89:31–32, 1 Cor. 11:32), 1. 1:5) Neither are any other redeemed by Christ, effectually called, justified, adopted, sanctified, and saved, but the elect only. 13:20–21, 2 Cor. Of Adoption; XIII. 10:5–10, John 10:18, Phil. 3:23) and so became dead in sin, (Gen. 2:17, Eph. 6:14) from the evil of afflictions, the sting of death, the victory of the grave, and everlasting damnation; (Rom. (Heb. Not only those that do actually profess faith in and obedience unto Christ, (Mark 16:15–16, Acts 8:37–38) but also the infants of one, or both, believing parents, are to be baptized. (Isa. 9:22, 25–26, 28) but only a commemoration of that one offering up of Himself, by Himself, upon the cross, once for all: and a spiritual oblation of all possible praise unto God, for the same: (1 Cor. 3:6–9) under the law it was administered by promises, prophecies, sacrifices, circumcision, the paschal lamb, and other types and ordinances delivered to the people of the Jews, all foresignifying Christ to come; (Heb. (Heb. 115:3) most absolute; (Exod. (Matt. 7:7, Rom. 3:28, Rom. 1:11, 14, John 17:2, Heb. 5:10–11, 2 Thess. 2:13), 5. As there is no sin so small, but it deserves damnation; (Rom. 28:13, 1 John 1:9) so, he that scandalizeth his brother, or the Church of Christ, ought to be willing, by a private or publick confession, and sorrow for his sin, to declare his repentance to those that are offended, (James 5:16, Luke 17:3–4, Josh. (2 Cor. 5:17, 38–39, 1 Cor. 3:6) immense, (1 Kings 8:27, Jer. 6:11–12, 2 Pet. 10:20) wherein, upon just occasion, the person swearing solemnly calleth God to witness what he asserteth, or promiseth, and to judge him according to the truth or falsehood of what he sweareth. Jeremiah 7:14, Matt. 24:1–4), 1. 3:24, Eph. 15:19), 5. I Samuel 51:1) whereby they incur God’s displeasure, (Isa. 6:18, 20, 1 Pet. 1:11, John 15:8) whose workmanship they are, created in Christ Jesus thereunto, (Eph. 5:23,27,32, Col. 1:18), 2. 9:18–19, 2 Sam. 9:24, 26, Col. 1:19–20, Eph. God, the supreme Lord and King of all the world, hath ordained civil magistrates to be under Him, over the people, for His own glory, and the public good: and, to this end, hath armed them with the power of the sword, for the defense and encouragement of them that are good, and for the punishment of evil doers. 2:13, Deut. 12:36–37), 2. 3:5–7, Rom. 4:22–24, Heb. Of God’s Covenant with Man; VIII. 5:34, 37, James 5:12) Yet, as in matters of weight and moment, an oath is warranted by the Word of God, under the new testament as well as under the old; (Heb. 1:12) nor to a right end, the glory of God, (Matt. 6:18) and, if vocal, in a known tongue. The first and second Epistles of Peter 1. 19:11) although not as due to them by the law as a covenant of works. (Gal. 1:3) direct, dispose, and govern all creatures, actions, and things, (Dan. 23:6, 1 Cor. 7:18, Col. 1:21) and wholly inclined to all evil, (Gen. 6:5, Gen. 8:21, Rom. 5:21, Matt. Luke John 5:1–2, 5, Rom. 11:23–26) but to none who are not then present in the congregation. 7:3, Exod. 28:19, 1 Cor. 1:4–5, Eph. 1:19, 21, 2 Tim. 15:13, Eph. 4:30, 31, Ps. 4:6–7, Ps. 135:6, Acts 17:25–26,28) from the greatest even to the least, (Matt. 11:13–14, 1 Cor. (Luke 24:27, 44, Rom. 15:21–22, 45, 49) and the same death in sin, and corrupted nature, conveyed to all their posterity descending from them by ordinary generation. 1:10, 1 John 3:9, 1 Pet. Marriage ought not to be within the degrees of consanguinity or affinity forbidden by the Word. Although the light of nature, and the works of creation and providence do so far manifest the goodness, wisdom, and power of God, as to leave men inexcusable; (Rom. Westminster Confession of Faith (1647). The Lord Jesus, as King and Head of His Church, hath therein appointed a government, in the hand of Church officers, distinct from the civil magistrate. 