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Vol II No. 5
Theology & Liturgy

Belonging to Christ VI: Called to Salvation

by Gavin Dunbar

Our series continues and now enters the second section drawn from the book I am His : Learning
from the Prayer Book Catechism, All that a Christian ought to Know and Believe to his Soul’s Health.

Section ii: A Faith to Believe

The key to knowing ourselves, the church, the human race, the world, is in knowing God. False gods ensnare our hearts, and must be renounced; but the true God has revealed himself for us to know him, in creation, in redemption, and in sanctification, as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.

Renounce

Question. What did your Sponsors then for you? Answer. They did promise and vow three things in my name: First, that I should renounce the devil and all his works, the pomps and vanity of this wicked world, and all the sinful lusts of the flesh.

Membership & Renunciation

The obligations of the baptismal covenant arise out of the very nature of the benefits it confers: they are the conditions upon which I realize and experience the benefit. If I am made “a member of Christ” and belong to him as a member belongs to a body, I cannot adhere to those powers that would divide me from him. I must renounce the three foes of man

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