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K. Henry. 8. The aunsweres of Iohn Lambert to the Byshops Articles.

the cursed: and likewise maye other Prelates, iudging the Christen to be heretikes, and heretikes Christen. Of whō it is also written in the prophecie of Ezechiel: Mortificabant animas, quæ non moriuntur, & viuificabant animas, quæ non viuunt. MarginaliaEzech. 13. They slewe the soules of them that should not dye, and gaue lyfe to the soules that shoulde not lyue. As dyd the Pharisees when they dyd cast Christe out of the vineyard, which signifieth the Church. MarginaliaMar. 11. Mar. xi. And as our Saueour prophesied in the. xix. of Iohn, saying vnto his Disciples: There shalbe (quoth he) some that shal excommunicate you: yea, and the tyme shal come, that who soeuer shal slay you, shall thinke to do honor to God, and this shal they doo vnto you, because they doo neyther knowe my father nor me. MarginaliaIohn. 19. These woordes be written in the Gospel of Iohn. xix. Wherby you see, that for lacke of knowledge of God, which is taught and seene by the light of Scripture, Christ prophesied howe lewde men shoulde lewdly excommunicate the good, yea and slay his true seruantes, thinking through such factes to please God, and to do hym good seruice.

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Wherfore send O lord I beseech thee the knowledge of thee, to be dilated vpon earth, MarginaliaOse. 4. which Ose bewayleth sore, seyng it absent, wherby mens iudgement may be rectified, and so to do accordingly to the leadyng of the same.

MarginaliaTo the. 25 article. In the. xxv. where you aske, whether euerye Priest is bound to say dayly his Matteus & Euensong, according as it is ordeyned by the church, or whether he may leaue them vnsayd, without offence or deadly sinne? I say, that prayer in scripture is much commended, and many great and vnmeasurable benefites are shewed to ensue therupon, that men should the more lustly geue them selues therto. With praier doth S. Paul bid vs to fight, in diues places, cōtinuyng in the same agaynst our ghostly enemies. A figure of this is read in Exodus, when the Israelites fought in battayle agaynst a nation of Infidels: MarginaliaExod. 17. I trowe their captayne was called Amalecke. Moyses stoode vpon a mountaine, to beholde what shoulde be the conclusion, and lifting vp hys handes, MarginaliaThe vertue of prayer. prayed that it might well succede with the Israelites, but in long holding them vp, at last his feruour began to grow cold and faint, and his handes sagged downward, and euer as his handes grew heauye (which signifieth, that his affectiō in praying abated and waxed cold) the Infidels preuayled: but as he kept them heaued vpwarde (wherby was meant intentiue prayer of a deuout mynde) he purchased victorie to the Israelites. Aaron and Hur, which endited the lawe to the people, and were therof the interpreters, stood with Moses, which alway, as they dyd see his armes to faynt, dyd vphold them, so that finally the victorie came vnto Israel.

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By Moses is signified, as sheweth great Clerkes, deuotion. By Aaron and Hur, the knowledge of Gods doctrine. MarginaliaDeuotion and knowledge to be ioyned together. Which two thynges (deuotion I meane, & knowledge) al men had nede to haue presently with them: for deuotion doth eleuate the mynd to God: but knowledge doth susteyne or vphold the same, that it may with courage continue not falling downe, but so alway doth incense and kindle it, that it mounteth vp into the presence of our heauenlye father, where they sauour together farre more sweetly then any fumigation eyther of Iuniper, Incense, or what soeuer els, be they neuer so pleasaunt, dooth sauour in any mans nose.

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Therefore S. Paul seeyng how necessarye the knot of these two deuotion, & knowledge of Gods wyl was, which is shewed in scripture (as teacheth saint Cyprian in these wordes: The wyl of god, saith he, is that whiche Christ both taught and wrought) Paul, I say, seeyng this, wished to be excommunicate and separate from God, for to haue the Iewes to come to the knowledge of Christes church, which is the only right way to saluation: for whom he prayed right studiously, as appeareth a litle after, in the tenth chap. to the Romanes, saying: I beare them recorde, that they haue a zeale and deuotion to God, but not accordyng to the knowledge of Christes doctrine. &c. MarginaliaRom. 10. Where you may clearely see howe the Iewes (as S. Paul whiche is no lyer, recordeth here) had a zeale and deuotion to God, but they lacked knowledge therewith. MarginaliaMoses not to be without Aaron. Moses was amongest them, but Aaron was away: whose absence payned Paul so sore, that he rauished with exceedyng charitie, wished no small harme vnto hym selfe vppon condition that the multitude of them might be holpē and haue a better iudgement: euen to be separated from God. MarginaliaDeuotion without knoledge hurtfull. It must nedes be then greatly hurtful, albeit men haue deuotiō to be without the knowledge of God and his lawe, signified by Aaron.

