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1647 Westminster Confession Of Faith

The Westminster Assembly was called by ordinance of both Houses of Parliament and met for the first time on July 1, 1643. Nearly all the sessions were held in the Jerusalem Chamber in Westminster Abbey and is the last of the great Reformation Creeds.

"Oftentimes it is pleaded that the Christian message must be adapted to the modern man. It is true that the message must be proclaimed to modern man, and to modern man in the context in which he lives and in a language he can understand. But it is much more true and important to plead that modern man must be adapted to the gospel.

It is not true that the doctrine of the Confession is irrelevant to the modern man. It is indeed meaningless to him until he listens to it. But when a man today becomes earnest about the Christian faith, when he gives heed to Scripture as the Word of God, when he faces up to the challenge of unbelieving ways of thought and life and demands the answer which Christianity provides, he cannot rest with anything less than the consistency and vigour which the Confession exemplifies.

Unbelief is potent and subtle, and the believer requires the truth of God in its fullest expression if he is to be furnished to faithful witness and confession."

~ The above is taken from Collected Writings of John Murray, Vol 1: The Claims of Truth, (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 1976), pp 316-322.

 

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Of the Holy Scripture
Chapter 2. Of God, and of the Holy Trinity
Chapter 3. Of God’s Eternal Decree
Chapter 4. Of Creation
Chapter 5. Of Providence
Chapter 6. Of the Fall of Man, of Sin, and of the Punishment thereof
Chapter 7. Of God’s Covenant with Man
Chapter 8. Of Christ the Mediator
Chapter 9. Of Free Will
Chapter 10. Of Effectual Calling
Chapter 11. Of Justification
Chapter 12. Of Adoption
Chapter 13. Of Sanctification
Chapter 14. Of Saving Faith
Chapter 15. Of Repentance Unto Life
Chapter 16. Of Good Works
Chapter 17. Of The Perseverance of the Saints
Chapter 18. Of the Assurance of Grace and Salvation
Chapter 19. Of the Law of God
Chapter 20. Of Christian Liberty, and Liberty of Conscience
Chapter 21. Of Religious Worship and the Sabbath-day
Chapter 22. Of Lawful Oaths and Vows
Chapter 23. Of the Civil Magistrate
Chapter 24. Of Marriage and Divorce
Chapter 25. Of the ChurchChapter 26. Of the Communion of the Saints
Chapter 27. Of the Sacraments
Chapter 28. Of Baptism
Chapter 29. Of the Lord’s Supper
Chapter 30. Of Church Censures
Chapter 31. Of Synods and Councils
Chapter 32. Of the State of Man After Death, and of the Resurrection of the Dead
Chapter 33. Of the Last Judgment