Page images

Art. VIII. Of the Creeds. Art. XIII. of Works before JustiThr Nicene Creed, and that which is

fication. commonly called the Apostle's Creed, Works done before the grace of nugbt thoroughly to be received and be- Christ, anul the inspiration of his Spirit, lieved: for they may be proved by most are not pleasant to Gud, forasmuch as certain warrants of holy Scripture: they spring not of faith in Jesus Christ,

Art. IX. Of Original or Bill-Sin. neither do they make bien meet to re

Original Sin standeth not in the fo-ceive grace, or (as the School-Authors lowing of eldam (as the Pelaginens do say) deserve grace ví congruity: yea vainly talk;) but it is the fault and cor- rather, for that they are not done as ruption of the nature of every man, that God hath willed and commanderl them naturally is engendered of the offspring to be done, we doubt not but they kare of Idum, whereby man is very far gone the nature of sin. from original righteousress, and is of Art. XIV. Of Works of Supererogation. his own nature inclined to evil, so that Voluntary Works, besides over and the flesh lusteth always contrary to the above God's Commandments, which Spirit; and therefore in every person they call Works of Supererogation, can. born into this work, it desei veth God's not be taught without arrogancy and wrath and damnation. And this infec- impiety. For by them men do declare, tion of nature doth remain, vea, in them that they do not only render unto God that are regenerated; whereby the lust as nuuch as they are bound to ilo, but of the flesla, called in Greek, ogóvngere that they do more for his sake than of 67.gxes, which some do expound the bounden duty is required: Whereas Wiedem, some Sensuality, soine the Ar. Christ saitis plainly, when ye bave done fection, some the Desire of the Flesh, all that are commanded to you, say, We is not subject to the Lay of God. And are unprofitable servants. although tlcre is no condemnation for Art. XV. of Christ alone with rıt Sin. them that believe and are baptized;

Christ in ihe truth our nature, was yet the Apoetle doth confess, that con- made like unto us in altres, sin only cupiscerce and lust lath of itself the exceut, from which he was c'early voidi, nature of sa.

both in his fiesh, 10.1 in his spuit. He Art. X. Of Free-Vill. came to be a Lanılı without spot, who The condition of man, alter the fall of by sacrifice of himself one made, should Adam, is such, that he cannoi turn and take away the sins of the world; and prepare himself, by liis own patural sin (as St. John saith) was not in him. strength and good works, to faith, and But all we the rest (although haptized calling upon God: wherefore we have and born again in Christ) ve! ofrend in nu power to do good works pleasant many things; and if we say we bave no and acceptable to God, without the gracesin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth of God by Christ preventing us, that we is not in us. may liave a good will, and working with Art. XVI. Of Sin after Baptism. us, when we have that good will. Not every deadly sin, willingly comArt. XI. Of the Justifi ation of Man. initied atter Baptism, is sin against the

We are accounted righteous before Holy Ghost, and unpardonable. WhereGoch, only for the Merit of our Lord fore the grant of repentance is not to be and Saviour Jesus Christ by Faith; andenied, such as fall into sin arter Ban. not for our own Works or Deservinys. tism. After we have received the lloly Wherefore, that we are justified by Glost, we may depart from grace givFaith only, is a most wholesome docen, and fall intes sin, ani by the grace trine, and very full of comfort, as more of God (we may) arise again, and largely is expressed in the llomily of amend our lives. And therefore they Justification.

are to be condemned, which say, they Art. XII. of Good Works. can no nore sin as long as they live Albeit at good Works, which are here, or deny the place of forgiveness the Fruuts of Faith, and follow after to such as truly repent. Justification, cannot pui away our sins,

Art. XVII. 01 Predestination and and endure the severity of Gori's Judg

Election. ment; yet are they pleasing, anul ac

Prelestination to lite is the everlastceptable to God i:: Christ, and do springing purpose of God, whereby (before oui necessarily ota true and lively Faithi:the oundations of the worl:I were laic) insoniuch that by them a lively Faith he hath constantly decreed, by luis counmay le as evidently knowl, as a tree sel, secret to us, to deliver froni curse discerned by the truit.

