Concerning the true and holy kirk and of them that are declared not to be of the same

Item, forasmuch as the ministers of the blessed evangel of Jesus Christ, whom God of his mercy has now raised up amongst us, or hereafter shall raise, agreeing with them that now live in doctrine and administration of the sacraments, and the people of this realm that profess Christ as he now is offered in his evangel, and do communicate with the holy sacraments (as in the reformed kirks of this realm are publicly administered) according to the Confession of Faith, our sovereign lord, with advice of [James Stewart, earl of Moray], my lord regent, and three estates of this present parliament, has declared and declares the aforesaid kirk to be the only true and holy kirk of Jesus Christ within this realm; and decrees and declares that all and sundry who either gainsay the word of the evangel, received and approved as the heads of the Confession of Faith professed in parliament of before in the year of God 1560, as also specified in the acts of this parliament, more particularly does express, and now ratified and approved in this present parliament, or that refuse the participation of the holy sacraments as they are now administered, to be no members of the said kirk within this realm now presently professed, so long as they keep themselves so divided from the society of Christ's body.

  1. The Actis of King James the Sext, printed by R. Lekprevick (Edinburgh, 1568), f.11r. Bound with earlier parliamentary material at NLS, Black Acts, 1566-94, H.33.c.21, Scots Acts of Parliament, H.33.c.23 or Scots Acts, H.33.c.25. Back