I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker
of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ his only son our Lord
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead; and buried.
The third day he arose from the dead' he ascended into heaven
and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from
thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe
in the Holy Spirit, the Church Universal, the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and the
life everlasting. Amen.
Articles of Our Faith
1. OF FAITH IN THE HOLY TRINITY
There is but one living and true God, everlasting,
without body or parts, of infinite power, wisdom and goodness; the
maker and preserver of all things, both visible and invisible. And
in unity of this God-head, there are three persons of one substance,
power and eternity; the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost.
2. OF THE WORD OR SON OF GOD, WHO WAS
MADE VERY MAN
The Son, who is the Word of the Father, the very
and eternal God, of one substance with the Father, took man's nature
in the womb of the blessed Virgin; so that two whole and perfect
natures, that is to say, the God-head and manhood, were joined together
in one person, never to be divided, whereof is one Christ, very
God and very man, who suffered, was crucified, dead and buried,
to reconcile his Father to us, and to be a sacrifice, not only for
original guilt, but also for actual sins of men.
3. OF THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST
Christ did truly rise from the dead, and took
again his body with all things appertaining to the perfection of
man's nature, wherewith he ascended into heaven, and sitteth until
he returns to judge all men at last day.
4. OF THE HOLY GHOST
The Holy Ghost, proceeding from the Father and
the Son, is of one substance, majesty and glory with the Father
and the Son, very and eternal God.
5. THE SUFFICIENCY OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES
The Holy Scripture containeth all things necessary
to salvation; so that whatever is not read therein, nor may be proved
thereby, is not to be required of any man, that it should be believed
as an article of faith, or be thought requisite or necessary to
salvation. In the name of the Holy Scriptures, we do understand
those canonical books of the Old and New Testament, of whose authority
was never any doubt in the Church.
The Names of the Canonical Books:
The First Book of Samuel
The Second Book of Samuel
The First Book of Kings
The Second Book of Kings
|The First Book of Chronicles
The Second Book of Chronicles
The Book of Ezra
The Book of Nehemiah
The Book of Esther
The Book of Job
The Book of Psalms
Ecclesiastes, or the Preacher
Cantica, or Songs of Solomon
Four Prophets, the Greater
Twelve Prophets, the Lesser
All the books of the New Testament as they are
commonly received, we do receive and account canonical.
6. OF THE OLD TESTAMENT
The Old Testament is not contrary to the New;
for both in the Old and the New Testament, everlasting life is offered
to mankind by Christ, who is the only Mediator between God and man,
being both God and man. Wherefore, they are not to be heard, who
feign that the old fathers did look only for transitory promises.
Although the law given from God by Moses, as touching ceremonies
and rites, doth not bind Christians, nor ought the civil precepts
thereof of necessity be received in any commonwealth; yet notwithstanding,
no Christian whatsoever is free from the obedience of the Commandments,
which are called moral.
7. OF ORIGINAL OR BIRTH SIN
Original sin standeth not in the following of
Adam (as the Pelagians do vainly talk) but it is the corruption
of the nature of every man, that naturally is engendered of the
offspring of Adam, whereby man is very far gone from original righteousness,
and of his own nature inclined to evil, and that continually.
8. OF FREE WILL
The condition of man after the fall of Adam is
such that he cannot turn and prepare himself by his own natural
strength and works to faith, and calling upon God; wherefore, we
have no power to do good works, pleasant and acceptable to God,
without the grace of God; by Christ preventing us, that we may have
a good will, and working with us, when we have that good will.
9. OF THE JUSTIFICATION OF MAN
We are accounted righteous before God only for
the merit of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, by faith, and not
by our own works or deservings; wherefore, that we are justified
by faith only, is a most wholesome doctrine, and very full of comfort.
10. OF GOOD WORKS
Although good works, which are the fruit of faith,
and follow after justification, cannot put away our sins, and endure
the severity of God's judgments: yet are they pleasing and acceptable
to God in Christ, and spring out of a true and lively faith, insomuch
that they by them a lively faith may be as evidently known, as a
tree is discerned by its fruit.
11. OF WORKS OF SUPEREROGATION
Voluntary works, besides, over and above God's
Commandments, which they call works of supererogation, cannot be
taught without arrogancy and impiety. For by them men do declare
that they do not only render unto God as much as they are bound
to do, but that they do more for His sake than of bounden duty is
required; whereas Christ said plainly," When ye have done all
that is commanded you, say, we are unprofitable servants."
12. OF SIN AFTER JUSTIFICATION
Not every sin willingly committed after justification
is the sin against the Holy Ghost, and unpardonable. Wherefore,
the grant of repentance is not to be denied to such as fall into
sin after justification. After we have received the Holy Ghost,
we may depart from grace given, and fall into sin, and by the grace
of God, rise again, and amend your lives. And therefore they are
to be condemned who say they can do no more sin as long as they
live here; or deny the place of forgiveness to such as truly repent.
13. OF THE CHURCH
The visible Church of Christ is a congregation
of faithful men, in which the pure Word of God is preached, and
the sacraments duly administered according to Christ's ordinance,
in all those things that of necessity are requisite to the same.
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