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Asembly at Edinburgh, August 30, 1639. Sel: 23.

Act ordaining, by Ecclesiastical authority, the

Subscription of the Confession of Faith and covenant, with the Assembly's declaration.

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THE general assembly considering the great happiness which may

de , by joining of all in one and the fame covenant with God,with the King's Majesty, and amongst ourselves; having by our great Oath declared the uprightness and loyalty of our intentions in all our proceedings ; and having withal supplicated his Majesty s high commissioner, and the Lords of his Majesty's honourable privy council, to enjoin, by act of council, all the lieges in time coming to subscribe the Confeflion of Faith and covenant; which, as a testimony of our fidelity to God, and loyalty to our King, we have fubfcribed : And seeing his Majesty's high commissioner, and the Lords of his Majesty's honourable privy council, have granted the desire of our fupplication, ordaining by civil authority, all his majelty's lieges, in time coming to subscribe the forefaid covenant: That our union may be the more full and perfect, We, by our Act and constitution ecclefiaftical, do approve the foresaid covenant in all the heads and clauses thereof; and ordain of new, under all ecclesiastical censure, That all the masters of universities, colleges, and schools, all scholars at the palling of their degrees, all person suspected of Papistry or any other error, and finally, all the members of this kirk and kingdom, fublcribe the same, with these words prefixed to their subscription, The article of this covenant, which was at the first subscription referred to the deterinination of the general Assembly; being determined ; and thereby the five articles of Perili, the government of the Kirk by bishops, the civil places and power of Kirkmen, upon the reasons and grounds contained in the acts of the general-affembly, declared to be unlawful within this Kirk: We subscribe acording to the determination foresaid. And ordain the covenant, with this declaration, to be insert in the registers of the assemblies of this Kirk, General, provincial, and presbeterial, ad perpetuam rei memoriam. And in all humility fupplicate his Majesty's high commissioner, and the honourable e. ftates of parliament, by their authority, to, ratify and enjoin the fame, under all civil pains ; which will tend to the glory of God, prelervation of religion, the King's Majesty's honour and perfect peace of this Kirk and Kingdom,

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Charles I. Parl. 2. AET . At anent the ratification of the covenant, and

of the Assembly's supplication, Act of council, and Act of Assembly concerning the covenant,

At Edinburgh, June 11th, 1640. T Heeftates of Parliament, presently conveened by his Majesty's

fpecial authority, confilering, the fupplication of the General

Assembly at Edinburgh, the 12th of Augult 1639, to his majesty's High Commissioner and the Lord's of his Majesty's honourable privy council; and the act of council of the 30th of August 1639 containing the answer of the said fupplication : and the act of the faid general assembly, ordaining, by their ecclesiastical Constitution, the subscription of the Confession of Faith and covenant mentioned in their fupplication : and withal, having fupplicated his majesty to ratity and injoin the same' by his royal authority,'under all Civil pains, as tending to the glory of God, the preservation of religion the king's majelty's honour, and the perfect peace of this kirk and kingdom; do ratify and approve the said fupplication; act of council, and act of assembly; and comform thereto, ordain and commånd the said Confession and covenant to be fubfcribed by all his Majesty's subjects, of what rank and quality. foever, under all civil pains ; 'And ordain the said fupplication, act of council, and act of the assembly, with the whole confeflioil, and covenant

in the acts and books of parlianient; And also ordain the lane to be presented at the entry of every par liament, and, before they proceed to any other act, 9 that the same be publicly tead, and sworn by the whole members of parliament, elaiming Voice therein other wife'the refusers to fubscribe and fwear the same, shall zave no place nor voice in Parliament; and fuch like ordain all judges, magistrates or other officers, of whatloever place, rank or quality, and minilters at their entry, to swear and subscribe the fame Covenant, whereof -the

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NATIONAL COVE NANT;

