Over the last few years I had been attending a Baptist Church. However, due to a recent unnecessary, unorthodox, sectarian practice of ‘re-baptism‘ I have left the Baptist church and have returned to the Church of England.
For some, this decision may seem unhealthy. Liberalism, it seems, has corrupted the Anglican communion. Such views would not be entirely wrong.
However, things are not as simple as that. The Anglican communion is a very complicated establishment, and is deeply divided. Liberalism and a false gospel has indeed corrupted the establishment but it has not corrupted the true conservative evangelical wing of the Church of England. This conservative evangelical branch, I argue, is the true Church of England. The liberal, revisionist branch is a false distortion. I believe it has forsaken the Bible.
Because of changing times, liberalism and church corruption, many churches are closing. Yet the many parishes that remain true to the Gospel, are in fact flourishing. It is to this conservative evangelical wing of the Church of England that I abide.
In the 16th century, many reformed Christians died for the faith. Tyndale, Frith, Latimer, Cranmer, Ridley, Bradford and George Marsh, were all Church of England men. Yet it was a fight even back then. Today, over four hundred years later, there is still a continuous movement to reform the Church of England from within. Organisations such as Reform and Church Society all continue to abide in loyalty to the Bible and the principles of the doctrines of the reformation.
For me, the true Church of England is the way forward. As a churchwarden of Deane once said to me, ‘I truly believe the Church of England is “the best boat to fish from”. I believe this is true. For me, Cathedrals are some of the most inspiring monuments a person can ever visit and I am in the historic presence of some of the greatest men Christianity has ever known. Unlike many independent churches, which are often self governing and separatist, the Congregation Christ spoke of in Matthew 16: 18 was one. It was not divided into denominations. It was simply the Congregation of believers.
I have faith that Christ will continue to build His Congregation, and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.
Being in the Baptist church, was not all bad. I still have many fond memories and those memories will remain. But the Lord would not leave me there. There is a path that I must take. For me, my Christian journey has simply reached a new era. It is simply unacceptable that the Church of England has been robbed of the Gospel. We ought not to forsake her. Something needs to be done. There must be reformation.
#1 by Graham Oliver on November 23, 2019 - 4:25 PM
Me too, I have been attending an evangelical CofE church in Hull (St John Newland) after 20 years of attending fellowships and a congregational church; its the largest congregation in Hull! Preach and remain loyal to the Gospel and people will come in. It is truly wonderful to be amongst true believers and preached to by bible believing ministers. It is also wonderful to recite creeds believed by millions of Christians for 2000 years. No revisionist, worldly gospel.
#2 by simon peter sutherland on November 24, 2019 - 12:39 PM
Hello Graham Oliver, and welcome! How nice it is to belong.
#3 by norm on December 7, 2019 - 9:45 PM
I enjoyed reading this post — even though I am the son of a Baptist preachers and am ordained the same myself. Re-baptism? Explain, please.
Godspeed in your ‘new-old’ church. I believe God has called you there for the sake oath gospel.
#4 by simon peter sutherland on December 8, 2019 - 1:04 PM
Hello Norm. Thank you for your comment. I too believe God has called me to the Church of England.
Concerning “Re-baptism”. Everything I needed to say is in the article. The only thing I could clarify further is that the reference to “Re-Baptism” does not relate to ‘Infant Baptism’. This ‘schism’ is exclusive to the “Re-baptism” of adults who have been persuaded, or through teaching, have come to think they were never truly born again in the first place.
Perhaps you could share your opinions on whether or not you believe that Baptism in the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit is never to be repeated?
#5 by simon peter sutherland on December 8, 2019 - 1:06 PM