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Anne Hutchinson's Creed

by Anne Hutchinson organization
December 05, 2002


That the Law and the preaching of it, is of no use at all to drive a man
to Christ.

That a man is united to Christ and justified, without faith; yea, from
eternity.

That faith is not a receiving of Christ, but a man's discerning that he
hath received him already.

That a man is united to Christ only by the work of the Spirit upon him,
without any act of his.

That a man is never effectually Christ's, till he hath assurance.

This assurance is only from the witness of the Spirit.

This witness of the Spirit is merely immediate, without any respect to
the word, or any concurrence with it.

When a man hath once this witness he never doubts more.

To question my assurance, though I fall into murder or adultery, proves
that I never had true assurance.

Sanctification can be no evidence of a man's good estate.

No comfort can be had from any conditional promise.

Poverty in spirit (to which Christ pronounced blessedness, Matt. v. 3)
is only this, to see I have no grace at all.

To see I have no grace in me, will give me comfort; but to take comfort
from sight of grace, is legal.

An hypocrite may have Adam's graces that he had in innocence.
The graces of Saints and hypocrites differ not.

All graces are in Christ, as in the subject, and none in us, that Christ
believes, Christ loves, etc.

Christ is the new Creature.

God loves a man never the better for any holiness in him, and never the
less, be he never so unholy.

Sin in a child of God must never trouble him.

Trouble in conscience for sins of Commission, or for neglect of duties,
shows a man to be under a covenant of works.

All covenants to God expressed in works are legal works.
A Christian is not bound to the Law as a rule of his conversation.
A Christian is not bound to pray except the Spirit moves him.
A minister that hath not this new light is not able to edify others:
that have it.

The whole letter of the Scripture is a covenant of works.
No Christian must be pressed to duties of holiness.
No Christian must be exhorted to faith, love, and prayer, etc., except
we know he hath the Spirit.
A man may have all graces, and yet want Christ.
All a believer's activity is only to act sin.

This is a list of beliefs for which Anne Hutchinson was prosecuted, and
was transcribed from: The Heresies of Anne Hutchinson and Her Followers,
by Rev. Thomas Welde of the fisrt church of Roxbury, Massachusetts; The
Preface to "A Short Story of the Rise, Reign, and Ruin of Antimonians."
(1644).


 

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