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METHODIST ARTICLES OF RELIGION. A.D. 1784.

[The Twenty-five Articles of Religion were drawn up by JOHN WESLEY for the American Methodists, and adopted at a Conference in 1784. They underwent some changes, chiefly verbal, and Art. 230, acknowledging the sovereignty of the people of the United States, was adopted by the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1804. They are a liberal and judicious abridgment of the Thirty-nine Articles of the Church of England, the Calvinistic and other features being omitted (Arts. 3, 8, 13, 15, 17, 18, 20, 21, 26, 29, 31, 33, 34, 36, and 37).

The text is taken from the official manual of The Doctrines and Discipline of the Methodist Episcopal Church, ed. by Bishop Harris, New York, 1872.]

I. OF FAITH IN THE HOLY TRINITY.

There is but one living and true God, everlasting, without body or parts, of infinite power, wisdom, and goodness; the Maker and Preserver of all things, visible and invisible. And in unity of this Godhead there are three persons, of one substance, power, and eternity, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.

II. OF THE WORD, OR SON OF GOD, WHO WAS MADE VERY MAN. The Son, who is the Word of the Father, the very and eternal God, of one substance with the Father, took inan's nature in the womb of the blessed Virgin; so that two whole and perfect natures—that is to say, the Godhead and manhood-were joined together in one person, never to be divided, whereof is one Christ, very God and very man, who truly suffered, was crucified, dead and buried, to reconcile his Father to us, and to be a sacrifice, not only for original guilt, but also for the actual sins of men.

III. OF THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST. Christ did truly rise again from the dead, and took again his body, with all things appertaining to the perfection of man's nature, wherewith he ascended into heaven, and there sitteth until he return to judge all men at the last day.

IV. OF THE HOLY GHOST.

The Holy Ghost, proceeding from the Father and the Son, is of one substance, majesty, and glory with the Father and the Son, very and eternal God.

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gen getröste ich mich meines lieben faith is placed upon my Lord and Herrn und Heilandes Jesu Christi, Saviour Jesus Christ, who died for welcher ist für mich gestorben, und hat us, and shed his blood on the cross rein Blut am Kreuze für mich vergor for the remission of sins, and who sen zur Vergebung der Sünden, und hath granted unto me his body and hat mir seinen Leib und sein Blut im blood in the Lord's Supper, as a Saframent zum Pfande gegeben. Wie pledge of grace; as the Scripture dann die Schrift sagt: Unser Herr saith: Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Jesus Christus, in der Nacht, da er same night in which he was beverrathen ward, nahm er das Brod, trayed, took bread: and when he dankete und brach es, und gab es seis had given thanks, he brake it, and nen Jüngern, und sprach : Nehmet, gave it to his disciples, and said, esset, das ist mein Leib, der für euch Take, eat; this is my body which gegeben wird. Solches thut zu mei- is given for you; this do in renem Gedächtnik. Desselbigen gleichen membrance of me. After the same nahm er audy ten Keld nach dem manner, also, our Lord Jesus Christ, Abendmahl, danfete, und gab ihnen when he had supped, took the cup, den, und sprach: Nehmet bin, trinfet gave thanks, and gave it to them, alle daraus : dieser Kelch ist das saying, Drink ye all of it; this is neue Testament in meinem Blut, das my blood, the blood of the New für euch vergossen wird, zur Verge: Testament, which is shed for you, bung der Sünden. Soldhes thut, To and for inany, for the remission oft ihr e$ trinfet, zu meinem Ge- of sins. This do ye, as oft as ye dächtniß.

drink it, in remembrance of me. Darum bleibet er in mir und id, in Therefore he abideth in me and ihm, und ich habe das ewige leben, I in him, and I have eternal life, und er wird mich auferwecken am jüng- and he will raise me up on the ften Tage. Amen.

last day. Amen. Ich begehre, aufgelöst und bei I have a desire to depart, and to Christo zu sein, welches auch viel ber be with Christ, which is far better; ser wäre : ich werde den Tod nicht I shall never taste death; yea, schmeđen ewiglich, und entgegen fom-shall attain unto the resurrection men zur Auferstehung der Todten; of the dead; for the body which I denn meine Hütte, die ich ablege, das shall put off, this grain of corrupti. Korn der Verwesung, wird anziehen bility, shall put on incorruption : die Unverweslichkeit: das Fleisch ru- my flesh shall rest in hope; bet in Hoffnung;

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VIII. OF FREE WILL.

