THE NEW PRESBYTERIAN CREED.
A considerable number of oar readers will doubtless be Interested la the following summary of the Artlalei of TMth as bold by the PreabyterUn Ohureh of Bagland, which ii before that oharoh for oon■lderatiou and tvt final approval next year. The twenty-three artle!o« are the resejt of three years' labor. Tne Drafting Committee tomldted of Revs Oawald Dykes (convener), RevsDrs Ohtlmera, Dmald Fraser, and Edmond, Boy R. Taylor and W. Dale, with one elder, Mr Koberfc White. A list of illusteative p*t<iage« In support of the various clauses, it drawn from the Apostles' Oreed, Nleene Oreed, Westminster Ooofeiiion and O»teohUm», the Thirty. nlno Artloles, the Bcottlib, Frenob, Hebraic, Belglo, and other oonfesslons of the Reformation period. Toe oontrast between the Oonfenlon of Faith and thd oreed li an evidenoa of the growth of Christianity, and it« adaptability to the increased light and knowledge of the nineteenth century. Tbe oread deal* With God, the Trinity, creation, Providence, the fall, saving graorf, the Lordl Jesus Christ, the work of Obrfst, tb» exaltation of Oar-it, the gospel,, the .Holy Spirit, eieotion and regeneration, repentanoe and faith, Christian obedience, onion to Ohrist, the Ohureh, oharoh order and fellowship, Holy Sorlptare, ths saeramenti, the aeoond adTent, reaurrec* tlon, judgement, the life eretlastlng. Artiole 1 ; "We before m, and adore, : on* living nnd trao God, who m iplrlt and the Father of spirits, present m erar j plaoe, personal, iofialte and eternal, the almighty author and sovereign Lord of. all ; most blessed, most holy, and moil 1 free ; perfeot m wisdom, jastloe, trath, and lore; to as most merotful and gracious, unto whom only we must olearav t«°S\«?«!Z we mUBi worship and obey. On Oreatloa (3) the latter portion veade ••and through progressive atages, tofashion and ordor this world, glrlng lif» to erery creature, and to make maa afttr his own Image," eto., etc The Westminster Confession on tb» same aubjeot retda, "It pleased God, «to, eto., m the beginning t j oreate or make, of nothing, the world and «U things therein, whether risible or Invisible, m the ■pace of six days," eta Tho attlcleß dealing wlthiavlng gnof. the work of Ohrist, and the Gospel, ari' distinotly anti-Oalranistio. No mention Ii m»da that " By tbe deoree of God, fot the manifestation of His glory, some men and angels are predestinated unto era*, lasting life, and others foreordained ererlastlng death. Those angels, an* men, thns predestinated and foreordained ate particularly and onohan«e*bly diBlgned, and their nqmber U so certain and' definite that cannot be neitbss InoreaieA or diminished." : ■■vS I *™^*. g " oe « khe ««ol» reads. "God, who !■ rloh In meroy, as well as of perfect juatioe," etc., eto , " sent His Son ! to be the Sarlonr of the world wherefore our ualratlon out of sin and mliery J« ever to be aiorlbed to free and sbrerelgn graoe." Of the work of Christ : He obtained for Hla people forgiveness, of slr,ey reconciliation to God, and tbe clft of eternal life." ' ,Of the gospel : "W« hold fait and pro. claim that God, who wllleth that all me» should be saved, has," eto., eto , "giren> oommisslon to the Ohureh to preaoh th«« gospel of His graoa to all nations, f reel* offering to all men forgiveness and eternal life." The artiole on the Oharoh reads : " Wi bellere m one Holy Oathollo Ohnroh, the innumerable company of salnta of every age and nation, who, being united by the Holy Spirit to Ohrist their Head, are one body In Him, and haro communion with their Lord and one another, and we acknowledge as a part, more or leas pare, of this unlrersal brotherhood erery partlonlar Ohuroh throughout the world which professes faith In Jesus Ohrist anoT obedience to Him as Divine Lord ah« Saviour." Of the second advent ; «. We look for the ."eoond appearing of our Sovloar as the blessed hope of His Ohuroh," etc.. etc., Of tho hit judgment : " God will jadge JJl B i #0 ? d ln ri Bhteousneis by Jesas Christ, before whom all men mast appear; the wicked shall go away Into ctsrnal pqnlßhment, but the righteous iato eternal life.' < The Westminister Oonfeislon saysj— 1 Brery sin doth bring foilt upon the sinner, whereby he is bound over to thb wrath of God and curse of the law, and a* made subject to death, with all mlserlei. spiritual, temporal 1 * and eternal." And m another seetlon-^The souls of the Kicked are east into hell, where they remain m torments and utter darkness, reserved to the judgment of the great day." From this synopsis, it will be seen thnt the now creed Is a great advance beyond the Confession. There is little doubt but that it will bo adopted as tbe working I oreed of the Ens-Uah Presbyterian Ohureb, ! to be foUorred at no distant time by iho other branched of the great Prasbyterlan Vturoh, to the advantage of. Christianity throughout the world. A ohareh that haa so mach caltaro and research among its ministers, that can boast of prsaob.ers and writers whose rlews are permeating the world, oannot be content with express* Ing its belief of to-day In sixteenth oen<* tury definitions.—" Auckland Star."
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THE NEW PRESBYTERIAN CREED., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1977, 23 October 1888
THE NEW PRESBYTERIAN CREED. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1977, 23 October 1888
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