Westminster Confession of Faith

I. Of the Holy Scripture

Although the light of nature, and the works of creation and providence do so far manifest the goodness, wisdom, and power of God, as to leave men inexcusable; 1Rom. 2:14–15, Rom. 1:19–20, Ps. 19:1–3, Rom. 1:32, Rom. 2:1 yet they are not sufficient to give that knowledge of God, and of his will, which is […]

XXX. Of Church Censures

The Lord Jesus, as King and Head of His Church, hath therein appointed a government, in the hand of Church officers, distinct from the civil magistrate. 30Isa. 9:6–7, 1 Tim. 5:17, 1 Thess. 5:12, Acts 20:17–18, Heb. 13:7,17,24, 1 Cor. 12:28, Matt. 28:18–20 2. To these officers the keys of the kingdom of heaven are […]

XXIX. Of the Lord’s Supper

Our Lord Jesus, in the night wherein He was betrayed, instituted the sacrament of His body and blood, called the Lord’s Supper, to be observed in His Church, unto the end of the world, for the perpetual remembrance of the sacrifice of Himself in His death; the sealing all benefits thereof unto true believers, their […]

XXI. Of Religious Worship, and the Sabbath Day

The light of nature sheweth that there is a God, who hath lordship and sovereignty over all, is good, and doth good unto all, and is therefore to be feared, loved, praised, called upon, trusted in, and served, with all the heart, and with all the soul, and with all the might. 53Rom. 1:20, Acts […]

XXII. Of Lawful Oaths and Vows

A lawful oath is part of religious worship, 92Deut. 10:20 wherein, upon just occasion, the person swearing solemnly calleth God to witness what he asserteth, or promiseth, and to judge him according to the truth or falsehood of what he sweareth. 93Exod. 20:7, Lev. 19:12, 2 Cor. 1:23, 2 Chron. 6:22–23 2. The name of […]

XXIII. Of the Civil Magistrate

God, the supreme Lord and King of all the world, hath ordained civil magistrates to be under Him, over the people, for His own glory, and the public good: and, to this end, hath armed them with the power of the sword, for the defense and encouragement of them that are good, and for the […]

XXIV. Of Marriage and Divorce

Marriage is to be between one man and one woman: neither is it lawful for any man to have more than one wife, nor for any woman to have more than one husband, at the same time. 125Gen. 2:24, Matt. 19:5–6, Prov. 2:17 2. Marriage was ordained for the mutual help of husband and wife, […]

XXV. Of the Church

The catholic or universal Church, which is invisible, consists of the whole number of the elect, that have been, are, or shall be gathered into one, under Christ the Head thereof; and is the spouse, the body, the fullness of Him that filleth all in all. 139Eph. 1:10, 22–23, Eph. 5:23,27,32, Col. 1:18 2. The […]

XXVI. Of the Communion of Saints

All saints, that are united to Jesus Christ their Head, by His Spirit, and by faith, have fellowship with Him in His grace, sufferings, death, resurrection, and glory: 1541 John 1:3, Eph. 3:16–19, John 1:16, Eph. 2:5–6, Phil. 3:10, Rom. 6:5–6, 2 Tim. 2:12 and, being united to one another in love, they have communion […]

XXVII. Of the Sacraments

Sacraments are holy signs and seals of the covenant of grace, 161Rom. 4:11, Gen. 17:7,10 immediately instituted by God, 162Matt. 28:19, 1 Cor. 11:23 to represent Christ and His benefits; and to confirm our interest in Him: 1631 Cor. 10:16, 1 Cor. 11:25–26, Gal. 3:27, Gal. 3:17 as also, to put a visible difference between […]

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