Tuesday, January 22, 2008

#4: Historic Anglicanism is reformed

Please read the introductory posts HERE.

#4 without a commentary:

'However, fourth, "historic" Anglicanism is reformed, articulating the great biblical insights of the reformers Luther and Calvin, that sinners, which all people as the offspring of Adam are, are righteous before God "only for the merit of Christ, the sacrifice for sin", not on account of their works, or deservings. (Articles 9, 11).

Only two sacraments or signs of effectual grace - baptism and the Lord's Supper - are recognised, both of which were ordained by the Lord Jesus Christ, both of which take their character from the gospel. (Article 25).

These sacraments, however, are seen as having a significant place in this church. Both are subject of significant liturgies, that of the Lord's Supper reaching great heights of theology and devotion. Their high place within Anglican order is secured by the simple instrumentality whereby the one called and sent to teach the congregation - the priest/minister - is the one who administers these effectual signs.'


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1 comment:

Warren Dodson said...

This use of the word "reformed" might be a little idiosyncratic, but it does capture something I appreciate about historic Anglicanism. While historic Anglicanism might have included a consensus on at least a moderate form of Calvinism, it kept the main thing the main thing. Stressing the full, perfect, and sufficient work of Christ is what is truly essential. If we agree on that, we can disagree on many of the particulars of soteriology while enjoying rich fellowship. If we are bold about what is essential, we can be more humble about much else.