So Russell Brand has repented? I’ll believe it when I see it | Letters

So Russell Brand has repented? I’ll believe it when I see it | Letters

Readers respond to Marina Hyde’s article about the former TV presenter’s recent baptism in the River Thames

Marina Hyde might be surprised to learn that this Baptist minister shares much of her opinion on the baptism of Russell Brand (So Russell Brand was baptised in the Thames, and all his sins were washed away. Cheaper than a lawyer, I suppose, 14 May).

Baptism in the name of the Holy Trinity does indeed signify the washing away of sin, since it marks the transition into a new life in Christ. But this does not exculpate the individual from the earthly consequences of their wrongdoings. Quite the contrary: baptism is performed on the basis of repentance – which will be marked by a willingness to participate in due process of law, where that is needful, and/or to make amends, where that is appropriate. Repentance, in other words, is a facing up to sin and the harms we have done, not a get-out-of-jail-free card.

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