The Waldensian Confession of Faith


The Waldensian Confession of Faith
[Morland was commissioned by Oliver Cromwell to give aid
to the Waldenses and to research their history.
Original spellings have been preserved.]
An ancient Confession of Faith of the Waldenses, Copied
out of certain Manuscripts, bearing date Anno Dom.
1120. That is to say, near 400 years before the
time of either Calvin or Luther.
Article 1.
We believe and firmly hold all that which is contained in the twelve Articles of the Symbol, which is
called the Apostles’ Creed, accounting for Heresie whatsoever is disagreeing, and not consonant to the
said 12 Articles.
Article 2.
We do believe that there is one God, Father, Son, & Holy Ghost.
Article 3.
We acknowledg for the holy Canonical Scriptures, the Books of the holy Bible. The Books of Moses
called Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1st Samuel, 2nd
of Samuel, 1st of Kings, 2nd of Kings, 1st Chronicles, 2nd Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Job,
Psalms. The Proverbs of Solomon, Ecclesiastes, or the Preacher, The Song of Solomon, The Prophesies
of Isaiah, and Jeremiah. The Lamentations of Jeremiah. Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah,
Jonas, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi.
Here follow the Books Apocryphal, which are not received of the Hebrews. But we reade them (as
saith St. Hierome in his Prologue to the Proverbs) for the instruction of the People, not to confirm the
Authority of the Doctrine of the Church: 2nd Esdras, 3d Esdras, Tobit, Judith, Wisdom, Ecclesiasticus,
Baruch, with the Epistle of Jeremiah, Esther from the tenth Chapter to the end, The Song of the three
Children in the Fornace, The History of Susanna, The History of the Dragon, 1 Maccabes, 2 Maccabes,
3 Maccabes.
Here follow the Books of the New Testament: The Gospels according to Matthew, Mark, Luke, and
John, The Acts of the Apostles, The Epistle of Paul to the Romans, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians,
Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians, 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy,
Titus, Philemon, The Epistle to the Hebrews, The Epistle of James, The first Epistle of Peter, The
second Epistle of Peter, The first Epistle of John, The second Epistle of John, The third Epistle of John,
The Epistle of Jude, The Revelation of John.
Article 4.
The Books above-said teach this, That there is one God, Almighty, all wise, and all good, who has
made all things by his goodness, For he formed Adam in his own image and likeness, but that by the
envy of the Devil, and the disobedience of the said Adam, sin has entred into the World, and that we are
Sinners in Adam and by Adam.
Article 5.
That Christ was promised to our Fathers who received the Law, that so knowing by the Law their sin,
unrighteousness and insufficiency, they might desire the coming of Christ, to satisfie for their sins, and
accomplish the Law by himself.
Article 6.
That Christ was born in the time appointed by God the Father. That is to say, in the time when all
iniquity abounded, and not for the cause of good works, for all were Sinners; but that he might shew us
grace and mercy, as being faithfull.
Article 7.
That Christ is our life, truth, peace, and righteousness, as also our Pastour, Advocate, Sacrifice, and
Priest, who died for the salvation of all those that believe, and is risen for our justification.
Article 8.
In like manner, we firmly hold, that there is no other Mediatour and Advocate with God the Father,
save onely Jesus Christ. And as for the Virgin Mary, that she was holy, humble, and full of grace; and
in like manner do we believe concerning all the other Saints, that being in Heaven they wait for the
Resurrection of their Bodies at the Day of Judgment.
Article 9.
We believe that after this life, there are onely two places, the one for the saved, and the other for the
damned, the which two places we call Paradise and Hell, absolutely denying that Purgatory invented by
Antichrist and forged contrary to the truth.
Article 10.
We have always accounted as an unspeakable abomination before God, all those Inventions of men,
namely, the Feasts and the Vigils of Saints, the Water which they call holy. As likewise to abstain from
flesh upon certain Days, and the like; but especially their Masses.
Article 11.
We esteem for an abomination and as Anti-Christian, all those humane Inventions which are a trouble
or prejudice to the Liberty of the Spirit.
Article 12.
We do believe that the Sacraments are signs of the holy thing, or visible forms of the invisible grace,
accounting it good that the faithfull sometimes use the said signs or visible forms, if it may be done.
However, we believe and hold, that the above-said faithfull may be saved without receiving the signs
aforesaid, in case they have no place nor any means to use them.
Article 13.
We acknowledg no other Sacrament but Baptism and the Lords Supper.
Article 14.
We ought to honour the secular powers, by subjection, ready obedience, and paying of Tributes

