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CONFESSION of FAITH
KIRK of SCOTLAN D;
A Defignation of such Acts of Parliament as are expedient
for Justifying the Union after-mentioned.
Josh. xxiv. 35. So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and
fer them a flatute, and an ordinance in Sbochent. 2 Kings vi. 17. And Jehoiada made a covenant between the Lord, and the
king and the people ; tbat they mould be the Lord's people; between the king also and the people.
Isa. xliv. 5. One mall say, I am she Lord's: And another Mall himself
by the name of Jacob : And another seall subscribe witb bis hand unfa the Lord, and frnane himfelj by the name of Ifrael.
Printed in the Year M, DCC,LV.
Assembly at Edinburgh, August 30, 1639, Sef. 23. Aet ordaining, by Ecclefiaftical Authority, the Subscription
of the Confession of Faith and Covenant, with the Affem. bly's Declaration.
HE general allembly considering the great happiness which may
de joining of all in one and the fame Covenant with God, with the king's majetty, and among ourselves; having by our great oath declared the uprighiness and loyalty of our intentions in all our proceedings; and having withal fupplicated his majesty's high commissioner, and the lords of his majesty's honourable privy council, to enjoin, by act of council
, all the lieges in time coming to subscribe the Confession of Faith and Covenant; which, as a testimony of our fidelity to God, and loyalty to our king, we have subscribed : and seeing his majesty's high commií
. fioner, and the lords of his majesty's honourable privg-council, hare granted the desire of our supplication, ordaining by civil authority, all his majesty's lieges, in time coming, to subscribe the foresaid Covenant : that our union may be the more full and perfect, we, by our a& and constitution ecclefiaftical, do approve the foresaid Covenant in all the heads and clauses thereof; and ordain of new, under all ecclesiastical cenfure, That all the masters of universities, colleges, and scholars at the passing of their degrees, all persons fufpected of papistry or any other error, and finally, all the members of this kirk and kingdom, subscribe the same, with these words prefixed to their subscription, The article of this Covenant, which was at the first subscription referred to the determination of the general assembly, being determined; and thereby the five articles of Perth, the goveroment of the kirk by bishops, the civil places and power of kirkmen, upon the reasons and grounds codtained in the acts of the general afsembly, declared to be unlawful within this kirk: we subscribe according to the determination foresaid. And ordain the Covenant, with this declaration, to be insert in the registers of the assemblies of this kirk, general, provincial, and presbyterial
, ad per: peluam rei memoriam. And in all humility supplicate his majesty's high commißioner, and the honourable estates of parliament, by their authority
, to ratify and enjoin the same, under all civil pains; which will tead to the glory of God, preservation of religion, the king's majelty's honour, and perfect peace of this kirk and kingdom.
Charles I. Parl. 2. A& 5.
A&t anent the Ratification of the Covenant, and of the Assem
bly's Supplication, Act of Council, and Act of Assembly concerning the Covenant:
At Edinburgh, June 11th, 1640.
HE estates of parliament, presently conveened by his majesty's fpe
cial authority, considering the supplication of the general arfembly at Edinburgh, the 12th of August, 1639, to his majesty's high commiffioner, and the lords of his majesty's honourable privy-council ; and the ad of council of the 30th of August, 1639, containing the answer of the said fupplicatior; and the act of the faid general assembly, ordaining, by their ecclefiaftical constitution the subscription of the Confeflon of Faith and Covenant mentioned in their fupplication : and withal, having fupplicated his majesty to ratify and enjoin the same by his royal authority, under all civil pains, as tending to the glory of God, the preservation of religion, the king's majesty's honour, and the perfect peace of this kirk and kingdom; do ratify and approve the said fupplications, act of council, and act of assembly; and, conform thereto, ordain and command the said Confeffion and Covenant to be subscribed by all bis majesty's fubje&ts, of what rank and quality foever, uoder all sivil pains; and ordain the said fupplication, act of council, and act of the affembly, with the whole Confellion and Covenant itself, to be insert and registrate in the acts and books of parliament; And also ordain the fame to be presented at the entry of every parliament, and, before they proceed to any other act, that the fame, be publickly read, and sworn by the whole members of parliament, claiming voice therein ; otherwise the refusers to subscribe and swear the same, Thall have no place nor voice in parliament : And such like ordain all judges, magistrates, or other officers, of whatsoever place, rank or qualiry, and ministers at their entry, to swear and subscribe the same Covenant, whereof the tenor follows.
