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THE Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms were adopted, in 1729, by the General Synod of the undivided Presbyterian Church, as the "confession of their faith," excepting certain clauses relating to the civil magistrate.
In 1788, the General Synod amended the Confession of Faith in Chapters xx., xxiii., and xxxi., made "a small amendment" of the Larger Catechism, and adopted the amended Confession of Faith and the Catechisms, the Form of Government, the Book of Discipline, and the Directory for Worship, "as the standard of our doctrine, government, discipline, and worship."
Amendments of the Confession of Faith, since 1788, have been as follows: In 1886-87, by striking out from Chapter xxiv., Section 4, the clause forbidding marriage with a deceased wife's sister. In 1902-03, by adding Chapters xxxiv. and xxxv., and the Declaratory Statement as to Chapter iii. and Chapter x., Section 3; also by the alteration of Chapter xvi., Section 7. Chapter xxii, Section 3, and Chapter xxv., Section 6. The Book of Discipline was entirely reconstructed in 1884; and amendments and additions were inode, 1894-1907. The Form of Government and the Tirectory for Worship have been amended and added to in various Sections between the years 1805 and 1907.
The first Committee to "select and arrange the Proof Texts" was appointed by the General Assembly in 1792, and the proof texts were published in the edition of the Constitution issued in 1797. In 1888, a second Committee was appointed to revise the "Proof Texts," and to furnish proof texts for the Shorter Catechism. The work was approved by the General Assembly of 1894.
The Standards were also adopted as the basis of Reunion, as follows: in 1758 by the Synods of New York and Philadelphia, which separated in 1743; in 1869 by the "Old School" and the "New School" Churches, which separated in 1838; and in 1906 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and the Presbyterian Church in the U. S. A., which separated in 1810.
II. Of God, and of the Holy Trinity
VI. Of the Fall of Man, of Sin, and of the Punishment
VII. Of God's Covenant with Man
XVII. Of the Perseverance of the Saints.
XVIII. Of the Assurance of Grace and Salvation
XX. Of Christian Liberty, and Liberty of Conscience .
XXI. Of Religious Worship and the Sabbath Day
XXII. Of Lawful Oaths and Vows
XXIII. Of the Civil Magistrate.
XXXII. Of the State of Man after Death, and of the
XXXV. Of the Love of God and Missions
III. Of the Officers of the Church.
VII. Of Ordinances in a Particular Church
VIII. Of Church Government, and of Judicatories.
XIII. Of Electing and Ordaining Ruling Elders and Dea-
XIV. Of Licensing Candidates to Preach the Gospel.
XV. Of the Election and Ordination of Bishops or Pas-
XVI. Of Translation, or Removing a Minister from One
XVII. Of Resigning a Pastoral Charge
XXII. Of Commissioners to the General Assembly
XXIII. Of the Organizations of the Church
I. Of Discipline: its Nature, Ends, and Subjects
III. Of Charges and Specifications.
IV. Of Process: General Rules Pertaining to All Cases
V. Special Rules Pertaining to Cases before Sessions.
VI. General Rules Pertaining to the Trial of a Minister,
IX. Of the Ways in which a Cause may be Carried from
a Lower to a Higher Judicatory
1. Of General Review and Control
XI. Of Jurisdiction in Cases of Dismission
XII. Of Removals, and Limitations of Time
XIII. Of Judicial and Administrative Cases.
III. Of the Public Reading of the Holy Scriptures.
VI. THE DIRECTORY FOR THE WORSHIP OF GOD. 423
I. Of the Sanctification of the Lord's Day.
II. Of the Assembling of the Congregation and their
VI. Of the Worship of God by Offerings
VII. Of the Preaching of the Word
VIII. Of the Administration of Baptism
IX. Of the Administration of the Lord's Supper.
X. Of the Admission of Persons to Sealing Ordinances. 435
XI. Of the Mode of Inflicting and Removing Censures . 436
XII. Of the Solemnization of Marriage.
XIII. Of the Visitation of the Sick .
XIV. Of the Burial of the Dead
XV. Of Fasting, and of the Observation of the Days of
A. ACTS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
I. Adjustments Connected with Reunion
VI. Ministers of Other Denominations in the U. S. A.