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Confession of Faith Ratification Act 1560

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The cause of gude warkisS

SA that the cause of gude warkis we confess to be not our fre will bot the spreit of the lord Jesus quha dwelling in our hartis be trew faith bringis furth sic gude warkis as god has preparit for ws to walk into ffor this we maist bauldlie affirme that blasphemie it is to say that Christ Jesus abydis in the hartis of sic as in quhame thair is na spreit of sanctificatioun And thairfoir we feir not to affirme that murtheraris oppressouris cruell persecutaris adulteraris hure mungaris fylthie personis Idolateris drunkardis theuis and all wirkaris of iniquitie haue nouther trew faith nouther ony portioun of the spreit of sanctificatioun quhilk proceidethe fra the lord Jesus sa lang as they obstinatlie continew in thair wickitnes ffor how sone that euer the spreit of the Lord Jesus (quhilk Goddis elect children ressaif be trew fayth) takis possessioun in the hart of ony man sa sone dois he regenerat and renew the same man Sa that he beginnis to hait that quhilk befoir be luifit and beginnis to luif that quhilk befoir he hatit And fra thine cumis that continewall battell quhilk is betuix the flesche and the spreit in goddis children whill the flesche and naturall man (according to the awin corruptioun) lustis for thingis plesing and delectabill vnto the self grudgeis in aduersitie is liftit vp in prosperitie and at euerie moment is prone and reddy to offend the Maiestie of god Bot the spreit of god quhilk geuis witnessing till our spreit that we ar the sonis of god makis vs to resist the dewill to abhorr fylthie plesouris to graine in goddis presence for deliuerance fra this bondage of corruptioun and finallie to triumphe ouer syne that it regne not in our mortall bodyis This battell hes not the carnall men being destitut of Goddis spreit bot dois follow and obey syne with gredines and without repentance euin as the deuill and thair corrupt lustis do prick thame Bot the sonis of God (as befoir was said) dois fecht aganis syne dois sobb and murne quhan thay perceave thame selfis temptit to iniquitie and gif thay fall thay ryse agane with ernist and vnfenyeit repentance And thir thingis thay do not be thair awin power bot be the power of the lord Jesus without quhome thay wer habill to do nathing

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