land damnation, those whom he barb

chosen in Christ Sut of mankind, and to As the Church of Hierusalem, Alexisme bring them by Christ to everlasting dria, and Antinch, have erred; so alsa salvation, as vessels made to honour. the Church of Rome bath errei!, not on Wherefore they, whicit be encued with ly in their living and manner of Cere so excellent a benefit of God, he called monies, but also in inalters of Faith. according to God's purpose by his Spirit Arl. XX. Of the Authority of the Church. working in due season: they through T'he Church hath power to decree grace obey the calling : they be justified kites or Cerenwnies. and authority in irrely: they be made Sons of liod by Controversies of Faith: And yet it is adoptiun: they be made like the image por lawful for the Church to ordair any of his only begotten Son Jesus Christ thing thai is contrary to God's Word they walk religiously in good workis; written; neither may it w expound one and ai length by God's mercy they at- place of Scripture, imi il lie repugnant lain 10 everlasting felicity.

to another. Wherefore, although the As the godly consideration of Predes Church be a Witness and a keeper of tinawon, and our Liection in Christ, is Holy Wril, yet as it ought not to decree full of sweet, pleasant, and unspeakable any thing against the same, so besides comfort to govily persons, and such as the same ought not to enforce any thing reel in themselves the working of the to be believed for necessity of salvation. Spirit of Christ, mortifying the works of Ari. XXI. Of the Authority of General the flesis and iheir earthly inembers, and

Councils.* drawing up their mind io high and bea- Art. XXII. Of Purgatory. venly things, as well because it doth, The Runish doctrine concerning Pur greatly establish and confirm their faithilgatory, l'ardons, Worshipping, and of eternal salvation, lo be enjoyed Adoration, as well of unages, as of Rethrough Christ, as because it doth fer-liquies, and also invocation of Saints, vently kindle their love towards God. is a fond thing vaivly invented, and 80, for curinus and carnal persons, iack-rounded upon no warranty of Scripture, ing the Spirit of Christ, to liave conti- but rather repugnant to the Word of God. nually before their eyes the Sentence of Art. XXIII. of Ministering in the Con God's predestination, is a most danger

grigation. mus downfall, wbereby the Devil doth It is not lawful for any man to take thrust them either into ciesperation, or upon lrim the office of public preaching, into wretchlessnóss of most imclean liv- or Ministering the Sacraments in the ing, no less perilous than desperation. Congregation, before he be lawfully

Furtberniore, we must receive God's called, and sent to execute the same. promises in such wise as they be gene-Anoi those we ought to judge lawfully raily set fortis to us in boly Scripture: called and sent, weich be chosen and Anii in our doings, that will of God is called to this Work by men who have to be followed, which we have express-puislic Authority given mo them in ly declared unto lis in the Word of God. ihe Congregation, to call and send Åri. XVIII. Of obtaining Eternal Sul- Niinisters into the Lord's Vineyard.

vation only by the name of Christ. Art. XXIV. Of speaking in the Corigre They also aie to be had rccurscd, that gation in such « Tongue as the people presume to say, that every man shall be understandeth. saved by the Law or Sert which lie pro- It is a thing plainly repugnant to the fessetti, so that lie ne diligent to frame Word of God, and ine Custon of the his life accoring to that l.qw, and the Primitive Church, to have public prayer light of Nature. For boly Scripture in the Church, or to Minister the Sacradoth set out unto us only the Name of ments in a Tongue not understavded of Jesus Christ, whereby nien must be saved. the people. Art. XIX. Of the Church.

Ari. XXV. Of the Sacranients. The visibie Church of Christ's a Con- Sacraments oraiped of Christ be not gregation of faillisul men, in the which only badges or tokens of Christian men's ihe pure Word of Go is preachell, and profession ; but rather they be certain the Sacrame ois belluly n:inisiereri ac-lure wirnesses, and effectual signs of cording to Christ's Oirtinance, in all grace, and God's good will towards us, those things that of necessity are requi- by the which he doth work ivvisily is site to the same.

us. and doth not only quicken, but also

* The 21st of the former articles is omitted, because it is partly of a local and civil uature, and is provided for, as to the remaining parts of is, in other articles mrengthen and confirni oxir faith in him. bly signed and scaled: faith:s confirined

There are two Sacraments cranimed avid grace cirascally virtue of prayer of Christ our tre ni the Gospel, that is .0 unta Good. The flaptism of young chil. say,kaptisni, alu! che Supper of the Lord. dren is in any wise io li retainer in: ibe

