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ART. VI. Of the Sufficiency of the Holy Scriptures for Salvation. I


tion : be proved thereby, is not to be required of any man, that it should be believed as an article of the Faith, or be thought requisite or necessary to salvation. In the name of the Holy Scripture we do understand those canonical Books of the Old and New Testament, of whose authority was never any doubt in the Church.




The First Book of Chronicles, Excodus,

The Second Book of Chronicles, Leviticus,

The First Book of Esdras, Numbers,

The Second Book of Esdras, Deuteronomy,

The Book of Esther, Joshua,

The Book of Job, Judges,

The Psalms, Ruth,

The Proverbs, The First Book of Samuel, Ecclesiastes or Preacher, The Second Book of Samuel, Cantica, or Songs of Solomon, The First Book of Kings, Four Prophets the greater, The Second Book of Kings, Twelve Prophets the less.

And the other Books (as Hierome saith) the Church doth read for example of life and instruction of manners; but yet doth it not apply them to establish any doctrine ; such are these following: The Third Book of Esdras,

Baruch the Prophet, The Fourth Book of Esdras, The Song of the Three Children, The Book of Tobias,

The Story of Susanna, The Book of Judith,

Of Bel and the Dragon, The rest of the Book of Esther, The Prayer of Manasses, The Book of Wisdom,

The First Book of Maccabees, Jesus the Son of Sirach,

The Second Book of Maccabees. All the Books of the New Testament, as they are commonly received, we do receive, and account them Canonical.

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ART. VII. Of the Old Testament. THE Old Testament is not contrary to the New: for both in the Old and New

life is offered to Mankind by Christ, who is the only Mediator between God and Man, being both God and Man. Wherefore they are not to be heard, which feign that the old Fathers did look only for transitory promises. Although the Law given from God by Moses, as touching Ceremonies and Rites, do not bind Christian men, nor the Civil precepts thereof ought of necessity to be received in any commonwealth; yet notwithstanding, no Christian man whatsoever is free from the obedience of the Commandments which are called Moral.

ART. VIII. Of the Creeds. THA HE Nicene Creed, and that which is commonly called the

Apostles' Creed, ought thoroughly to be received and believed: for they may be proved by most certain warrants of Holy Scripture.

Art. IX. Of Original or Birth-Sin. RIGINAL sin standeth not in the following of Adam, (as

the Pelagians do vainly talk ;) but it is the fault and corruption of the Nature of every man, that naturally is engendered of the offspring of Adam ; whereby man is very far gone from original righteousness, and is of his own nature inclined to evil

, so that the flesh lusteth always contrary to the Spirit ; and therefore in every person born into this world, it deserveth God's wrath and damnation. And this infection of nature doth remain, yea in them that are regenerated; whereby the lust of the flesh, called in Greek, opovnua capkòs, (which some do expound the wisdom, some sensuality, some the affection, some the desire, of the flesh,) is not subject to the Law of God. And although there is no condemnation for them that believe and are baptized; yet the Apostle doth confess, that concupiscence and lust hath of itself the nature of sin. ART. X. Of Free-Will.

THE condition of Man after the fall of Adam is such, that

he cannot turn and prepare himself, by his own natural


strength and good works, to faith, and calling upon God. Wherefore we have no power to do good works pleasant and acceptable to God, without the grace of God by Christ preventing us, that we may have a good will, and working with us, when we have that good will.

ART. XI. Of the Justification of Man.
E are accounted righteous before. God, only for the

merit of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, by Faith, and not for our own works or deservings. Wherefore, that we are justified by Faith only, is a most wholesome Doctrine, and very full of comfort, as more largely is.expressed in the Homily of Justification.


ART. XII. Of Good Works. LBEIT that Good Works, which are the fruits of Faith,

and follow after Justification, cannot put away our sins, and endure the severity of God's judgment ; yet are they pleasing and acceptable to God in Christ, and do spring out necessarily of a true and lively Faith ; insomuch that by them a lively Faith may be as evidently known as a tree discerned by the fruit.

