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Actes and Monuments of the Church.

Idols, in the whiche euen as Israell in times past they commit fornication: Paule in his Epistle to the Hebrewes and x. chapter 

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Hebrews 10:12-14.

sayeth: that Christ by one onlye oblation hathe made perfect all those for euer more which are sanctified, which saying confirmeth also þe wordes of Christ 
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John 19:30.

hanging vpon the crosse, saying (it is finished) signifiynge that by his deathe there was a finall end set vnto all sacrifices, whiche are offered vp for sinnes. But the Scottyshe church men, as they are blasphemers in dede, so do they bragge and boast that they daily offer vp Christ for the sinnes both of the quicke and of the dead. God commaūdeth vs that we shall not worshippe any grauen Image. The Scottes do not onlye fall downe flatte before Images, but also offer vp incense vnto them. Saint Paule 
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I Corinthians 1:30.

teacheth vs that Christe is made our wisdome, righteousnesse, satification, and redemption. The Scottes beinge wise men in their owne conceites, preferre and imbrase traditions fained and inuented oute by mannes heade, before the lawe of God, they stablyshe righteousnesse in their owne workes, sanctification in holy water and other external thinges, redemption in pieces of leade, whiche they do bie of their great Antichrist. who then wil quarel with me that I doo lie that the people of Scotland are blinde? and that my faithe which doth only behold the woorde of God to be much more better and excellēt then theirs.

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MarginaliaThe 6. article.Agreably to thauncient errors of Ihon Wickleffe and Ihon Hus archheretikes condempned in the councel of Constance, he hath affyrmed and preached that the cleargy oughte not to posses or haue any temporal possessions, nether to haue any iurisdiction or autority in tēporallities euen ouer their owne subiects, but that al these things ought to be taken from thē as it is at this present in England.

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¶ Borthwike.

MarginaliaThe leuitical law, is no necessary rule now binding. But he meneth hereof exessiue lādes possessions of abbes and religious houses addict to them but & thornt princes may deminish or conuert thē otherwise vpon considerations.The Lord in the xviii. chapter of the boke of noumbers 

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Numbers 18:20.

saide thus vnto Aaron, thou shalt possesse nothing in their land, neither shalt þu haue any portion amongst them, I am thy portion and inheritage amongest the children of Israell for vnto the sonnes of Leuye I haue geuen all the tithes of Israel, that they shuld posses them for their ministery which they do execute in the tent of ordinaries. Albeit I doo not doubt but that thorder of the Leuites and of our cleargy is farre different and variable. For the administration of their sacred and holy thinges, afcer their death, passed vnto their posterity, as it were by right of inheritaunce: which happeneth not vnto the posterity of our cleargy in these daies. Furthermore if any heritage be prouided or gotten for them, I doo not gaine saye but that they shall possesse it. But still I do affyrme that all temporal iurisdiction shoulde be taken from them, for when as twise 
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Luke 9:46; 22:24-26.

there rose a contention amongst thedisciples, which of them should be thought the greatest Christe aunsweared: The kynges of nations haue dominion ouer them, and suche which haue power ouer them are called beneficiall, you shall not doo so. For he whiche is greatest amongest you shalbe made equal vnto the yongest or leaste, and he whiche is the prince or ruler amongest you, shall be made equall vnto him whiche do the minister, neding therby, and willinge vtterly to debarre the ministers of his woorde, from all terrene and ciuil dominion and Empire. For by these poyntes he dothe not only declare that the offyce of a pastor is distinct and deuided from the office of a prince and ruler: MarginaliaCiuill dominion differinge from ecclesiastycall. but that they are in effect so muche different and seperate that they can not agree or ioyne together in one man. Neither is it to be thoughte that Christe did set or ordaine an harder law then he hym selfe before did take vpon him. Forsomuch as in the xii. of Luke 
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Luke 12:13-14.

certaine of the companye said vnto him, master commaund my brother that he deuide his enheritaunce with me. He answered: Man, who made me a iudge or deuider amongst you? Marginaliachrist refuseth the office of a ciuil iudge. We see therfore þt Christ euen simply did reiect and refuse the office of a iudge, the which thing he wold not haue don, if it had bene agreable vnto his office or duety The like thinge also he did in the viii. chapter of Ihon 
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John 8:11.

. When as he refused to geue iudgement vpon the woman taken in adoultrye, which was brought before him. MarginaliaAn obiectiō made by the example of Moses supplieng both the offices aunswerid vnto. Wheras they do alledge that Moyses did supplye bothe offices at once, I answer that it was doone by a rare miracle. Furthermore that it continued but for a time vntil thinges were brought vnto a better state. Besides that there was a certaine forme and rule prescribed him of the Lord, then toke he vpon him the ciuill gouernaunce and the priesthode, he was commaunded to resine vnto his brother, and that not wythoute good cause, for it is againste nature that one man shoulde suffise bothe charges, wherfore it was diligentlye forseene and prouided for in all ages. Neither was there anye Bishoppe, so long as anye true face or shewe of the Church did continue, who once thought to vsurpe the right and title of the sworde. Whervppon in the time of Saint Ambrose, this prouerbe tooke his originall: that Emperoures did rather wishe or desire the office of priest hoode then priestes anye Empire. For it was all mennes opinions at that time, that sumptuous palaces did pertain vnto Emperoures, and Churches vnto priestes. Marginaliaplaces to princes churches perten to priests. Saynte Barnard also wryteth many thinges whyche are agreable vnto this our opinion, as is this his sayinge: Peter could not geue that whych he hadde not, but he gaue vnto his successors that which he had, that is to say, carefulnesse ouer the congregation, for when as the Lord

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