Those five commonly called Sacra- Church as :nost agreeable with the misti. meuts, that is to say, Ventirmatio:1, Per tution of Christ. hance, Orders, Matrimony, and Extreme Ari. XXVII. Of th Toril's Supper. Uncunn, are it to be counted for Sa The Supper or ile Lorel is not my a czanents of the livsspel, wing such as sign of the love th:11 Cliristians ough! have grown, partly of the corrupt fui- to havp among themselves one to antes lowing of the Apostles, parily are states her ; but rather is is a Sarratient of vur of life aliowed ! the Scriptures; bur Redemption by Christ's death · inser yet bave not like nature of sacraments much that to suc. as rightly, worthily with Bayilism and the Loril's Supper, and with fait! receive the same, le for that they have not any visibile Sig: Bread which we break is a pariaking of or ceremony ordained of God.

the Berly of Christ; and likewise the The Sacraments were not ordained of Cup of Blessing is a parlaking of the Christ lo oe gazed upon, or to be carri- Blocs of Christ. ed about, but that we should duly use Transubstantiation (or the change of shem. And in such only as worthily relle Substance of Bread wind wine) iti ilie ceive the same, they have a whole-some Slipper of the Lori, cannot im proved effect or operation : but they that re-. Hluty Writ but it is repugnani to the reive thelii unworthily, purchase 1: plain words of Scriprure, is erthroneth themselves damnation, as St. Paul saith. the nature of a Sacrament, and hath Art. XXVI. Of the unworthiness of the given cercasion to many superstitious.

Ministers, v:ki k hinders not the offict of The Box!y of Christ is given, taken, the Sacramen: Is.

and eaten in the Supper, only after an Although in the visible Church the heavenly and spiritual manner. And the evil be ever mingled with the good, and "an wherevyine Body of Christ is re. sometime the evil have chief authority ceiveda.nilaian in the Supper, is Faith. in the ministration of the Word and Sa- The Sacrament of the Lord's suppe: craments: yet, forasmuch as they do was not by Christ'; Ordinance reservec no! the sanie in their own naine, but in carried about, lifted up, or worshipped. Christ's, and do minister by his Com- Art. XXIX. Of the Wicked, whi h cut not mission and Authoriiy, we way use their of the wody of Christ in the Use of the Ministry, both in hearing the Word of

Lorel's Supper. God, and in receiving the Sacraments. The wickeit, amri such as le void of a Neither is the effeci oChrist's Ordi. lively faith, although they do carnally nance taken away by their wickedness, and visibiy ;ress with their leeth (as Si. nor the grace of God's gilis diminisheci Sugisiine sailla) the Sacrament of the from such, as by faith, and rightly, do vody and Blooit of Christ ; yet in no receive the Sacramenis niinisiereriunto wise are they partakers of Christ but them, wbich be etlectual, because of rather to their condamnation din eat and Christ's institution and promise, al- irink the Sigo o: Sacrament of so great though they be ministered by evil inen. a thing.

Nevertheless, it appertainetlı 10 tin Art. XXX. Of both Kinds. Discipline of the Church, that inqui- The Cup o! the Lord is not to be dery be made of evil ministers, and nied to the Lay-People : fror both the that they be accused by those that lave parts of the Lord's Sacran: eut by knowledge of their offences: and finaily Christ's Ordinance and Commandmeni, being found guilty, by just judgnieni, cught to be ministered to all Cluistiun be deposed.

mieli alike. Art. XXVII. Of Baptism. Art. XXXI. Of the one ollution of Baptism is not only a sign of profes- Christ finished upon the cross. sion. and mark of difference, whereby The ofiering of Clirist once made, is Christian men are disccrned from others that perfect redemption, propitiation, that be non christened: but it is also a and satisfaction for all the sins of the sign of Regeneration, or new Birth, whole woril, both original and actur! whereby, as by an instrument, they that and there is none other satisfaction or receive Baptism rightly are grafted into sill, but that alone. Wherere the sa. ther burchi: the promises of ihe forgive-crifice of Masses, in which it was con. bers of sin, anci of vurule piiou to be remonly said, that the l'riest ciel offer suns of God by the Holy Ghost, are visi-Curist for the quick and the dead, in kave remission of pain or guilt, were E. Against peril or Idolatry. blasphemous sables, and dangerous de- 3. Of repairing and keeping clean of ceits.

Churches, Art. XXXII. Of the Marriage of Priests. 4. Of good Works: Girst of Fasting.

