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John Ley of Budworth
Assessor after Mr. White
Obadiah Sedgwick, B. D. of Cog-
Edward Corbistof Merton College,
John Maynard ofMayfield
William Bridge of Yarmbuth
Henry Hall, B. D. of Norwich
Peter Clark of Kerby Under-hill
Richard Byfield of Long-Dittont
Commissioners from the General Assembly of the Church of SCOTLAND.
A Lexander Henderson of Edin- John Earl of Cafllls ** burgh John Lord Maitland, afterward
Robert Douglas of Edinburgh Duke of Lauderdale
Samuel Rutherfoord of St. Andrews Sir Archibald Johnston of Warif-
Assembly at EDINBURGH, Augtist 27th, 1647. Sess. ijl Act approving the Confession of Faith.
A Confession of Faith for the Kirks of God, in the Three Kingdoms, yjL being the chiefest Part of that Uniformity in Religion, which, bf the solemn League and Covenant, we are bound to endeavour; and there being accordingly a Confession of Faith agreed upon by the Assembly of Divines sitting at Westminster, with the Assistance of Commissioners from the Kirk of Scotland; Which Confession was sent from our Commissioners at London, to the Commissioners of the Kirk met at Edinburgh in January last, and hath been in this Assembly twice publickly read over, •examined and considered; Copies thereofbeing also printed, that it might be particularly perused by all the. Members of this Assembly, unto whom frequent Intimation was publickly made, to put in'their Doubts and Objections, if they had any: And the said Confession being, upon due Examination thereof, found by the Assembly to be most agreeable to the Word of God, and in nothing contrary to the received Doctrine, Worship, Discipline and Government of this Kirk. And lastly, it being so necessary, and fb much longed for, that the said Confession be, with all possible DU ligenceand Expedition, approved and established in both Kingdoms, as a principal Part of the intended Uniformity in Religion, and as a special Means for the more effectual Suppressing of the many dangerous Errors and Heresies of these Times. The General Assembly doth therefore, after mature Deliberation, agree unto, and approve the said Confession, &i to the Truth of the Matter; (judging it to be most Orthodox, and grounded upon the Word of God) and also, as to the Point of Uniformi* ty, agreeing for our Part, that it be a common Confession of Faith for tha Three Kingdoms. 'The Assembly doth also bless the Lord, and thankfully acknowledge his great Mercy, in that so excellent a Confession of Faith is prepared, and thus far agreed upon in both Kingdoms; which tre look upon as a great strengthning of the true Reformed Religion, against the common Enemies thereof. But, lest our Intention and Meaning be in some Particulars misunderstood, it is hereby exprefly declared and provided, That the not mentioning in this Confession, the several Sorts of Ecclesiastical Officers and Assemblies, shall be no Prejudice to the Truth of Christ, in these Particulars, to b« expressed fully in the Directory of Government. It is further declared, That the Assembly undorstandeth some Parts of the second Article os the Thirty-one Chapter, only os Kirks not settled, or constituted in Point of Government: And that although, in such Kirks, a Synod of Ministers, and other fit Persons, may be called by the Magistrate's Authority and Nomination, without any other Call, to consult and advise with, about Matters of Religion; and altho' likewise the Ministers of Christ, without Delegation fror.i their Churches, may of themselves, and by virtue of their Office, meet together Synodically in such Kirks, not yet constituted; yet neither of these ought to be done, in Kirk* constituted and settled: It being always free to the Magistrate to ad vile
B witii with Synods of Ministers and Ruling-Elders, meeting upon Delegation from their Churches, either ordinarily, or, being indicted by his Authority, occasionally and pro re nata; it being also free to assemble together Synodically, as well pro re nata as at the ordinary Times, upon Delegation from the Churches, by the intrinsical Power received from Christ, as often as it is necessary for the Good of the Church so to assemble, in cafe the Magistrate, to the Detriment of the Church, withhold or deny his Consent j the Necessity of occasional Assemblies being first remonstrate unto him by humble Supplication.
Charles I. Parl. 2. Sess. 2. Act 16.
Act anent the Catechisms, Confession of Faith, and Ratification
At EDINBURGH, February 7th, 1649,
THE Estates of Parliament now presently conveened in this second Session of the second Triennial Parliament, by Virtue of an Act of the Committee of Estates, who had Power and Authority from the last Parliament for conveening the Parliament, having seriously considered the Catechisms, viz. the Larger and Shorter ones, with the Confession of Faith, with Three Acts of Approbation thereof by the Commissioners of the General Assembly, presented unto them by the Commissioners of the said General Assembly; Do ratify and approve the said Catechisms, Confession of Faith, and Acts of Approbation of the fame, produced as it is; and ordains them to be recorded, published and practised.
THB CONFESSION ofFAlTH,
ASSEMBLY Of DIVINES
CHURCH Of SCOTLAND,
A Part of the Covenanted Uniformity in Religion betwixt the Churches of C H R i s T in the Kingdoms of Scotland, England, and Ireland.
Approved by the General Assembly 1647, and ratified and established by Act of Parliament 1649, and 1690, as the publick and avowed ConVsssio* of the CHURCH of SCOTLAND.
WITH The PROOFS From Th» SCRIPTURE.
C O N T E N T S.
I. . OF the Holy Scripture.
II. Of Cod and of the Holy Trinity.
III. Of Cod's Eternal Decree.
IV. Of Creation.
V. Of Providence. I
VI. Of the fall of Man, of Sin, and of the Punishment theretf.
VJIi. Of Christ the Mediator.
XI. Of Justification. j
XII. Of Adoption.
XIII. Of Santlification.
XIV. Of Saving Faith.
XV. 0/" Repentance unto Lift.
XVII. Of M<r Perseverance of the Saint!.
XXIII. Of the Civil Magistrate,
XXIV. 0/ Marriage and Divorce.
XXVI. Of Communion os Saintt.
XXIX. Of the Lord's Supper.
XXX. Of Church Censures.
XXXII. OJ the State of Men after Death, and <f the Refurrrftien of