A Blasphemous Abuse of Baptism

 

The Church of England, according to a report from the ChristianNews.Net will begin a baptism-style celebration for transgenders announcing their new sexual identity.

“The apostatized Church of England,” wrote Heather Clark on CNN, “has released new guidance for “parishes planning services to help transgender people mark their transition,” a move that has raised concerns among those who were already worried about the direction of the denomination.”

In a news release, the Church of England both encouraged and welcomed “the affirmation of trans people.” They equated it with diversity in the Body of Christ “into which all Christians have been baptized by one Spirit.”

Among various guidelines for such a baptismal service, “the Clergy are further advised to be respectful of preferred gender pronouns, even if those pronouns do not correspond with reality.”

In response, various opponents of this announcement have expressed their objections including Andrea Williams of Christian Concern, who serves as a lay member of the General Synod. Earlier this year in an open letter she urged Christians to “defend the gospel against threats from without and within.”

“Today’s guidance continues the Church of England’s devastating trajectory towards an outright denial of God and his word,” by undermining what it means to be baptized and to identify with him through baptism,” Williams lamented.

Baptism connects a person to Christ, William noted. “Using an affirmation of baptism to celebrate a gender transition turns this upside down by encouraging people to follow their own feelings and live in identities contrary to how God created them.”

“It is not loving to mislead people – and wider society – into the falsehoods and myths of transgender ideology,” said Williams.

The Bible teaches baptism is a beautiful symbol of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The apostle Paul put it this way.

“Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his” (Rom 6:3-6, ESV).

Baptism is an integral part of Christ’s commission to “go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mk. 16:15).

In baptism, our sins are washed away by the blood of Christ (Ax 22:16: Rev. 1:5). We are “baptized into one body (1 Cor 12:13), and thus enjoy a relationship with Jesus Christ as a child of God (Gal 3:26).

Apparently, The Church of England has misapplied Paul’s statement in the Galatian letter.

“For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Gal. 3:26-28).

This passage is not denying gender identify, but celebrating the unity that all believers have in Christ. Barriers have been broken down. There is an equality among all people regardless of race, gender or social position. It does not eradicate one’s God-given gender any more than it eliminates one’s ethnicity.
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I don’t claim to understand this confusion. I’m not a psychologist or psychiatrist. I’m a preacher. So, I will offer a simple Bible explanation. Gender crisis and confusion exists because people have strayed away from God. They have lost their spiritual identity. And they have denied the Creator and His purpose for their lives.

In the beginning, God created the first pair “male and female” (Gen 1:27). Man and woman. Jesus affirmed the creation account and the distinctiveness of our gender (Matt 19:4-6). Furthermore, it is clear that the first-century church recognized specific God-given genders roles and responsibilities for men and women (1 Cor 11-14).

The efforts of misguided religious leaders to connect baptism with gender confusion will not sanctify this situation nor will it save the soul.

–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman

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4 responses to “A Blasphemous Abuse of Baptism

  1. Why don’t they use a closet instead? Works for the homosexuals.

  2. What about the Eunoch that Phillip baptized? Gender identity is a big deal for the Gospel story. Without the female gender there would be no pregnancies to celebrate. So the Eunoch like a barren or widowed elderly woman rightly wonders how s/he can be accepted into Christ’s body if s/he can’t contribute. One could discount sex altogether and interpret the Gospel to say that in the Resurrection men will be like the angels and not marry. The scripture says that. However, reflect on the story of the Jesus Woman called Mary by the Rabboni (aka Nicodemus). That tearful woman is the Madonna and she is looking for her Don. Scripture says…at the Resurrection men will be like the angels and not marry. This makes the Woman Jesus weep…until she turns and puts her HART into the STORY. Ah…you see she says. Men and women don’t “have to” marry …unless they like the honoured and richly gifted Joseph (Jo’s Cephas) crave the body of their chosen BRIDE and ask the Governing Body of the land to make it official (Mark 15:43 KJV). Merry Christmas! Let’s celebrate. In the Barn, angels, donkeys and stubborn mules are welcome!

    Simon and 84 year old Anna are waiting to celebrate the Good News so that they can in Jewish tradition, honour the newborn Holy family when the Don and the Madonna wed under the Nuptial Canopy. “In Jewish Society, THE FAMILY, RATHER THAN THE individual, constitutes the smallest nucleus. It is an obligation stated in the Torah to marry and bring children into the world. The family therefore begins on the first day of the wedding…as the new couple, purified from all past mistakes, are brought together, under the marriage canopy, as pure as new born babies” (Marc-Alain Ouaknin, Symbols of Judaism p.106).

    As the newborn Holy family known as Christianity grew in size and numbers, divisions and arguments similar to the one today arose. Some said, I follow Cephas, others said I follow Apollo, and still others said they followed Paul (1 Corinthians 1:11-13. Paul reminds the newly formed family…family unity is what matters. And yet, Paul also reminds the family that they have been crucified (Romans 3:3-6), wed to the CROSS born on the shoulders of Simon a.k.a the Black a.k.a. Cephas a.k.a. the Father of Red (Rufus) and Alexander (Mark 15:21). Paul is the author of many letters and claims to be an authority, a father of the Faith equal with Cephas and Apollo (known in the Greek world as Alexander). Paul also acknowledges that many of those who were quarrelling were quarrelling because they were young in the faith. So Paul like a nursing mother gives them milk (1 Corinthians 3:2) and says they are not ready for solid food and longs for the day when they will see “face to face”and see their mother more fully and know how she laboured to bring God’s Love to the World (1 Corinthians 13:12)

  3. Reblogged this on ThePreachersWord and commented:

    We are now down to the top 3 most read posts in 2018. Interestingly this recent post on baptism ranked #3.

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