THIR ACTIS AND ARTICLES WAR RED IN FACE OF PARLIAMENT, AND RATIFIED BE THE THRE ESTAITIS OF THIS REALM, AT EDINBURGH, THE SEVINTENE DAY  OF AUGUST, THE YEAR OP GOD Jm. Vc. AND THRESCOIR YEARIS. Cited Works of Knox, vol  2 p 120-122.

 This oure CONFESSIOUN was publictlie red, first in audience of the Lordis of Articles, and after in audience of the haill Parliament; whair war present, not onlie suche as professed Christ Jesus, but also a great number of the adversaries of our religioun, suche as the foirnamed Bishoppis, and some others of the Temporall Estate, who war commanded in Goddis name to object, yf thei could, any thing against that doctrine. Some of our Ministeris war present, standing upoun thair feit, reddye to have ansuered, in caise any wald hail defended the Papistrie, and impugned oure affirmatives: but whill that no objectioun was maid, thair was a day appointed to voting In that and other headis. Oure Confessioun was redd, everie article by itself, over agane, as thel war wryttin in ordour, And the vottis of everie man war requyred accordinglie Of the Temporall Estate onlie voted in the contrair, the Erie of Atholl, the Lordis Somervailll and Borthwik ;and yit for thair disasseñting thei produced no bettir reassone, but, “We will beleve as oure fatheris beleved.” The Bischoppis, (Papisticall, we meane,) spack nothing.. The rest of the haill thre Estaittis, by thair publict votes, affirmed the doctrine; and many, the rather, becaus that the Bischoppis wold nor durst say nothing in the contrair; for this was the vote of the Erle Merschell, ” It is long since I have had some favour unto the trewth, and since that I have had a suspitioun of the Papis­ticall religioun; but, I praise my God, this day hes fully re­solved me in the one and the other. For seeing that my Lordis Bischoppis, who for thair learing can, and for the zeall that thei should bear to the yeritie, wold, as I suppose, ganesay any thing that directlie repugnes to the veritie of God; seing, I say, my Lordis Bischoppis heir present speakis nothing in the contrair of the doctrine proponed, I can nott but hold it to be the verie trewth of God, and the contrarie to be de­ceavable doctrine. And thairfoir, so far as in me lyeth, I ap­prove the one and dampne the other: And do farther ask of God, that not onlie I, but also all my posteritie, may enjoy the comforte of the doctrin that this day our earls have hearde. And yitt more, I man vote, as it war by way of protestatioun, that yf any persones ecelesiasticall shall after this oppone thame selfis to this our Confessioun, that thei have no place nor credite, considdering that thei having long advisement, and full knawledge of this oure Confessioun, none is now found in Iauchfull, free, and quyete Parliament to oppone thame selfis to that whiche we professe: And thairfoir, yf any of this generatioun pretend to do it after this, I protest he be repute rather one that loveth his awin comrnoditie and the glorie of the world, than the trewth of God, and the salvatioun of menis saullis.’’

After the voting and ratificatioun of this oure Confessioun, by the hail! body of the Parliament, thair war also pronunced two Actis, the one against the Masse and the abuse of the Sacramentis, and the other against the Supreamacye of the Pape ; the tenouris whairof followis :— 

The Act for abolishing the Jurisdiction of the Pope.

The Act for abolishing the Mass.

An independent view of the proceedings in Parliament.

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