Thirty-Nine articles of Religion. Text of the articles (with
a modern rendering) and links to other information on each article.
23-24: Doctrines connected with sanctification.
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23 Ministering in the congregation
24 Speaking in the congregation in a language that people
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also Donald Allister's Cross†Way article on Articles 23,
24, 26 and 32)
Of Ministering in the Congregation.
It is not lawful for any man to take upon him the office of publick
preaching, or ministering the Sacraments in the Congregation,
before he be lawfully called, and sent to execute the same. And
those we ought to judge lawfully called and sent, which be chosen
and called to this work by men who have publick authority given
unto them in the Congregation, to call and send Ministers into
the Lord's vineyard.
Ministering in the congregation
It is not right
for an man to take upon himself the office of public preaching
or of administering the sacraments in the congregation before
he has been lawfully called and sent to perform these tasks. The
lawfully called and sent are those who have been chosen and called
to this work by men who have had public authority given to them
in the congregation to call and send such ministers into the Lord's
XXIV. Of speaking
in the Congregation in such a tongue as the people understandeth.
It is a thing plainly repugnant to the Word of God, and the custom
of the Primitive Church, to have publick Prayer in the Church,
or to minister the Sacraments in a tongue not understanded of
24. Speaking in the
congregation in a language that people understand
It is plainly repugnant to the Word of God and to the custom of
the early church for public prayer or the administration of the
sacraments to be conducted in a language not understood by the