Saturday, June 21, 2014

UK: Church puts the 'sin' back into traditional baptism services
Word is to be restored after attempt to get godparents to 'reject evil'
Changes are set to be made during meeting of General Synod next month

June 20, 2014

Mention of sin is to be restored to the Church of England’s baptism service after an experiment dropping the use of the word was abandoned.

The Church announced in January that it was trying out new wording that asked parents and godparents to make a single, broad pledge to ‘reject evil’.

Among other phrases abandoned in the experimental christening rite were those referring to ‘the deceit and corruption of evil’, ‘the sins that separate us from God and neighbour’, and a promise to ‘fight valiantly as a disciple of Christ against sin, the world and the devil’.

Proposals set to be agreed by the Church of England’s General Synod, meeting in York next month, restore use of the word sin – although they will still go ahead with axing the other phrases.

In the new version, parents and godparents would only be required to say that they ‘turn away from sin’ and ‘reject evil’. Changes are being made to adapt to a population that increasingly has no Christian background, the church said.

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