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Sidrach Simpson of London
Assessor after Mr. White
Obadiah Sedgwick, B. D. of Cogshal
Thomas Colemrm of Eliton
John Maynard of Maysield
William Bridge of Yarmouth
Henry Hall, B. D. of Norwich Thomas Ford of London, afterwards of Exter
Thomas Thorowgood of Maffingham
Pe:er Clark of Xetby Under-hill
Richard Bysitld of Long-Ditton
Commiffioners from the General Assembly of the Church of SCOTLAND.
A Lexandcr Henderson of Edinburgh
Robert Douglas of Edinburgh
Samuel Rutheifoord of St. Andrews
Robert Bailey of Glasgow
George Gillespy of Edinburgh
John Eatl of Cassils
Duke of Laudenlale
assembly at EDINBURGH, August 27th, 1647. s<f- J3
Act approving the Confession of Faith.
A ConfessioD of Faith for the Kirks of God, in the Three kingdoms, beiug the chieftst Part of that Uniformity in Religion, which, by the Solemn League and Covenant, we arc bound to endeavour; and there being accordingly a Confession of Faith agreed upon by the Assembly of Divines sitting at Westminster, with the Assistance of Comissiocers from the Kirk of Scotland; Which confession was sent from our Commissioners at London, to the Commissioners of the Kirk met at Edinburgh in January last, anxl hath been in the assembly twice pubiiekIy read over, examined and considered : Copies thereof being also printed, that it might be particularly perused by all the Members of this Assembly, unto whom frequent Intimation was publickly made, to put in their Doabrsand Objections, Us they had any: And the said Confession being, upon due Examination thereof, found by the Assembly to be most agreeeable to the Word of God, aud in nothing contrary to the received Doctrine, Worship, Discipline and Government of this Kirk, And lastly, it being so necessary, and so much longed for, that the said Confession be, with all possible Diligence and Expedition, approved and established in both Kingdoms, as a principal Part of the intended Uniformity in Religion, and as a special Means for the more effectual suppressing of the many dangerous Errors and Heresies of these Times. The General Assembly doth therefore, after mature Deliberation, agree unto, and approve the said Confession, as to the Truth of the Matter; (judgingit to be most Orthodox, and grounded upon the Word of God) and alfl>, as to the Point of Uniformity, agreeing for our Part, that it be a common Confession of Faith for the Three Kingdoms. The Assembly doth alto blets the Lord, and thankfully acknowledge his great Mercy, in that ib excellent a Confession of Faith is prepared, and thus far agreed upon in both kingdoms; which we look upon as a great strengthening of the true Reformed Religion, against the common Enemies ih;reof. But, lest our intention and Meaning be in some Particulars misunderstood, it is hereby exprefly declared, and provided. That the not mentioning in this Confession, the several Sorts of Ecclesiastical Ofncers and Assemblies, sliall be no Prejudice to the Truth of Christ, in these Particulars, to be expressed fully in the Directory of Government. It is further declared, That the Assembly understandeth some Parts of the second Article of the Thirty-one Chapter, only of Kirks not settled, Ot constituted in Point of Government: And that although, in such Kirks, a Synod of Ministers, and other fit Persons, may be called by the Magistrates authority and Nomination, withoutany other Call to consult and advise with, about Matters of Religion; and altho' likewise tlic Ministers of Christ, without Delegation from their Churches, may of
themselves, and by virtue of their Office, meet together Synodically in iuch Kirks, not yet constituted; yet neither of these ought to be done in Kirks constituted and fettled: It being always free to ihe Magistrate to advise with Synods of Ministers and Ruling Elders, meeting upon Delegation from their churches, either ordinarily, or, being indicted by his authority, occasionally and pro re nata; it being also free to assemble together Synodically.as well pro re nata as at the ordinary times, • upon Delegation from the Churches, by the intrinsical Power received from Christ, as often as it is necessary for the Good of the Church so to assemble, in cafe the Magistrate, to the Detriment of the Church, withhold or deny his Consent; the Necessity of occasional assemblies being first remonstrate unto him by humble Supplication.
. A. KER.
Charles I. Par/. 2. Sess. t. Ail 16. Act onent the Catechisms, Confession of Faith, and Ratification thereof. At EDINEURGH, February 7th, 1649.
THE Estates of Parliament now presently conveened in this second Session of the second Triennial Parliament, by Vertue of an act of the Committee of Estates, who had Power and authority from the last Parliament for conveening the Parliament, having seriously considered the Catechisms, viz. the Larger and Shorter ones, with the Confession of Faith, with the Three acts of approbation thereof by the Commissioners of theGeneral assembly, presented unto them by the Commissioners of the said General Assembly ; Do ratify and approve the said Catechisms, Confession of Faith, and acts of approbation of the fame produced as it is; and ordains them to be recorded, published and practised.
Agreed upon by the
With the Assistance of COMMISSIONERS FROM THE CHURCH Of SCOTLAND,
A Part of the Covenanted Uniformity in Religion betwixt the Churches of Christ in the Kingdoms of Scotland, England, and I/eland.
Approved by the General AJsemhly 1647, and ratified and established by Ac! of Parliament 1649, as the public and avowed ConFksSion of the C H U RC H of S C O TLAND.
With the Prto/s fiom the Scripture
Printed io the Year, M DCC LXYIII