MHFM: Today is the feast day of St. Gregory Nazianzen, important early Church father, doctor and theologian. St. Gregory explicitly rejected the idea of “baptism of desire” in about five different ways in his Oration On Holy Baptism, as we show in this article: St. Gregory Nazianzen Rejected "Baptism of Desire"
For example, here are some of the things St. Gregory explicitly rejects:
• that God will take the “desire of baptism instead of baptism” – ST. GREGORY REJECTS IT
• that one who is “unenlightened” (i.e. unbaptized) can be “enlightened in His sight” – ST. GREGORY REJECTS IT
• that “he is within the Kingdom of Heaven who merely desires to attain it” – ST. GREGORY REJECTS IT
• that an “unsealed” (i.e. unbaptized) person can be “glorified” or “honored” –ST. GREGORY REJECTS IT
• that one can “reckon as baptized him who desired baptism apart from the reception of baptism” – ST. GREGORY REJECTS IT
• that “desire… has equal power with actual baptism” – ST. GREGORY REJECTS IT
St. Gregory also says: “Others are not in a position to receive it [baptism], perhaps on account of infancy, or some perfectly involuntary circumstance through which they are prevented from receiving it, even if they wish.” Concerning those people who are prevented from receiving it “even if they wish”, he says that they will not be glorified. He could not have rejected the idea of “baptism of desire” more clearly. St. Gregory was also given the special title of “the theologian” by the 5th ecumenical council. This is particularly relevant to refuting and debunking arguments people attempt to make for “baptism of desire” by appealing to theologians. This father and doctor who is given the special title of “theologian” by the Church explicitly rejected the idea. St. Gregory also presided, for a period of time, over the First Council of Constantinople in 381, which declared that there is “one baptism for the remission of sins”. His homily rejecting “baptism of desire” was given in the very same year (381).
In this video we also show that St. Gregory the Theologian refutes Eastern “Orthodoxy” on the Papacy. He teaches that Rome has the presidency over all other churches.
Our video also shows that St. Gregory taught that St. Peter was “the unbreakable rock, to whom was allotted the Key.”
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