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AT GREENCASTLE, MAY 31, 1799. THE Synod, having judicially ratified the Westminster Confession of Faith, and Catechisms Larger and Shorter, with a modification of the doctrine concerning the power of the civil magistrate in matters of religion; and having also ratified the Overture for the Government and Discipline of the Church, and the Directories for Worship, Public and Private, DO HEREBY DECLARE,
That they consider the said Confession of Faith, Larger and Shorter Catechisms, Form of Church-government, and Directories for Worslip, as their FIXED TESTIMONY, by which their principles are to be tried; or as the Judicial expression of the sense in which they understand the Holy Scriptures in their relation to the Doctrine, Go. vernment, and Worship of the Christian Church: And it is their resolution to emit occasional testimonies, in particular acts, against errors and delusions.
Agreeably hereunto, the terms on which any person or persons shall be admitted as a member or members of this church, are, A profession of faith in the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, as the perfect and only rule of faith and practice; together with an approbation of the Confession of Faith, Larger and shorter Catechisms, Form of Church-government, and Direetories for Worship, as therein received; a holy life and conversation, and subjection to the Order and Discipline of the Church.
They moreover declare the aforesaid Confession of Faith, Larger and Shorter Catechisms, together with the Government and Disci. pline of the Church, and the Directories for Public and Private Worship, to be the Constitution and Standards of the AssociaTE-REFORMED CHURCH, in all matters relating to Doctrine, Government, Discipline, and Worship : Provided that nothing in this declaration shall be construed to extend to the Appendices thereunto annexed, so as to comprise the same within the terms of communion. Of all which the Judicatories and members of the Church are required to take notice, that they may govern themselves accordingly.
By order of the Synod,
JOHN RIDDELL, Moderator.