Table of Contents

Full Text – Westminster Confession of Faith

  1. Chapter 1. Of the Holy Scripture
  2. Chapter 2. Of God, and of the Holy Trinity
  3. Chapter 3. Of God’s Eternal Decree
  4. Chapter 4. Of Creation
  5. Chapter 5. Of Providence
  6. Chapter 6. Of the Fall of Man, of Sin, and of the Punishment thereof.
  7. Chapter 7. Of God’s Covenant with Man
  8. Chapter 8. Of Christ the Mediator
  9. Chapter 9. Of Free Will
  10. Chapter 10. Of Effectual Calling
  11. Chapter 11. Of Justification
  12. Chapter 12. Of Adoption
  13. Chapter 13. Of Sanctification
  14. Chapter 14. Of Saving Faith
  15. Chapter 15. Of Repentance unto Life
  16. Chapter 16. Of Good Works
  17. Chapter 17. Of the Perseverance of the Saints
  18. Chapter 18. Of the Assurance of Grace and Salvation
  19. Chapter 19. Of the Law of God
  20. Chapter 20. Of Christian Liberty, and Liberty of Conscience.
  21. Chapter 21. Of Religious Worship and the Sabbath-day
  22. Chapter 22. Of Lawful Oaths and Vows
  23. Chapter 23. Of the Civil Magistrate
  24. Chapter 24. Of Marriage and Divorce
  25. Chapter 25. Of the Church
  26. Chapter 26. Of the Communion of the Saints
  27. Chapter 27. Of the Sacraments
  28. Chapter 28. Of Baptism
  29. Chapter 29. Of the Lord’s Supper
  30. Chapter 30. Of Church Censures
  31. Chapter 31. Of Synods and Councils
  32. Chapter 32. Of the State of Man After Death, and of the Resurrection of the Dead.
  33. Chapter 33. Of the Last Judgment

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 filleth all in all. (1) 

^ (1) Eph. 1:10, 22, 23; Eph. 5:23, 27, 32; Col. 1:18

2. The visible Church, which is also catholic or universal under the Gospel (not confined to one nation as before under the law), consists of all those throughout the world that profess the true religion; (2)  and of their children: (3)  and is the kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ, (4)  the house and family of God, (5)  out of which there is no ordinary possibility of salvation. (6) 

^ (2) I Cor. 1:2; I Cor. 12:12, 13; Ps. 2:8; Rev. 7:9; Rom. 15:9, 10, 11, 12
^ (3) I Cor. 7:14; Acts 2:39; Ezek. 16:20, 21; Rom. 11:16; Gen. 3:15; Gen. 17:7
^ (4) Matt. 13:47; Isa. 9:7
^ (5) Eph. 2:19; Eph. 3:15
^ (6) Acts 2:47

3. Unto this catholic visible Church Christ hath given the ministry, oracles, and ordinances of God, for the gathering and perfecting of the saints, in this life, to the end of the world: and doth by His own presence and Spirit, according to His promise, make them effectual thereunto. (7) 

^ (7) I Cor. 12:28; Eph. 4:11, 12, 13; Matt. 28:19, 20; Isa. 59:21

4. This catholic Church hath been sometimes more, sometimes less visible. (8)  And particular Churches, which are members thereof, are more or less pure, according as the doctrine of the Gospel is taught and embraced, ordinances administered, and public worship performed more or less purely in them. (9) 

^ (8) Rom. 11:3, 4; Rev. 12:6, 14
^ (9) Rev. 2 and 3; I Cor. 5:6, 7

5. The purest Churches under heaven are subject both to mixture and error: (10)  and some have so degenerated, as to become no Churches of Christ, but synagogues of Satan. (11)  Nevertheless, there shall be always a Church on earth, to worship God according to His will. (12) 

^ (10) I Cor. 13:12; Rev. 2 and 3; Matt. 13:24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 47
^ (11) Rev. 18:2; Rom. 11:18, 19, 20, 21, 22
^ (12) Matt. 16:18; Ps. 72:17; Ps. 102:28; Matt. 28:19, 20

6. There is no other head of the Church, but the Lord Jesus Christ; (13)  nor can the Pope of Rome, in any sense, be head thereof; but is that Antichrist, that man of sin, and son of perdition, that exalteth himself, in the Church, against Christ and all that is called God. (14) 

^ (13) Col. 1:18; Eph. 1:22
^ (14) Matt. 23:8, 9, 10; II Thess. 2:3, 4, 8, 9; Rev. 13:6

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