Resolution reaffirming the doctrine and discipline of the Reformed Episcopal Church

Today, at the 105th Synod of the Diocese of Mid-America of the Reformed Episcopal Church, the clergy and parish delegates unanimously adopted the following resolution. [Links are my own insertion.]

The Diocese of Mid-America, being a part of the Reformed Episcopal Church, which is a member of the Anglican Church in North America, in seeking to uphold and remain faithful to the Doctrine and Discipline of the Reformed Episcopal Church, hereby reaffirms the following articles of the Reformed Episcopal Church Constitution as our understanding of the doctrinal standards, which are binding on all REC clergy and parishes and missions.


Doctrinal Position

This Church holds the Faith as once delivered to the saints, and as transmitted through the Church of England, especially as articulated in her Reformation heritage, the range of her Anglican divines, and as deposited in the founding principles of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America. Furthermore, this Church affirms Holy Scripture as the Word of God, the three ancient creeds, commonly known as the Nicene, Apostles’ and Creed of Athanasius, and the dogmatic definitions of the first four ecumenical councils of the undivided church. It also holds the following unalterable historical documents to be a part of the received Body of its Doctrine:

(1) The Thirty-nine Articles of Religion in their 1801 form.

(2) The Declaration of Principles of 1873, as adopted by the first General Council of this Church.

(3) The Chicago-Lambeth Quadrilateral of 1886-1888.

These documents, and short summaries of the ecumenical councils, shall be appended at the end of the Constitution and Canons.


Of Erroneous or Strange Teaching

Section 1 Nothing calculated to teach that in the celebration of the Lord’s Supper, the elements of the bread and wine are changed into the natural Flesh and Blood of Christ, shall ever be allowed in the worship or teaching of this Church. Nor shall any practice that teaches or promotes doctrines or practices specifically prohibited by the Thirty-nine Articles of Religion be permitted in this Church.

Section 2 No person shall be admitted or received as Deacon, Presbyter, or Bishop except, in each instance, he shall subscribe to the following oath, in writing, in the presence of two Presbyters in good standing of this Church, who shall sign as witnesses.

“In the Name of God, Amen. I __A. B. _ do solemnly swear that I believe the Old and New Testaments to be the Word of God, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and that Holy Scripture contains all things necessary for salvation. I do believe and accept the received Body of Doctrine, Discipline and Worship of this Church, as set forth in the Constitution and Canons of the same, and will conform thereto, the Lord being my helper.”

Section 3 The foregoing oath, duly executed and witnessed, shall be delivered to the Bishop presiding as testimonial during the service of ordination or reception of every clergyman at the time of his presentation to the same for the laying on of hands.

This resolution is commended to other dioceses of the REC and to the 54th General Council of the REC.

I am pleased to see this resolution passed. It is important, from time to time, to state again our beliefs and to reaffirm our identity as Anglican Christians. This resolution is a simple reassertion of some of the critical pieces of our heritage and doctrine. I pray that it will help clergymen and laity throughout the church to recall these principles.