Universalist Profession of belief and conditions of fellowship

I. The Profession of Belief adopted at the session at Winchester, N. H., A. D. 1803, is as follows:--

Article I: We believe that the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments contain a revelation of the character of God and of the duty, interest, and final destination of mankind.

Article II. We believe that there is one God, whose nature is Love, revealed in one Lord Jesus Christ, by one Holy Spirit of Grace, who will finally restore the whole family of mankind to holiness and happiness.

Article III: We believe that holiness and true happiness are inseparably connected, and that believers ought to be careful to maintain order and practice good works; for these things are good and profitable unto men.

II. The conditions of fellowship shall be as follows:—

1. The acceptance of the essential principles of the Universalist faith, to wit:

(1) The universal fatherhood of God;

(2) The spiritual authority and leadership of his son Jesus Christ;

(3 ) The trustworthiness of the Bible as containing a revelation from God;

(4) The certainty of just retribution for sin;

(5) The final harmony of all souls with God. The Winchester Profession is commended as containing these principles, but neither this nor any other precise form of words is required as a condition of fellowship, provided always that the principles above stated be professed.

2. The acknowledgment of the authority of the general convention and assent to its laws.

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