Chapter nineteen of the Scots Confession:

Chapter 19 - The Authority of the Scriptures

As we believe and confess the Scriptures of God sufficient to instruct and make perfect the man of God, so do we affirm and avow their authority to be from God, and not to depend on men or angels. We affirm, therefore, that those who say the Scriptures have no other authority save that which they have received from the Kirk* are blasphemous against God and injurious to the true Kirk, which always hears and obeys the voice of yer own Spouse and Pastor, but takes not upon her to be mistress over the same.

* By kirk they mean church, according to the Oxford English Dictionary "the term `kirk' has often been opposed to `church' to distinguish the Church of Scotland from the Church of England, or from the Episcopal Church in Scotland".

Chapter 20

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