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Conra as bidow of her sacred of thy Church, the honour of her sacred Majest
, un de suéty and weifare of Majesty, and the safety and welfare of this Kalm Gants, 0 merciful this Kingdom. Grant this, O merciful Fatier. En su Cirst bis sake, our Father, for Jesus Christ his sake, our why mt Bziemner. Amen. only Saviour and Redeemer. Amen.
AND THE WHOLE CLERGY,
s, and fx the estabisting of Consent toucbing true Religwa: Reprinted by His Majesty's Commandment, with his Royal Declaration prefixed thereunto.
HIS MAJESTY'S DECLARATION. BEING by Gau Ordinance, according to Our just Title,
Defender of the Faith,
and Sapretne Gorerdoor of the Chureh, within these Our Dominions, ITe held ii mus! agronde to this Our Kingly Office, and Our own religious Zeal, to conserre and maintain the Church omtied to Our Charge, in Crity of true Religion, and in the Band of Pere; and not to suffer unnecessary Disputations, Altercations, or Questes to be oned, which may nourish Faction both in the Church and Commmurealih. Me hire therefore, upin mature Deliberation, and with the Adrice of so many of Our Buh-p4 as might omveniently be called together, thought fit to make this Déclaration falning:
That the Articles of the Church of England (which hare been allowed and authorized heretofore, and which Our Clergy generally hare subscribed unto) de contain the true Doctrine of the Church of England agreeable to God's Word: which we do therefore ratify and comfirm, requiring all Our loring subjects to continue in the uniform Profession thereof, and prohibiting the least difference from the said Articles ; schick to that End We command to be neic printed, and this Our Declaration to be published therewith.
That We are Supreme Gorernour of the Church of England: And that if any Difforense arise about the Erternal Policy, concerning the Injunctions, Canons, and other Constitutions whatsverer thereto belonging, the Clergy in their Conrocation is to order and settle them, haring first obtained leare under Our Broad Seal so to do: and We approring their said Ordinances and Constitutions ; providing that none be made contrary to the Laws and Customs of the Land.
That out of Our Princely Care that the Churchmen may do the Work which is proper unto them, the Bishops and Clergy, from time to time in Convocation, upon their humble Desire, shall hare Licence under Our Broad Seal to deliberate of, and to do all such Things, as, being made plain by them, and assented unto by Us, shall concern the settled Continuance of the Doctrine and Discipline of the Church of England now established; from which We will not endure any varying or departing in the least Degree.
That for the present, though some differences have been ill raised, yet We take comfort in this, that all Clergymen within Our Realm have always most willingly subscribed to the Articles established; which is an argument to Us, that they all agree in the true, usual, literal meaning of the said Articles ; and that even in those curious points, in which the present differences lie, men of all sorts take the Articles of the Church of England to be for them; which is an argument again, that none of them intend any desertion of the Articles established.
That therefore in these both curious and unhappy differences, which have for so many hundred years, in different times and places, exercised the Church of Christ, We will, that all further curious search be laid aside, and these disputes shut up in God's promises, as they be generally set forth to us in the holy Scriptures, and the general meaning of the Articles of the Church of England according to them. And that no man hereafter shall either print, or preach, to draw the Article aside any way, but shall submit to it in the plain and full meaning thereof: and shall not put his own sense or comment to be the meaning of the Article, but shall take it in the literal and grammatical sense.
That if any publick Reader in either of Our Universities, or any Head or Master of a College, or any other person respectively in either of them, shall affix any new sense to any Article, or shall pubiickly read, determine, or hold any publick Disputation, or suffer any such to be held either way, in either the Universities or Colleges respectively; or if any Divine in the Universities shall preach or print any thing either way, other than is already established in Convocation with Our Royal Assent; he, or they the Offenders, shall be liable to Our displeasure, and the Church's censure in Our Commission Ecclesiastical, as well as any other : And We will see there shall be due Execution upon them.
THE Son, which is the Word of the
I. Of Faith in the Holy Trinity. of any man, that it should be believed as VHERE is but one living and true
an article of the Faith, or be thought God, everlasting, without body, requisite or necessary to salvation. In parts, or passions; of infinite power, the name of the holy Scripture we do wisdom, and goodness; the Maker, and understand those canonical Books of the Preserver of all things both visible and Old and New Testament, of whose authoinvisible. And in unity of this Godhead rity was never any doubt in the Church. there be three Persons, of one substance,
Of the Names and Number of the power, and eternity; the Father, the
Canonical Books. Son, and the Holy Ghost.