The National Covenant,
The Confeffion of Faith;
Subscribed, at first, by the King's Majesty and his Houshold,
in the year 1580, thereafter by persons of all ranks, in the year 1581, by ordinance of the Lords of secret council, and acts of the General Asembly: Subscribed again by all forts of persons in the year 1590, by a new ordinance of council
, at the desire of the General Assembly; with a general bond for the maintaining of the true Christian religion, and the king's person, and, together with a resolution and promise, for the causes after-expressed, to maintain the true religion, and the King's Majesty, according to the foresaid Confession and acts of parliament, subscribed by barons, nobles, gentlemen, burgeles
, ministers and commons, in the year 1638 ; Approved by the General Assembly, 1638 and 1639; and subscribed again by perfons of all ranks and qualities in the year 1999. by an ordinance of council, upon the supplia cation of the General Assembly, and act of the General AlJembly: ratified by an act of Parliament 1740; and subScribed by King Charles II. at Spey, June 23, 1650; and Scoon, January ist, 1651.
E all and every one of us underwritten, protest, That, after true and false religion, we are now throughly resolved in the truth by the word and Spirit of God: and therefore we believe with our hearts, confess with our months, subscribe with our hands, and constantly affirm before God and the whole world, that this only is the true Chrisrian faith and religion, pleasing God, and bringing falvation to map, which now is, by the mercy of God, revealed to the world by the preaching of the blessed evangel; and is received, believed, and de fended by many and fundry potable kirks and realm3s, but chiefly by the kirk of Scotland, the king's majesty and three estates of this realm, as God's eternal truth, and only ground of our salvation ; as more particularly is expreffed in the Contest 9 of our Faith, established and publickly confirmed by fundry acts of parliaments, and now of a long Hists have been openly prosessed by the king's majesty, and whole bo
dy of this realm both ia burgh and land. To the which confeffion and form of religion we willingly agree in our conscience in all points, as unto God's undoubted truth and verity, grounded only upon his written word. And therefore we abhor and detest all contrary religion and doctrine ; but chiefly all kind of papiftry in general and particular heads, even as they are now damned and confuted by the word of God and kirk of Scotland. But in special we detest and refuse the usurped authority of that Roman antichrist upon the scriptures of God, upon the kirk, the civil magistrate, and consciences of men : all his tyrannous laws made upon indifferent things against our Christian liberty ; his erroneous doctrine against the sufficiency of the written word, the perfection of the law, the office of Chrift, and his blessed evangel : his corrupted doctrine concerning original fin, our natural inability and rebellion to God's law, our justification by faith only, our imperfect fanctification and obedience to the law; the nature, number, and use of the holy facraments : his five bastard facraments; with all his rites, ceremonies and falfe doctrine, added to the administration of the true fa. craments without the word of God : his cruel judgment against infants departing without the facrament: his absolute necessity of baptism; his blasphemous opinion of tranfubftantiation, or real prefet. of Christ's body in the elements, and receiving of the fame by the wicked, or bodies of men: his dispenfations with solemn oaths, perjuries, and degrees of marriage forbidden in the word: his cruelty against the innocent divorced : his devilish mals : his blasphemous priethood: his profane facrifice for fias of the dead and the quick : his canonization of mea; calling upon angels or faints departed; worshipping of imagery, relicks and crofses; dedicating of kirks, altars, days; vows to creatures : his purgatory, prayers for the dead; praying or speaking in a strange language; with his processions and blasphemous litany, and multitudes of advocates or mediators : his manifold orders, auricular confeflion : his desperate and uncertain repentance: his general and doubtsome faith ; his fatisfaction of men for their fins; his juftification by works, Opus operatum, works of supererogation, meriis, pardons, peregrinations, and stations: his holy water, baptizing of bells, conjuring of spirits, crossing, saying, anoiating, conjuring, hallowing of God's good creatures, with the luperftitious opinion joinod therewith : his worldly monarchy, and wicked hierarchy: his three folemn vows, with all his shavellings of fuodry forts: his erroneous and bloody decrees made at Trent, with all the subscribers or approvers of that cruel and bloody band, conjured against the kirk of God. And finally, we detest all his yain allegories, rites, signs, and traditions brought in the kirk, without or against the word of God, and doctrine of this true reformed kirk; to the which we join ourlelves willingly, in doctrine, faith, religion, discipline, and use of the holy sacrameats, as lively members of the fame in Christ our Head: promiling and swearing by the great name of the LORD our GOD, that we Ff4