1655 Midland Confession of Faith
(Various Churches of the Midlands in England)
1st. We believe and profess, that there is only one true God, who is
our God, who is eternal, almighty, unchangeable, infinite, and incomprehensible; who is a
Spirit, having His being in Himself, and giveth being to all creatures; He doth what He
will, in heaven and earth; working all things according to the counsel of His own will.
2nd. That this infinite Being is set forth to be the
Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three agree in one. I John v.7.
3rd. We profess and believe the Holy Scriptures, the
Old and New Testament, to be the word and revealed mind of God, which are able to make men
wise unto Salvation, through faith and love which is in Christ Jesus; and that they are
given by inspiration of God, serving to furnish the man of God for every good work; and by
them we are (in the strength of Christ) to try all things whatsoever are brought to us,
under the pretence of truth. II Timothy iii.15-17; Isaiah viii.20.
4th. That though Adam was created righteous, yet he
fell through the temptations of Satan; and his fall overthrew, not only himself, but his
posterity, making them sinners by his disobedience; so that we are by nature children of
wrath, and defiled from the womb, being shapen in iniquity and conceived in sin. Psalm
ii.13; Romans v.12-15.
5th. That God elected and chose, in His Eternal
counsel, some persons to life and salvation, before the foundation of the world, whom
accordingly He doth and will effectually call, and whom He doth so call, He will certainly
keep by His power, through faith to salvation. Acts xiii.48; Ephesians i.2-4; II
Thessalonians ii.13; I Peter i.2, etc.
6th. That election was free in God, of His own
pleasure, and not at all for, or with reference to , any foreseen works of faith in the
creature, as the motive thereunto. Ephesians i.4, Romans xi.5,6.
7th. That Jesus Christ was, in the fulness of time,
manifested in the flesh; being born of a woman; being perfectly righteous, gave himself
for the elect to redeem them to God by his blood. John x.15; Ephesians v. 25-27; Rev. v.9.
8th. That all men until they be quickened by Christ are
dead in trespasses -- Ephesians ii.1; and therefore have no power of themselves to believe
savingly -- John xv.5. But faith is the free gift of God, and the mighty work of God in
the soul, even like the rising of Christ from the dead -- Ephesians 1.19. Therefore
consent not with those who hold that God hath given power to all men to believe to
9th. That Christ is the only true King, Priest, and
Prophet of the Church. Acts ii.22-23; Hebrews iv.14, etc; viii.1, etc.
10th. That every man is justified by Christ -- Romans;
viii.33; I Cor. vi.11; apprehended by faith; and that no man is justified in the sight of
God partly by Christ and partly by works. Romans iii.20,28,30; Gal. v.4.
11th. That Jesus of Nazareth, of whom the scriptures of
the Old Testament prophesied, is the true Messiah and Saviour of men; and that He died on
the cross, was buried, rose again in the same body in which He suffered and ascended to
the right hand of the majesty on high, and appeareth in the presence of God, making
intercession for us.
12th That all those who have faith wrought in their
hearts by the power of God, according to his good pleasure, should be careful to maintain
good works, and to abound in them, acting from principles of true faith and unfeigned
love, looking to God's glory as their main end. Titus iii.8; Heb. xi.6; I Cor. vi.10 and
13th. That those who profess faith in Christ, and make
the same appear by their fruits, are the proper subjects of Baptism. Matthew xxviii.18,19.
14th. That this baptizing is not by sprinkling, but
dipping of the persons in the water, representing the death, burial, and resurrection of
Christ. Romans vi.3,4; Colossians ii.12; Acts viii.38,39.
15th. That persons so baptized ought, by free consent,
to walk together, as God shall give opportunity in distinct churches, or assemblies of
Zion, continuing in the Apostles' doctrine and fellowship, breaking of bread and prayers,
as fellow-men caring for one another, according to the will of God. All these ordinances
of Christ are enjoined in His Church, being to be observed till his Second Coming, which
we all ought diligently to wait for.
16th. That at the time appointed of the Lord, the dead
bodies of all men, just and unjust, shall rise again out of their graves, that all may
receive according to what they have done in their bodies, be it good or evil.
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