To whom shall I speak, and give warning, that they may hear? behold, their ear is uncircumcised, and they cannot hearken.—Jer. 6.10

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Thou camest down also upon mount Sinai, and spakest with them from heaven,
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and hardened their necks, and hearkened not to
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.—Nehemiah 9.13,16.

Reign:James VI
Parliament:The First Parliament of King James the Sixth (1567-12-15 — 1567-12-29)
Session:Only Session of the First Parliament of James VI

12. ¶ Anent the jurisdiction of the Kirk. Ca. xii.

ITEM Anent the article proponed, & given in by the Kirk to my Lord Regent, and three Estates of this present Parliament, anent the jurisdiction justly appertaining to the true Kirk, and immaculate spouse of Jesus Christ: to be declared and expressed as the article at more length is conceived. ¶ The King’s grace, with advice of my Lord Regent, and three Estates of this present Parliament, has declared, and granted jurisdiction to the said Kirk: which consists and stands in preaching of the true word of Jesus Christ, correction of manners, and administration of holy Sacraments. And declares that there is no other face of Kirk, nor other face of Religion, than is presently by the favour of God established within this Realm. And that there be no other jurisdiction ecclesiastical acknowledged within this Realm, other than that which is, and shall be within the same Kirk, or that which flows therefrom concerning the premises. And further, our Sovereign Lord, with advice of my Lord Regent, and three Estates foresaids, has given, and gives power and commission to Sir James Balfour of Pettingdreich Knight, Prior of Pettinweme, Mark Commendatour of Newbottill, John Prior of Coldinghame, Lord privy Seal, Master James Mackgill, of Rankelour nether, Clerk of Register, William Maitland younger of Lethingtoun, Secretary to our Sovereign Lord, Sir John Bellenden, of Auchinoull Knight, Justice Clerk, John Erskin of Dune, Master John Spottiswood, Superintendent of Lowthian, John Knox, Master John Craig, and Master David Lindsey Ministers of the word of God. To search forth more specially, & to consider what other special points, {folio xiii. recto} or clauses, should appertain to the jurisdiction, privilege, and authority of the said Kirk. And to declare their minds thereanents, to my Lord Regent, and three Estates of this Realm, at the next Parliament. So, that they may take order therein, and authorize the same by act of Parliament, as shall be found agreeable to the word of God.