« ΠροηγούμενηΣυνέχεια »
of Godliness and fober walking unto others, have been ringleaders of excess and rioting. Albeit we be the Lord's people, engaged to him in a Tolemn way; yet, to this day we have not made it our study, that judicatories and armies should consist of, and places of power and trust be filled with men of a blameless and Christian conversation,and of known integrity, and approven fidelity, affection and zeal unto the cause of God; but not only those who have been neutral and indifferent, but disaffected and malignant, and others who have been profane and scandalous, have been intrusted : by which it hath come to pass, that judicatories have been the seats of injustice and iniquity; and many in our armies,by their miscarriages, have become our plague, unto the great prejudice of the cause of God, the great scandel of the Gospel, and the great increase of loofness and profanity throughout all the land. It were impossible to reckon up all the abominations that are in the land; but the blafpheming of the name of God, swearing by the creatures, profanation of the Lords day, uncleaness, drunkenness, excess and rioting, vanity of apparel, lying and deceit, railing and curling, arbitrary and uncontrouled oppression, and grinding of the faces of the poor by landlords, and others in place and power, are become ordinary and common sins: And, besides all these things,there be many other transgressions,where of the lands wherein we live are guilty. All which we desire to acknowledge and to be humbled for, that the world
may bear witness with us, that righteousness belongeth unto God and shame and confusion of face unto us, as appears this day.
And because it is needful for those who find mercy, not only to confess, but also to forsake their sin; Therefore, that the reality and sincerityof our repentance may appear, we do resolve, and folemnly engage ourselves, before the Lord, carefully to avoid for the time to come, all these offences, whereof we have now made solemn public acknowledgment, and all the snares and tentations which tend thereunto, and to testify the integrity of our resolution herein, and that we may be the better
enabled in the power of the Lord's strength to perform the same, we do again renew our solemn league and covenant, promising hereafter 'to make conscience of all the duties, whereunto we are obliged, in all the heads and articles thereof, particularly of these that follow.
1. Because religion is of all things the most excellent and precious, the advancing and promoving the power thereof against all ungodliness and profanity, the securing and preserving the purity thereof again ft all error herefy and schism; and namely, Independency, anabaptism, antinomianism, arminianism, and focinianism: familifm, libertinism, fcepticism, and erastianism, and the carrying on the work of uniformity shall be studied and endeavoured by us before all worldy interefts, whether concerning the king, ourselves, or any other whatfomever. 2. Because many have of late laboured to supplant the liberties of the kirk, we shall maintain and defend the kirk of Scotland,in all her liberties and privileges, against all who shall oppose or undermine the same, or encroach thereupon, under any pretext whatsomever. 3. We fhall vindicate and maintain the liberties of the fubjects in all thefe things which concern their consciences, persons and estates. 4: We shall carefully maintain and defend the union betwixt the kingdoms, and avoid every thing that may wea. ken the same, or involve us in any measure of accession unto the guilt of those,who have invaded the kingdom of England. 5. As we have been always loyal to our king, fo we shall still endeavour to give unto God that which is God's, and to Cesar the things which are Cefars, 6. We shall be so far from conniving at, complying with, or countenancing of malignancys injustice, iniquity, profanity and impiety, that we shall not only avoid and discountenance those things and cherifh and encourage these persons who are zealous for the cause of God, and walk according to the gospel; but also shall take a more effectual course than heretofore, in our respective places and callings,for punishing and suppressing these evils; and faithfully endeavour, that the best and fittest remedies may be applied for taking away the causes thereof,and advancing, the knowledge of God, and holiness and righteoufness in the land. And therefore, in the last place, as we fhall earnestly pray unto God, that he would give us able men, fearing God. men of truth, and hating covet oufness,to judge and bear charge among his people; so we shall, according to our places and callings, endeavour that judicatories and all places of power and truth both in kirk and state, may consift of, and be filled with, such men as are of known good affection to the cause of God, and of a blameless and Christian conversation.
And, because there be many,who heretofore have not made conscience of the oath of God, but some through fear, others by perswasion and upon base ends and human interests, have entred thereinto, who have afterwards discovered themselves to have dealt deceitfully with the Lord, in fwearing falfly by his name; therefore we, who do now renew our covenant, in referrence to these duties, and all other dones, contained therein, do, in the fight of him who is the searcher of hearts, folemnly profess, that it is not upon any politic advantage of private interest, or by-end, or because of any terror or persuafion from men,or hypocritically and deceitfully, that we do again take upon us the oath of God,but honestly and sincerely, and from the sense of our duty; and that therefore, denying ourfelves and our own things, and laying afide all felf interest and ends, we shall above all things seek the honour of God, the good of his cause, and the wealth of his people ; and that forsaking the counsels of flesh and blood, and not leaning uponi carnal confidences, we shall depend upon the Lord, walk by the rule of his word, and hearken to the voice of his fervants, In all, which, professing our own weakness, we do earriestly pray to God, who is the Father of merciesy through his Son Jesus Christ, to be merciful unto us, and to enable us by the power of his might, that we may do our duty, unto the praise of his grace in the churches. Ameni
F IN I S.
Churches of Christ in the kingdoms of Scoțland, England
An act of the general assembly, and act of Parliament, both
in Anno 1645. Approving and establishing the faid D IRECTORY
1 Cor. xiv. 40. Let all things be done decently, and in order.
Ver. 26.- Let all things be done to edifying.
Charles. 1. Parl. 3. Seff. 5. An AEt of the Parliament of the Kingdom of Scotland, approve
ing and establishing the directory for public worship.
At Edinburgh, February 6. 16454 PHE estates of Parliament now conveened, in the second session lalt Parliament, holden by his majesty and the three estates, in Anno 1641; after public readivg,and serious consideration of the act under written of the general assembly, approving the following directory for the public worship of God in the three kingdoms, lately 'united by the solemn league and covenant, together with the ordinance of the Parliament of England establishing the said directory, and the directory itself do heartly and cheerfully agree to the said directory, according to the act of the general assembly approving the fame. Which act, together with the directory itself, the estates of Parliament do, without a contrary voice,ratify and approve all the heads and articles thereof: and do interpone and add the authority of Parliament to the said actof the general assembly. And do ordain the same to have the strength and force of a law and act of Parliament, and excecution to pass thereupon, for observing the faid directory, according to the said act of the general assembly in all points.
Alex, Gibson Cler. Registri,
Assembly at Edinburgh, February 3, 1635. Sef. 10. Acts of the general assembly of the kirk of Scotland, for the
establishing and putting in execution of the directory for the public worship of God.
Hereas an happy unity, and uniformity in religion amongst the
kisks of Christ, in these three kingdoms, united under one sovereigu, having been long and earnestly wilhed for, by the Godly and well-affected amongst us, was propounded as a main article of the large treaty, without which band and bulwark, no safe, well-grounded and Salting peaee i could be expected and afterward, with greater strength and maturity, revived in the folemu league and covenant of the three kingdoms; whereby they stand straitly obliged to endeavour the nearest uniformity in one form of Church-government directory of worship, confession of faith, and form of catéchising : which hath also before and since our entring into that covenant, been the matter of many fupplications and remonftrances, and sending commissioners to the king's majesty, of declarations to the honourable houses of the Parliament of England, and of letters to the reverend allembly of divines, and others of the ministry of the kirk of England: being also the end of our sending commillzoners, as was desired from this