What Do Christians Confess?

Just a question: if Christians get upset when “progressives” update the Creed to say things like “Mother-Father” “Jesus Christ, God’s only Child” and baptize people in the name of the “Creator, Redeemer, and Sanctifier” why don’t some of these same Christians take equally seriously the statement in the final part of the Nicene Creed that Christians “believe in one Baptism for the remission of sins.” If the progressives have given up an essential part of Christian doctrine, why have the anti-Sacramentalists not given up something at least as equally fundamental?

The “one, holy, Christian [catholic], and apostolic Church” that we confess is the same Church that confesses faith in “one Baptism for the remission of sins.” Have you not put yourself outside of your own Christian Faith if you deny it?

Timotheos

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7 thoughts on “What Do Christians Confess?

  1. one Baptism for the remission of sins”

    So many people have lost touch with our understanding of Baptism and have relegated it to a ceremony reflecting our choice to come to Christ. Hence the prevalent debates for adult vs. infant baptism. If Baptism really is our choice as adults then Baptism is nothing more than a ceremony, so why make a big deal of it in context of re-writing our confessions?

    Much easier to just excuse or ignore the implications than it is to deal with Jesus telling us that Baptism is not about us coming to Him, but Him coming to us.

    If we can ignore one inconsistency it is easy to ignore others, and then easy to excuse how we redefine our confessions and doctrine.

    But this isn’t new, is it?

  2. The people here at CCF avoid that by just using the Apostles’ Creed. I don’t know if it’s intentional, but that’s the only one I’ve heard here.

  3. I have had this question for many years and no one (even priests) have given a good answer.

    Christians confess to priests thinking that they are forgiven, how does that work? i mean, lets be honest, confessions to another human, and the human then tells us that we are forgiven??? on what authority does this human have to say that we are forgiven, even if he is a priest, surely only God can forgive us and only He deciedes if we are forgiven or not.

    Any reply would be much appreciated.

  4. Pingback: Why Can Humans Forgive? « Balaam’s Ass

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