The word of God only, which is the New and Old Testament, shall be taught in every kirk within this realm; and all contrary doctrine to the same shall be impugned and utterly suppressed.
We affirm that to be contrary doctrine to the word, that man has invented, and imposed on the consciences of men, by laws, councils, and constitutions, without the express command of God’s word.
Of this kind are vows of chastity, disguised apparel, superstitious observation of fasting-days, difference of meats for conscience sake, prayer for the dead, calling upon saints, with such other inventions of men. In this rank, the holy-days invented by men, such as Christmas, Circumcision, Epiphany, Purification, and other fond feasts of our Lady; with the feasts of the Apostles, martyrs, and virgins, with others; which we judge utterly to be abolished forth of this realm, because they have no assurance in God’s word. All maintainers of such abominations should be punished with the civil sword.
The word is sufficient for our salvation; and therefore all things needful for us are contained in it. The Scriptures shall be read in private houses, for removing of this gross ignorance.
—Church of Scotland, The Confessions of Faith and the Books of Discipline of the Church of Scotland (London: Baldwin and Cradock, 1831), 45–46.