Friday, January 10, 2014

Cherry Picking the Baptismal Covenant Promises

I am weary of the tendency in the Episcopal Church to cherry pick the Baptismal Covenant promises.  When that happens, the Baptismal Covenant often gets reduced to one line, typically: "respect the dignity of every human being."  It's as though that one line sums up the entirety of the Baptismal Covenant and nothing else really matters.

Detached from the Apostles' Creed and the foundational promise to continue in the apostles' teaching and fellowship, the Baptismal Covenant can all too easily be used to justify bad theology and even heresy.

As I noted 5 1/2 years ago, we need all of the Baptismal Covenant.

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