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Martyred for the Gospel

Martyred for the Gospel
The burning of Tharchbishop of Cant. D. Tho. Cranmer in the town dich at Oxford, with his hand first thrust into the fyre, wherwith he subscribed before. [Click on the picture to see Cranmer's last words.]

Collect of the Day

The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany.
The Collect.

O LORD, we beseech thee to keep thy Church and household continually in thy true religion; that they who do lean only upon the hope of thy heavenly grace may evermore be defended by thy mighty power; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Daily Bible Verse

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Declaration of Principles

Just for clarification I'm posting this doctrinal statement that was originally part of the Reformed Episcopal Church's official doctrine. The reason the REC separated from the Protestant Episcopal Church in 1873 was Tractarianism and the Anglo-Catholic pelagianism and idolatry rampant in the 19th century Episcopal church. Unfortunately the REC decided to reverse itself and join up with the idolaters and the semi-pelagian revisionists in the Anglo-Catholic tradition. The REC for all practical purposes is an apostate church. How the mighty are fallen. (2 Samuel 1:17-27 KJV). You can read the Declaration of Principles here:


Declaration of Principles

of the Reformed Episcopal Church

Adopted, December 2d, 1873

i

The Reformed Episcopal Church, holding "the faith once delivered unto the saints," declares its belief in the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as the Word of God, and the sole Rule of Faith and Practice; in the Creed "commonly called the Apostles' Creed;" in the Divine institution of the Sacraments of Baptism and the Lord's Supper; and in the doctrines of grace substantially as they are set forth in the Thirty–nine Articles of Religion.

ii

This Church recognizes and adheres to Episcopacy, not as of Divine right, but as a very ancient and desirable form of Church polity.

iii

This Church, retaining a Liturgy which shall not be imperative or repressive of freedom in prayer, accepts The Book of Common Prayer, as it was revised, proposed, and recommended for use by the General Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church, A. D. 1785, reserving full liberty to alter, abridge, enlarge, and amend the same, as may seem most conductive to the edification of the people, "provided that the substance of the faith be kept entire."

iv

This Church condemns and rejects the following erroneous and strange doctrines as contrary to God's Word;

First, That the Church of Christ exists only in one order or form of ecclesiastical polity:

Second, That Christian Ministers are "priests" in another sense than that in which all believers are "a royal priesthood:"

Third, That the Lord's Table is an altar on which the oblation of the Body and Blood of Christ is offered anew to the Father:

Fourth, That the Presence of Christ in the Lord's Supper is a presence in the elements of the Bread and Wine:

Fifth, That Regeneration is inseparably connected with Baptism.


The following link is to a now defunct traditional Reformed Episcopal congregation that was faithful to the Evangelical and Reformed side of the faith. I might point out that Gordon H. Clark once taught as an interim professor at the Reformed Episcopal Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The year escapes me at the moment.

Click here to see the original page: Declaration of Principles


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