LC 65

October 20, 2017

Westminster Larger Catechism

Q. 65. What special benefits do the members of the invisible church enjoy by Christ?
A. The members of the invisible church by Christ enjoy union and communion with him in grace and glory.[269]

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WCF 25.1, LC 64

October 19, 2017

Westminster Confession of Faith

Chapter 25: Of the Church

1: The catholic or universal Church, which is invisible, consists of the whole number of the elect, that have been, are, or shall be gathered into one, under Christ the Head thereof; and is the spouse, the body, the fulness of Him that fills all in all.[489]

Westminster Larger Catechism

Q. 64. What is the invisible church?
A. The invisible church is the whole number of the elect, that have been, are, or shall be gathered into one under Christ the head.[268]


WCF 24.6

October 18, 2017

Westminster Confession of Faith

Chapter 24: Of Marriage and Divorce

6: Although the corruption of man be such as is apt to study arguments unduly to put asunder those whom God has joined together in marriage: yet, nothing but adultery, or such wilful desertion as can no way be remedied by the Church, or civil magistrate, is cause sufficient of dissolving the bond of marriage:[487] wherein, a public and orderly course of proceeding is to be observed; and the persons concerned in it not left to their own wills, and discretion, in their own case.[488]


WCF 24.5

October 17, 2017

Westminster Confession of Faith

Chapter 24: Of Marriage and Divorce

5: Adultery or fornication committed after a contract, being detected before marriage, gives just occasion to the innocent party to dissolve that contract.[484] In the case of adultery after marriage, it is lawful for the innocent party to sue out a divorce and, after the divorce,[485] to marry another, as if the offending party were dead.[486]


WCF 24.4

October 16, 2017

Westminster Confession of Faith

Chapter 24: Of Marriage and Divorce

4: Marriage ought not to be within the degrees of consanguinity or affinity forbidden by the Word.[481] Nor can such incestuous marriages ever be made lawful by any law of man or consent of parties, so as those persons may live together as man and wife.[482]


WCF 24.3

October 15, 2017

Westminster Confession of Faith

Chapter 24: Of Marriage and Divorce

3: It is lawful for all sorts of people to marry, who are able with judgment to give their consent.[478] Yet it is the duty of Christians to marry only in the Lord.[479] And therefore such as profess the true reformed religion should not marry with infidels, papists, or other idolaters: neither should such as are godly be unequally yoked, by marrying with such as are notoriously wicked in their life, or maintain damnable heresies.[480]


WCF 24.2

October 14, 2017

Westminster Confession of Faith

Chapter 24: Of Marriage and Divorce

2: Marriage was ordained for the mutual help of husband and wife,[475] for the increase of mankind with a legitimate issue, and of the Church with an holy seed;[476] and for preventing of uncleanness.[477]


WCF 24.1

October 13, 2017

Westminster Confession of Faith

Chapter 24: Of Marriage and Divorce

1: Marriage is to be between one man and one woman: neither is it lawful for any man to have more than one wife, nor for any woman to have more than one husband, at the same time.[474]


WCF 23.4

October 12, 2017

Westminster Confession of Faith

Chapter 23: Of the Civil Magistrate

4: It is the duty of people to pray for magistrates,[467] to honor their persons,[468] to pay them tribute or other dues,[469] to obey their lawful commands, and to be subject to their authority, for conscience’ sake.[470] Infidelity, or difference in religion, does not make void the magistrates’ just and legal authority, nor free the people from their due obedience to them:[471] from which ecclesiastical persons are not exempted,[472] much less has the Pope any power and jurisdiction over them in their dominions, or over any of their people; and, least of all, to deprive them of their dominions, or lives, if he shall judge them to be heretics, or upon any other pretence whatsoever.[473]


WCF 23.3

October 11, 2017

Westminster Confession of Faith

Chapter 23: Of the Civil Magistrate

3: Civil magistrates may not assume to themselves the administration of the Word and sacraments[4641]; or the power of the keys of the kingdom of heaven[4642]; or, in the least, interfere in matters of faith[4643]. Yet, as nursing fathers, it is the duty of civil magistrates to protect the church of our common Lord, without giving the preference to any denomination of Christians above the rest in such a manner, that all ecclesiastical persons whatever shall enjoy the full, free, and unquestioned liberty of discharging, every part of their sacred functions, without violence or danger[4644]. And, as Jesus Christ hath appointed a regular government and discipline in his church, no law of any commonwealth, should interfere with, let, or hinder, the due exercise thereof, among the voluntary members of any denomination of Christians, according to their own profession and belief[4645]. It is the duty of civil magistrates to protect the person and good name of all their people, in such an effectual manner as that no person be suffered, either upon pretence of religion or infidelity, to offer any indignity, violence, abuse, or injury to any other person whatsoever: and to take order, that all religious and ecclesiastical assemblies be held without molestation or disturbance[4646].