So it would appear that one’s heresy *can* in fact invalidate a sacrament if that heresy is sufficiently grave. Is it that Arianism isn’t as grave a heresy as Mormonism?
Good point David!
It shows that the bare form of sacraments and rituals is wrong. The bare form (of baptism or the Lord’s supper) without repentance and faith does nothing!!
This goes well with my previous article on “Acts 2:38 and the Early Church”
The prophets constantly rebuked the Jews in the OT for just going through the bare forms of sacrifices and yet, the sacrifices were important to teach something about atonement and God’s wrath vs. sin and entering into His presence; yet the rituals can be abused without heart conversion and internal reality. (repentance and faith)
Hosea 6:6 (Jesus quotes this in Matthew 9:13 and 12:7)
Amos 4:4-5; 5:21-25
The external form can be abused into something that corrupts the whole purpose of the form. So the bare forms of the rituals (especially infant baptism – makes people think they are “saved”) along with the other external rituals of the historical churches – EO, RCC, OO, Assyrian Church of the East.
This is what the RC and historical churches did from the State Church period onward (391 AD, when Theodosius made Christianity the state religion, combined with infant baptismal regeneration becoming the norm in the 400s; and then under Justinian (Emperor from 527-565 AD) and Heraclius (610-641 AD), it became a very bad unified Empire – a unity of Church & State – but the Church did not blink off or cease to exist), combined with looking to the rituals – water baptism, infant baptism, Eucharist, priestly words and forms, penances of ascetic works of satisfaction, etc. – from the 500s and 600s onward with hideous doctrine of Purgatory and treasury of merit and trafficking in relics and praying to statues and icons – these forms and rituals are empty and vain, as Jesus says in Matthew 15 and Mark 7 – “the traditions of man”.
“By this time [Council of Orange, 529] infant baptism was universal, so the teaching of grace is pushed back to a forgotten infancy.” Tony Lane, page 31, Exploring Christian Thought