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and all persons accepting professorships in this seminary shall be considered, by s= uch acceptance, as engaging to teach in accordance with, and not contrary to, t= he Abstract of Principles hereinafter laid down, a departure from which princi= ples on his part shall be considered grounds for his resignation or removal by t= he Trustees, to wit:</span></p> <p><span style=3D'font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana;color:black'><br> </span><span style=3D'font-size:13.5pt;font-family:Verdana;color:black'>I. = The Scriptures.</span></p> <p><span style=3D'font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana;color:black'>The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments were given by inspiration of God, = and are the only sufficient, certain and authoritative rule of all saving knowledge, faith and obedience.</span></p> <p><span style=3D'font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana;color:black'><br> </span><span style=3D'font-size:13.5pt;font-family:Verdana;color:black'>II.= God.</span></p> <p><span style=3D'font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana;color:black'>There i= s but one God, the Maker, Preserver and Ruler of all things, having in and of Himself, all perfections, and being infinite in them all; and to Him all creatures owe the highest love, reverence and obedience.</span></p> <p><span style=3D'font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana;color:black'><br> </span><span style=3D'font-size:13.5pt;font-family:Verdana;color:black'>III= . The Trinity.</span></p> <p><span style=3D'font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana;color:black'>God is revealed to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit each with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence or being.</span></p> <p><span style=3D'font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana;color:black'><br> </span><span style=3D'font-size:13.5pt;font-family:Verdana;color:black'>IV.= <st1:City w:st=3D"on"><st1:place w:st=3D"on">Providence</st1:place></st1:City>.</span= ></p> <p><span style=3D'font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana;color:black'>God from eternity, decrees or permits all things that come to pass, and perpetually upholds, directs and governs all creatures and all events; yet so as not in= any wise to be the author or approver of sin nor to destroy the free will and responsibility of intelligent creatures.</span></p> <p><span style=3D'font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana;color:black'><br> </span><span style=3D'font-size:13.5pt;font-family:Verdana;color:black'>V. Election.</span></p> <p><span style=3D'font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana;color:black'>Electio= n is God's eternal choice of some persons unto everlasting life-not because of foreseen merit in them, but of His mere mercy in Christ-in consequence of w= hich choice they are called, justified and glorified.</span></p> <p><span style=3D'font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana;color:black'><br> </span><span style=3D'font-size:13.5pt;font-family:Verdana;color:black'>VI.= The Fall of <st1:State w:st=3D"on"><st1:place w:st=3D"on">Man.</st1:place></st1= :State></span></p> <p><span style=3D'font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana;color:black'>God originally created Man in His own image, and free from sin; but, through the temptation of Satan, he transgressed the command of God, and fell from his original holiness and righteousness; whereby his posterity inherit a nature corrupt and wholly opposed to God and His law, are under condemnation, and = as soon as they are capable of moral action, become actual transgressors.</spa= n></p> <p><span style=3D'font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana;color:black'><br> </span><span style=3D'font-size:13.5pt;font-family:Verdana;color:black'>VII= . The Mediator.</span></p> <p><span style=3D'font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana;color:black'>Jesus C= hrist, the only begotten Son of God, is the divinely appointed mediator between Go= d and man. Having taken upon Himself human nature, yet without sin, He perfectly fulfilled the law; suffered and died upon the cross for the salvation of sinners. He was buried, and rose again the third day, and ascended to His Father, at whose right hand He ever <span class=3DSpellE>liveth</span> to m= ake intercession for His people. He is the only Mediator, the Prophet, Priest a= nd King of the Church, and Sovereign of the Universe.</span></p> <p><span style=3D'font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana;color:black'><br> </span><span style=3D'font-size:13.5pt;font-family:Verdana;color:black'>VII= I. Regeneration.</span></p> <p><span style=3D'font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana;color:black'>Regener= ation is a change of heart, wrought by the Holy Spirit, who <span class=3DSpellE>= quickeneth</span> the dead in trespasses and sins enlightening their minds spiritually and <s= pan class=3DSpellE>savingly</span> to understand the Word of God, and renewing = their whole nature, so that they love and practice holiness. It is a work of God's free and special grace alone.</span></p> <p><span style=3D'font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana;color:black'><br> </span><span style=3D'font-size:13.5pt;font-family:Verdana;color:black'>IX. Repentance.</span></p> <p><span style=3D'font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana;color:black'>Repenta= nce is an evangelical grace, wherein a person being by the Holy Spirit, made sensi= ble of the manifold evil of his sin, <span class=3DSpellE>humbleth</span> himse= lf for it, with godly sorrow, detestation of it, and self-abhorrence, with a purpo= se and endeavor to walk before God so as to please Him in all things.</span></= p> <p><span style=3D'font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana;color:black'><br> </span><span style=3D'font-size:13.5pt;font-family:Verdana;color:black'>X. = Faith.</span></p> <p><span style=3D'font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana;color:black'>Saving = faith is the belief, on God's authority, of whatsoever is revealed in His Word concerning Christ; accepting and resting upon Him alone for justification a= nd eternal life. It is wrought in the heart by the Holy Spirit, and is accompa= nied by all other saving graces, and leads to a life of holiness.