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Confession of Faith Ratification Act 1690

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Chap. ix. Of free will S

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GOD hath indued the will of man with that naturall liberty that is neither forced nor by any absolute necessity of nature determined to do good or evill

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MAN in his state of innocency had freedom and power to will and to do that which was good and well pleasing to God but yet mutably so that he might fall from it

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MAN by his fall into a state of sin hath wholly lost all ability of will to any spirituall good accompanying salvation so as a naturall man being altogether averse from that good and dead in sin is not able by his own strength to convert himself or to prepare himself thereunto

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WHEN God converts a sinner and translates him into the state of grace he freeth him from his naturall bondage under sin and by his grace alone enables him freely to will and to do that which is spiritually good yet so as that by reason of his remaining corruption he doth not perfectly nor only will that which is good but doth also will that which is evil

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THE will of man is made perfectly and immutably free to do good alone in the state of Glory only

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