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dom of choice, the Word would be of no use, the Church would be a mere name, man would possess nothing by virtue of which he could be conjoined to the Lord, and the cause of evil would be chargeable on God himself.
7. That man at this day is born into evil of all kinds, or with tendencies towards it : That, therefore, in order to his entering the kingdom of heaven, he must be regenerated or created anew; which great work is effected in a progressive manner, by the Lord alone, by charity and faith as mediums, during man's co-operation : That as all men are redeemed, all are capable of being regenerated, and consequently saved, every one according to his state: And that the regenerate man is in communion with the angels of heaven, and the unregenerate with the spirits of hell: But that no one is condemned for hereditary evil, any further than as he makes it his own by actual life ; whence all who die in infancy are saved, special means being provided by the Lord in the other life for that
purpose. 8. That Repentance is the first beginning of the Church in man; and that it consists in a man's examining himself, both in regard to his deeds and his intentions, in knowing and acknowledging his sins, confessing them before the Lord, supplicating him for aid, and beginning a new life: That to this end, all evils, whether of affection, of thought, or of life, are to be abhorred and shunned as sins against God, and because they proceed from infernal spirits, who in the aggregate are called the Devil and Satan; and that good affections, good thoughts, and good actions, are to be cherished and performed, because they are of God and from God: That these things are to be done by man as of himself; nevertheless, under the acknowledgment and belief, that it is from the Lord, operating in him and by him: That so far as man shuns evils as sins, so far they are removed, remitted, or forgiven; so far also he does good, not from himself, but from the Lord; and in the same degree he loves truth, has faith, and is a spiritual man: And that the Decalogue teaches what evils are sins.
9. That Charity, Faith, and Good Works, are unitedly necessary to man's salvation ; since charity, without faith, is not spiritual, but natural ; and faith, without charity, is not living, but dead ; and both charity and faith, without good works, are merely mental and perishable things, because without use or fixedness : And that nothing of faith, of charity, or
of good works, is of man; but that all is of the Lord, and all the merit is his alone.
10. That Baptism and the Holy Supper are sacraments of divine institution, and are to be permanently observed ; Baptism being an external medium of introduction into the Church, and a sign representative of man's purification and regeneration; and the Holy Supper being an external medium, to those who receive it worthily, of introduction, as to spirit, into heaven, and of conjunction with the Lord; of which also it is a sign and seal.
11. That immediately after death, which is only a putting off of the material body, never to be resumed, man rises again in a spiritual or substantial body, in which he continues to live to eternity; in heaven, if his ruling affections, and thence his life, have been good ; and in hell, if his ruling affections, and thence his life, have been evil.
12. That Now is the time of the Second Advent of the Lord, which is a Coming, not in Person, but in the power and glory of his Holy Word : That it is attended, like his first Coming, with the restoration to order of all things in the spiritual world, where the wonderful divine operation, commonly expected under the name of the Last Judgment, has in consequence been performed; and with the preparing of the way for a New Church on the earth, the first Christian Church having spiritually come to its end or consummation, through evils of life and errors of doctrine, as 'foretold by the Lord in the Gospels : And that this New or Second Christian Church, which will be the Crown of all Churches, and will stand for ever, is what was representatively seen by John, when he beheld the holy city, New Jerusalem, descending from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
[The foregoing Articles of Faith are copied from the Liturgy of the Nemo
Church General Conference, England.]
[Ps. cxlviii.] Praise ye Jan. 1. Praise ye JEHOVAH | from the heavens ;
Praise ye him in the heights. 2. Praise ye him, all his angels;
Praise ye him, all his hosts. 3. Praise ye him, sun and moon ;
Praise him, ) all ye stars of light. 4. Praise him, ye | heavens of heavens ;
And ye waters that | are above the heavens. 5. Let them praise the name of JEHOVAH;
For he commanded, and they were created : 6. He hath also established them for ever and ever ;
He hath made a descree, and it shall not pass. 7. He also exalteth the horn of his people,
The praise of all his saints;
[Ps. cxlviji. 7.]
ЈАН. 1. Praise JEHOVAH | from the earth,
Ye | sea-beasts and all deeps ; 2. Fire, and hail ; | snow, and vapor;
Stormy wind fulfilling his word. 3. Mountains, and all hills;
Trees of fruit, and all cedars : 4. Wild | beasts, and all cattle;
Creeping things, and flying fowl.
5. Kings of the earth, and all people;
Princes, and all | judges of the earth; 6. Both young men and maidens;
Old men, with children. 7. Let them praise the name of JEHOVAH ;
For his name alone is exalted; 8. His glory is above the earth, And the heavens. Praise
[Ex. xv.] 1. A song to JEHOVAH, for exalting he hath exalted;
The horse and his rider hath | he cast into the sea. 2. Jan is my / strength and song,
And he has been my salvation : 3. He is my God, and I will establish an habistation for him;
My father's | God, and I will exalt him. 4. Jehovah is a | man of war ;
JEHOVAH is his name. 5. Thou didst blow with thy wind, the / sea did cover them;
They sank as lead in the mighty waters. 6. Thou in thy mercy hast led forth the people thou hast
redeemed ; Thou hast guided them in thy strength to the habistation
of thy holiness. 7. Thou shalt | bring them in,
And plant them in the mountain of thine inheritance; 8. The place thou hast made, O JEHOVAH, for thee to dwell in,
The sanctuary, O Jehovah, which thy hands have planted. 9. Jenovah shall / reign for ever and ever.