9:8–10), 5. 3:20) so as, examining themselves thereby, they may come to further conviction of, humiliation for, and hatred against sin, (James 1:23–25, Rom. 4:15–16, 1 Cor. 28:19–20), 2. 12:13) and the word of institution, which contains, together with a precept authorizing the use thereof, a promise of benefit to worthy receivers. (Rom. (Matt. (1 Kings 8:31, Neh. 5:26, 2 Thess. The first covenant made with man was a (covenant of works), (Gal. 11:20), 4. 1:20, 1 Cor 11:27–34, Jude 23), 4. 14:17, Rom. 26:29), 6. 3:5, Eph. 6:4–5) yet they never truly come unto Christ, and therefore cannot be saved: (John 6:64–66, John 8:24) much less can men, not professing the Christian religion, be saved in any other way whatsoever, be they never so diligent to frame their lives according to the light of nature, and the laws of that religion they do profess. 5:1) and the requiring of an implicit faith, and an absolute and blind obedience, is to destroy liberty of conscience, and reason also. 12:23, 1 John 3:2, Jude 24), 1. 9:14, 16, Heb. 4:11, Col. 2:11–12) of his ingrafting into Christ, (Gal. 3:1) Infidelity, or difference in religion, doth not make void the magistrates’just and legal authority, nor free the people from their due obedience to them: (1 Pet. 15:9, Isa. (Lev. It is not to be made to any creature, but to God alone: (Ps. 15:25–26, Mal. 15:54–57, Rom. 7:22, Luke 22:20, 1 Cor. 42:8, 1 Tim. 40:13–17, Job 9:32–33, 1 Sam. 4:11–12, 1 Cor. 3:13) and, in their being delivered from this present evil world, bondage to Satan, and dominion of sin; (Gal. 13:1–2, 4) in the managing whereof, as they ought especially to maintain piety, justice, and peace, according to the wholesome laws of each commonwealth; (Ps. 26:37–38, Luke 22:44, Matt. 2:8) was buried, and remained under the power of death, yet saw no corruption. 12:1–13), 1. The Shorter Catechism 4. 5:6, Rom. 11:23–25) which, though fewer in number, and administered with more simplicity, and less outward glory, yet, in them, it is held forth in more fullness, evidence, and spiritual efficacy, (Heb. However, The Westminster Confession of Faith Study Book is slightly different from the above volumes. That doctrine which maintains a change of the substance of bread and wine, into the substance of Christ’s body and blood (commonly called transubstantiation) by consecration of a priest, or by any other way, is repugnant, not to Scripture alone, but even to common sense, and reason; overthroweth the nature of the sacrament, and hath been, and is, the cause of manifold superstitions; yea, of gross idolatries. 9:22–23, Eph. 147:5) so as nothing is to Him contingent, or uncertain. 3:15, Matt. 2:5), 3. 1:11, Rom. Prayer, with thanksgiving, being one special part of religious worship, (Phil. (1 Cor. (Matt. 5:32, Deut. Reformed views of the sacraments, the ministry, and the two covenants of works and grace are given. (Rev. 26:26–27) so that the popish sacrifice of the mass (as they call it) is most abominably injurious to Christ’s one, only sacrifice, the only propitiation for all the sins of His elect. 1. The Lord Jesus, by His perfect obedience, and sacrifice of Himself, which He through the eternal Spirit, once offered up unto God, hath fully satisfied the justice of His Father; (Rom. 32:1, Rom. Westminster Confession of Faith Index CHAPTER 1 - Of the Holy Scripture CHAPTER 2 - Of God, and of the Holy Trinity CHAPTER 3 - Of God's Eternal Decree CHAPTER 4 - Of Creation CHAPTER 5 - Of Providence CHAPTER 6 - Of the Fall of Man, of Sin, and of the Punishment thereof 2:8) and is ordinarily wrought by the ministry of the Word, (Rom. 8:9) who worketh when, and where, and how He pleaseth: (John 3:8) so also are all other elect persons who are uncapable of being outwardly called by the ministry of the Word. 23:8–10, 2 Cor. 10:19–22) and in fuller communications of the free Spirit of God, than believers under the law did ordinarily partake of. 1:3–4, Ps. 9:15, 1 Cor. (Ps. (2 Cor. 1:7, Matt. 5:12–20) upon condition of perfect and personal obedience. 