FGD Before Conversion

My parents brought me up in the Protestant Episcopal Church of the United States of America. For this I am deeply gratefull. I am a living example of the efficacy of infant baptism. The worldly view would be that I am a poor example. Here follows the documentation along with my recollections for my position on this point regarding conversion.

Articles of Religion

As established by the Bishops, the Clergy, and the Laity of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America, in Convention, on the twelfth day of September, in the Year of our Lord 1801 1

XXVII. Of Baptism.

Baptism is not only a sign of profession, and mark of difference, whereby Christian men are discerned from others that be not christened, but it is also a sign of Regeneration or New-Birth, whereby, as by an instrument, they that receive Baptism rightly are grafted into the Church; the promises of the forgiveness of sin, and of our adoption to be the sons of God by the Holy Ghost, are visibly signed and sealed; Faith is confirmed, and Grace increased by virtue of prayer unto God.

The Baptism of young Children is in any wise to be retained in the Church, as most agreeable with the institution of Christ.

This then is the basis for my baptism as an infant. How thankful I am that I was indeed marked well before I knew anything of Jesus and His work on the cross.

A Catechism

that is to say, an Instruction, to be Learned by Every Person before he be brought to be Confirmed by the Bishop. 2
Question. What is your Name? Answer. Fielder George
Question. Who gave you this Name? Answer. My Sponsors in Baptism; wherein I was made a member of Christ, the child of God, and an inheritor of the kingdom of heaven.
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; Secondly, that I should believe all the Articles of the christian Faith; And Thirdly, that I should keep God's holy will and commandments, and walk in the same all the days of my life.
Wow! Am I delighted my sponsors (God parents) did this for me as an infant.
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The Book Of Common Prayer and Administration of the Sacraments and Other Rites and Ceremonies of the Church
According to the use of THE PROTESTANT EPISCOPAL CHURCH in the United States of America
Together with The Psalter or Psalms of David

Oxford University Press, New York
This edition of the book of Common Prayer has been compared with a certified copy of the Standard Book of 1928, as the Canon directs, and that it conforms thereto.

John Wallace Suter
Custodian of the Standard Book of Common Prayer

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