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THE

CONSTITUTION

OF THE

PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

IN THE

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA:

CONTAINING

THE CONFESSION OF FAITH, THE CATECHISMS, AND THE DIRECTORY FOR THE WORSHIP OF GOD: TOGETHER WITH THE PLAN OF GOVERNMENT AND DISCIPLINE, AS AMENDED AND RATI FIED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY, AT THEIR SESSION IN MAY, 1821.

PHILADELPHIA:

PUBLISHED BY ANTHONY FINLEY, CORNER OF CHESNUT AND

FOURTH STREETS.

1821.

WE, the subscribers, a Committee appointed for the purpose, by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America, do certify, that the following is a correct and authentic copy of the Conan stitution of said Church, as amended and ratified by said Assembly in May, 1821.

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1821

JACOB J. JANEWAY,
WILLIAM NEILL,
EZRA STILES ELY.

EASTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA, TO WIT:

BE IT REMEMBERED, That on the second day of June, in the forty fifth year of the Independence of the United States of America, A. D. 1821, the Reverend Ezra Stiles Ely, D. D. of the said District, by order of the General Assembly, on behalf of the Trustees of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America, has deposited in this office the Title of a Book, the right whereof they claim as Proprietors, in the words following, to wit:

"The Constitution of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America: Containing the Confession of Faith, the Catechisms, and the Directory for the worship of God: together with the Plan of Government and Disci pline, as amended and ratified by the General Assembly, at their Session in May, 1821."

In conformity to the Act of the Congress of the United States, intituled, "An Act for the Encouragement of Learning, by securing the Copies of Maps, Charts, and Books, to the Authors and Proprietors of such Copies during the Times therein mentioned." And also to the Act, entitled, "An Act supplementary to an Act, entitled, "An Act for the Encouragement of Learning, by securing the Copies of Maps, Charts, and Books, to the Authors and RIVERSing the Benefits Copies during the

Times therein menned and
thereof to the Arts of designing, engraving, and etching
historical and ther Prints.

LIBRARY CALDWELL,

SEP 29 $1

the Eastern-District of Pennsylvania.

OF GEORGIA

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THE

CONFESSION OF FAITH

OF THE

PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH,

IN THE

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

CO

THE

CONFESSION, &c.

CHAP. I.

Of the Holy Scripture.

I. ALTHOUGH the light of nature, and the works of creation and providence, do so far manifest the goodness, wisdom, and power of God, as to leave men inexcusable; yet they are not sufficient to give that knowledge of God, and of his will, which is necessary unto salvation; therefore it

I. a Rom. ii. 14, 15. For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves; which show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the meanwhile accusing, or else excusing one another. Rom i. 19, 20. Because that which may be known of God, is manifest in them: for God hath showed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse. Psal. xix. 1, 2. The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth his handy work. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night showeth knowledge, Ver. 3. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. See Rom. i. 32. with Rom. ii. 1.

b 1 Cor. i. 21. For after that he the wisdom of God, the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. 1 Cor. LIBRARY

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