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The CONFESSION of FAITH : fubfcribed
at first by the king's Majesty and his houshold in
the year 1580; thereafter by persons of all ranks
in the year 1581, by ordinance of the Lords of
Secret council, and acts of the general assembly:
subscribed again by all sorts of perfons in the year
1590, by a new ordinance of council, at the desire
of the general assembly; with a general bond for
the maintaining of the true Christian religion,
and the King's Person; and, together with a re-
solution and promise for the causes after-exprefled
to maintain the true religion, and the king's
Majesty, according to the forefaid confeffion,and
Acts of parliament, fubfcribed by Barons,Nobles,
Gentlemen, Burgelles, Ministers and commons,
in the year 1638. approved by the general al-
sembly 1638 and 1639, and subscribed again
by persons of all ranks and qualities in the year
1639, by an ordinance of council, upon the sup-
plication of the general allembly, and act of the
general Assembly: rațified by an act of parlia-
ment 1640 and subscribed by King Charles II, at
Spey, June 23d, 1650, and Scoon, January ist
1651.
TE all and every one of us underwriten, Proteft

, That, after long and due examination of our

consciences in matters of true and falle

Religion, we are now throughly resolved in the truth by the word and spirit of God: And therefore we believe with our hearts,.confess with our mouths, subscribed

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with our hands, and constantly affirm before God and the whole world, that this only is the true Christian faith and religion, pleasing God, and bringing falvation to mari, which now is, by the mercy of God, revealed to the world by the preaching of the blessed Evangel; and is received, believed and defended by many and fundry notable Kirks and realms, but chiefly by the kirk of Scotland, the king's Majesty and three eftates of this realm, as God's eternal truth,and only ground of our salvation; as more particularly is expressed in the Confession of our Faith, established and publicly confirmed by fundry acts of Parliaments, and now of a long time hath been openly professed by the king's majesty, and the whole body of this realm both in burgh and land. To the which confession and form of religion we willingly agree in our conscience in all points, as unto God's undoubted truth and verity, grounded only upon his written word. And therefore we abhor and deteft all contrary religion and doctrine; but chiefly all kind of Papistry in the geheral and particular heads, even as they are now damned and consulted by the word of God and Kirk of Scotland. But in fpecial we derest and refuse the usurped authority of that Roman antichrist upon the fcriptures of God, upon the Kirk, the civil magistrate, and consciences of men; All his tyTannous laws made upon indifferent things against our Christian liberty; his erroneous doctrine against the fufficiency of the written word, the perfection of the law, the office of Christ and his blessed Evangel : his corrupted doctrine concerning original fin, our natural inability and rebellion to God's law, our justification by faith only, our imperfect fanctification and obedience to the law; the nature, number, and use of the holy Sacraments: his five bastard facraments: with all his rites, ceremonies and false doctrine, added to the ministration of the true facraments without tha word of God: His cruel judgment against infants departing without the facrament: his absolute necessity of baptism; his blasphemous opinion of Tranfubftantiation, or real presence of Chriftbody in the elements, and receiving of the fame by the wžked, or bodies of men; his dispensations with folemn oaths,perjuries, and degrees of marriage forbidden in the word: His cruelty against the innocent divorced;his devilish mass; his blasphemous Priesthood: His profane fa

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NATIONAL COVE NANT;

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The CONFESSION of FAITH : fubfcribed
at first by the king's Majesty and his houshold in
the year 1580; thereafter by persons of all ranks
in the year 1581, by ordinance of the Lords of
Secret council, and acts of the general assembly:
subscribed again by all sorts of perfors in the year
1590, by a new ordinance of council, at the desire
of the general assembly; with a general bond for
the maintaining of the true Christian religion,
and the King's Person; and, together with a re-
solution and promise for the causes after-exprefled
to maintain the true religion, and the king's
Majesty, according to the foresaid confession, and
Acts of parliament, fubfcribed by Barons, Nobles,
Gentlemen, Burgefies, Ministers and commons,
in the year 1638. approved by the general al-
sembly 1638 and 1639, and subscribed again
by perfons of all ranks and qualities in the year
1639, by an ordinance of council, upon the sup-
plication of the general assembly, and act of the
general Assembly; fatified by an act of parlia-
ment 1640 and subscribed by King Charles II, at
Spey, June 23d, 1650, and Scoon, January ift
1651.
7. E all and every one of us underwriten, Protest,
That, after long and due examination of our

consciences , in matters of true and false

Religion, we are now throughly resolved in the truth by the word and spirit of God: And therefore we believe with our heasts, confess with our mouths, subscribed

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