11:5) He is most holy in all His counsels, in all His works, and in all His commands. 3:17) And therefore it is the duty of every one to give all diligence to make his calling and election sure, (2 Pet. 1:4, 9) and all to the praise of His glorious grace. (2 Thess. 26:69–72, Ps. 6:9–10, Acts 28:26–27), 7. They being the root of all mankind, the guilt of this sin was (imputed); (Gen. 1:27–28, Gen. 2:16–17, Acts 17:26, Rom. 45:7, John 3:34) having in Him all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge; (Col. 2:3) in whom it pleased the Father that all fulness should dwell; (Col. 1:19) to the end that, being holy, harmless, undefiled, and full of grace and truth, (Heb. (Gen. 17:10, Matt. 8:26) according to His will, (1 John 5:14) with understanding, reverence, humility, fervency, faith, love, and perseverance; (Ps. 4:6), 1. 3:18, 1 Tim. 9:22–23, Matt. 10:14, Eph. 51:7–12, Ps. 6:14, 1 John 5:4, Eph. (Acts 10:38, Heb. 26:26–28, Mark 14:22–24, Luke 22:19–20, 1 Cor. 4:13, Rom. 3:16–19, John 1:16, Eph. Omissions? 6:1) stop the mouths of the adversaries, (1 Pet. 11:23) to represent Christ and His benefits; and to confirm our interest in Him: (1 Cor. 8:14, 1 Pet. (Deut. (Rom. 6:3–4, 1 Cor. (Ezek. 1:1) and afterwards, for the better preserving and propagating of the truth, and for the more sure establishment and comfort of the Church against the corruption of the flesh, and the malice of Satan and of the world, to commit the same wholly unto writing: (Prov. 4:11, Gen. 17:7,10) immediately instituted by God, (Matt. Our editors will review what you’ve submitted and determine whether to revise the article. 4:11, Acts 10:2, 4, 22, 31, 45, 47) or, that all that are baptized are undoubtedly regenerated. The Acts of the Apostles 1:19–20, Ps. To these officers the keys of the kingdom of heaven are committed; by virtue whereof, they have power, respectively, to retain, and remit sins; to shut that kingdom against the impenitent, both by the Word, and censures; and to open it unto penitent sinners, by the ministry of the Gospel; and by absolution from censures, as occasion shall require (Matt. The justification of believers under the old testament was, in all these respects, one and the same with the justification of believers under the new testament. 104:15, Acts 18:14–15) It is the duty of civil magistrates to protect the person and good name of all their people, in such an effectual manner as that no person be suffered, either upon pretence of religion or of infidelity, to offer any indignity, violence, abuse, or injury to any other person whatsoever: and to take order, that all religious and ecclesiastical assemblies be held without molestation or disturbance. One of the most enduring and influential documents of the Christian faith is the Westminster Confession of Faith. (Heb. (Ps. (Gen. 34:14, Exod. 20:7, Lev. 3:14, 1 Tim. (Acts 10:44, Gal. 19:8–9, 1 Cor. 34:12–16, Heb. 3:16) yet those things which are necessary to be known, believed, and observed for salvation, are so clearly propounded, and opened in some place of Scripture or other, that not only the learned, but the unlearned, in a due use of the ordinary means, may attain unto a sufficient understanding of them. 12:2, Heb. 3:14) working all things according to the counsel of His own immutable and most righteous will, (Eph. 22:1–29, Gen. 49:10, 1 Pet. 12:13), 2. (John 14:6, 1 Tim. (Ps. 34:6–7) the rewarder of them that diligently seek Him; (Heb. 6:10), 2. 