Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 7, 1651-1660. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Friday, the 2d of April, 1652.
And a Commission from the Stewartry of Kirkuburgh, to Deputies, to receive Propositions of the Tender of the Parliament of the Commonwealth of England, and to treat and conclude therein; And the Assent of the several Gentlemen of the Stewarty of Kirkcudbright; And the Copy of a Commission to the Deputy of the Borough of Dunfirmling, of the Ninth of March 1651; And the Answer of the Deputies of the Borough of Dumferling, of the 24th of March 1651;
Kingship in Scotland.
"A. It is, to know, that in the Essence of God, there is only One Person; and That One Person is That One God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ: And that by no means there can be more Persons in that Essence: That many Persons in One Essence, is a pernicious Opinion, which doth easily pluck up and destroy the Belief of One God; darkens the Glory of that One God, who is the only Father of Christ, by ascribing it to Another, who is not the Father: Doth likewise easily destroy the Way of Salvation, taking away the Difference between the First and Second Causes thereof: Is a great Hindrance to the Embracing of the Christian Religion."
" A. The Word God, in Scripture, is chiefly used Two Ways: 1. As it signifies Him that rules in Heaven and Earth, that acknowledgeth no Superior, and is the Author and Beginning of all Things, and depends upon none. 2. As it signifies One who hath received some high Power or Authority from that One God; or is some way made Partaker of the Deity of that One God. It is in this latter Sense that the Son, in certain Places of Scripture, is called God: And the Son is upon no higher Account called God, than that he is sanctified by the Father, and sent into the World."
" A. No, by no means: For that is not only repugnant to sound Reason, but to the Holy Scriptures also." And the Deity of the Son is impugned from Page 43 to Page 108; and yet, Page 7, he makes this mere Man the Author of the Christian Religion."
"A. There was no Promise given of Life eternal, or of the Gift of the Holy Ghost, in the Law of Moses, or before Christ; yet they had some Hope of eternal Life: For nothing hinders, but that you may hope for any thing, although there be no Promise for it; so that the Thing hoped for be a Thing much to be desired, and such as it is credible that God will give unto them that worship Him."
"A. There was none other at all: Though Christians now commonly think, that Christ hath merited for us Salvation by his Death, and hath fully satisfied for our Sins; which Opinion is deceitful, erroneous, and extremely pernicious, repugnant to Scripture, and sound Reason also." Which is endeavoured to be proved in many following Pages.
"A. That the Lord Jesus added This to the First Commandment, That we are bound to acknowledge Him as a God; that is, for him that hath divine Power or Authority over us, and to whom we are bound to yield divine Honour."
Besides these, there are contained in the Book many other gross Errors, concerning Predestination, the Fall of Man, Christ adding to the Commandments, Free-will, the Priesthood and Sacrifice of Christ, Faith, Justification, Baptism, and the Lord's Supper.
He also reports, That Mr. Wm. Dugard is the Printer of the Book: and the Examination of the said Mr. Wm. Dugard: And also Considerations humbly presented to the Committee of Parliament by Mr. Wm. Dugard; and the humble Petition of Wm. Dugard: And the Examination of Mr. Franc. Gouldman: And the Examination of Mr. Henry Walley: And the Examination of Mr. John Milton; and a Note under the Hand of Mr. John Milton, of the 10th of August 1650.
Februarii 21 1651.
Resolved, by this Committee, That the several Exceptions of the Divines, compared by this Committee with the Book, intituled, " Catechesis Ecclesiarum quæ in Regno Poloniæ, &c." commonly called, The Racovian Catechism, and found to be true, accordingly, be reported to the House.
Resolved, That this Committee is of Opinion, that the particular Passages taken out of the Book, intituled, "Catechesis Ecclesiarum quæ in Regno Poloniæ, &c." commonly called, The Racovian Catechism, and excepted against by the Divines, are scandalous, blasphemous and erroneous: And also reports the Resolution of that Committee thereupon: Which were all this Day read.
The Question being propounded, That this Book, intituled, "Catechesis Ecclesiarum quæ in Regno Poloniæ, &c." commonly called, The Racovian Catechism, doth contain Matters that are blasphemous, erroneous, and scandalous:
Resolved, by the Parliament, That this Book, intituled, "Catechesis Ecclesiarum quæ in Regno Poloniæ, &c." commonly called, The Racovian Catechism, doth contain Matters that are blasphemous, erroneous and scandalous.
Resolved, That the Sheriffs of London and Midd. be authorized and required to seize all the printed Copies of the Book, intituled, "Catechesis Ecclesiarum quæ in Regno Poloniæ," commonly called, The Racovian Catechism, wheresoever they shall be found; and cause the same to be burnt at the Old Exchange, London, and in the New Palace at Westminster, on Tuesday and Thursday next.