GENESIS, II. Of the Word or Son of God, which
E.rodus, was made very Man.
Deuteronomy, of the Father, the very and eternal God,
Joshua, and of one substance with the Father,
Ruth, took Man's nature in the womb of the blessed Virgin, of her substance : so that
The First Book of Samuel, two whole and perfect Natures, that is to
The Second Book of Samuel, say, the Godhead and Manhood, were
The First Book of Kings, joined together in one Person, never to
The Second Book of Kings, be divided, whereof is one Christ, very
The First Book of Chronicles, God, and very Man; who truly suffered,
The Second Book of Chronicles, was crucified, dead and buried, to re
The First Book of Esdras, concile his Father to us, and to be a
The Second Book of Esdras, sacrifice, not only for original guilt, but
The Book of Esther, also for actual sins of men.
The Book of Job,
Ecclesiastes or Preacher,
and was buried, Cantica, or Songs of Solomon,
Twelve Prophets the less.
of life instruction with flesh, bones, and all things apper yet doth it not apply them to establish taining to the perfection of Man's nature; any doctrine; such are these following: wherewith he ascended into Heaven, and The Third Book of Esdras, there sitteth, until he return to judge all The Fourth Book of Esdras, Men at the last day.
The Book of Tobius,
The Book of Judith,
The rest of the Book of Esther,
Jesus the Son of Sirach, stance, majesty, and glory, with the Fa
Baruch the Prophet, ther and the Son, very and eternal God.
The Song of the Three Children, VI. Of the Sufficiency of the holy Scrip
The Story of Susanna,
Of Bel and the Dragon, tures for salvation.
The Prayer of Manasses, OLY Scripture containeth all things The First Book of Maccabees, necessary to salvation : so that
The Second Book of Maccabees. whatsoever is not read therein, nor may be proved thereby, is not to be required All the Books of the New Testament,
as they are commonly received, we do and prepare himself, by his own natural receive, and account them Canonical. strength and good works, to faith, and
calling upon God: Wherefore we have VII. Of the Old Testament.
no power to do good works pleasant and THE Old Testament is not contrary acceptable to God, without the grace of
, and New Testament everlasting life is may have a good will, and working with offered to Mankind by Christ, who is the us, when we have that good will. only Mediator between God and Man, being both God and Man. Wherefore XI. Of the Justification of Man. heard
are accounted righteous promises. Although the Law given from Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ by Faith, God by Moses, as touching Ceremonies and not for our own works or deservings : and Rites, do not bind Christian men, Wherefore, that we are justified by Faith nor the Civil precepts thereof ought of only is a most wholesome Doctrine, and necessity to be received in any common- very full of comfort, as more largely is wealth; yet notwithstanding, no Christian expressed in the Homily of Justification. man whatsoever is free from the obedience of the Commandments which are
XII. Of Good Works. called Moral.
LBEIT that Good Works, which VIII. Of the Three Creeds.
are the fruits of Faith, and follow THE Three Creeds, Nicene Creed, after Justification, cannot put away our is commonly called the Apostles' Creed, Judgement; yet are they pleasing and ought thoroughly to be received and acceptable to God in Christ, and do spring believed: for they may be proved by out necessarily of a true and lively Faith; most certain warrants of holy Scripture.
insomuch that by them a lively Faith
may be as evidently known as a tree IX. Of Original or Birth-sin. discerned by the fruit. RIGINAL Sin standeth not in the following of Adam, (as the Pela
XIII. Of Works before Justification. gians do vainly talk :) but it is the fault CORKS done before the grace of and corruption of the Nature of every
Christ, and the Inspiration of man, that naturally is ingendered of the his Spirit, are not pleasant to God, foroffspring of Adam; whereby man is very asmuch as they spring not of faith in far gone from original righteousness, and Jesus Christ, neither do they make men is of his own nature inclined to evil, so meet to receive grace, or (as the Schoolthat the flesh lusteth always contrary to authors say) deserve grace of congruity: the spirit; and therefore in every person yea rather, for that they are not done as born into this world, it deserveth God's God hath willed and commanded them wrath and damnation. And this infec- to be done, we doubt not but they have tion of nature doth remain, yea in them the nature of sin. that are regenerated; whereby the lust of the flesh, called in the Greek, Opovnua
XIV. Of Works of Supererogation. capkòs, which some do expound the wis. TOLUNTARY Works besides, over dom, some sensuality, some the affection, and above, God's Commandments, some the desire, of the flesh, is not subject which they call Works of Supererogation, to the Law of God. And although there cannot be taught without arrogancy and is no condemnation for them that believe impiety: for by them men do declare, and are baptized, yet the Apostle doth that they do not only render unto God confess, that concupiscence and lust hath as much as they are bound to do, but that of itself the nature of sin.
