Reversing the Reformation?

May 18, 2019 by

by Adam Young, Church Society.

A number of events have happened in the past few weeks which make one wonder what on earth has happened to this nation’s “Protestant Reformed Religion established by Law.”  This phrase is, of course, is taken from the Coronation Oath, and is meant to describe the Church of England.

More often than ever it seems important to remember what is actually established by law and what is commonly found to be contrary to it.  Canon A5 tells us that:

“The doctrine of the Church of England is grounded in the Holy Scriptures, and in such teachings of the ancient Fathers and Councils of the Church as are agreeable to the said Scriptures.  In particular such doctrine is to be found in the Thirty-nine Articles of Religion, The Book of Common Prayer, and the Ordinal.”  — Canon A5

In other words, the doctrine of the Church of England is that of the Bible and those who agree with it. When asked “what do those people who agree with the Bible look like?” — the Church of England replies, “they look like those who uphold the 39 Articles of Religion, the 1662 BCP, and the Ordinal.”

There are no prayers to Mary, or asking for Mary’s prayers, in the BCP. There is no veneration or adoration of statues or images in the BCP. Indeed there are no images or statues at all, nor are there pilgrimages, or a sacramental confession.

Quite the contrary in fact.

“The Romish Doctrine concerning Purgatory, Pardons, worshipping and adoration as well of Images as of Reliques, and also Invocation of Saints, is a fond thing vainly invented, and grounded upon no warranty of Scripture; but rather repugnant to the word of God.” — Article 22 of The 39 Articles…

The Homily “Of Prayer” likewise expands on how the invocation, praying to, or asking for prayers from the departed saints is unhelpful and unbiblical. Instead we must lift up our hearts and put our trust solely in Christ Jesus who alone is our mediator and advocate in heaven.

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