Thursday, May 31, 2007

Anglican Doctrinal Basis

Chris Watson Lee has composed a Doctrinal Basis for the Church of England, modelled on the UCCF one but derived from Anglican documents:

The doctrine of the Church of England is grounded in the Holy Scriptures… In particular such doctrine is to be found in the Thirty-nine Articles of Religion, the Book of Common Prayer, and the Ordinal.

a.There is but one living and true God… And in unity of this Godhead there be three Persons… the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.
b. God [is] of infinite power, wisdom, and goodness; the maker and preserver of all things.[He] hast caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning We bless [Him]… for [His] inestimable love in… redemption [He is the] most worthy judge eternal.
c. The Scripture… is the word of the living GOD… His infallible word.[The] Holy Scriptures containeth all things necessary to salvation: so that whatsoever is not read therein, nor may be proved thereby, is not to be required of any man, that it should be believed as an article of the faith, or be thought requisite or necessary to salvation.
d. The fault and corruption of the nature of every man that naturally is engendered of the offspring of Adam, whereby man is… of his own nature inclined to evil… and therefore in every person born into this world… deserveth God’s wrath and damnation.
e. The Son… begotten from everlasting of the Father, the very and eternal God… took Man’s nature in the womb of the blessed Virgin… so that two whole and perfect Natures… the Godhead and Manhood, were joined together in one Person… [The] Christ, very God, and very Man; who truly suffered, was crucified, dead and buried.[He] was made like unto us in all things, sin only except, from which He was clearly void Christ did truly rise again from death, and took again His body, with flesh, bones, and… He ascended into heaven, and there sitteth [and] liveth and reigneth… now and for ever.
f. Christ… was crucified, dead… to reconcile His Father to us, and to be a sacrifice not only for original guilt, but also for all actual sins of men. [The] offering of Christ once made is the perfect redemption, propitiation, and satisfaction for all the sins of the whole world, both original and actual, and there is none other satisfaction for sin but that alone. For our sins this most innocent Lamb was driven to death… he suffered the penalty of them himself, to deliver us.Christ… is the only Mediator between God and man.
g. We are accounted righteous before God, only for the merit of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ by faith, and not for our own works or deservings… we are justified by faith only. And this justification… we so receive of GOD’S mercy. The merits of Christ’s death and passion, who became man for our sake… if we have… faith… shall be as truly imputed unto us for righteousness.
h. It is the holy Ghost, and no other thing, that doth quicken the minds of men. Man… cannot turn and prepare himself, by his own natural strength and good works, to faith and calling upon God… without the grace of God by Christ preventing us that we may have a good will.
i. [The] sundry offices proper unto… the holy Ghost [are] to sanctify and regenerate… He do also dwell and abide in [the born again]. By His Spirit working in due season… they be made like the image of His only-begotten Son Jesus Christ; they walk religiously in good works. By the mighty power of the holy Ghost… the… Gospel… may be truly preached.
j. The… holy Catholick Church [is the] body of Christ. The visible Church of Christ is a congregation of faithful men.
k. Jesus Christ… shall come to judge the quick and the dead.Our manifold sins and wickedness… provok[e] most justly [God’s] wrath and indignation against us, [there is] condemnation to death everlasting, by [people’s] own sin. God, our heavenly Father… hath promised forgiveness of sins to all them that with hearty repentance and true faith turn unto him… and bring [them] to everlasting life.