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tism is onto us Chrißians, the same as Circumcision to the Jews. The children of Jews were circumcised, so the children or infants of Christians are to be baptized: Forbid i hem not, faid our bleffed Lord, for of such is the kingdom of Heaven. Matt. xiii. 14. Mark X. 14. See also Matt. xxvii. 19. i Cor. vii. 14.
Art. XXVIH. Of the Lord's Supper. TH
HE Supper of the Lord is not only a sign
of the love that Christians ought to have among themselves one to another ; but rather is a Sacrament of our redemption by Chirst's death : Infomuch that to such as rightly, worthily, and with faith receive the same, the bread which we break, is a partaking of the body of Christ; and likewise the cup of blessing is a partaking of the blood of Christ.
Transubstantiation (or the change of the substance of bread and wine) in the Supper of the Lord, cannot be proved by holy Writ; but is repugnant to the plain words of Scripture, overthroweth the nature of a Sacrament; and hath given occasion to many superstitions.
The body of Christ is given, taken, and eacen in the Supper, only after an heavenly and spiritual
And the mean whereby the body of Christ is received and eaten in the Supper, is Faith.
- The Sacrament of the Lord's Supper was not by Christ's ordinance reserved, carried about, lifted up, or worshipped.
The Supper of the Lord] Is a sign of the mutual love that Chritians ought to have to each other, and that intimate friend
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ship, which is or ought to subfift amongst all profeffing Chriftians: For, as St. Paul faith, We, being many, are one bread, and one body, for we are all partakers of that one Bread, 1. Cor. x. 17, 20, 21. shat came down from heaven, John vi. 33, 51.
The Lord's Supper is a Sacrament of our redemption, by Christ's death;} To them who receive the same wortbily by faith. See the proofs. Matt. xxvi. 27, 28. Luke xxii. 19, 20. Mark xiv. 24. and 1 Cor. xi. 24, 28. 2 Cor. xii. 5. w of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the o blood of Christ ?” (faith Justin Martyr.) 66 received after a • heavenly and spiritual manner,” John vi. 56.
Tranfubftantiation.] Or the change of the substance of Bread and Wine in the Supper of the Lord, is utterly false and a most absurd notion, for reason or common sense to think of, and intirely repugnant to the plain word of Scriptore. See Matt, xxvi. 29. Mark xiv. 25. Christ's real body, faith Peter, is in heaven, and not in the Sacrament. And Paul faith, As often as ye eat this Bread (not Christ's real Body), and drink this Cup (not Christ's real blood), je do pew the Lord's death till he comes, 1 Cor. xi. 20, 26. See also Mark xiv. 22, 23.
The mean whereby the Body of Chrif is received, is Faith; and this Sacrament was not by Christ's ordinance reserved, nor to be carried about, or lifted up (as the Papifts do), but to be eat and drapk, in remembrance of Christ, as he commanded us. See Luke xxii. 19. So faith Irenæus, Tertullian, St. Cyprian, &c. See also Homily on the Sacrament.
Art. XXIX. Of the Wicked, which do not eat the Body of Christ, in the Use of the Lord's Supper.
HE wicked, and such as be void of a lively
faith, although they do carnally and visibly press with their teeth (as St. Augustine' faith) the Sacrament of the body and blood of Christ : yet in no wise are they partakers of Christ: but rather, to their condemnation, do eat and drink the sign or Sacrament of so great a thing.
The wicked, &c.] The promised blefling to be received in this Sacrament, is by Faith : but the wicked have no Faith, and therefore they eat and drink to their own condemnation, as Paul doth plainly tell us, 1 Cor. xi. 28, 29. X. 21. Again, they lack the wedding garment, which is Faith, &c. Matt. xxii. 2!. They are not members of Chrif's Church, Eph. iv. 15.
And they have no promise of heavenly refreshment, being without Faith. John vi. 34. Therefore they procure unto themselves moft heavy punishments, diseases, death of the bocy, and eternal death to the soul. 1 Cor. xi. 29.
