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Pay also unto God the Worthip, that will bear che 'Tryal of and receive Eft ablihment by chis Rule. Have always in Readiness a Divine Warrant for all the Worship you perform to God. Believe that Worship is accepted and that only, which is directed unto, and Commanded, and bath the Promise of a Blesfing from the Word of God. Believe that Worship not divinely commanded is in Vain,* nor will answer the Nece Nities and Expeéta tions of a Chriftian, and is a Worhipping, you know not what.+ Believe in all Divine Worship, it is not enough that this or that Act of Worship is not forbidden in che Word of God; If it be not commanded, and you perform it, You may fear, You will be found Guilty and exposed to Divine Displeasure. $ Nadab and Abibx paid dear for offering in die vine Worthip chat which the Lord Commanded them not. It is an honour done unto Christ, when you account that only Decent Orderly and Convenient in his House, which depends upon the Institution and Appointment of himfelf, who is the only Head and Law.giver of his Church. ". III. That you be well grounded in the firm' · Truchs of Religion. We have willingly taken ' pains to add the Holy Scriptures, wherenn
* M21.15.9. John 4. 22. Jer, 7:22. Leu.
every point of Faith contained in this Conférfi on doth depend, and is born up by, and commend the same to your diligent perusal, chat You be established in the truth and your Faith reft upon its proper Balic, the Word of God. (a) Follow the Example of the Noble Bereans, Search the Scriptures, Grow in Grace and the knowledge of Christ, be not Children in Understanding, but Men. Labour for a lound confirmed Knowledge of chefe Points in the Evidence of them. See that they be deeply rooted in your Minds and Hearts, that so You be not an caly prey to such as lie in wait to deceive. (b) For the want hereof to be condoled is the Unhappiness of many ever learning and never coming to the knowledge of, che Truch. (6)
IV. That having applyed tbe Rule of Holy Scrip. ture to all the Articles of this Confeffion, and found tbe fome upon Tryal tbe Unchengable and Eternal fruibs of God: (d) You remember & bold them falt, contend earnestly for them as ibe Faith once delivered to the Saints. Value them as Your great Charter, the Instrument of Your Salvation, the Evidence of your not failing of the Grace of God, and receiving a Crown that fadeth not away. (e) Maintain them, and e
(2) Afts 17.10, 11, Joh 5:39. 2 Pet 3. 18. 1 Cor. 14,20.
Eph. 4,13,14 (c) 2 Tim 3. 7. (d) Rev z 3. Jude 3.
very very of them all your days with undaunted Resolution againit all oppofition, whatever the event be, and the same transmit lafe and pure to Pofterity : Having bought the Truth, on no hand sell ic. Believe (a) tbe Trulb will make you free : Faithful is be tbat bath promised : So hall none take away your Crown.
Finally, Do not tbink it enough that your Faill and Order be according to the Word of God, but live accordingly. (b) It is not enough to believe well, You run your selves into the greatest hazzard unless you be careful to live well, and that this be, () All your Life and Converfation must be agreeable to the Kule of Gods Word. This is the Rule of a Christian Conversation and Practical Reformation (d) Rest nocin .be form of Godlinefs, dening the power of it. Stir up an holy Zsal, Strengiben tbe things that remain that are ready to die, Be not carried away with the Corruptions, Temptations and evil Examples of the Times, but be blame-, lets ES rithout Rebuke, the Sons of God in a froward Generation, (c) Tbey fall walk with me in white, for th:y are worthy.
Remember ye our Brethren in this Colony, That we are a part of that Body, f for which
the Providence of God hath wrought Wonders and are obliged by and Accountable for all the Mercies dispensed from the beginning of our Fathers letcling this Country until now. Ibere be spake with us,(8,That the practical piety and serious Religion of our progenitors is exemplary and for our Imitation, (a) and will refi & confounding shame on us, if we prove Degenerate. The Lord grant that the noble design of our Fachers in coming to this Land, may not be forgotten by us, nor by our Children after us, even the Interest of Religion, which we can never Exchange for a Temporal loterelt, wichout the fowlett Degeneracy and most inexcufable Delection. (b) To Conclude the Solema Rebukes of Providence from Time to Time in a series of Judgments, and in particuJar, tbe General drought in tbe Summer poft together witb ibegrievous Disappointmeni of our MilitarrUndersaling,obe Difrelles, Sickness and Mor. tality of ourCamp cannot successfully be improved but by a felf bumbling Confideration of our ways & atboro Repentance of all tbatis amiss. (c)So will the God of our Fathers be our God, and he will be a Wall of Fire round about us and the Glory in the midst of us in chis present and all fucceeding Generations. AMEN. , .
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Of ibe Holy Scriptures.
the Works of Creation and Provi
dence, do so far manifeft the Good
A nels, Wisdom and Power of God, as to leave men unexcusable ; . yet they are not sufficient to give that Knowledge of God and of his Will, which is necessary unto Salvation : Therefore it pleased the Lord at fundry times, and in diverse manners to reveal himself, and to declare that his Will unto his Church : and afterwards for the better preserving and propagating of the Truth, and for the more sure Establishment and Comfort of the Church against theCorruption of the Flesh