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Baptism Today

Service:  10:00 am Holy Communion

Preacher:  Revd Dennis Cavaghan

Readings:  Acts 10:34-43 & Matthew 3:13-17

Baptism today – should the words sin and Devil be retained.


In this sermon I was well challenged by a visitor who heard me describing ‘sin’ as something that is done against God and not against man.  This person rightly pointed out that the Lord’s Prayer (NB modern version) says, “Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.”

The old version did not use ‘sins’ but ‘trespasses’, “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.”

In fact the Lord’s Prayer as recorded in Matthew and Luke does not agree with the modern translation!

In Matthew in literally says, “Forgive us our debts as we have forgiven our debtors.”  And in Luke it literally says, “Forgive us our sins as we forgive everyone in debt to us.”

Thus both Matthew and Luke describe people’s offence against people as ‘debts’.  The only use of the word ‘sin’ is in Luke and describes man’s relationship with God.

As David said in Psalm 51 concerning his adultery with Bathsheba and his manslaughter of her husband: “Against Thee, and Thee only, have I sinned.”

Dennis Cavaghan