« FöregåendeFortsätt »
remain; yea, in them that are regenerated, whereby the lusts of the flesh, called in Greek, ogórnua saxpós 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 baptised, yet the Apostle doth confess, that concupiscence and lust hath of itself the nature of sin.
Of Free Will. TAI
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
Of the Justification of Man. W
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.
Of Good Works.
fruits of Faith, and follow after Justification, cannot put away our sins, and endure the severity of God's Judgement ; 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.
Of Works before Justification. W ,
Christ, and the inspiration of his Spirit, are not pleasant to God, forasmuch as they spring not of faith in Jesus Christ, neither do they make men meet to receive grace, or (as School Authors say) deserve .grace of congruity: yea, rather for that they are not done as God hath willed and com manded them to be done, we doubt not but they have the nature of sin.
Of Works of Supererogation.
OLUNTARY Works besides, over and
above God's Commandments, 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.
Of Christ alone without Sin.
HRIST 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 St. John saith) was not in him.
But all we the rest yet offend in many things, and if we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
Of the Church. NHE visible Church of Christ is a ConTH
gregation 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.
gatory, Pardons, worshipping and adoration, as well of Images, as of Reliques, and also invocation of Saints, is a fond thing vainly invented, and grounded upon no warranty of Scripture, but repugnant to the word of God.
Of speaking in the Congregation in such a
Tongue as the People understandeth. IT T is a thing plainly repugnant to the
word of God, and the custom of the Primitive Church, to have public Prayer in the Church, or to minister the Sacraments in a Tongue not understood of the People.
Of the one Oblation of Christ finished upon
THE Offering of Christ once made, is
that perfect Redemption, Propitiation, and Satisfaction for all the sins of the whole world, both original and actual, and there is none other satisfaction for sin, but that alone. Wherefore the sacrifice of Masses, in the which it was commonly said, that the Priest did offer Christ for the quick and the dead, to have remission of pain or guilt, were blasphemous fables, and dan
Of a Christian Man's Oath.
S we confess that vain and rash swear
ing is forbidden Christian men by our Lord Jesus Christ, and James his Apostle ; su we judge that Christian Religion doth not prohibit, but that a man may swear when the Magistrate requireth, in a cause of faith and charity, so it be done according to the Prophet's teaching, in Justice, Judgment, and Truth.