I believe (Lord, help my unbelief,) the doctrine of the holy prophets, and the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ, contained in the books of the Old and New Testament, to be the undoubted truth of God, and a perfect rule of faith, and the only way of salvation.
And I do acknowledge the sum of the Christian religion, exhibited in the Confessions and Catechisms of the reformed Protestant churches, and in the National Covenant, divers times sworn by the king's majesty, the state, and Church of Scotland, and sealed by the testimony and subscription of the nobles, barons, gentlemen, citizens, ministers, and professors of all ranks.
As also, in the Solemn League and Covenant of the three kingdoms of Scotland, England, and Ireland.
And I do judge, and in conscience believe, that no power on earth can absolve, and liberate the people of God from the bonds and sacred ties of the oath of God.
I am persuaded that Asa acted warrantably, in making a law, that the people should stand to the covenant, in receiving into the covenant such as were not of his kingdom, 2 Chron. xv. 9,10. As did also Hezekiah, in sending a proclamation through all the tribes, from Dan to Beersheba, 'That they should come and keep the passover unto the Lord at Jerusalem,' 2 Chron. xxx. 6,7 though their own princes did not go along with them.
- Samuel Rutherford
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