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end unfeignedly Pray, may be long and Glarious, wich Rugal Refolutions, Inviolably to maintain the Toleration,

Deus enim ---bec Oria fecit. Undoubtedly if the fame had been the Liberty of those Times, our Fathers would Isave been far from Exchanging a most pleafane Land (dulce folum patrit ) for a vast and howling Wildernet ; Since for the enjoyment of so defirable Liverty a considerable oumber of Learned, Worthy and Pious Persons were by a Divine Impulse and Extraordinary concurrence of Dispositions engaged in adventure their Lives Families and Eltates upon the vast Ocean, * following the Lord into a Wilderness, 6 E and then 110t lown: Wherein Lanumerable difficulties staring them in the Face were outbid by Heroick Resolution, Magnanimity & confidence in the Lord alone. 't Our Faibers trusted in i be Lord and were delivered, they trusted in bim and were not confounded. It was their care to be with the Lord, and cheir indulgence, * That the Lord was with thein, to a Wonder preserving fu purting protecting and animating them ; dilpatching and destroying the Pagan Natives by extraordinary Sickness and Mortality, that there might t be room for his people 10 serve the Lord our God in. It was the Glory of our Fa

·ler.ziz fPfal. 22:4,5.

* 2 Chron. 15. 2. Pfal. 80.8,9;

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thers, that they heartily profefied the oniy Rule of their Religion from the very first to be the Holy Scripture, accorcing whereunto, so far as they were pe iwaded upon diligent Inquiry, Solicitous search and faithful Prayer conformed was their Faith, their Worship to gether with the whole Administration of the Houle of Christ, and their manners, allowance being given to humane Failures and Impsfections.

That which they were moft Solicitous about, and wherein their Liberty had been sestrained, respected the Worlhip of God and the Government of the Church of Christ according to his own appointment, their Faith and Proteffion of Religion being the fame, which was generally received in all the Reformed Churches of Europe, and in Substance the Asemblies Conft Mon, as faa!l be shewn anco.

It cannot be denied, that the Usage of the Chriftian Church whose Faith wholly refted upon the Word of God respecting Confeffions of Faith is very Ancient and that which is universally, acknowledged to be molt ío, and of Universal acceptance and consent is commonly called the Apostles Creed, a Symbol sign or Badge of the Christian Religion, called the Apostles, not tecause they composed it, for then it muft have been received into the Can on of the Holy Bible, but because there

ter of it agreeth with the Doctrine & is cakeri out of the Writings of the Apostles. Coniequent hereunto, as t're neceffity of the Church for the Correcting Condemning & Supprefling of Herefy & Error required, have been emitted Ancient and Famous Confeffions of Faith composed and agreed upon by Oecumentcal Coun. cils. e. g. Of Nice against Artius, of Constantinople against Macedonius, of Ephesu against Neftorius, of Calcedon againit Eutyches. And when the Light of Reformation broke forth to the disperfing of Popish darkness, the Reformed Nations agreed upon Confessions of Faith, famous in the World & ofelpécial service to theirs and standing Ages. ånd among those of latrer times Published in cur Nation most worthy ofRepute and Acceptance we take to be the Contefion of Faith, Composed by ite Reverend Allembly of Divines Convened ar Wejiminster, wich that of the Savoy, in the subitzace & in expressions for the most part the same: the former t proffsedly afsenttd & attested to, ty the Fathers of ourCountry by Unanimous Voie of the Synod of Elders & Messengers of the Churches met at Cambridge the last of the 61h.Montb 1648. The latter owned and consented to by the Elders and Melsengers of the Churches Allembled ac Bosion. May 12th. 1680. The fame we doubt not to profeís to have been the constant Faith of the

* See the Preface : He Puform of Church Discipline.

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Churches in this Colony from the first Foundation of them. And that it may appear to the Christian World, that our Churches do not maintain differing Opinions in the Doctrine of Religion, nor are desirous for any reason to conceal the Faith we are perswaded of : The Elders and Messengers of the Churches in this Colony of Conneflicut in New England, by vertue of the Appointmene and Encouragement of the Honourable the General Allembly, Convened by Delegation at Suy Brouk, Sept. gth. 1708. Unanimously agreed, that theConteffion of faith owned and Confented unto hy the Elders and Messengers of the Churches Alit mbled at Bijion in New England May 12th. 1680. Being the fecond Sefion of That Synod be Recommended to the Honourable the General Affembly of this Colony at their next Session, for their Publick Teftimony thercto, as the Faith of the Churches of this Colony, which Confesion together with the Heads of Union and Articles for the Administracion of Church Government herewith emitied were Presented unto and approved and establifhed. by the said General Assembly at New Haven on the 14tb. of Otober 1708.

This Confession of Faith we offer as our firm Perswafion well and fully grounded upon the Holy Scripture, and Commend the same unto all and particularly to the people of our Colony to be examined accepted and con[6] ftanely maiocained, We do not allume to ourselves, thac any thing be taken upon trust from us, but commend to our people these following Counsels.

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1. Tbai you be ammoveably and unchangeably agreed in obe only sufficient, and invariable Rule of Religion, wbicb is the Holy Scripiure the fixed Canon, * uncapable of aadiliwn or diminution. You ought to account nothing ancient, that will not it and by chis Rule,t nor any thing new that will. Do not hold your telves bound to Un scriptural Rites in Religion, wherein Custom it self doth many times misguide. Blieve it to be the honour of Rcligion to risigi aed captivate our Wisdom and Faith to Divine Revelation. #

II. That You be determined by this Rule in the tyhole of Religion. Ibargoi Failb be right and Divine, o be Wird of God must be the foundation of inandibe vutbori:yoj i be Wordi bereafoof it. + You may believe the mon limportant Articles of Faith, with no more than an Humane Faith And chis is evermore the cause, when the Principle Faith is resolved into, is any ojher than the holy Scripture. For an Oithodox Chriflian to resolve bis Faith, into Education loftruction and the peri wasion of others is not an higher reason, ihani a Papil, Mabometan,or Pagan can produce for his Religion.

* Ifs. 8. 20. Rev. 21. 18,69. offer 6, 16. Mat 19. &. 05 41, 17, Mas, 11, 37. rJob 5.3. | Luk. 10 26.

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