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Articles of Religion ;
AS ESTABLISHED BY
THE BISHOPS, THE CLERGY,
AND THE LAITY
The Protestant Episcopal Church
IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
ON THE TWELFTH DAY OF SEPTEMBER,
IN THE YEAR OF OUR LORD
ARTICLE I. Of Faith in the Holy ART. V. Of the Holy Ghost.
Trinity. THERE is but one living and true THE Holy Ghost, proceeding from
T the of T God, everlasting, without body, substance, majesty, and glory, with parts, or passions ; of infinite power, the Father and the Son, very and wisdom, and goodness; the Naker, eternal God. and Preserver of all things both visible and invisible. And in unity
ART. VI. Of the Sufficiency of the of this Godhead there be three Per- Holy Scriptures for Salvation. sons, of one substance, power, and TOLY Scripture containeth all eternity: the Father, the Son, and things necessary to salvation : the Holy Ghost.
80 that whatsoever is not read there
in, por may be proved thereby, is Art. II. Of the Word or Son of
not to be required of any man, that God, which was made very Man. it should be believed as an article of Tithe father, begotten from ever
the Faith, or be thought requisite or
necessary to salvation. In the same lasting of the Father, the very and of the Holy Scripture we do undereternal God, and of one substance stand those canonical Books of the with the Father, took Man's nature Old and New Testament, of whose in the womb of the blessed Virgin, authority was never any doubt in of her substance : so that two whole the Church. and perfect Natures, that is to say, the Godhead and Manhood, were
OF THE NAMES AND NUMBER joined together in one Person, never
OF THE CANONICAL BOOKS. to be divided, whereof is one Christ, Genesis, very God, and very Man; who truly Exodus, surffered, was crucified, dead, and Leviticus, buried, to reconcile his father to us, Numbers, and to be a sacrifice, not only for Deuteronomy, original guilt, but also for actual Joshua, sing of men,
The Second Book of Samuel,
The Second Book of Chronicles, ART. IV. of the Resurrection The First Book of Esdras, of Christ.
The Second Book of Esdras,
death, and took again his body, T'he Book of Job,
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,
All the Books of the New Testament, as they are commonly received, we do receive, and account them Canonical.
Arr. VII. Of the Old Testament, THE Old Testament is not conTHT
trary to the New: for both in the Old and New Testament everlasting 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 wbich are called Moral.
ART. VIII. Of the Creeds. THE 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 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 regen. erated; whereby the lust of the flesh, called in Greek, φρόνημα σαρκός, (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.
, 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 work. ing with us, when we have that good will. Art. XI. Of the Justification
of Man. We are accounted righteous be
fore 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 Justifica. tion,
ART. XII. Of Good Works.
Hare the fruits of Faith, and fol. low 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 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 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 Superero
and sin (as Saint Jolun saitb) was not in him. But all we the rest, al. though 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. NOTwevery 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
Élection. PREDESTINATION to Life is the
everlasting purpose of God, where. by (before the foundations of the world were laid) he hath constantly decrced by his counsel secret to 118, 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 ption: they be made like the image of big only be. gotten 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
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. ART. XV. Of Christ alone without
Sin. NHRIST in the truth of our nature
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,