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Art. XI. of the Justification | much as they are bound to do, of Man.
but that they do more for his We are accounted righteous sake than of bounden duty is before God, only for the Merit required: Whereas Christ saith of our Lord and Saviour Jesus plainly, When ye have done Christ by Faith ; and not for all that are commanded to you, our own Works or Deservings. say, Wo are unprofitable serWherefore, that we are justi-vants. fied by Faith only, is a most Art. XV. Of Christ alone withwholesome doctrine, and very
out Sin. full of comfort, as niore large- Christ in the truth of our naly is expressed in the Homily ture, was made like unto us in of Justification.
all things, sin only except, from Art. XII. Of good Works, which he was clearly void, both
Albeit that good Works, in his flesh, and in his spirit. He which are the Fruits of Faith, came to be a Lamb without and follow after Justification, spot, who by sacrifice of himcannot put away our sins, and self once made, should take endure the severity of God's away the ing of the world; Judgment; yet are they plea- and sin (as St. John saith) was sing and acceptable to God in not in him. But all we the Christ, and do spring out ne- rest (although baptized and cessarily of a true and lively born again in Christ) yet offend Faith ; insomuch that by them in many things; and if we say a lively Faith may be as evi- we have no sin, we deceive dently known, as a tree dis- ourselves, and the truth is not cerned by the fruit.
in us. Art. XIII. Of Works before Art. XVI. Of Sin after BapJustification.
tism. Works done before the grace Not every deadly sin, wilof Christ, and the inspiration lingly committed after Baptism, of his Spirit, are not pleasant to is sin against the Holy Ghost, God, forasmuch as they spring and unpardonable. Wherefore not of faith in Jesus Christ, the grant of repentance is not neither do they make men meet to be denied to such as fall into receive grace, or (as the to sin after Baptism. After we School-Authors say) deserve have received the Holy Ghost, grace of congruity : yea rather, we may depart from grace givfor that they are not done as en, and fall into sin, and by the God hath willed and command-grace of God (we may) arise ed them to be done, we doubt again, and amend our lives. not but they have the nature of And therefore they are to be sin.
condemned, which say, they Art. XIV. Of Works of Su- can no more sin as long as they pererogation.
live here, or deny the place of Voluntary Works, besides forgiveness to such as truly reover and above God's Com-pent. mandments, which they call Art. XVII. Of Predlestination Works of'Snpererogation, can
and Election. not be taught without arrogan- Predestination to life is the cy and impiety. For by them everlasting purpose of God, men do declare, That they do whereby (before the foundasaot only render unto God as tions of the world were laid)
he hath constantly decreed,
by forth to us in holy Scripture : his counsel, secret to us, to de- And in our doings, that will of liver from curse and damna- God is to be followed, which tion, those whom he hath cho- we have expressly declared unsen in Christ out of mankind, to us in the Word of God. everlasting salvation, as vessels Art. XVIII. of obtaining made to honour. Wherefore
Eternal Salvation only by they, which be endued with so
the Name of Christ. excellent a benefit of God, be
They are also to be had accalled according to God's
pur- cursed, that presume to say, pose by his Spirit working in by the Law or Sect which he due season: grare obey the calling : they be professeth, so that he be dilijustified freely : they be made gent to frame his life according Son of God by adoption to that Law, and the light of they be made like the image of Nature. For holy Scripture his only begotten Son Jesus doth set out unto us only the Christ: they walk religiously Name of Jesus Christ
, wherein good works; and at length by men must be saved. by God's mercy they attain to Art. XIX. Of the Church. everlasting felieity.