</span></p> <p><span style=3D'font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana;color:black'><br> </span><span style=3D'font-size:13.5pt;font-family:Verdana;color:black'>XI. Justification.</span></p> <p><span style=3D'font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana;color:black'>Justifi= cation is God's gracious and full acquittal of sinners, who believe in Christ, from all sin, through the satisfaction that Christ has made; not for anything wrought in them or done by them; but on account of the obedience and satisfaction of Christ, they receiving and resting on Him and His righteous= ness by faith.</span></p> <p><span style=3D'font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana;color:black'><br> </span><span style=3D'font-size:13.5pt;font-family:Verdana;color:black'>XII. Sanctification.</span></p> <p><span style=3D'font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana;color:black'>Those w= ho have been regenerated are also sanctified by God's word and Spirit dwelling= in them. This sanctification is progressive through the supply of Divine stren= gth, which all saints seek to obtain, pressing after a heavenly life in cordial obedience to all Christ's commands.</span></p> <p><span style=3D'font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana;color:black'><br> </span><span style=3D'font-size:13.5pt;font-family:Verdana;color:black'>XII= I. Perseverance of the Saints.</span></p> <p><span style=3D'font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana;color:black'>Those w= hom God hath accepted in the Beloved, and sanctified by His Spirit, will never totally nor finally fall away from the state of grace, but shall certainly persevere to the end; and though they may fall through neglect and temptati= on, into sin, whereby they grieve the Spirit, impair their graces and comforts, bring reproach on the Church, and temporal judgments on themselves, yet they shall be renewed again unto repentance, and be kept by the power of God thr= ough faith unto salvation.</span></p> <p><span style=3D'font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana;color:black'><br> </span><span style=3D'font-size:13.5pt;font-family:Verdana;color:black'>XIV= . The Church.</span></p> <p><span style=3D'font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana;color:black'>The Lord Jesus is the head of the Church, which is composed of all His true disciple= s, and in Him <span class=3DGramE>is</span> invested supremely all power for i= ts government. According to His commandment, Christians are to associate themselves into particular societies or churches; and to each of these chur= ches He hath given needful authority for administering that order, discipline and worship which He hath appointed. The regular officers of a Church are Bisho= ps or Elders, and Deacons.</span></p> <p><span style=3D'font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana;color:black'><br> </span><span style=3D'font-size:13.5pt;font-family:Verdana;color:black'>XV. Baptism.</span></p> <p><span style=3D'font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana;color:black'>Baptism= is an ordinance of the Lord Jesus, obligatory upon every believer, wherein he is immersed in water in the name of the Father, and the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, as a sign of his fellowship with the death and resurrection of Chri= st, of remission of sins, and of giving himself up to God, to live and walk in newness of life. It is prerequisite to church fellowship, and to participat= ion in the Lord's Supper.</span></p> <p><span style=3D'font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana;color:black'><br> </span><span style=3D'font-size:13.5pt;font-family:Verdana;color:black'>XVI= . The Lord's Supper.</span></p> <p><span style=3D'font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana;color:black'>The Lor= d's Supper is an ordinance of Jesus Christ, to be administered with the element= s of bread and wine, and to be observed by His churches till the end of the worl= d. It is in no sense a sacrifice, but is designed to commemorate His death, to confirm the faith and other graces of Christians, and to be a bond, pledge = and renewal of their communion with Him, and of their church fellowship.</span>= </p> <p><span style=3D'font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana;color:black'><br> </span><span style=3D'font-size:13.5pt;font-family:Verdana;color:black'>XVI= I. The Lord's Day.</span></p> <p><span style=3D'font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana;color:black'>The Lor= d's Day is a Christian institution for regular observance, and should be employ= ed in exercises of worship and spiritual devotion, both public and private, resting from worldly employments and amusements, works of necessity and mer= cy only excepted.</span></p> <p><span style=3D'font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana;color:black'><br> </span><span style=3D'font-size:13.5pt;font-family:Verdana;color:black'>XVI= II. Liberty of Conscience.</span></p> <p><span style=3D'font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana;color:black'>God alo= ne is Lord of the conscience; and He hath left it free from the doctrines of commandments of men, which are in anything contrary to His word, or not contained in it. Civil magistrates being ordained of God, subjection in all lawful things commanded by them ought to be yielded by us in the Lord, not = only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.</span></p> <p><span style=3D'font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana;color:black'><br> </span><span style=3D'font-size:13.5pt;font-family:Verdana;color:black'>XIX= . The Resurrection.</span></p> <p><span style=3D'font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana;color:black'>The bod= ies of men after death return to dust, but their spirits return immediately to God= -the righteous to rest with Him; the wicked, to be reserved under darkness to the judgment. At the last day, the bodies of all the dead, both just and unjust, will be raised.</span></p> <p><span style=3D'font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana;color:black'><br> </span><span style=3D'font-size:13.5pt;font-family:Verdana;color:black'>XX.= The Judgment.</span></p> <p><span style=3D'font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana;color:black'>God hath appointed a day, wherein He will judge the world by Jesus Christ, when every one shall receive according to his deeds; the wicked shall go into everlast= ing punishment; the righteous, into everlasting life.</span></p> <p class=3DMsoNormal><o:p> </o:p></p> </div> </body> </html>