of what is called the Decision in Anglican rites, which does not mention the Devil explicitly but simply a rejection of “evil” has been going on since the introduction of the Alternative Service Book in the 1970′s (now replaced by Common Worship since the year 2000). It is allowed ‘where there are strong pastoral reasons.’ Why contend with this some fifty years after the facts?

      • http://www.exclusivechurch.com/ Lorenzo Fernandez-Vicente

        He retired from the diocese of Rochester here in England, then decided that we were unorthodox and went into schism, whilst still drawing a pension from the Church of England. Integrity incarnate.

      • http://www.exclusivechurch.com/ Lorenzo Fernandez-Vicente

        As for your claim that there’s also no more “submitting” (as in“Do you submit to Christ the Lord?”) because people—women especially—don’t like to submit nowadays, it is blatantly false. There’s no such requirement in the Roman Catholic rite of Baptism either. It was not present in the Book of Common Prayer (either in 1549 or 1662) but was introduced in the contemporary language revisions of the latter and has always been very unpopular among Anglo-Catholics. If you see this promise as part of the Catholic understanding of baptism, please argue your case.

  • http://ashesfromburntroses.blogspot.com/ Manny

    Does the Anglican Church still believe in Christianity? All you Anglicans out there, come over to the RC church where you best fit.

    “Go ye therefore into all the nations, baptizing them in the name of Allah, his Messiah and his Holy Spirit.”
    WHAT??????? That’s not just wrong, that’s sacriledge.

  • http://www.exclusivechurch.com/ Lorenzo Fernandez-Vicente

    As for your claim that there’s also no more “submitting” (as in“Do you submit to Christ the Lord?”) because people—women especially—don’t like to submit nowadays, it is blatantly false. There’s no such requirement in the Roman Catholic rite of Baptism either. It was not present in the Book of Common Prayer (either in 1549 or 1662) but was introduced in the contemporary language revisions of the latter and has always been very unpopular among Anglo-Catholics. If you see this promise as part of the Catholic understanding of baptism, please argue your case.


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