The visible Church of Christ bt As the godly consideration of is & Congregation of faithful Predestination, and our Elec- mer, in the which the pure tion in Christ, is full of sweet, Word of God is preached, and pleasant, and
unspeakable the Sacraments be duly miniscomfort to godly persons, and tered according to Christ's Orsuch as feel in themselves the dinance, in all those things that working of the Spirit of Christ, of necessity are requisite to mortifying the works of the the same. flesh and their earthly mem- As the Church of Hicrusnbers, and drawing up their mind lon, Alexandria, and Antito high and heavenly things, as och, have erred; so also the well because it doth greatly Church of Rome hath erred, establish and confirm their faith not only in their living and of eternal salvation, to be en-manner of Ceremonies, but aljoyed through Christ, as be- so in matters of faith. cause it doth fervently kindle their love towards God: so, for Art. XX. Of the Authority of curious and carnal persons,
the Church. lacking the Spirit of Christ, to The Church hath power to have continually before their decree Rites or Ceremonies, eyes the sentence of God's and Authority in Controversies Predestination, is a most dan- of Faith: And yet it is not lawgerous downfall, whereby the ful for the Church to ordain Devil doth thrust them either any thing that is contrary, to into desperation, or into God's Word written; neither wretchlessness of most unclean may it so expound one place living, no less perilous than of Scripture, that it be repug desperation. To
nant to another. Wherefore, bo Furthermore, we must re- although the Church be a Witceive God's Promises in such ness and a Keeper of Holy wise as they be generally set | Writ, yet as it ought not to
decree, any thing against the I fession; but rather they be cer same, so besides the same ought tain sure witnesses, and effec it not to enforce any thing to be cual signs of grace, and God's believed for necessity of salva- good will towards us, by the tion.
which he doth work invisibly Art. XXI. Of the Authority in us, and doth pot only quick
of General Councils. * en, but also strengthen and Art. XXII. Of Purgatory.
confirm our faith in him. The Romish doctrine con- There are two Sacraments cerning. Purgatory, Pardons, orilained of Christ our Lord in Worshipping, and Adoration, the Gospel, that is to say, Bay as well ot Images, as of Re-tism, and the Supper of the liques, and also Luvocation of Lord. Saints, is a fond thing, vainly Tbose five commonly called invented, and grounded upon Sacraments, that is to say, no warranty of Scripture, but Confirmation, Penance, Orders, rather repugnant to the Word Matrimony, and Extreme Incof God.
tion, are not to be counted for Art. XXIII. Of Ministering Sacraments of the Gospel, be
in the Congregation. ing such as have grown, putly It is not lawful for any man of the corrupt following of the to take upon him the office of Apostles, partly are states of public Preaching, or Minister life allowed by the Scripturcs i ing the Sacraments in the Con- but yet have not like nature of gregation before he be lawfully Sacraments with Baptism and called, and sent to execute the the Lord's Supper, for that they same. And those we ought to have not any visible sign or judge lawfully called and sent, Ceremony ordained of God. which be chosen and called to The Sacraments were not this Work by men who have ordained of Christ to be gazed public Authority given unto upon, or to be carried about, thern in the Congregation, to but that we should duly use call and send Ministers into the them. And in such only as Lord's Vineyard.
worthily receive the same, they Art. XXIV. Of Speaking in have a wholesome effect or the Congregution in such a them unworthily, purchase to
operation : but they that receive tongue as the People understundeth.
themselyes damnation, as St. It is a thiyg plainly repug
Paul saith. nant to the Word of God, and Art. XXVI. Of the Unworthithe custom of the Primitive
ness of the Ministers, which Church, to have Public Prayer
hinders not the Effect of the
Sacraments, in the Church, or to minister the Sacrainents in a tongue church the evil be ever mingled
Although in the visible not understanded of the people with the good,
and sometime Art. XXV. Of the Sacraments. the evil have chief authority in
Sacraments ordained of the ministration of the Word Christ be not only badges or and Sacraments: yet, foras tokens of Christian men's Pro-1 much as they do not the same
* The 21st of the former articles is omitted, because it is partly
of a local and civil nature, and is provided for, as to this remaining parts of it, in other articles.
in their own name, but in Redemption by Christ's death : Christ's, and do minister by his insomuch that to such as rightCommission and Authority, ly, worthily, and with faith rewe may use their Ministry,
both ceive the same, the Bread in hearing
the Word of God, which we break is a partaking and in receiving the Sacra-. of the Body of Christ; and ments. Neither is the effect of likewise the Cup of Blessing is Christ's Ordinance taken away a partaking of the Blood of by their wickedness, nor the Christ. grace of God's gifts diminished Transubstantiation (or the from such as by faith, and right-change of the substance of ly, do receive the Sacraments Bread and Wine) in the Supministered unto them, which be per of the Lord, cannot be proeffectual, because of Christ's ved by Holy Writ; but it is reinstitution and promise, al- pugnant to the plain words of though they be ministered by Scripture, overthroweth the evil men.
nature of a Sacrament, and Nevertheless, it appertainetbhath given occasion to many to the Discipline of the Church, Superstitions. that inquiry be made of evil The Body of Christ is given, Ministers, and that they be ac-taken, and eaten in the Supper, cused by those that have know-only after an heavenly and spiledge of their offences and ritual manner. And the mean finally being found guilty, by whereby the Body of Christ is just judgment, be deposed. received and eaten in the SupArt. XXVII. Of Baptism. per, is Faith.
