So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Church of England abandons doctrine of God... again.

The General Assembly of the Church of England has tossed aside a report on human sexuality in "a rebuff to bishops following almost three years of intense internal discussion and intractable divisions" (The Guardian).
The C of E’s synod, meeting in London this week, voted on Thursday to effectively reject the report, which upholds traditional teaching that marriage is a lifelong union of a man and a woman.—The Guardian
Any time that people think they can vote out the revealed doctrine of God, as if that were actually permissible for a group that calls itself Christian, one can be certain that said folk are, if not Christian, definitely post-Christian. They are, in a word, deceived; they are more disciples of the devil than Christ. No one can serve two masters.

They, no matter how much their worship resembles the liturgies or spiritual devotions of Catholics, or how much the theological language they use mimics the Christian vocabulary, are not of the company of the Lord Jesus Christ. Let us hope that any faithful remnant among Anglicans desiring to be in communion with Christ's Church will come home to Rome (as members of the Ordinariate already have done, leading the way for others) to save their souls from the tyranny of liberal religion.

"Churches", i.e., ecclesial communities, that appropriate to themselves the authority to change Jesus' doctrine, no matter how seemingly pious or spiritual or charismatic or "Bible-believing" or evangelical they might otherwise appear to be, are not Christian. When the same folk baptize people into their cults, they baptize those whom they have deceived into cesspools of heresy. Their baptism may be valid, but their spiritual homes are derelict barges listing to the side of sin, the flesh and the devil.
For a sacrament to be valid, three things have to be present: the correct form, the correct matter, and the correct intention. With baptism, the correct intention is to do what the Church does, the correct matter is water, and the correct form is the baptizing "in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit" (Matt. 28:19).
Unfortunately, not all religious organizations use this form. In fact, Jehovah’s Witnesses sometimes use no formula at all in their baptisms, and an even larger group, the "Jesus Only" Pentecostals, baptize "in the name of Jesus." As a result, the baptisms of these groups are invalid; thus, they are not Christian, but pseudo-Christian.—Catholic Answers
Heretics and schismatics can baptize validly as long as those three things are present. Baptism in the Mormon religion, however, and for example, is invalid because their god is not the God of Christianity (cf. Consult also: St Matthew 28:19; and

Those so-called "Christian" groups that claim to teach the Gospel while emptying it of its truth by preaching that people who aspire to live as faithful disciples of Jesus Christ may divorce and (without benefit of a decree of nullity regarding a previous union) remarry, or practice another sinful lifestyle (such as the unmarried living together and fornicating, or teach that married couples may use artificial contraception) are houses of lies, hotels of vice and spiritual slums. Pray the light of Christ may shine into those dark places and lead home souls deceived by the rhetoric of the devil.

All true Christians are conservative, i.e., conservers of Tradition, the Tradition of Jesus Christ. To be Christian is to be a conserver of Tradition (2 Thess 2:15). There is none more liberated than the disciple who keeps (conserves, observes) the commandments of Jesus Christ.
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he will give you another Counselor, to be with you for ever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him; you know him, for he dwells with you, and will be in you.
“I will not leave you desolate; I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the world will see me no more, but you will see me; because I live, you will live also. In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. He who has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me; and he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.” Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to us, and not to the world?” Jesus answered him, “If a man loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. He who does not love me does not keep my words; and the word which you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me.—St John 14:15-24

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