Reformed Episcopal Church Statement


Adopted by General Council, May 28, 1993; revised April 18, 1998:

Built upon the foundation of the authoritative Word of God, the Holy Scriptures, the Reformed Episcopal Church sets her highest priority on Biblical worship, and declares her commitment to the work of evangelism, the bold and unadulterated proclamation of salvation by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 8:4).

In keeping the faith once delivered to the saints, the Reformed Episcopal Church, however, does not believe evangelism to be the end, but rather the beginning of her divinely given vocation.

Thus, she is deeply committed to discipleship, the work of training evangelized men and women in Christian living (St. Matthew 28:20). When the Gospel is truly proclaimed and the mercies of God are made known, the redeemed must be led to offer their bodies as a living sacrifice, which is their spiritual service of worship (Romans 12:1).

Thus, the Reformed Episcopal Church understands the Christian life to be necessarily corporate. The Gospel call of salvation is not only to a Savior, but also to a visible communion of those who have been saved (I Corinthians 12:27), which communion, being indwelt by Christ’s Spirit, transcends both temporal and geographic bounds.

Therefore, the Reformed Episcopal Church is creedal, following the historic Christian faith as it was affirmed by the early undivided Church in the Apostles’ Creed (A.D. 150) and Nicene Creed (A.D. 325); sacramental, practicing the divinely ordained sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper as outward and visible signs of His inward and spiritual grace; confessional, accepting the doctrines and practices of the English Reformation as found in the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion; and episcopal, finding unity with the Church of the earliest Christian eras through submission to the government of godly Bishops.

In this fashion, by embracing the broad base of doctrine and practice inherent in the historic Church of the Reformation, the Reformed Episcopal Church has a foundation for effective ministry in the name of Christ to a world which is lost and dying without him.

2 thoughts on “Reformed Episcopal Church Statement

  1. Curtis, some of us hold that the Athanasian Creed is just as necessary as the Apostles’ and Nicene. However, the American BCP has never included it until the new REC book. But then, we are also thinking of Bishop Andrewes’ dictum of ‘One Revelationm, Two Testaments, Three Creeds, Four Councils, Five Centuries’—no additions, no subtractions. BHM

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