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ASSOCIATE-REFORMED SYNOD, MAY 31, 1799.
THE Westminster Confession of Faith, with the Catechisms Larger and Shorter, having been formerly received by this Synod, with a reservation for future discussion of the doctrine respecting the power of the civil magistrate in matters of religion; and the said doctrine being now modified in a manner more agreeable to the word of God, to the nature of the Christian Church, and to the principles of civil society, The Synod do explicitly receive the aforesaid Confession and Catechisms, with the doctrme concerning the civil magistrate, as now stated in the twentieth, twenty-third, and thirty-first chapters of the Confession, as the system of doctrine which is built upon the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner-stone: And the Synod do hereby declare, that the aforesaid Confession and Catechisms, as herein received, contain the true and genuine doctrine of the Associate-reFormed Church; and that no .tenet contrary thereto, or to any part thereof, shall be countenanced in this Church.
By order of the Synod,
JOHN RIDDELL, Moderator.
CONFESSION OF FAITH,
AGREEd UPON BY THE
Assembly of Divines at Westminster,
WITH THE ASSISTANCE OP
CHURCH Or SCOTLAND,
AS RECEIVEd BY THE
^ WITH THE
PROOFS FROM THE SCRIPTURE?
CONFESSION OF FAITH.
OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURE.
ALTHOUGH the light of nature, and the works of creation and providence, do so fur mamfest the goodness, wisdom, and power of God, as to leave men inexcusable ;a yet are they not sufficient to give that knowledge of God, and of his will, which is necessary unto salvation :b Therefore, it pleased the Lord, at sundry times,-and in divers manners, to reveal himself, and to declare that his will unto his church ;c and afterwards, for the better preserving and propagating of the truth, and tor the more sure establishment and comfort of the church against the corruption
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 shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while 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 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 ana Godhead; so thatthey are without excuse. Psal. xix. 1 to 3. The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. Rom. i. 32. Who knowing the judgment of God, (that they which commit such things are worthy of death,) not only do the same, hut have pleasure in them that do them. With Rom. ii. 1. Therefore thou art mexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest; for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest dost the same things.
b 1 Cor. i. 21. For after that, in 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. ii. 13,14. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teaeheth, but which the Holy Ghost teaeheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness unto Mm; neither can he know them; because they are spiritually discerned. -.
c Heb. i. 1. God—at sundry times, and in divers manners, spake i» time past unto the fathers by the p'ophet,.
of the flesh, and the malice ot Satan and of the world, toi commit the same wholly unto writing :d which maketh the Holy Scripture to be most necessary ;e those former ways of God's revealing his will unto his people, being now ceased.f
II. Under the name of Holy Scripture, or the word of God written, are now contained, all the books of the Old and New-Testament, which are these:
OF THE OLD-TESTAMENT: