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consulted and advised with about such matterso Prov. xxiv, 6. Acts, xv. 26.
II. That such meetings may consist of smal. ler or greater numbers, as the matter shall require.
III. That particular churches, their respective elders and members ought to have a reverential regard to their judgment, so given, and not dissent therefrom without apparent grounds from the word of God. Acts, xvi, 4, 5. I Cor. xiv. 32, 33. Gal. i, 8. I Pet. iv. Il.
VII. Of our Demeanour towards the Civil Ma.
WE do reckon ourselves obliged continually
to pray for God's protection, guidance, and blessing upon the rulers set over us. 1. Tim. ii, 2. Psal. xx, 1 to 4, and lxxii, 1.
II. That we ought to yield unto them not only subjection in the Lord, but support, according to our station and abilities. Mat. xxii, 21. Rom. xiii, 5, 6. Neh. V, 18.
III. That if at any time, it shall be their pleasure to call together any number of us, to require an account of our affairs, and the state of our congregations, we shall most readily express all dutiful regard to them herein. Isa. xlix, 23. II Chron. xxix, 4, to ll. Rom. xiiig 1. Tit. ü, 1.
VIII. Of a Confession of Faith.
S to what appertains to soundness of judg.
ment in matters of faith, we esteem it sufficient that a church acknowledge the scriptures to be the word of God, the perfect and only rule of faith and practice, and own either the doctrinal part of those commonly called the Articles of the Church of England, or the Confession or Catechisms, shorter or larger, compiled by the Assembly at Westminster, or the Confession agreed on at the Savoy, to be agree able to the said rule. II Tim. 1, 13. Eph. iv. 5. Phil. ii, 1, 2.
IX. Of our Duty and Deportment towards then
that are not in Communion with us.
1. W judge it our duty to bear a chris
. tian respect to all christians, according to their several ranks and stations, that are not of our persuasion or communion. 1 Pet. ii, 17. Rom. xii, 10. Gal. vi, 2. Eph. iv. 2. Rom. xiv. tot.
II. As for such as may be ignorant of the principles of the Christian Religion, or of vicious conversation, we shall in our respective places as they give opportunity, endeavour to explain to them the doctrine of life and salva.' tion, and to our utmost persuade them to be reconciled to God. II Tim. ii, 25. II Cor. V, 11, 20.
III That such who appear to have the essential requisites to Church-Communion, we shall willingly receive them in the Lord, not troubling them with disputes about lesser matters. Rom. xiv, I.
As we assent to the forementioned Heads
of Agreement, so we unanimously resolve, as the Lord shall enable us to practise according to them.
ARTICLES, For the Administration of Church Discipline, te
nanimously agreed upon and consented to by the Elders and all the Churches in the Colony of Connecticut, in New-England, convened by Delegation in a General Council at Saybrook, September 9th, 1708.
HAT the Elder or Elders of a particular
ren of the same, have power and ought to exercise church discipline according to the rule of God's word, in relation to all scandals that fall out within the same. And it may be meet in all cases of difficulty for the respective Pastors of particular churches, to take advice of the Elders of the churches in the neighbourhood, before they proceed to ceasure in such cases. Mat, xviii, 17. Heb. xiii, 17. I Cor. V, 4, 5, 12. II Cor. ii, 6. Pro. xi, 14. Acts xv, 12.
II. That the churches which are neighbouring each to other, shall consociate for mutualis affording to each other such assistance as may be requisite, upon all occasions ecclesiastical.
And that the particular pastors and churches, vithin the respective counties in this government shall be one consociation (or more if they shall judge meet) for the end aforesaid. Psal. cxxii, 3, 4, 5, and cxxxiji, i. Eccl. iv, 9 to 12. Acts xv, 2, 6, 22, 23. I Tim. iv, 14. I Cor. xvi, 1.
III. That all cases of Scandal that fall out within the circuit of any of the aforesaid consociations shall be brought to a council of the Elders, and also messengers of the church. es within the said circuit, i. e. the churches of one consociation, if they see cause to send messengers, when there shall be need of a council for the determination of them. III John 9, 10. I Cor. xvi, 1, Gal. vi, 1, 2. II Cor. xiii, 2. Acts xv, 22. II Cor. viii, 23.
IV. That according to the common practice of our churches, nothing shall be deemed an act or judgment of any council, which hath not the major part of the Elders present concurring, and such a number of the messengers present as makes the majority of the council : Provided that if any such church shall not see cause to send any messengers to the council, or the persons chosen by them shall not attend ; neither of these shall be any obstruction to the proceedings of the council, or invalidate any of their acts. Acts xv, 23. I Cor. xiv. 32, 33.