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John Dury Philip Delme
Sidrach Simpfon of London
Dr. Francis Cheynel of Oxon
Obadiah Sedgwick, B. D. of Cogfhal
Samuel Gibson of Burley
Thomas Coleman of Eliton
William Carter of London
John Maynard of Mayfield
John Whincop of St. Martins in the
William Bridge of Yarmouth
Jafper Hicks of Lawrick or Lanrake John Bond
Henry Hall, B. D. of Norwich Thomas Ford of London, afterwards of Exter
Thomas Thorowgood of Maffing
Peter Clark of Kerby Under-hill
John Foxcroft of Cotham
Richard Byfield of Long-Ditton
John Jackfon of Marske
Commiffioners from the General Affembly of the Church of SCOTLAND.
A Lexander Henderfon of Edin- John Earl of Caffils
Robert Douglas of Edinburgh Samuel Rutherfoord of St. Andrews Robert Bailey of Glasgow
George Gillefpy of Edinburgh
John Lord Maitland, afterwards Duke of Lauderdale
Sir Archibald Johnston of Waristoun Ruling Elders.
Adoniram Byfield Scribes
Aembly at EDINBURGH, August 27th, 1647. Seff. 23.
Act approving the Confeffion of Faith.
Confeffion of Faith for the Kirks of God, in the Three Kingdoms, being the chiefeft Part of that Uniformity in Religion, which, by the Solemn League and Covenant, we are bound to endeavour; and there being accordingly a Confeffion of Faith agreed upon by the Affembly of Divines fitting at Westminster, with the Affiftance of Comiffioners from the Kirk of Scotland; Which confeffion was fent from our Commiffioners at London, to the Commiffioners of the Kirk met at Edinburgh in January laft, and hath been in the affembly twice publickly read over, examined and confidered: Copies thereof being alfo printed, that it might be particularly perufed by all the Members of this Affembly, unto whom frequent Intimation was publickly made, to put in their Doubts and Objections, if they had any: And the faid Confeffion being, upon due Examination thereof, found by the Affembly to be most agreeeable to the Word of God, and in nothing contrary to the received Doctrine, Worship, Difcipline and Government of this Kirk, And laftly, it being fo neceffary, and fo much longed for, that the faid Confeffion be, with all poffible Diligence and Expedition, approved and established in both Kingdoms, as a principal Part of the intended Uniformity in Religion, and as a fpecial Means for the more effectual fuppreffing of the many dangerous Errors and Herefies of thefe Times. The General Affembly doth therefore, after mature Deliberation, agree unto, and approve the faid Confeffion, as to the Truth of the Matter; (judging it to be most Orthodox, and grounded upon the Word of God) and alfo, as to the Point of Uniformity, agreeing for our Part, that it be a common Confeffion of Faith for the Three Kingdoms. The Affembly doth allo blefs the Lord, and thankfully acknowledge his great Mercy, in that fo excellent a Confeffion of Faith is prepared, and thus far agreed upon in both kingdoms; which we look upon as a great ftrengthening of the true Reformed Religion, against the common Enemies thereof. But, left our intention and Meaning be in fome ParticuJars mifunderflood, it is hereby exprefly declared, and provided, That the not mentioning in this Confeffion, the feveral Sorts of Ecclefiaftical Officers and Affemblies, fhall be no Prejudice to the Truth of Christ, in thefe Particulars, to be expreffed fully in the Directory of Government. It is further declared, That the Affembly understandeth some Parts of the fecond Article of the Thirty-one Chapter, only of Kirks not fettled, or conflituted in Point of Government: And that although, in fuch Kirks, a Synod of Minifters, and other fit Perfons, may be called by the Magiftrates authority and Nomination, without any other Call to confult and advife with, about Matters of Religion; and altho' likewise the Ministers of Chrift, without Delegation from their Churches, may of
themselves, and by virtue of their Office, meet together Synodically in fuch Kirks, not yet conftituted; yet neither of thefe ought to be done in Kirks conftituted and fettled: It being always free to the Magiftrate to advise with Synods of Minifters and Ruling Elders, meeting upon Delegation from their churches, either ordinarily, or, being indicted by his authority, occafionally and pro re nata; it being alfo free to affemble together Synodically, as well pro re nata as at the ordinary times, upon Delegation from the Churches, by the intrinsical Power received from Chrift, as often as it is neceffary for the Good of the Church fo to affemble, in cafe the Magiftrate, to the Detriment of the Church, withhold or deny his Confent; the Neceffity of occafional affemblies being first remonstrate unto him by humble Supplication.
Charles I. Parl. 2. Seff. 2. Act 16,
ACT anent the Catechifms, Confeffion of Faith, and Ratification thereof. At EDINBURGH, February 7th, 1649.
HE Eftates of Parliament now presently conveened in this fecond Seffion of the second Triennial Parliament, by Vertue of an act of the Committee of Eftates, who had Power and authority from the last Parliament for conveening the Parliament, having seriously confidered the Catechifms, viz. the Larger and Shorter ones, with the Confeffion of Faith, with the Three acts of approbation thereof by the Com. miffioners of the General affembly, prefented unto them by the Commishoners of the faid General Affembly; Do ratify and approve the faid Catcchifms, Confeffion of Faith, and acts of approbation of the fame produced as it is; and ordains them to be recorded, publifhed and practifed.
A Part of the Covenanted Uniformity in Religion betwixt the Churches of CHRIST in the Kingdoms of Scotland, England, and Ireland.
Approved by the General Affembly 1647, and ratified and eftablished by Act of Parliament 1649, as the public and avowed CONFESSION of the CHURCH of SCOTLAND.
With the Proofs from the Scripture.
Printed in the Year, MDCCLXVIII.
THE CONTENT S.
. Of God and of the Holy Trinity.
III. Of God's Eternal Decree.
IV. Of Creation.
V. Of Providence.
VI. Of the fall of Man, of Sin, and of the punishment thereof. VII. Of God's Covenant with Man.
VIII. Of Chrift the Mediator.
IX. Of Free Will.
X. Of Effectual Calling.
XI. Of Juftification.
XIII. Of Sanctification.
XIV. Of Saving Faith.
XV. Of Repentance unto Life.
XVI. Of Good Works.
XVII. Of the Perfeverance of the Saints.
XVIII. Of Affurance of Grace and Salvation.
XIX. Of the Law of God.
XX. Of Chriftian Liberty, and Liberty of Confcience.
XXIII. of the Civil Magiftrate.
XXIV. of Marriage and Divorce.
XXV. of the Church.
XXVI. of Communion of Saints.
XXVII. of the Sacraments.
XXVIII. of Baptifm.
XXIX. of the Lord's Supper.
XXX. of Church-Cenfures.
XXXI. Of Synods and Councils.
XXXII. of the State of Men after Death, and of the Refurrec
tion of the Dead.
XXXIII. of the last Judgment.