The civil magistrate’s duty to upload and defend the Westminster Standards

St. Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh Scotland

The civil magistrate’s duty to upload and defend the Westminster Standards in his office:

“It doth therefore concern all ranks and conditions of persons to be the more aware and circumspect, especially in that which concerns the National Covenant, and the Solemn League and Covenant, that before his Majesty [i.e. Charles II] be admitted to the exercise of his royal power, that by and honor  the oath of coronation, he shall assure and declare by his solemn oath under his hand and seal his allowance of the National Covenant, and of the Solemn League and Covenant, and obligation to prosecute the ends thereof in his station and calling, and that he shall for himself and his successors, consent and agree to Acts of Parliament, injoyning the Solemn League and Covenant, and fully Establishing Presbyterial Government, the Directory of Worship, the Confession of Faith and Catechisms, as they are approved by the General Assembly of this Kirk and Parliament of this Kingdom, in all his Majesties Dominions, and that he shall never make opposition to any of these, nor endeavour any change thereof.” [The Acts Of The General Assemblies Of The Church Of Scotland: From the Year 1638 to the Year 1649 Inclusive, “A seasonable and necessary Warning and Declaration, concerning Present and Imminent dangers, and concerning duties relating thereto; from the Generall Assembly of this Kirk, unto all the Members thereof”, 27 July 1649, Session 27, p. 460]

[The Acts Of The General Assemblies Of The Church Of Scotland: From the Year 1638 to the Year 1649 Inclusive, “A seasonable and necessary Warning and Declaration, concerning Present and Imminent dangers, and concerning duties relating thereto; from the Generall Assembly of this Kirk, unto all the Members thereof”, 27 July 1649, Session 27, p. 460]

Note: What are known as the  Westminster Standards are in bold front.

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