Art. XXX. Of bctb kinds. THE Cup of the Lord is not to be denied to
the Lay-people: for both the parts of the Lord's Sacrament, by Christ's ordinance and commandment, ought to be ministered to all Christian men alike,
If the Bread and the Cup was not to be given to al Christian Men and Women, how are they to fbew the Lord's death till be come? Luke xxii. 20. But it is to be given to all, as is clear from the following texts of Scripture. Matt. xxvj. 26, 27. Mark xiv, 22.
Luke xxii. 19.
1 Cor. x. 16,--xi. 25. See Ignatius, Juftin Martyr, St. Cyprian, &c. who all agree to the fame.
Art. XXXI. Of the one Oblation of Cbrift fini
Shed upon the Cross. THE
HE Offering of Christ once made, is that
perfect Redemption, Propitiation, and Satisfaction for all the sins of the whole world, both original and actual; and there is none other facilfaction for fin, but that alone. Wherefore the facrifice of Maffes, in the which it was commonly said, that the Priest did offer Christ for the quick
and dead, to have remission of pain or guilt, are blasphemous fables, and dargerous deceits.
The offering of Chris, &c.] “ Since the offering of Chrift “ wbich was once made upon the Cross, is a fufficient fatis. “ faction for fn ; then there is no'occasion for any other; and “ Ance it is perfed for redemption, it need not be repeated.” Heb. X. 10. We are fan&tified throogh the offering of the Body of Cbrifl, once for all. And he is the propitiation for our fins; and not for ours only, but also for the fins of the wbole world, 1 John ii. 2. See Art. 2. Ignatius says, “the pallion of Christ " is our Refurretion, for by his paflion he hath reconciled us to “ God, and traly saved DB; says Irenæus." See Aas xx. 28. Rom. x. 6. Gal. iii. 13. John i. 29. į Pet. iii. 18.
The sacrifice of Maffes, is moft shocking and absurd, a most blafphemous fable, invented by the Papifts, and a dangerous deceir, contrary to God's Word, 1 Pet. i. 18. Heb. xi. 6. 6. Thanks be to God, we and our Brechern have abandoned
their Masses," faith Bafil, Ch. xix. 21.–Archdeacon Welche
Art. XXXII. Of the Marriage of Priests.
commanded by God's Law, either to vow the estate of single life, or to abstain from Marriage : Therefore it is lawful for them, as for all other Christian men, to marry at their own dircretion, as they shall judge the fame to serve better to godlinefs.
It is most plain and lawful by the Word of God, for Bilhops, Priests, or Deacons, to marry at their discretion. In the Old Tetament commandment is given to the Priests to chuse themfelves wives. See Lev. xxi. 7. xxii. 1. 1 Sam. iii, 13. Also in the New Testament, from Zacharias. Luke i. 1. the example of the Apostles. Marriage is bonourable among all Heb. xiii. 4. 1 Cor. viii. 2-mix. 3. 1 Tim. iii. 11.
ART. XXXIII. Oj excommunicate Persons, bow
they are to avoided.
HAT Perfon, which, by open denunciation
of the Church, is rightly cut off from the unity of the Church, and excommunicated, dughe to be taken of the whole multitude of the faithful, as an Heathen and Publican, until he be openly reconciled by penance, and received into the Church by a Judge that hath authority thereunto.
Since the Church of Christ is a company of holy perfors, fubject to Chrift, as their living head; what then can be more equitable and right, than that such persons as walk disorderly, and by their notorious crimes become a scandal to the Christian name, should be excommunicated, and driven out from the communion of the Church, and looked upon as heathen men: fince they live heathenish lives, and it is the duty of all good and godly christians 10 avoid the company of such, that they may be ashamid. 2 Theil. iii. 6, 14. St. Paul also wårneth the Church of Corir.th, how to behave toward, such. See 1 Cor. V. 3, 45
and again v. 11,' 13. If he repents receive him again as a brother; but, if he negleit to bear the Church, let him be unto thee as a hearben man, and a publican. Matt. xviii. 17. So faith St. Cyprian: “ Depart, I beseech you, from such per«« sons, and acquiesce in the advice you have from us."
ART. XXXIV. Of the Traditions of the Church.
T is not necessary that Traditions and Cere
monies be in all places one, or utterly like.; for at all times they have been divers, and may he changed according to the diversity of countries, times, and men's manners, so that nothing be