It Must Have the Word of God for Assurance

“It is not enough that man invent ceremony, and then give it a signification, according to his pleasure…. But if that anything proceed from faith, it must have the word of God for the assurance; for ye are not ignorant, ‘That faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.’ Now, if ye will prove that your ceremonies proceed from faith, and do please God, ye must prove God in expressed words has commanded them: Or else shall ye never prove, that they proceed from faith, nor yet that they please God; but that they are sin, and do displease him, according to the words of the apostle, ‘Whatsoever is not of faith is sin.’”[13]

~John Knox

[13] William Croft Dickenson, ed., John Knox’s History of the Reformation in Scotland (New York: Philosophical Library, 1950), 1:87.



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