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A Confession of Faith, containing twenty three Articles
      ARTICLE I. Concerning God, and the True and Saving Knowledge of him. There is one God [Eph. 4:6; 1 Cor. 8:4,6] Who is a Spirit [John 4:24] And This is the Message which the Apostles heard of him, and declared unto the Saints, That he is Light, and in hi ... read more

A Short Examination of some of the Scripture-Proofs, alledged by the Divines at Westminster
      It is not in the least my Design in this Chapter, to offer so large an Examination of any of their Articles, as might be done, nor yet of so many as are very obvious; but only of two or three, to give the Reader a Taste of them for Example's sake: whereb ... read more

A short Expostulation with, and Appeal to all other Professors
      Come, let us reason with you, all ye Professors of Christianity, of what sort or kind soever; and bring forth your Catechisms and Confessions of Faith to that which by most of yourselves is accounted the Touchstone or Rule: And suffer yourselves no more t ... read more

CATECHISM - A short Introduction to the Confession of Faith.
      Having thus largely and evidently performed the chief Part of that which I promised in this Treatise, in giving a full account of our Principles in plain Scripture-words; and also answering by the Scriptures the chief and main Objections made against us; ... read more

CATECHISM - Concerning Baptism, and Bread and Wine.
      Question. How many BAPTISMS are there? A. One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism [Eph. 4:5]. Q. What is this Baptism? A. The like Figure, whereunto even Baptism doth now save us: not the putting away the Filth of the Flesh, but the Answer of a good Consc ... read more

CATECHISM - Concerning Faith, Justification, and Works.
      Question. What is Faith? A. Faith is the Substance of things hoped for and the Evidence of things not seen [Heb. 11:1]. Q. Is Faith of absolute Necessity? A. Without Faith it is impossible to please him; for he that cometh to God, must believe that ... read more

CATECHISM - Concerning Magistracy
      Question. What is the Duty of a Magistrate? A. The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me; he that Ruleth over Men must be Just, Ruling in the Fear of God [2 Sam. 23:3]. Q. What do the Scriptures speak of the Duty of such as are under Auth ... read more

CATECHISM - Concerning Perfection, or Freedom from Sin.
      Question. I perceive then by all these Scriptures afore-mentioned, that Christ, as well as he hath purchased Pardon for our Sins, hath also obtained Power by which we may even here be cleansed from the Filth of them: may we expect then in this Life to be ... read more

CATECHISM - Concerning Perseverance and falling from Grace.
      Question. Is it enough for a Believer, to be sure that he hath once received true Grace? or is there any further Certainty requisite? A. Wherefore the rather, Brethren, give Diligence to make your Calling and Election sure; for if ye do these things, ye ... read more

CATECHISM - Concerning the Church and Ministry
      Question. What is the Church? A. But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know, how thou oughtest to behave thy self in the House of God, which is the Church of the living God, the Pillar and Ground of Truth [1 Tim. 3:15]. Q. Who is the Head of the Churc ... read more

CATECHISM - Concerning the Life of a Christian in general, what, and how it ought to be in this World.
      Question. What is the True RELIGION? A. Pure Religion and Undefiled is this, To visit the Fatherless and the Widow in their Affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the World [Jas. 1:27]. Q. What is required of Man? A. He hath showed thee, O ... read more

CATECHISM - Concerning the Light wherewith Jesus Christ hath enlightned every Man
      Concerning the Light wherewith Jesus Christ hath enlightned every Man: The Universality and Sufficiency of God's Grace to all the world made manifest therein. Question. Wherein consists the Love of God towards Fallen and Lost Man? A. For God so loved t ... read more

CATECHISM - Concerning the Resurrection.
      Question, What saith the Scripture of the Resurrection of the Dead? A. And have Hope towards God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a Resurrection of the Dead, both of the Just and Unjust [Acts 24:15]. Q. To what different End shal ... read more

CATECHISM - Concerning Worship.
      Question. What is the Worship that is Acceptable to God? A. But the Hour cometh, and now is, when the True Worshippers shall worship the Father in Spirit and in Truth; for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit, and they that worship him ... read more

