OF THE SALVATION OF MANKIND BY ONLY CHRIST
[The following are excerpts from the Anglican Homilies. According to the Book of Common Prayer, The homilies are a true expression of our doctrines and practices as Anglicans. See Article XXXV in the 39 Articles.]
And therefore, St. Paul declareth here nothing upon the behalf of man, concerning his justification, but only a true and lively faith; which nevertheless is the gift of God, and not man’s only work without God. Nor that faith also, doth not shut out the justice of our good works, necessarily to be done afterward, of duty towards God (for we are most bounden to serve God, in doing good deeds, commanded by Him in His Holy Scripture, all the days of our life); but it excludeth them, so that we may not do them to this intent, to be made good by doing of them.
And after this wise to be justified, only by this true and lively faith in Christ, speaketh all the old and ancient authors, both Greeks and Latins. Of whom I will specially rehearse three, Hilary, Basil, and Ambrose. St. Hilary saith these words plainly, in the ninth Canon upon Matthew: “Faith only justifieth.” And St. Basil, a Greek author, writeth thus: “This is a perfect and a whole rejoicing in God, when a man avaunteth not himself, for his own righteousness, but knowledgeth himself to lack true justice and righteousness, and to be justified by the only faith in Christ. And Paul,” saith he, “doth glory, in the contempt of his own righteousness, and that he looketh for the righteousness of God by faith.” These be the very words of St. Basil. And St. Ambrose, a Latin author, saith these words: “This is the ordinance of God, that he which believeth in Christ, should be saved without works, by faith only, freely receiving remission of his sins.” Consider diligently these words. Without works, by faith only, freely we receive remission of our sins. What can be spoken more plainly, than to say that freely, without works, by faith only, we obtain remission of our sins?
Nevertheless, the sentence, that we be justified by faith only, is not so meant of them, that the said justifying faith is alone in man, without true repentance, hope, charity, dread, and fear of God, at any time or season. Nor when they say that we be justified freely, they mean not that we should, or might afterward by idle and that nothing should be required of our parts afterward; neither mean they, that we are so to be justified, without our good works, that we should do no good works at all, like as shall be more expressed at large hereafter. But this proposition, that we be justified by faith only, freely, and without works, is spoken for to take away clearly, all merit of our works, as being insufficient, to deserve our justification at God’s hands; and thereby most plainly, to express the weakness of man, and the goodness of God, the great infirmity of ourselves, and the might and power of God, the imperfectness of our own works, and the most abundant grace of our Savior Christ; and thereby wholly to ascribe the merit, and deserving of our justification, unto Christ only, and His most precious bloodshedding.
So that the true understanding of this doctrine, We be justified freely, by faith without works, or that we be justified by faith in Christ only, is not that this our own act, to believe in Christ, or this our faith in Christ, which is within us, doth justify us, and merit our justification unto us; for that were to count ourselves to be justified by some act or virtue that is within ourselves.
Truth it is that our own works do not justify us, to speak properly of our justification; that is to say, our works do not merit, or deserve, remission of our sins, and make us, of unjust, just before God; but God of His mere mercy, through the only merits, and deserving of His Son, Jesus Christ, doth justify us. Nevertheless, because faith doth directly send us to Christ for remission of our sins, and that by faith given us of God, we embrace the promise of God’s mercy, and of remission of our sins, which thing none other of our virtues or works properly doeth, therefore Scripture useth to say, that faith without works doth justify.
For the right and true Christian faith, is not only to believe that holy Scripture, and all the foresaid articles of our faith are true, but also to have a sure trust and confidence, in God’s merciful promises, to be saved from everlasting damnation, by Christ; whereof doth follow a loving heart, to obey His commandments. And this true Christian faith neither any devil hath, nor yet any man which, in the outward profession of his mouth, and in his outward receiving of the Sacraments, in coming to the church, and in all other outward appearances seemeth to be a Christian man, and yet in his living and deeds, showeth the contrary. For how can a man have this true faith, this sure trust and confidence in God, that by the merits of Christ his sins be remitted, and he reconciled to the favour of God, and to be partaker of the kingdom of heaven by Christ, when he liveth ungodly, and denieth Christ in his deeds? Surely no such ungodly man can have this faith and trust in God.