The Waldensian Confession of FaithCopied fromThe History of the Evangelical Churches of the Valleys of Piemontby Samuel Morland (London, 1658), pp. 30-34.Reprint by CHRAA, 1982.[Morland was commissioned by Oliver Cromwell to give aidto the Waldenses and to research their history.Original spellings have been preserved.]An ancient Confession of Faith of the Waldenses, Copiedout of certain Manuscripts, bearing date Anno Dom.1120. That is to say, near 400 years before thetime of either Calvin or Luther.Article 1.We believe and firmly hold all that which is contained in the twelve Articles of the Symbol, which iscalled the Apostles’ Creed, accounting for Heresie whatsoever is disagreeing, and not consonant to thesaid 12 Articles.Article 2.We do believe that there is one God, Father, Son, & Holy Ghost.Article 3.We acknowledg for the holy Canonical Scriptures, the Books of the holy Bible. The Books of Mosescalled Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1st Samuel, 2ndof Samuel, 1st of Kings, 2nd of Kings, 1st Chronicles, 2nd Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Job,Psalms. The Proverbs of Solomon, Ecclesiastes, or the Preacher, The Song of Solomon, The Prophesiesof Isaiah, and Jeremiah. The Lamentations of Jeremiah. Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah,Jonas, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi.Here follow the Books Apocryphal, which are not received of the Hebrews. But we reade them (assaith St. Hierome in his Prologue to the Proverbs) for the instruction of the People, not to confirm theAuthority of the Doctrine of the Church: 2nd Esdras, 3d Esdras, Tobit, Judith, Wisdom, Ecclesiasticus,Baruch, with the Epistle of Jeremiah, Esther from the tenth Chapter to the end, The Song of the threeChildren in the Fornace, The History of Susanna, The History of the Dragon, 1 Maccabes, 2 Maccabes,3 Maccabes.Here follow the Books of the New Testament: The Gospels according to Matthew, Mark, Luke, andJohn, The Acts of the Apostles, The Epistle of Paul to the Romans, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians,Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians, 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy,Titus, Philemon, The Epistle to the Hebrews, The Epistle of James, The first Epistle of Peter, Thesecond Epistle of Peter, The first Epistle of John, The second Epistle of John, The third Epistle of John,The Epistle of Jude, The Revelation of John.Article 4.The Books above-said teach this, That there is one God, Almighty, all wise, and all good, who hasmade all things by his goodness, For he formed Adam in his own image and likeness, but that by theenvy of the Devil, and the disobedience of the said Adam, sin has entred into the World, and that we areSinners in Adam and by Adam.Article 5.That Christ was promised to our Fathers who received the Law, that so knowing by the Law their sin,unrighteousness and insufficiency, they might desire the coming of Christ, to satisfie for their sins, andaccomplish the Law by himself.Article 6.That Christ was born in the time appointed by God the Father. That is to say, in the time when alliniquity abounded, and not for the cause of good works, for all were Sinners; but that he might shew usgrace and mercy, as being faithfull.Article 7.That Christ is our life, truth, peace, and righteousness, as also our Pastour, Advocate, Sacrifice, andPriest, who died for the salvation of all those that believe, and is risen for our justification.Article 8.In like manner, we firmly hold, that there is no other Mediatour and Advocate with God the Father,save onely Jesus Christ. And as for the Virgin Mary, that she was holy, humble, and full of grace; andin like manner do we believe concerning all the other Saints, that being in Heaven they wait for theResurrection of their Bodies at the Day of Judgment.Article 9.We believe that after this life, there are onely two places, the one for the saved, and the other for thedamned, the which two places we call Paradise and Hell, absolutely denying that Purgatory invented byAntichrist and forged contrary to the truth.Article 10.We have always accounted as an unspeakable abomination before God, all those Inventions of men,namely, the Feasts and the Vigils of Saints, the Water which they call holy. As likewise to abstain fromflesh upon certain Days, and the like; but especially their Masses.Article 11.We esteem for an abomination and as Anti-Christian, all those humane Inventions which are a troubleor prejudice to the Liberty of the Spirit.Article 12.We do believe that the Sacraments are signs of the holy thing, or visible forms of the invisible grace,accounting it good that the faithfull sometimes use the said signs or visible forms, if it may be done.However, we believe and hold, that the above-said faithfull may be saved without receiving the signsaforesaid, in case they have no place nor any means to use them.Article 13.We acknowledg no other Sacrament but Baptism and the Lords Supper.Article 14.We ought to honour the secular powers, by subjection, ready obedience, and paying of Tributes

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