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christ restrained his Apostels by the lawe that they shuld not teach any thing but that which they had lerned of the mouth of the lorde. he set þe same law vpon him self by cause it shuld not by lauful for any man to refuse it. My doctrine saith christ 

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John 7:16.

is not myne, but his which sent me, my fathers: he which hath bin the only and eternall counseller of the father, which also is ordeined by the father the lord & master ouer al, for so much yet as he doth the office & part of a minister he doth by his example prescribe vnto all ministers what rule and order they ought to followe in teachinge, wherfore the powr of the church is not such, that it may at his owne will and discretion teache newe doctrines, either as they terme it, frame new articles of faith, either establishe newe lawes: MarginaliaThe church subiect to the worde of God. But is subiect vnto the woorde of the Lorde and as it wer included in the same. But now let vs behold what defence they do bringe for their constitutions: MarginaliaReasons wher with they defend their constitutions. the Apostels say they, and the elders of the primitiue church established a decree 
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Acts 15:19-29

, besides the commaundemēt of christ, wherby they did commaunde all people to abstaine from all thinges offered vnto Idolles: suffocation, and bloude. If that were laufull for them so to do, why is it not lawful for their successors, as often as necessyty shall require to Imitate and follow them in doinge the like MarginaliaAunswere to the reasons aboue. But I denye that the Apostelles in that behalfe did make any newe decree or ordenaūce for so much as Peter in the same counsel prononceth 
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Acts 15:10.

god to be tempted, if any yoke be laid vpon the neckes of the discipels: Euen he him selfe doth subuert and ouer thorowe his owne sentence, if they consent to lay any yoke vpon them. But a yoke is laied vpon them if the Apostels by their owne autoritye doo decree to prohibite the Gentels not to touch any thinge offered vnto Idoles or strangled, but you will say, they doo write that they shoulde abstaine from those thinges. I graunt that they doo so write, but what doth Sainte Iames declare þt the Gentills which are conuerted vnto God are not to be trobled & vexed in such extern decrees & outward elements as these be. And the apostles sufficiētly declare þt he goth about nothing les thē to restrain þe liberty of the gētels but only to admonish and warne them howe they should moderate and rule them selfes amongest their brethren least they shuld abuse their libertye to the offence of the others. MarginaliaAn other reason. They alledge furthermore that which is written in the. 23. of Mathewe 
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Matthew 23:2-3.

, the Scribes & pharesies haue sitten in the chaire of Moses therefore all thinges what so euer they commaund you to obserue and kepe, the same obserue and do, but doo you not as they do I aunswere, þe lorde in this place doth inuey against the manners of the Pharesies simply instructinge his hearers, which before he had taught that albeit they could perceaue or see nothinge in their life which they should follow, yet for all that they shuld not refuse to do those things which they did teach by the worde, I say by the word and not of their owne hed.

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The. x. article.

Diuers and manye waies he hathe saide holden, and also affermed and openly taughte that their is no religiō to be obserued or kepte but simply to be abolished and distroid: as it is now in England, and dispisinge all religiō affirminge, that it is but abusinge of the people, he hath taught that their habits and vestures are defourmed and very monstrous hauinge in them no maner of vtilyty or holines inducing and alluring as much as in him lay, all the adherentes of his opinion, that al religion in the kingdome of Scotlande shoulde be subuerted and vtterly taken away, to þe greate offence of the catholike church & the deminishinge and detrement of the christian religion.

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Borthuike.

The prophet Esay in his 5. chapter 

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Isaiah 5:20-1.

, crieth oute sayinge. Wo be vnto you whiche call euel good, and good euell, darkenesse light, and lighte darckenesse, sower sweete, and sweete sower. And followeth in the same place, in the said Prophettes, wo, saith he, to you that be wise and Sapiente in youre owne eyes and prudente in your owne estymatyon. no manne canne deanye but that the Cardinall of Scotlande and his adherentes to be vnder this mooste heauye and greuous curse, when as they doo so generallye confound the Christian religion and their wicked monkery that they doo entitle them bothe by one name of holinesse, I truste I will make it appeare more manifest then the daye, that they doo it by a sacrilegious audacitye or boldenesse, vnto suche as settinge a parte all preposterous affection, will embrace the truth, when as she doothe manifestlye shewe her selfe. But before I enter into the matter, I wyll all menne to vnderstande, that I doo not touche that kynde of monckerie, whiche S. Augustine and other so often make mention of: As in whyche the monckes, beinge gathered together vtterlye contempnynge and despysinge the vanytyes of thys worlde, dyd leade a mooste chaste and godlye lyfe, lyuinge in prayer, readynge and disputations, not puffed vp wyth Pryde, nor contentions, with frowardnesse, neyther full of enuye, no manne possessed any thing of hys

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