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Exposition of the Thirty-nine Articles – Article XXII (Part 1)

Article XXII. Of Purgatory. THE Romish doctrine concerning purgatory, 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 rather repugnant to the Word of God. De Purgatorio. DOCTRINA Romanensium de purgatorio, de indulgentiis, de…

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Exposition of the Thirty-nine Articles – Article XXI

Article XXI. Of the Authority of General Councils. General Councils may not be gathered together without the commandment and will of Princes. And when they be gathered together (forasmuch as they be an assembly of men, whereof all be not governed with the Spirit and Word of God), they may err, and sometimes have erred,…

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Exposition of the Thirty-nine Articles – Article XX

Article XX. Of the Authority of the Church. THE Church hath power to decree rites or ceremonies, and authority in controversies of faith; and yet it is not lawful for the Church to ordain anything that is contrary to God’s word written, neither may it so expound one place of Scripture that it be repugnant…

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Exposition of the Thirty-nine Articles – Article XIX

Article XIX. Of the Church. THE visible Church of Christ is a congregation 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. As the Church of Jerusalem, Alexandria, and…

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Exposition of the Thirty-nine Articles – Article XVIII

Article XVIII. Of obtaining Eternal Salvation only by the Name of Christ. THEY also are to be had accursed that presume to say, that every man shall be saved by the law or sect which he professeth, so that he be diligent to frame his life according to that law, and the light of nature….

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Exposition of the Thirty-nine Articles – Article XVII (Part 2)

Section II. — Scriptural Proof. IN investigating the Scriptural doctrine of Election, it is of the utmost consequence to keep close to Scripture itself, and to keep clear of philosophy. The subject of God’s foreknowledge and predestination must be full of difficulty, and our question can only be, what is revealed to us, not what…

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Exposition of the Thirty-nine Articles – Article XVII (Part 1)

Article XVII. Of Predestination and Election. PREDESTINATION to life is the everlasting purpose of God, whereby (before the foundations of the world were laid) He hath constantly decreed by His counsel, secret to us, to deliver from curse and damnation those whom He hath chosen in Christ out of mankind, and to bring them by…

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Exposition of the Thirty-nine Articles – Article XVI (Part 2)

Section II. — Scriptural Proof. THE first thing we have to show from holy Scripture is, that “every deadly sin committed after baptism is not unpardonable,” and that “the place of forgiveness is not to be denied to such as truly repent.” To prove this proposition, it will be desirable (1) to show that sins…

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Exposition of the Thirty-nine Articles – Article XVI (Part 1)

Article XVI. Of Sin after Baptism. NOT every 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…

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Exposition of the Thirty-nine Articles – Article XV

Article XV. Of Christ alone without Sin. CHRIST 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…

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