« AnteriorContinuar »
1. Of Faith in the Holy Trinity.
V. Of the Holy Ghost.
HE Holy Ghost,
, parts, or passions ; of infinite power, is of one substance, majesty, and wisdom, and goodness; the Maker, glory, with the Father and the Son, and Preserver of all things both visible very and eternal God. and invisible. And in unity of this VI. Of the Sufficiency of the holy Godhead there be three Persons, of Scriptures for salvation. one substance, power, and eternity;
OLY Scripture containeth all the Father, the Son, and the Holy
things necessary to salvation : Ghost.
so that whatsoever is not read therein, II. Of the Word or Son of God, which
por may be proved thereby, is not to
be required of any man, that it should very Man.
be believed as an article of the Faith, THE Son, which is the Word of
or be thought requisite or necessary the Father, begotten from ever- to salvation. In the name of the holy lasting of the Father, the very and Scripture we do understand those eternal God, and of one substance
Canonical Books of the Old and New with the Father, took Man's nature in Testament, of whose authority was the womb of the blessed Virgin, of
never any doubt in the Church. her substance: so that two whole and perfect Natures, that is to say, the
of the Names and Number of the
Canonical Books. Godhead and Manhood, were joined together in one Person, never to be
Erodus, divided, whereof is one Christ, very
Leviticus, God, and very Man; who truly suffered, was crucified, dead and buried,
Numbers, to reconcile his father to us, and to
Deuteronomy, be a sacrifice, not only for original
Joshua, guilt, but also for actual sins of
The First Book of Samuel, III. Of the going down of Christ The Second Book of Samuel, into Hell.
The First Book of Kings,
Book of Kings, buried, so also is it to be be- The First Book of Chronicles, lieved, that he went down into Hell. The Second Book of Chronicles,
The First Book of Esdras, IV. Of the Resurrection of Christ. The Second Book of Esdras, YHRIST did truly rise again from The Book of Esther,
The Book of Job, with flesh, bones, and all things ap- The Psalms, pertaining to the perfection of Man's The Proverbs, nature; wherewith he ascended into Ecclesiastes, or Preacher, Heaven, and there sitteth, until he Cantica, or Songs of Solomon, return to judge all Men at the last Four Prophets the greater,
Twelve Prophets the less.
And the other Books (as Hierome received and believed: for they may saith) the Church doth read for ex- be proved by most certain warrants of ample of life and instruction of man- holy Scripture. ners; but yet doth it not apply them
IX. Of Original or Birth-sin. to establishi any doctrine; such are these following: The Third Book of Esdras,
the following of Adam, (as the The Fourth Book of Esdras,
Pelagians do vainly talk ;) but it is
the fault and corruption of the nature The Book of Tobias,
of every man, that naturally is ingenThe Book of Judith,
dered of the offspring of Adam ; The rest of the Book of Esther, The Book of Wisdom,
whereby man is very far gone from
original righteousness, and is of his Jesus the Son of Sirach, Baruch the Prophet,
own nature inclined to evil, so that
the flesh lusteth always contrary to The Song of the Three Children,
the spirit; and therefore in every perThe Story of Susanna, Of Bel and the Dragon,
son born into this world, it deserveth The Prayer of Manasses,
God's wrath and damnation. And The First Book of Maccabees,
this infection of nature doth remain, The Second Book of Maccabees.
yea in them that are regenerated;
whereby the lust of the flesh, called All the Books of the New Testa- in the Greek, phronema sarkos, which ment, as they are commonly received, some do expound the wisdom, some we do receive, and account them Ca- sensuality, some the affection, some 'nonical.
the desire, of the flesh, is not subject VII. Of the Old Testa.nent.
to the Law of God. And although
there is no condemnation for them THE Old Testament is not con- that believe and are baptized, yet the
trary to the New: for both in Apostle doth confess, that concupithe Old and New Testament everlast
scence and lust bath of itself the naing life is offered to Mankind by ture of sin. Christ, who is the only Mediator between God and Man, being both
X. Of Free-Will. God and Man. Wherefore they are
THE condition of Man after the not to be heard, which feign that the fall of Adam is such, that he old Fathers did look only for tran- cannot turn and prepare himself, by sitory promises. Although the Law his own natural strength and good given from God by Moses, as touch- works, to faith, and calling upon ing Ceremonies and Rites, do not God: Wherefore we have no power bind Christian men, nor the Civil to do good works pleasant and acceptprecepts thereof ought of necessity to able to God, without the grace of Le received in any commonwealth ; God by Christ preventing us, that we yet notwithstanding, no Christian man may have a good will, and working whatsoever is free from the obedience with us, when we have that good will. of the Commandments which are called Moral.