Bishops, priests, and deacons, are not 5. Against Gluttony and Drunkenness. commanded by Goul's law, either 10 6. Ayain't Excess of Apparel. vow the estate of single lite, or to abstain

7. Of Prayer. from Marriage: therefore it is lawful 8. Of the place and Time of Frayer. for them, as for all other Christian men, 9. That Common Prayers and Sacrato marry at their owo discrerion, as ments pught to be ministered in a they shall julge the same to serve bei

known Tongue. ter to goliness.

10. Of the reverent Estimation of Art. XXXli. Of ercommunicate Per- God's Word.

sons, how they are to be aroid d. 11. Of Alms-doing. I bet person which by open denuncia. 12. Of the Nativity of Christ. tion of the Church, issighily cut off from 13. Of the Passion of Christ. the lnity of the Church, and excomniu- 14. Of the Resurrection of Christ. nicatc:!, ought to be taken of the whole 15. Or the worthy receiving of the samultitude of the faithful, as an Hea- crament of the Body and Blool of then md Publican, untii he be openly Christ. recunciled by penance, and received in- 15. Of the Gifts of the Holy Ghost. to the Church by a Judge that h:1h au- 17. For the Rogation-days. tho, itv thereunto.

19. Of the State of Matrimony. Art. XXXIV. Of the Traditions of the 19. Or Repentance. Chitrch.

20. Against Idleness. It is not necessary that Traditions and

21. Against Rebellion. Ceremonies be in all places one, or utterly like; for at all times they have Church, so far as it declares the hooks

(This Article is received in this been ijvers, and may be changed ac- of Ilomilies to be an explication of cording to the diversity of countries, Christian doctrine, and instructive in tines, and men's manners, so that no- piety and morals. But al! references to thiing be ordained against Gioc's word.lihe constitution and laws of England Whosoever, through his private judg. are considered as inapplica!le to the cir. meni, willingly and purposely doth cumstances of this Church, which also openly break the Traditions and Cere suspends the order for the reading of monies of the Churci), which be not re-said Homilies in Churches until a repugnant to the word of God, and be or- vision of them may be conveniently dained and approved by common atitho- made, for the clearing of them, as well rity, ought to be rebu' ed openly (that from 'obsolete words and phrases, as other may fear to do the like, as he that from local references.] offendeth against the common Order of the Cirurch, and burteth the Authority of Art. XXXVI. Of Consecration of Bithe Nagistrate, and woundeth the con

shops and Ministers.

The Book of Consecration of Bishops, sciences of the weak Brethren.

Every particular or National Chorch and ordering of Priests and Deacons hath Authority to ordain, change, and as set forth by the General Convention abolish Ceremonies or' Kites of the of this Church in 1792, doth contain all Church, crdained only by man's autho-things necessary to such consecration rity, so that all things be done tv edifying and ordering ; neither hatlı it any thing Art. XXXV. Of Homilies.

that, of itself, is superstitious and ungodThe second Book of lonelies, the seve-ly: and, therefore, whosoever are conral titles whereot' we have joined, under secrated or ordered according to said this Article, doth contain a godly and form, we deciee all such to be rightly, wholesome Doctrine, une necessary for orderly, and lawfully consecrated and these Times, as doth the former Book forlere«l. of llomilies, which were set forth in the Art. XXXVII. Of the Pozver of the Civil time of Edrward the Sixth; and there

Mügistrates. fore we judgetheits to be read in Church- The power of the Civil Magistrate ex es hy the Ministers riligently and distendeth to all men, as 'vill Clergy as Lai. tinctly, that they may be understanded tv, in ail things temporal; but hath no of the people.

authority in things purely spiritual. uf'the Names of the Homilies. And we hoi to lie the duty of all men 1. Of the right Use of the Church who are professors of tbe Gospel, to pay

respectful obedience to the civil autho- Art. XXXIX. of a Christian man's rily, regularly and legitimately consti

Onth tuted.

As we confess that vain and rasb Art XXXVIII. of Christinn men's swearing is forbidilen Christian mey by

Gjag lx, ruh irk are not common our Lord Jesus Christ, and Jamex bis The Riches and Gourls of Christians Apostle: " we judge that Christian keare not common, as touching the right, 'ligion doch not prohibit, but that a nian title, and possession of the same, as cer- may swear when the Magistrate rrquirtai. Anabaptists de falsely boast Not- eth in a cause of Faith and Charity, so withstanding, every man ought much it be done according to the Prophets things as he possesseth..iberally to give traching in Justice. Judgment and alms to the poor according to his ability. Trulk.

« PreviousContinue »