The condition of man after the fall of Adam is such that he can not turn and prepare himself, by his own natural strength and 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 good will.

IX. OF THE JUSTIFICATION OF MAN.

We 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.

X. OF GOOD WORKS. Although good works, which are the fruits of faith, and follow after justification, can not put away our sins, and endure the severity of God's judgments; yet are they pleasing and acceptable to God in Christ, and spring out of a true and lively faith, insomuch that by them a lively faith may be as evidently known as a tree is discerned by its fruit.

XI. OF WORKS OF SUPEREROGATION.

Voluntary works—besides, over, and above God's commandments —which are called works of supererogation, can not 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 is commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants.

XII. OF SIN AFTER JUSTIFICATION.

Not every sin willingly committed after justification is the sin against the Holy Ghost, and unpardonable. Wherefore, the grant of repentance is not to be denied to such as fall into sin after justification : after we have received the Holy Ghost, we may depart from grace given, and fall into sin, and, by the grace of God, rise again and amend

our lives. And therefore they are to be condemned who say they can no more sin as long as they live here; or deny the place of forgiveness to such as truly repent.

XIII. OF THE CHURCH.

The visible Church of Christ is a congregation of faithful men, in which the pure Word of God is preached, and the sacraments duly administered, according to Christ's ordinance, in all those things that of necessity are requisite to the same.

XIV. OF PURGATORY.

The Romish doctrine concerning purgatory, pardon, worshiping, and adoration, as well of images as of relics, and also invocation of saints, is a fond thing, vainly invented, and grounded upon no warrant of Scripture, but repugnant to the Word of God.

XV. OF SPEAKING IN THE CONGREGATION IN SUCH A TONGUE AS THE

PEOPLE UNDERSTAND.

It 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 tongne not understood by the people.

XVI. OF THE SACRAMENTS.

Sacraments ordained of Christ are not only badges or tokens of Christian men’s profession, but rather they are certain signs of grace, and God's good will toward us, by the which he doth work invisibly in us, and doth not only quicken, but also strengthen and confirm our faith in him.

There are two sacraments ordained of Christ our Lord in the Gospel; that is to say, Baptism and the Supper of the Lord.

Those five commonly called sacraments, that is to say, confirmation, penance, orders, matrimony, and extreme unction, are not to be counted for sacraments of the gospel, being such as have partly grown out of the corrupt following of the apostles; and partly are states of life allowed in the Scriptures, but yet have not the like nature of Baptism and the Lord's Supper, because they have not any visible sign or ceremony ordained of God.

METHODIST ARTICLES OF RELIGION. A.D. 1784.

[The Twenty-five Articles of Religion were drawn up by JOHN WESLEY for the American Methodists, and adopted at a Conference in 1784. They underwent some changes, chiefly verbal, and Art. 23d, acknowledging the sovereignty of the people of the United States, was adopted by the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1804. They are a liberal and jndicious abridgment of the Thirty-nine Articles of the Church of England, the Calvinistic and other features being omitted (Arts. 3, 8, 13, 15, 17, 18, 20, 21, 26, 29, 31, 33, 34, 36, and 37).

The text is taken from the official manual of The Doctrines and Discipline of the Methodist Episcopal Church, ed. by Bishop Harris, New York, 1872.]

I. OF FAITH IN THE HOLY TRINITY.

There is but one living and true God, everlasting, without body or parts, of infinite power, wisdom, and goodness; the Maker and Preserver of all things, visible and invisible. And in unity of this Godhead there are three persons, of one substance, power, and eternity, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.

II. OF THE WORD, OR SON OF GOD, WHO WAS MADE VERY MAN. The Son, who is the Word of the Father, the very and eternal God, of one substance with the Father, took inan's nature in the womb of the blessed Virgin; so that two whole and perfect natures—that is to say, the Godhead and manhood—were joined together in one person, never to be divided, whereof is one Christ, very God and very man, who truly suffered, was crucified, dead and buried, to reconcile his Father to us, and to be a sacrifice, not only for original guilt, but also for the actual sins of men.

III. OF THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST. Christ did truly rise again from the dead, and took again his body, with all things appertaining to the perfection of man's nature, wherewith he ascended into heaven, and there sitteth until he return to judge all men at the last day.

IV. OF THE HOLY GHOST.

The Holy Ghost, proceeding from the Father and the Son, is of one substance, majesty, and glory with the Father and the Son, very and eternal God.

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