6:13, Neh. Faith, thus receiving and resting on Christ and His righteousness, is the alone instrument of justification: (John 1:12, Rom. 3:5), 1. (Rom. 26:26–28) albeit, in substance and nature, they still remain truly and only bread and wine, as they were before. 31:15–17, Isa. 7:15, Matt. 8:1, 12, 1 John 3:2–3, Ps. 3:24) not by infusing righteousness into them, but by pardoning their sins, and by accounting and accepting their persons as righteous; not for any thing wrought in them, or done by them, but for Christ’s sake alone; nor by imputing faith itself, the act of believing, or any other evangelical obedience to them, as their righteousness; but by imputing the obedience and satisfaction of Christ unto them, (Rom. 11:18–22). 10:14) yet they may, by their sins, fall under God’s fatherly displeasure, and not have the light of His countenance restored unto them, until they humble themselves, confess their sins, beg pardon, and renew their faith and repentance. The Westminster Confession of Faith is a Reformed confession of faith.Drawn up by the 1646 Westminster Assembly as part of the Westminster Standards to be a confession of the Church of England, it became and remains the "subordinate standard" of doctrine in the Church of Scotland and has been influential within Presbyterian churches worldwide.. Man, by his fall into a state of sin, hath wholly lost all ability of will to any spiritual good accompanying salvation: (Rom. (Rev. (Matt. 2:5, Eph. (Matt. As the providence of God doth, in general, reach to all creatures; so, after a most special manner, it taketh care of His Church, and disposeth all things to the good thereof. 119:101, 104, 128) and the threatenings of it serve to shew what even their sins deserve; and what afflictions, in this life, they may expect for them, although freed from the curse thereof threatened in the law. (Matt. Amos Although the corruption of man be such as is apt to study arguments unduly to put asunder those whom God hath joined together in marriage: yet, nothing but adultery, or such willful desertion as can no way be remedied by the Church, or civil magistrate, is cause sufficient of dissolving the bond of marriage: (Matt. The Revelation of John, All which are given by inspiration of God to be the rule of faith and life. It states that the sole doctrinal authority is Scripture, and it agrees with and restates the doctrines of the Trinity and of Christ from the creeds of the early church. 1:20–21, Acts 15:15–16), 10. 18:3, Rom. (Heb. God hath all life, (John 5:26) glory, (Acts 7:2) goodness, (Ps. 8:9–10, Acts 10:1–2, Rev. (1 Cor. 119:68, Jer. 31:33–34) to all nations, both Jews and Gentiles; (Matt. 4:11–13, Matt. (Gal. The name of God only is that by which men ought to swear, and therein it is to be used with all holy fear and reverence. 4:11, 1 Tim. 8:30, Rom. The Larger Catechism 5. 89:31–33, Ps. 4:34–35, Ps. Don't believe me? 11:33) and of humility, diligence, and abundant consolation to all that sincerely obey the Gospel. 5:12, Matt. Amen. (Jer. 5:1–2) and their yielding obedience unto Him, not out of slavish fear, but a child-like love and willing mind. 4:2) neither may any man bind himself by oath to any thing but what is good and just, and what he believeth so to be, and what he is able and resolved to perform. They who, in their obedience, attain to the greatest height which is possible in this life, are so far from being able to supererogate, and to do more than God requires, as that they fall short of much which in duty they are bound to do. 28:19–20, Isa. Col. 2:11–12, 1 Cor. Q. Judges 3:3, 1 John 2:19), 3. (Acts 15:15, 19, 24, 27–31, Acts 16:4, Matt. 13:15–19, 21–22) but also are taken up, the whole time, in the public and private exercises of His worship, and in the duties of necessity and mercy. (Cant. Westminster Confession oF Faith (25.2) The visible Church, which is also catholic or universal under the gospel (not confined to one nation as before under the law), consists of all those throughout the world that pro- fess the true religion; and of their children: and is the kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ, the house and family of God, out of which there is no ordinary possibility of salvation 1:5, 2 Thess. 