Baptism is not only a sign of The Sacrament of the Lord's Profession, and mark of Dif- Supper was not by Christ's Orference, whereby Christian men dinance reserved,carried about, are discerned from others that lifted up, or worshipped. be not christened: but it is also Art. XXIX. Of the Wicked, a sign of Regeneration, or new which eat not of the Body Birth, whereby, as by an instru- of Christ in the Use of the ment, they that receive Baptism Lord's Supper. rightly, are grafted into the The wicked, and such as be Church: the promises of the void of a lively faith, although forgiveness of sin, and of our they do carnally and visibly adoption to be the sons of God press with their teeth (as Si. by the Holy Ghost, are visibly Augustine saith) the Sacrasigned and sealed: faith is con- ment of the Body and Blood of firmed, and grace increased by Christ; yet in no wise are they virtue of Prayer unto God. The partakers
of Christ; but rather Baptism of young children is to their Condemnation do eat in any wise to be retained in and drink the Sign or Sacrathe Church as most agreeable ment of so great a thing. with the institution of Christ. Art. XXX. Of both Kinds. Art. XXVIIL Of the Lord's The Cup of the Lord is not
O Supper. STUFE to be denied to the Lay-People: The Supper of the Lord is for both the parts of the Lord's not only a sign of the Love that Sacrament by Christ's
OrdiChristians ought to have among nance and Commandment themselves one to another ; but ought to be ministered to all rather it is a Sacrament of our Christian wen alike.
Art. XXXI. Of the one Obla- so that nothing be ordained
tion of Christ finished upon against God's word. Whosothe Cross.
ever, through his private judg: The offering of Christ once ment, willingly and purposely made, is that perfect redemp-doth openly break the Tradition, propitiation, and satisfactions and Ceremonies of the tion for all the sins of the whole Church, wbich be not repug world, both original and actual; pant to the word of God, and and there is none other satis- be ordained and approved by faction for sin, but that alone. common authority, ought to be Wherefore the Sacrifice of rebuked openly (thai other may Masses, in which it was com- fear to do the liko) as he that monly said, that the Priest did offendeth against the common offer Christ for tlre quick and Order of the Church, and burtthe dead, to have remission of eth the Authority of the Magipainor guilt, were blasphemous strate, and woundeth the Confables, and dangerous deceite. sciences of the weak Brethren. Art. XXXII. of the Marriage Every Particular or National of Pricsts.
Church, hath Authority to orBishops, Priests, and Dea- dain, change, and abolish Cerecons, are not commended by monies or Rites of the Church, God's law, either to vow the ordained only by man's authoAstate of single life, or to ab- rity, so that all things be done stain from Marriago: therefore to editying. it is lawful for them, as for all Art. XXXV. Of Homilies. other Christian men, to marry
The second Book of Homiat their own discretion, as they lies, the several titles whereof sha! judge the same to serve we have joined, under this Ar better to godliness,
ticle, doth contain a godly and Art. XXXIII. Of excommu- wholesome Doctrine, and nenicate Persons, how they are cessary for these Times, as doth to be avoided.
the former Book of Homilies, That person which by open which were set forth in the denunciation of the Church is time of Edward the Sixth ; rightly cut off from the Unity and therefore we judge them of the Church, and excommu- 1 to be read in Churches by the nicated, ought to be taken of Ministers diligently and disthe whole multitude of the tinctly, that they may be underfaithful, as an Heathen and standed of the people. Publican, until he be openly Of the names of the Homilies. reconciled by Penance, and re- 1. Of the right Use of the ceived into the Church by a Church. Judge that hath authority 2. Against Peril of Idolatry. thereunto.
3. Of repairing and keeping Art. XXXIV. Of the-Tradi- clean of Churches. tions of the Church.
4. Of good Works: first of It is not necessary that Tra
Fasting. ditions and Ceremovies be in ali 5. Against Gluttony and places one, or utterly like; for
Drunkenness. at all times they have been di- 6. Against Excess of Apparel. vers, and may be changed ac- 7. OS Prayer. cording to the diversity of coun- 8. Of the Place and Time of tries, times, and men's manners,