they do more for his sake, than of bounden
duty is required: whereas Christ saith X. Of Free-Will.
plainly, When ye have done all that are THE condition of Man after the fall of 'commanded to you, say, We are unproAdam is such, that he cannot turn fitable servants.
XV. Of Christ alone without Sin. the flesh, and their earthly members, CH was made bike into ao final change heavenayinings, as wem because it dorth sin only except, from which he was greatly establish and confirm their faith clearly void, both in his flesh, and in his of eternal Salvation to be enjoyed through spirit. He came to be the Lamb with Christ, as because it doth fervently kindle out spot, who, by sacrifice of himself their love towards God : So, for curious once made, should take away the sins of and carnal persons, lacking the Spirit of the world, and sin, as Saint John saith, Christ, to have continually before their was not in him. But all we the rest, eyes the sentence of God's Predestination, although baptized, and born again. in is a most dangerous downfal, whereby Christ, yet offend in many things; and the Devil doth thrust them either into if we say we have no sin, we deceive desperation, or into wretchlessness of ourselves, and the truth is not in us. most unclean living, no less perilous than
desperation. XVI. Of Sin after Baptism.
Furthermore, we must receive God's N°T. TOT every deadly sin willingly com- promises in such wise, as they be gene
mitted after Baptism is sin against rally set forth to us in holy Scripture: the Holy Ghost, and unpardonable. and, in our doings, that Will of God is Wherefore the grant of repentance is to be followed, which we have expressly not to be denied to such as fall into sin declared unto us in the Word of God. after Baptism. After we have received the Holy Ghost, we may depart from
XVIII. Of obtaining eternal Salvation
only by the Name of Christ. grace given, and fall into sin, and by the grace of God we may arise again, and
THEY also are to be had accursed amend our lives. And therefore they that presume to say, That every are to be condemned, which say, they man shall be saved by the Law or Sect can no more sin as long as they live which he professeth, so that he be dilihere, or deny the place of forgiveness to gent to frame his life according to that such as truly repent.
Law, and the light of Nature. For holy XVII. Of Predestination and Election.
Scripture doth set out unto us only the
Name of Jesus Christ, whereby men must REDESTINATION to Life is the be saved.
of (before the foundations of the world were
XIX. Of the Church.
is counsel secret to us, to deliver from curse and damnation those whom he hath chosen the which the pure Word of God is in Christ out of mankind, and to bring preached, and the Sacraments be duly them by Christ to everlasting salvation, ministered according to Christ's ordias vessels made to honour. Wherefore, nance in all those things that of necessity they which be endued with so excellent are requisite to the same. a benefit of God be called according to As the Church of Jerusalem, AlexanGod's purpose by his Spirit working in dria, and Antioch, have erred; so also due season : they through Grace obey the Church of Rome hath erred, not only the calling : they be justified freely : they in their liviug and manner of Ceremonies, be made sons of God by adoption : they but also in matters of Faith. be made like the image of his onlybegotten Son Jesus Christ : they walk
XX. Of the Authority of the Church. religiously in good works, and at length, THE Church hath power to decree by God's mercy, they attain to everlasting
Rites or Ceremonies, and authority felicity.
in Controversies of Faith : And yet it is As the godly consideration of Predes- not lawful for the Church to ordain any tination, and our Election in Christ, is thing that is contrary to God's Word full of sweet, pleasant, and unspeakable written, neither may it so expound one comfort to godly persons, and such as place of Scripture, that it be repugnant feel in themselves the working of the to another. Wherefore, although the Spirit of Christ, mortifying the works of Church be a witness and a keeper of
PREDESTINATION to Life is the be saved.
Taids he hath constantly decreed by his THEongregation of faithful men, in