The said benefits of God deeply considered, do move us for His sake, also to be ever ready to give ourselves to our neighbours, and as much as lieth in us, to study with all our endeavour, to do good to every man. These be the fruits of the true faith; to do good, as much as lieth in us, to every man; and above all things, and in all things, to advance the glory of God, of whom only we have our sanctification, justification, salvation, and redemption. To whom be ever glory, praise, and honour, world without end. Amen.
Michael E. O’Brien (56), the son of Bill and Adele O’Brien,passed away July 24, 2010. Our thoughts and prayers are with the O’Brien family during their time of mourning.
Oye Olajide’s mother, Mrs. Omoriyeba Margret Okediji, passed away on June 28th, 2010, at the age of sixty-seven. Our condolences and prayers are raised up for Oye and her family.
A Work Day took place at the church on Saturday, July 31, 2010. Thank you to all who came to help.
St. Andrew’s Preschool Open House was held on Sunday, August 22 from 2:00-4:00 p.m.
All Saint’s Anglican Church invites St. Andrew’s Anglican Church to a celebration honoring the life of Mrs. Omoriyeba Margret Okediji, Oye’s mother, Rev. Olu Olajide’s mother-in-law, and their children’s grandma, who passed away on June 28. The service will take place on Saturday, September 4th, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at All Saints Anglican Church Chicagoland. The address is: Marian Catholic High School Chapel, 700 Ashland Avenue, Chicago Heights, IL 60401.
ST. ANDREW’S PRESCHOOL
Fall classes begin September 7, 2010. Do be in prayer for this ministry.
The Rt. Rev. Royal U. Grote will be with us on Sunday, September 12, 2010.
RALLY DAY & PICNIC
Sunday School will resume on Sunday, September 12 at 9:30 p.m. There will be a picnic on the church grounds following the morning services. Please bring your lawn chairs and sign up for food to bring. Hot dogs, hamburgers, buns and drinks are provided.
Our fall Work Day will be Saturday, October 2
beginning at 9 a.m. Everyone is invited to come.
SYNOD OF TH DIOCESE OF MID-AMERICA
The Annual Synod will take place October 14 & 15, 2010.
We will be meeting at the Church of the Holy Communion in Dallas, Texas.
At St. Andrew’s Anglican Church
“Be Ye Thankful…Jesus is Born!” Pal & Friends
Sunday, November 28, 2010 at 6:00 p.m.
To raise funds for PASS, a crisis pregnancy center
Mark your calendars now and invite others.
MISSIONARIES OF THE MONTH
Please pray for Greg & Helena Wright, Arab World Ministires.
1 - Nancy Toomey
4 - Alex Poole
12 - Peter Poole
12 - Oye Olajide
15 - Jim Casper
17 - Elizabeth Domato
20 - Franklin H. Sellers, Jr.
23 - Steve Horosinski
28 - Brian Sutton
30 - Dennis Domato
TAKE TIME TO PRAY
I got up one morning
And rushed right into the day;
I had so much to accomplish
That I didn’t take time to pray.
Problems just tumbled about me,
And heavier came each task.
“Why doesn’t God help me?” I wondered.
He answered, “You didn’t ask.”
I wanted to see joy and beauty,
But the day toiled on, gray and bleak;
I wondered why God didn’t show me.
He said, “But you didn’t seek.”
I tried to come into God’s presence;
I used all my keys at the lock.
God gently and lovingly chided,
“My child, you didn’t knock.”
I woke up early this morning,
And paused before entering the day;
I had so much to accomplish
That I had to take time to pray!
Out of This Life
Out of this life I shall never take
Things of silver and gold I make.
All that I cherish and hoard away
After I leave, on this earth must stay
Tho’ I have toiled for a painting rare
To hang on the wall, I must leave it there.
Tho’ I call it mine, and boast it’s worth
I must give it up when I leave this earth.
All that I gather, and all that I keep
I must leave behind when I fall asleep.
And I often wonder what I shall own
In that other life, when I pass alone.
What shall they see, in the soul that
Answers the call for me?
Shall the Great Judge learn
When my task is through,
That my spirit has gained some riches, too?
Or shall at last, it be mine to find
That all I’d worked for I’d left behind