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The Anglican Thirty-nine Articles…Vernon Staley, the Catholic Religion…etc.

January 22, 2011

‘The Thirty-nine Articles are not Articles of Faith like the Creeds, and they are not imposed on members of the Anglican Church/Communion as necessary terms of communion. The clergy only subscribe them, and the sense in which the subscription is understood, has been stated by Archbishop Bramhall as follows; —

“We do not hold our Thirty-nine Articles to be such necessary truths, ‘without which there is no salvation;’ nor enjoin ecclesiastical persons to swear unto them, but only to subscribe them, as theological truths, for the preservation of unity among us. Some of them are the very same as contained in the Creed; some others of them are practical truths, which come not within proper lists of points or articles to be believed; lastly, some of them are pious opinions or inferior truths which are proposed by the Church of England as not to be opposed; not as essentials of Faith necessary to be believed.” (London: Mowbray, 1924, etc.)

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  1. I have left up this quote, to show the historical aspect as held by some Anglicans (as Archbishop Bramhall, from the 1920’s), but I am now myself (and have been for quite sometime) convinced of the Anglican Thirty-Nine Articles, as both more biblical and certainly theological, in the Reformed and Reformational Truth!

    • “some of them are pious opinions or inferior truths which are proposed by the Church of England as not to be opposed; not as essentials of Faith necessary to be believed.” … Hmm…I would of course quite disagree with this statement! But as we can see the history of Anglicanism has moved away sadly from the Thirty-Nine Articles!

      • Indeed generally the CoE is surely moving (and for quite sometime) into the centre of Gentile Apostasy! There are of course still some of God’s regenerate people within so-called English Anglicanism, but they are now but a remnant. That’s my belief at least, and I am of course an Anglican myself, but old school of course and conservative!

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