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Actes and Monuments of the Churche.

saued to honour vs with this honoure, that he doth impute and cal our afflictions to be his, & wheras S. Paule doth adde this woord for the church, he doth not vnderstand therby for the redemption, recōciliation, satisfaction or expiation of the church. but for the edifying & profitinge of the same, as in the ii. Epistle to Timothe 

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Hebrews 13:4

he saith, that for the elect sake he suffereth all these thinges that they might obtaine saluation, but to thintent no man shuld think that saluation to depende vpon those thinges, which he him self had suffred, he added furder, the which is in Christ Iesu. MarginaliaAn other objection dissolued. As touching the reson that the blud of the martirs is not shed in vain without frute or profit, & therfore ought to be conferred to the common vtility & profite of the church, I answer, MarginaliaThe blode of Martirs wherto it profitith. that the profet & frute therof is aboundaunt to glorify God by theyr death, to subscribe and beare witnes vnto the truth, by their bloud, and by the contempte of this present life to witnes that he doth seke after a better life, by his cōstancy and stedfastnes to confirm and establish the faith of the church and subdue and vanquish the ennemy.

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MarginaliaThe thirde article.That the Pope is an open vser of Simonye daily selling the giftes of the spiritualties, and that it is lawfull for all bishops to be coupled & ioyned in matrimony.

¶ Borthwicke.

This article hath his seueral partes, for those things which we haue spoken or aunsweared vnto the article before wrytten, doth sufficiētly declare that the Pope is not onlye a vser of Simonye, but also a notable deceiuer, whyche selleth suche kinde of merchaundise, as can in no place helpe or preuaile. For so much as his Pardones are nothing les then such as he faineth them to be. Dothe he not then shewe hym selfe a manifest deceiuer, when as he maketh Faires and markets of them, but to thentent I wil not seme in this behalfe vainly to labor or trauaile, I wil passe vnto the second parte, MarginaliaPriests marriage lawfull. where as I doo say, that it is not only done against the word of God, but also against equity and iustice to forbid priestes to marry, forso much as it is not lawful for any man by anye meanes to forbid that thing, whiche the Lorde hath left at liberty. For s. Paul in the xiii. chapiter vnto the Ebrewes 

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Hebrews 13:4

plainly declareth that matrimony is lawful for al men, sayinge that mariage and the vndefyled bed or chamber is honorable amongeste al men: and in the first to the Corinthians and vii. chapter 
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I Corinthians 7:2.

. He sayth, for auoiding of whoredome let euery man haue a wife of his owne: but I know what these obstinate and stiffed necked wil answer vnto me, that the same is spoken and ment of others, & not of priestes. But what will they aunswer vnto me, as touching that which is wrytten in the first to Timothe and iii. chapter 
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I Timothy 3:2, 12.

. A byshop oughte to be withoute rebuke, the husbande of one wife, and by and by after he saith, deacons oughte to be the husbandes of one wyfe, the whiche shoulde rule and gouerne theyr chyldren and familye vprightly. Vnto these Paule affyrmeth matrimonye to be mete and necessarye, let them say what they can vnto the cōtrarye. what coulde be more vehementlye spoken againste their wicked tirannye, then that whiche by the holye ghoste he declareth in the iiii. chapiter of the same Epistle 
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I Timothy 4:3.

that in the latter daies there shoulde come wicked menne, whiche shoulde forbid matrimonye, and calleth them not only deceiuers, but also wicked spirites attendinge vnto the doctrine of wycked spirites: Marginaliaforbidders of matrimony. But these men thincke that they haue very well escaped, when as they do wrest this sentence to those olde auncient heretykes the Tatianes they say (these menne) did onlye condempne matrimony, we do not condempn it, but onlye forbidde churche men to marrye. Vnto whome we thinke matrimonye is not eonucnient. As thoughe that all be it this prophesye were first of all complete and fulfylled in the Tatianes, that it did not also redounde vnto them, or as thoughe this their suttle sophisticatiō, wer worthy to be regarded þt they doo not deny or prohibite matrimony, because they doo not forbid it vnto all men generally. Like as if a tiraunt woulde contende and affyrme his lawe to be good, by the extremitye and violence wherof onlye one parte of the citye is oppressed, but nowe let vs heare the reasons of the contrarye parte, it behoueth saye they, a Priest to differ from the common sorte of the people by some notable marke or token. But reade S. Paule, where as he descrybeth the perfect Image of a good bishoppe, dyd he not recken and account marriage amongst the other good giftes whiche he required to be in them. But I knowe verye wel how these men interpreate Paule? verelye that a Bishoppe oughte not to be chosen, whiche hathe married his seconde wife. But also it appeareth openly by the text that this interpretation is false, for so muche as he doothe by and by declare and shew what manner of women the wiues of Bishoppes and Deacons oughte for to be. Wherfore S. Paule nombreth matrimony amongest the principall vertues pertaining vnto a bishoppe. And these men doo teach it to be an intollerable vice amongste the orders of the Churche, and not beinge content with that generall reproche or slaunder, they call it in the Canons, the vncleanlinesse, pollutynge and defiling of the flesh. Now let euerye man consider with him selfe oute of what shop this stuffe is taken. God instituted matrimonye, Christe sanctified 
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John 2:1-10.

it with his presence, by turninge water into wine, and vouchsafed so to honoure it, that he woulde haue it the Image or fygure of his loue and frendship wyth the churche: What can be more famous, or nota-

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