XI. Of the Justification of Man. VIII. Of the Three Creeds.
E are accounted righteous beWe
fore God, only for the merit THE
Athanasius's Creed, and that by Faith, and not for our own works which is commonly called the Apo- or deservings: Wherefore, that we are stles' Creed, ought thoroughly to be justified by Faith only is a most whole
some Doctrine, and very full of com- Larub without spot, who, by sacrifice fort, as more largely is expressed in of bimself once made, should take the Homily of Justification.
away the sins of the world, and sin,
as Saint John saith, was not in him. XII. Of Good Works.
But all we the rest, although baptizett, are the fruits of Faith, and fol- in many things; and if we say we low after Justification, cannot put have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and away our sins, and endure the severity the truth is not in us. of God's Judgement; yet are they pleasing and acceptable to God in XVI. Of Sin after Baptism. Christ, and do spring out necessarily Tot every deadly sin willingly
OT of a true and lively Faith ; insomuch
committed after Baptism is sin that by them a lively Faith may be as against the Holy Ghost, and unparevidently known as a tree discerned donable. Wherefore the grant of reby the fruit.
pentance is not to be denied to such XIII. Of Works before Justification. as fall into sin after Baptism. After ORKS done before the grace
we bave received the Holy Ghost, we of Christ, and the Inspiration may depart from grace given, and fall of his Spirit, are not pleasant to God, forasmuch as they spring not of faith may arise again, and amend our lives.
And therefore they are to be conin Jesus Christ, neither do they make men meet to receive grace, or (as the demned, which say, they can no more School-authors say) deserve grace of sin as long as they live liere, or deny
congruity: yea rather, for that they the place of forgiveness to such as are not done as God hath willed and truly repent. commanded them to be done, we XVII. Of Predestination and Elecdoubt not but they have the nature of
PREDESTINATION to Life is XIV. Of Works of Supererogation. P
the everlasting purpose of God, VOOL
OLUNTARY Works besides, whereby (before the foundations of mandments, which they call Works stantly decreed by his counsel secret of Sapererogation, cannot be taught to us, to deliver from curse and damwithout arrogancy and impiety: for nation those whom he hath chosen in by them men do declare, that they Christ out of mankind, and to bring do not only render unto God as much them by Christ to everlasting salvaas they are bound to do, but that they tion, as vessels made to honour. do more for his sake, than of bounden Wherefore, they which beendued duty is required: whereas Christ saith with so excellent a benefit of God be plainly, When ye have done all that called according to God's purpose by are commanded to you, say, We are his Spirit working in due season: they unprofitable servants.
through Grace obey the calling: they
be justitied freely: they be made sons XV. Of Christ alone without Sin.
of God by adoption: they be made YHRIST in the truth of our na- like the image of his only-begotten ture
religiously all things, sin only except, from which in good works, and at length, by he was clearly void, both in his flesh, God's mercy, they attain to everlastand in his spirit. He came to be the ing felicity.
As the godly consideration of Pre- As the Church of Jerusalem, Alerdestination, and our Election in Christ, andria, and Antioch, have erred; so is full of sweet, pleasant, and unspeak- also the Church of Rome hath erred, able comfort to godly persons, and not only in their living and manner of such as feel in themselves the working Ceremonies, but also in matters of of the Spirit of Christ, mortifying the Faith. works of the flesh, and their earthly members, and drawing up their mind xx. Of the Authority of the Church. to high and heavenly things, as well because it doth greatly establish and The Church hath power to decree confirm their faith of eternal Salvation to be enjoyed through Christ, as be- thority in Controversies of Faith: And cause it doth fervently kindle their yet it is not lawful for the Church to love towards God: So, for curious God's Word written, neither may it so
ordain any thing that is contrary to and carnal persons, lacking the Spirit of Christ, to have continually before expound one place of Scripture, that
Wheretheir eyes the sentence of God's
it be repugnant to another. Predestination, is a most dangerous
fore, although the Church be a wit
ness and a keeper of holy Writ, yet, downfal, whereby the Devil doth thrust them either into desperation,
as it ought not to decree any thing or into wretchlessness of most unclean against the same, so besides the same living, no less perilous than despe- to be believed for necessity of Sal
ought it not to enforce any thing ration.
vation. Furthermore, we must receive God's promises in such wise, as they be XXI. Of the Authority of General generally set forth to us in holy Scrip
Councils. : , of
ENERAL expressly declared unto us in the Word of God.
commandment and will of Princes.
