Chapter 1 - Of the Holy Scripture.
Chapter 2 - Of God, and of the Holy Trinity.
Chapter 3 - Of God’s Eternal Decree.
Chapter 4 - Of Creation.
Chapter 5 - Of Providence.
Chapter 6 - Of the Fall of Man, of Sin, and of the Punishment thereof.
Chapter 7 - Of God’s Covenant with Man.
Chapter 8 - Of Christ the Mediator.
Chapter 9 - Of Free Will.
Chapter 10 - Of Effectual Calling.
Chapter 11 - Of Justification.
Chapter 12 - Of Adoption.
Chapter 13 - Of Sanctification.
Chapter 14 - Of Saving Faith.
Chapter 15 - Of Repentance Unto Life.
Chapter 16 - Of Good Works.
Chapter 17 - Of The Perseverance of the Saints.
Chapter 18 - Of the Assurance of Grace and Salvation.
Chapter 19 - Of the Law of God.

Chapter 20 - Of Christian Liberty, and Liberty of Conscience.

Section 1.) The liberty which Christ hath purchased for believers under the Gospel, consists in their freedom from the guilt of sin, the condemning wrath of God, the curse of the moral law;(1) and, in their being delivered from this present evil world, bondage to Satan and dominion of sin;(2) from the evil of afflictions, the sting of death, the victory of the grave, and everlasting damnation;(3) as also, in their free access to God,(4) and their yielding obedience unto Him, not out of slavish fear, but a child-like love and willing mind.(5) All which were common also to believers under the law;(6) but, under the new testament, the liberty of Christians is further enlarged in their freedom from the yoke of the ceremonial law, to which the Jewish Church was subjected,(7) and in greater boldness of access to the throne of grace,(8) and in fuller communications of the free Spirit of God, than believers under the law did ordinarily partake of.(9)
(1) Tit 2:14; 1Th 1:10; Gal 3:13. (2) Gal 1:4; Col 1:13; Ac 26:18; Ro 6:14. (3) Ro 8:28; Ps 119:71; 1Co 15:54-57; Ro 8:1. (4) Ro 5:1,2. (5) Ro 8:14,15; 1Jn 6:18. (6) Gal 3:9,14. (7) Gal 4:1,2,3,6,7; Gal 5:1; Ac 15:10,11. (8) Heb 4:14,16; Heb 10:19-22. (9) Jn 7:38,39; 2Co 3:13,17,18.
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Section 2.) God alone is Lord of the conscience,(1) and hath left it free from the doctrines and commandments of men, which are, in anything, contrary to His Word, or beside it, in matters of faith or worship.(2) So that to believe such doctrines, or to obey such commands out of conscience, is to betray true liberty of conscience:(3) and the requiring of an implicit faith, and an absolute and blind obedience, is to destroy liberty of conscience, and reason also.(4)
(1) Jas 4:12; Ro 14:4. (2) Ac 4:19; Ac 5:29; 1Co 7:23; Mt 23:8,9,10; 2Co 1:24; Mt 15:9. (3) Col 2:20,22,23; Gal 1:10; Gal 2:4,5; Gal 5:1. (4) Ro 10:17; Ro 14:23; Isa 8:20; Ac 17:11; Jn 4:22; Hos 5:11; Rev 13:12,16,17; Jer 8:9.
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Section 3.) They who, upon pretence of Christian liberty, do practice any sin, or cherish any lust, do thereby destroy the end of Christian liberty; which is, that, being delivered out of the hands of our enemies, we might serve the Lord without fear, in holiness and righteousness before Him, all the days of our life.(1)
(1) Gal 5:13; 1Pe 2:16; 2Pe 2:19; Jn 8:34; Lk 1:74,75.
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Section 4.) And because the powers which God hath ordained, and the liberty which Christ hath purchased, are not intended by God to destroy, but mutually to uphold and preserve one another; they who, upon pretence of Christian liberty, shall oppose any lawful power, or the lawful exercise of it, whether it be civil or ecclesiastical, resist the ordinance of God.(1) And, for their publishing of such opinions, or maintaining of such practices, as are contrary to the light of nature, or to the known principles of Christianity (whether concerning faith, worship, or conversation), or to the power of godliness; or, such erroneous opinions or practices, as either in their own nature, or in the manner of publishing or maintaining them, are destructive to the external peace and order which Christ hath established in the Church, they may lawfully be called to account,(2) and proceeded against, by the censures of the Church.(3)
(1) Mt 12:25; 1Pe 2:13,14,16; Ro 13:1-8; Heb 13:17. (2) Ro 1:32; 1Co 5:1,5,11,13; 2 Jn 10,11; 2Th 3:14; 1Ti 6:3,4,5; Tit 1:10,11,13; Tit 3:10; Mt 18:15,16,17; 1Ti 1:19,20; Rev 2:2,14,15,20; Rev 3:9. (3) Dt 13:6-12; Ro 13:3,4; 2 Jn 10,11; Ezr 7:23,25-28; Rev 17:12,16,17; Ne 13:15,17,21,22,25,30; 2Ki 23:5,6,9,20,21; 2Ch 15:12,13,16; Da 3:29; 1Ti 2:2; Isa 49:23; Zec 13:2,3.
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Chapter 21 - Of Religious Worship and the Sabbath-day.
Chapter 22 - Of Lawful Oaths and Vows.
Chapter 23 - Of the Civil Magistrate.
Chapter 24 - Of Marriage and Divorce.
Chapter 25 - Of the Church.
Chapter 26 - Of the Communion of the Saints.
Chapter 27 - Of the Sacraments.
Chapter 28 - Of Baptism.
Chapter 29 - Of the Lord’s Supper.
Chapter 30 - Of Church Censures.
Chapter 31 - Of Synods And Councils.
Chapter 32 - Of the State of Man After Death, and of the Resurrection of the Dead.
Chapter 33 - Of the Last Judgment.

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  • "And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellow servants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled." ~ (Rev 6:9-11)