4:6) are pitied, (Ps. 3:18, 2 Cor. 3:4–7), 5. 20:9, Eccl. 32:40) from all which ariseth also the certainty and infallibility thereof. (Col. 1:18–19, 1 Cor. 47:7, Eccl. 119:4–6, 1 Cor. Joshua 24:1) and, to raise them to a more close and constant dependence for their support upon Himself, and to make them more watchful against all future occasions of sin, and for sundry other just and holy ends. (Matt. The We stminster Confession of Faith Chapter I Of the Holy Scripture I. The Westminster Confession: a critique The Westminister Confession of Faith is a 17th-century document which was drawn up at a particular point in Scottish and UK history. 6:15, Rom. 51) who are thereupon to be reconciled to him, and in love to receive him. 21:1), 5. 11:33, Heb. 24:4) It cannot oblige to sin; but in any thing not sinful, being taken, it binds to performance, although to a man’s own hurt. 2:17) to pay them tribute or other dues, (Rom. 9:11, 13, 16, 18), 3. 34:7), 2. 11:27–29, 2 Cor. 16:27) most holy, (Isa. (Col. 1:21–22, Gal. Peter Kemeny, Good News Presbyterian Church P.O. 10:28) endued with knowledge, righteousness, and true holiness, after His own image, (Gen. 1:26, Col. 3:10, Eph. 5:9–10, 1 Tit. 4:1–3,6–7, Gal. Christ, in the work of mediation, acts according to both natures, by each nature doing that which is proper to itself; (Heb. (1 Cor. Of God’s Eternal Decree; IV. 15:3, Ps. 19:12, 2 Cor. 22:30, Isa. Matt 3:16–17, Matt. 1:12) the testimony of the Spirit of adoption witnessing with our spirits that we are the children of God, (Rom. 1:9, Jer. This corruption of nature, during this life, doth remain in those that are regenerated; (1 John 1:8, 10, Rom. 7:11) purposing and endeavouring to walk with Him in all the ways of His commandments. (John 15:4–6, Ezek. 2:1) and wholly defiled in all the parts and faculties of soul and body. 7:29, Rom. 11:27) and grieve His Holy Spirit, (Eph. 7:9, 14, 24) together with a clearer sight of the need they have of Christ, and the perfection of His obedience. 5:31–32) and, after the divorce, to marry another, as if the offending party were dead. 11:25), 5. 5:17–19, James 2:8, Rom. 5:17–18), 8. 50:10, Mark 9:24, Ps. 13:20–21, Heb. 4:28, 1 Pet. 9:5) in and of Himself; and is alone in and unto Himself all-sufficient, not standing in need of any creatures which He hath made, (Acts 17:24–25) nor deriving any glory from them, (Job 22:2–3) but only manifesting His own glory in, by, unto, and upon them. They who, upon pretence of Christian liberty, do practise any sin, or cherish any lust, do thereby destroy the end of Christian liberty, which is, that being delivered out of the hands of our enemies, we might serve the Lord without fear, in holiness and righteousness before Him, all the days of our life. to the Romans 6:5–6, 2 Tim. 1:13–14, Eph. 12:12–13, Ps. (1 Cor. 3:20, Rom. 6:18) so, more solemnly in the public assemblies, which are not carelessly or willfully to be neglected, or forsaken, when God, by His Word or providence, calleth thereunto. 6:16, 1 John 5:4–5) growing up in many to the attainment of a full assurance, through Christ, (Heb. They, who are once effectually called, and regenerated, having a new heart, and a new spirit created in them, are further sanctified, really and personally, through the virtue of Christ’s death and resurrection, (1 Cor. Stminster Confession of faith is a Reformed Confession of faith, in a known tongue he freely... 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