CATECHISM - Of God, and the true and saving Knowledge of him.
      Question, Seeing it is a thing unquestioned by all sorts of Christians, that the height of Happiness consisteth in coming to know and enjoy Eternal Life, what is it in the Sense and Judgment of Christ? A. This is Life Eternal, that they might know thee ... read more

CATECHISM - Of Jesus Christ's being manifest in the Flesh, the Use and End of it.
      Question. What are the Scriptures which do most observably prophesie of Christ’s Appearance? A. The Lord thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee of thy Brethren, like unto me, unto him ye shall hearken [Deut. 18:15]. Therefore ... read more

CATECHISM - Of the New Birth, the Inward Appearance of Christ in Spirit, and the Unity of the Saints with him.
      Question. Doth Christ promise then to come again to his Disciples? A. I will not leave you comfortless; I will come unto you [John 14:18]. Q. Was this only a special Promise to these Disciples? or is it not the common Priviledge of the Saints? A. F ... read more

CATECHISM - Of the Rule and Guide of Christians, and of the Scriptures.
      Question. Seeing it is by the Spirit that Christ reveals the Knowledge of God in things spiritual, is it by the Spirit that we must be led under the Gospel? A. But ye are not in the Flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. ... read more

      Since first that great Apostacy took place in the Hearts and Heads of those who began even in the Apostles days, to depart from the simplicity and purity of the Gospel, as it was then delivered in its primitive Splendor and Integrity, innumerable have bee ... read more

RANTERS - Preface

RANTERS - Section Eight: How This Government Altogether Differeth From the Oppressing and Persecuting Principality of the Church of Rome, and Other Anti-Christian Assemblies.
      Whatever way we understand the popish principles in this matter, whether of those that are most devoted to the see of Rome, as the king of Spain's dominions, and the princes of Italy; the Jesuits and generality of all those called religious orders, who h ... read more

RANTERS - Section Five: In What Cases, and How Far This Government Extends
      I shall begin with that which gave the first rise for this order among the apostles; and I do verily believe, might have been among the first occasions, that gave the like among us, and that is, the care of the poor, of widows and orphans. Love and compa ... read more

RANTERS - Section Four: Of the Order and Government We Plead For
      It will be needful then, before I proceed to describe the order and government of the church, to consider, what is or may be properly understood by the church; for some (as I touched before) seem to be offended, or at least afraid of the very word, becaus ... read more

RANTERS - Section One: The Introduction and Method of this Treatise
      After that the Lord God in his own appointed time had seen meet to put an end to the dispensation of the law, which was delivered to the children of Israel by the ministry of Moses; through and by whom he did communicate unto them in the wilderness from M ... read more

RANTERS - Section Seven: Concerning the Power of Decision
      Seeing then, it may fall out in the Church of Christ, that both some may assume another place in the body than they ought, and others may lay claim to a liberty, and pretend conscience in thing's they ought not, and that without question the wrong is not ... read more

RANTERS - Section Six: How Far This Government Extends in Matters Spiritual and Purely Conscientious
      Thus far I have considered the order and governmcut of the church, as it respects outward things; and its authority in condemning or removing such things, which in themselves are evil, as being those, which none will readily justify the necessity of which ... read more

RANTERS - Section Three: Whether There be any Order or Government in the Church of Christ
      In answer to this proposition, I meddle not at this time with those, that deny any such thing as a Church of Christ; I have reserved their plea to another place. Neither need I be at much pains to prove the affirmative, to wit "that there ought to be go ... read more

RANTERS - Section Two: Concerning the Ground and Cause of This Controversy
      When as the Lord God by his mighty power began to visit the nations with the dawning of his heavenly day, (for thus I write unto those that have received and believed the truth,) and that he sent forth his instruments, whom he had fitted and prepared fo r ... read more

RANTERS - The Conclusion.
      The substance, then, of what is asserted and proved in this Treatise, resolves in these following particulars: First, That in the church of Christ, when it consists of a visible people (for I speak not here of the church in the dark night of apostasy, t ... read more


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