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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA:
THE CONFESSION OF FAITH, THE CATECHIMS AND TYS
DIRECTORY FOR THE WORSHIP OF GOD
TOGETHER WITH THE
PLAN OF GOVERNMENT AND DISCIPLINE,
AS RATIFED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY, AT THEIR SESSIONS
IN MAY, 1821 ; AND AMENDED IN 1833.
UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO LIBRARIES
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We, the subscribers, appointed a committee to superintend the publication of the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church in the United States, &c. within the bounds of the synod of Delaware, do authorize and approve of the present edition, as a correct and authentic copy of said Constitution, as amended, ratified, and in force at the present date.
EZRA STILES ELY Philadelphia, June 16th, 1834, A. BARNES,
H. A. BOARDMAN.
We, the subscribers, appointed a committee to superintend the publication of the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church in the United States, &c. within the bounds of the synod of Philadelphia, do authorize and approve of the present edition, as a correct and au thentic copy of said Constitution, as amended, ratified, and in force at the present date.
CORS. C. CUYLER, Philadelphia, August 22d, 1834. JOHN M.DOWELL,
S. G. WINCHESTER.
Eastern District of Pennsylvania, to writ:
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 Discipline, as amended and ratified by the General Assembly, at their Session in May, 1821.”
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CONFESSION OF FAITH.
Of the Holy Scripture.
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 inexcusablea ; yet they are not sufficient to give that knowledge of God, and of his will, which is necessary unto salvation"; therefore it pleased
1. 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. Be cause that which may be known of God is manifest in them: for God hath shewed 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 Godheadl; so that they are without excuse. Psal. xix. 1, ?, 3. The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmameni showeth his handy work. Day unto day uttereth speech, and aight unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard. See Rom. i. 32. with Rom. ii. 1.
bi Cor. i. 21. For after that in the wisdom of God, the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the fool. ishness of preaching to save them that believe. i Cor. ii. 13,