And when they be gathered together, XVIII. Of obtaining eternal Salva- (forasmuch as they be an assembly of
tion only by the Name of Christ. men, whereof all be not governed THEY also are to be had accursed with the Spirit and Word of God,) that presume to say, That
they may err, and sometimes have
every man shall be saved by the Law or
erred, even in things pertaining unto Sect which he professeth, so that he God. Wherefore things ordained by be diligent to frame his life according them as necessary to salvation have to that Law, and the light of Nature, neither strength nor authority, unless For holy Scripture doth set out unto it may be declared that they be taken us only the Name of Jesus Christ, out of holy Scripture. whereby men must be saved.
XXII. Of Purgatory.
THE Romish Doctrine concerning
Purgatory, Pardons, Worshipcongregation of faithful men, inping and Adoration, as well of Images the which the pure Word of God is as of Reliques, and also invocation of preached, and the Sacraments be duly Saints, is a fond thing vainly invented, ministered according to Christ's ordi- and grounded upon no warranty of Dance in all those things that of neces- Scripture, but rather repugnant 10 sity are requisite to the same.
the Word of God.
God is to be followed, which we have G gathered together without the
XXIII. Of Ministering in the Con- The Sacraments were not ordained gregation.
of Christ to be gazed upon, or to be IT T is not lawful for any man to take carried about, but that we should
upon him the office of publick duly use them. And in such only as preaching, or ministering the Sacra-worthily receive the same they have a ments in the Congregation, before he wholesome effect or operation : but be lawfully called, and sent to execute they that receive them unworthily purthe same. And those we ought to
chase to themselves damnation, as judge lawfully called and sent, which Saint Paul saith. be chosen and called to this work by
XXVI. Of the Unworthiness of the men who have publick authority given
Ministers, which hinders not the unto them in the Congregation, to
effect of the Sacrament. call and send Ministers into the Lord's
LTHOUGH in the visible vineyard.
Church the evil be ever mingled XXIV. Of speaking in the Congrega-with the good, and sometimes the
tion in such a tongue as the people evil have chief authority in the Miniunderstandeth.
stration of the Word and Sacraments, T is a thing plainly repugnant to
yet forasmuch as they do not the same
in their own name, but in Christ's, and of the Primitive Church, to have pub- do minister by his commission and aulick Prayer in the Church, or to min- thority, we may use their Ministry, ister the Sacraments in a tongue not both in hearing the Word of God, and understanded of the people.
in receiving of the Sacraments. NeiXXV. Of the Sacraments.
ther is the effect of Christ's ordi
nance taken away by their wickedness, SACRAMENTS. ordained of Clarist be not only badges or tokens of from such as by faith and rightly do
nor the grace of God's gifts diminished Christian men's profession, but rather
receive the Sacraments ministered unthey be certain sure witnesses, and
to them; which be effectual, because effectual signs of grace, and God's
of Christ's institution and promise, algood will towards us, by the which lie though they be ministered by evil doth work invisibly in us, and doth not only quicken, but also strengthen
Nevertheless, it appertaineth to the and confirm our Faith in him.
discipline of the Church, that enquiry There are two Sacraments ordained
be made of evil Ministers, and that of Christ our Lord in the Gospel, that they be accused by those that have is to say, Baptisni, and the Supper of knowledge of their offences; and fithe Lord. Those five commouly called Sacra- nally being found guilty, by just
judgement be deposed. ments, that is to say, Contirmation, Penance, Ordlers, Matrimony, and ex
XXVII. Of Baptism. , for Sacraments of the Gospel, being profession, and mark of such as have grown partly of the cor- ence, whereby Christian men are disrupt following of the Apostles, partly cerned from others that be not chrisare states of life allowed in the Scriptened, but it is also a sign of Regenetures; but yet have not like nature of ration or new Birth, whereby, as by an Sacraments with Baptism, and the instrument, they that receive Baptisni Lord's Supper, for that they have not rightly are grafted into the Church; any visible sign or ceremony ordained the promises of forgiveness of sin, and of God.
of our adoption to be the sons of God