ART. XIII. Of Works before Justification.
ORKS done before the grace of Christ, and the Inspira-

tion of his Spirit, are not pleasant to God, forasmueh as they spring not of faith in Jesus Christ; neither do they make men meet to receive grace, or (as the School-authors say) deserve grace of congruity : yea rather, for that they are not done as God hath willed and commanded them to be done, we doubt not but they have the nature of sin.

ART. XIV. Of Works of Supererogation. OLUNTARY Works besides, over and above, God's .Com

mandments, which they call Works of Supererogation, cannot be taught without arrogancy and impiety : for by them men do declare, that they do not only render unto God as much as they are bound to do, but that they do more for his sake, than of bounden duty is required : whereas Christ saith plainly, When ye have done all that are commanded to you, say, We are unprofitable servants.

ART. XV. Of Christ alone without Sin. YHRIST in the truth of our nature was made like unto us

in all things, sin only except, from which he was clearly void, both in his flesh, and in his spirit. He came to be the Lamb without spot, who, by sacrifice of himself once made, should take away the sins of the world ; and sin (as Saint John saith) was not in him. But all we the rest, although baptized, and born again in Christ, yet offend in many things; and if we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

ART. XVI. Of Sin after Baptism.
OT every deadly sin willingly committed after Baptism is

sin against the Holy Ghost, and unpardonable. Wherefore the grant of repentance is not to be denied to such as fall into sin after Baptism. After we have received the Holy Ghost, we may depart from grace given, and fall into sin, and by the grace of God we may arise again, and amend our lives. And therefore they are to be condemned, which say, they can no more sin as long as they live here, or deny the place of forgiveness to such as truly repent.


ART. XVII. Of Predestination and Election. REDESTINATION to Life is the everlasting purpose of

God, whereby (before the foundations of the world were laid) he hath constantly decreed by his counsel secret to us, to. deliver from curse and damnation those whom he hath chosen in Christ out of mankind, and to bring them by Christ to everlasting salvation, as vessels made to honour. Wherefore, they which be endued with so excellent a benefit of God, be called according to God's purpose by his Spirit working in due season : they through Grace obey the calling : they be justified freely : they be made sons of God by adoption : they be made like the image of his only begotten Son Jesus Christ : they walk religiously in good works, and at length, by God's mercy, they attain to everlasting felicity.

As the godly consideration of Predestination, and our Election in Christ, is full of sweet, pleasant, and unspeakable comfort to godly persons, and such as feel in themselves the working of the Spirit of Christ, mortifying the works of the

flesh, and their earthly members, and drawing up their mind to high and heavenly things, as well because it doth greatly establish and confirm their faith of eternal Salvation to be enjoyed through Christ, as because it doth fervently kindle their love towards God : So, for curious and carnal persons, lacking the Spirit of Christ, to have continually before their eyes the sentence of God's Predestination, is a most dangerous downfall, whereby the Devil doth thrust them either into desperation, or into wretchlessness of most unclean living, no less perilous than desperation.

Furthermore, we must receive God's promises in such wise, as they be generally set forth to us in Holy Scripture : and, in our doings, that Will of God is to be followed, which we have expressly declared unto us in the Word of God. ART. XVIII. Of obtaining eternal Salvation only by the Name

of Christ. HEY also are to be had accursed that presume to say,

That every man shall be saved by the Law or Sect which he professeth, so that he be diligent to frame his life according to that Law, and the light of Nature. For Holy Scripture doth set out unto us only the Name of Jesus Christ, whereby men must be saved.


ART. XIX. Of the Church. THE NHE visible Church of Christ is 'a congregation of faithful

men, in the which the pure Word of God is preached, and the Sacraments be duly ministered according to Christ's ordinance, in all those things that of necessity are requisite to the same.

As the Church of Jerusalem, Alexandria, and Antioch, have erred; so also the Church of Rome hath erred, not only in their living and manner of Ceremonies, but also in matters. of Faith.

ART. XX. Of the Authority of the Church. THE VHE Church hath power to decree Rites or Ceremonies,

and authority in Controversies of Faith : and yet it is not lawful for the Church to ordain any thing that is contrary to God's Word written, neither may it so expound one place


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