The Forty-Two Articles of 1553 – A Selection
I am trying to get back to finishing up my book of prayers on the Thirty-Nine Articles. I have thought it would be a good thing to read for Lent, but 39 falls one day short. The idea came to me that I could add a 40th day by using one of the Articles that was previously published, but not included in the Thirty-Nine.
Well, easier said than done! It took me forever to find a copy of the text of the Forty-Two Articles of 1553. I finally found a .pdf of the thing. So I typed out the articles that did not make it into the Thirty-Nine. Now I’ve got to decide which one I will use.
I thought that I’d go ahead and post here the articles I found, in case you are interested.
10 Of grace
The grace of Christ or the holie Ghost by him geven dothe take awaie the stonie harte, and geveth an harte of fleshe. And although those that have no will to good thinges, he maketh them to will, and those that would evill thinges, he maketh them not to wille the same: Yet nevertheless he enforceth not the wil. And therfore no man when he sinneth can excuse himself, as not worthie to be blamed or condemned, by alleging that he sinned unwillinglie, or by compulsion.
16 Blasphemie against the holie Ghoste.
Blasphemie against the holie Ghost is, when a man of malice and stubburnesse of minde, doeth raile upon the trueth of Goddes word manifestlie perceived, and being enemie therunto persecuted the same. And because soche be guilty of Goddes curse, thei entagle themselves with a moste grievous and hainous crime, wherupon this kinde of sinne is called and affirmed of the Lorde, unpardonable.
19 All men are bounde to kepe the moral commaundementes of the Lawe.
The Lawe which was geven of God by Moses, although it binde not Christian menne, as concerning the cremonies and rites of the same: Neither is it required that the civile preceptes and ordres of it shoulde of necessitie bee received in any commune weale: Yet no manne (bee he never so perfeicte a Christian) is exempte and lose from the obedience of those commaundementes, whiche are called moral: wherfore thei are not to be harkened unto, who affirme that holie Scripture is geven onlie to the weake, and do boaste theimselves continually of the spirit, of whom (thei saie) thei have learned soche thinges as thei teache, although the same be most evidently repugnaunt to the holie Scripture.
39 The resurrection of the dead is not yeat brought to passe.
The resurrection of the dead is not as yet brought to passe, as though it only belonged to the soulle, whiche by the grace of Christe is raised from the death of sinne, but it is to be loked for at the laste daie; for then (as Scriputre doeth moste manifestlie testifie) to all that bee dead their awne bodies, fleshe and bone shal be restored, that the whole man maie (according to his workes) have other rewarde or punishment, as he hath lived vertuousllie, or wickedlie.
40 The soulles of them that departe this life doe neither die with the bodies, nor slepe idlie.
Thei which saie that the soulles of suche as departe hens doe sleepe, being without al sence, fealing, or perceiving, until the daie of judgement, or affirme that the soulles die with the bodies, and at the laste daie shal be raised up with the same, doe utterlie dissent from the right beliefe declared to us in holie Scripture.
41 Heretickes called Millenarii.
Thei that goe aboute to renewe the fable of Heretickes called Millenarii, be repugnant to holie Scripture, and caste themselves headlong into a Juishe dotage.
42 All men shall not bee saved at the length.
Thei also are worthie of condemnacion who indevoure at this time to restore the daungerouse opinion; that al menne, be thei never so ungodlie, shall at length bee saved, when thei have suffered paines for their sinnes a certaine time appoincted by Goddes justice.
God save the King. 🙂
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