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ARTICLE XXXIX.

OF A CHRISTIAN MAN'S OATH.

EVERY Christian is forbidden the use of vain and * rash Oaths, especially in common conversation. But, “ the Christian Religion does not prohibit” the use of an Oath, when the Laws of Justice and Equity require it to be taken before the Magistrate, when Faith or Truth are to be established, when Charity and Benevolence are to be promoted, or when an end is to be put to contention and strife. "Thou shalt swear the Lord liveth, in Truth, in Judgment, and in Righteousness."y

This Article is the same as the thirty-eighth of 1552 ;; and was intituled, so It is lawful for a Christian to take an Oath.”

* Matt. v. 34. James v. 12. Clemens Alex. Strom. I. 7. Tertull. adv. Marc. I. 2. c. 26. Hammond's Pract. Cat. I. 2. c. 8. Nowel's Cat. p. 20, 21.

y Jer. iv. 2.

2 The following Articles of 1552 were left out among those of 1562 :

ARTICLE XXXIX.

The Resurrection of the dead is not passed already." “ The Resurrection of the dead is not passed already, as if it belonged only to the soul, which, by the grace of Christ, is raised from the death of sin, but is to be expected by all men in the last

THE RATIFICATION.

“ This Book of Articles before rehearsed, is again approved, and allowed to be holden and

day; for, at that time, (as the Scripture doth most apparently testify) the Dead shall be restored to their own bodies, flesh and bones, to the end that man, according as either righteously or wickedly he hath passed this life, may, according to his works, receive rewards or punishments."

ARTICLE XL. The souls of Men deceased, do neither perish with their bodies, nor

sleep idlily." " They who maintain that the souls of men deceased, do either sleep without any manner of sense to the day of Judgment, or affirm that they die together with the body, and shall be raised therewith at the last day, do wholly differ from the right faith, and orthodox belief, which is delivered to us in the Holy Scriptures."

ARTICLE XLI.

Of the Millenarians." “ They who endeavour to revive the Fable of the Millenarians, are therein contrary to the Holy Scriptures, and cast themselves down headlong into Jewish Dotages."

ARTICLE XLII.

All Men not to be saved at last." “ They also deserve to be condemned, who endeavour to restore that pernicious opinion, That all men, (though never so ungodly) shall at last be saved; when, for a certain time, appointed by the Divine Justice, they have endured punishment for their sins committed."

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executed within the Realm, by the assent and consent of our Sovereign Lady ELIZABETH, by the grace of God, of England, France, and Ireland, Queen, Defender of the Faith, &c. Which Articles were deliberately read, and confirmed again by the subscription of the hands of the Archbishops and Bishops of the Upper-House, and by the subscription of the whole Clergy of the Nether-House in their Convocation, in the year of our Lord 1571."

THE END.

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