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require any thing to be believed, as necessary to salvation, which is not required in Holy Writ.

10. Separation from a true Church for any other reason than that of errors which affect the principles of the Christian faith, such as denial of the merits of the Saviour, gross idolatry, or heinous corruptions, constitutes the sin of Schism; and is prohibited, as unnecessarily and impiously dividing the body of Christ. Separation from a Church should not in any case be carried farther than that Church has itself separated from the pure doctrine, ecclesiastical discipline, orcode of morals established by the Gospel, and by the general consent of the primitive and universal Church.

§ 11. In the Church of God, either under the Old Testament or the New, none have presumed to take upon themselves to minister in the congregation unless they were either especially appointed by God, as the Priests, Levites, and Prophets, under the former dispensation; or by Jesus Christ under the latter, as the twelve Apostles, the seventy disciples, and those different orders which after his ascension he appointed for the edification of the Church, to be ordained by the imposition of the Apostles' hands, and by authority transmitted down through all generations.

It is not lawful, therefore, for any one to preach the word, or administer the Sacraments, who is not called and sent to perform these offices by lawful authority,For by the preaching of the word of God, the declaration of God's mercy is authoritatively made, with respect to the terms on which remission of sins will be granted. to all who are members of the Christian Church; and by the administration of the Sacraments, which are

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the tokens and pledges of that remission, the greatest benefits purchased for the Church by the precious blood of the Lamb, are actually conveyed. These sacred and important functions are assigned by the founder and ruler of the Church himself only to those who are accepted as fully qualified, and received into the ministry by those in whom the apostolical power is vested.

The special and immediate call of God having ceased, the general call which is necessary, is that which now takes place by those who have themselves been duly called and authorized.

§ 12. In the Church of England the several ecclesiastical Orders are those of Bishop, Priest, and Deacon, of whom the Bishop alone has authority to confer ordination: and this Church we believe to be no less Apostolical, or derived from the Apostles, in its orders and discipline, than in its doctrines and modes of worship.

From Scripture.


Isa. xlii. 1. Behold my servant, whom I uphold: mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my Spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. Isa. Ixvi. 18. For I know their works and their thoughts: it shall come, that I will gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come, and see my glory. Mal. i. 11. For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering: for my name shall be great among the heathen, saith the Lord of Hosts. Rom. xvi. 4. 16. Who have for my life laid down their own necks: unto whom not only [ give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles. Salute one another with an holy kiss. The churches of Christ salute you. 1 Cor. i. 1-3. Paul, called to be an Apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Ephes. v. 23-26. 29, 30. 32. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the Saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; that he might

sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the Church : for we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Matt. xvi. 16-18. And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Mark xvi. 15, 16. And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. Rom. x. 8-10. 13-15. But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; that if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed! And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach except they be sent? As it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the Gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! 1 Cor. xi. 26. For as often as ye eat this bread and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come.


Matt v. 14. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Matt. xxviii. 20. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. John xiv. 16. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever. Acts ii. 47. Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved. 1 Pet i. 1-4. Peter, an Apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bythinia, elect according to the fore-knowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace be multiplied. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you. John xiv. 6. Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. Tim. iv. 1, 2. Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; speaking lies in hypocrisy : having their conscience seared with a hot iron. Heb. x. 38. Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. 2 Pet. iii, 17. Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness. Matt. xiii. 24—30. 47, 48. Another parable put he forth to them, saying, the kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the

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