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S. Paul also before that he came to knowledge, had such like deuotion hymselfe, as he reporteth. Act. xxvi. in these wordes: Al the Iewes (quoth he) haue knowen my liuyng, that I haue led sith I entred into mans age MarginaliaAct. 26. (which tyme as I remēber is recounted frē the. xvi. or xviij. yere of a mans lyfe, in Latine he calleth it, adolescentia) which frō the begynnyng thereof, was (saith he) at Ierusalem among myne own nation, that did knowe me afore also frō the begynnyng, if they would say truth, that I lyued after the moste straytest order or sect of our religion, beyng a Pharisee. MarginaliaThe zeale of Saule without deuotion And I (quoth Paul a litle after) thought to doo many thinges in fighthyng against the name of Iesus Christ, yea, and dyd also being at Ierusalem, and I thrust many Saintes or holy men into prison, hauyng power geuē me therto of the high priestes, and when they should be put to death I gaue sentence: and I (quoth he) was cōmonly in all Sinagogues punishing them, and compellyng them to blaspheme (as men are fayne now adayes, when the bishops make them to abiure, and to denye the truth of the Gospel) yea moreouer did I (quoth Paul) rage agaynst them, pursuing after them into straunge landes.

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See what zeale Paul had to God, afore he was instructed in the doctrine of Christe. He thought to haue pleased God highly in persecuting his seruants, of whom one was S. Steuen. He was then sore blynded MarginaliaZeale without knowledge. through ignorance, and wanted the assistance of Aaron. But anone, as Christ which is the true Aaron, had appeared to hym, asking hym and saying in a lamentable fourme: O Saul, Saul, why dost thou persecute me, MarginaliaAct. 9. in troublyng and strikyng my seruants, the members of myne owne body, of whom it is sayde, He that smyteth you, shall smyte the tender ball of myne eye: MarginaliaZach. 2. His hart fel (I dare say) so lowe as his bodye, that is, euen downe to the earth, repentyng hym selfe full sore, beyng readye to amend, and folowe after a newe waye, as appeareth by his answeare, where he sayth: O Lord what wylt thou haue me to doo? As though one would saye: Nowe, I see all that I thought to haue done afore of good intention, and good purpose or deuotion, hath deceyued me. I finde it otherwise. That whiche I estemed good, in very deede is, and was nought.

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Teach me therfore good Lord (quoth he) a better way, & amend my iudgement, that myne owne will or intention forsakē, I may now folow thine, to please thee, & to doo thy wil. And so as he came to Ananias, by þe assignmēt of Christ the thicke filthynes of his olde wayward iudgement, fel away, as appeareth by the drosse or rubbishe that came from his eyes, euen like scales, as the Scripture maketh relatiō, and he put vpon hym a newe iudgement, which is directed after the strayt rule of the Gospell. MarginaliaDeuotion a deceaueable thyng. Whereby you may see that mens deuotiō may oft beguile and seduce them, except knowledge do assist the same, for to susteyne and direct it: which knyt together, shal much strengthen men in al trouble and temptations.

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So that, it is much expedient for al men, as nigh as they may, to haue prayer annexed with knowledge: and that sheweth full notably Erasmus, in the seconde passage of Enchiridiē, MarginaliaErasmus in Enchiridio.
Saying of Mattens.
where he testifieth but of easie likyng that he hath in saying of Mattens, yea rather contrarywise he sheweth dislikyng: and so he doth also in his exposition of the first Psalme: Beatus vir, where the text maketh agreeably for the same, it is written in this wise: Blessed is the man that hath not gone after the counsaile of the wicked, and hath not stand in the way of sinners, ne sit in the chayre of pestilence, but hath his wyl in the lawe of God, and shall muse or be occupied in it both day and night. MarginaliaPsal. 1.

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See howe the Prophete (whiche I doubt not but he knewe as perfectly that wyll and pleasure of God, as euer dyd any poore or general Coūcel, or what so euer they were beside, that ordeyned long seruice to be sayd of Priestes) testifieth them to be blessed, that study and are exercised in the lawe of God both day and night, that is to wyt, alwayes. MarginaliaWhat is true godlynes, or piety. A great promise put of God to such blessed exercise, whiche we maye call right deuotion, or true godlynes. For Paul definyng godlynes, sayth thus: Pietas ad omnia vtilis est, vt quæ promissiones habeat præsentis vitæ & futuræ: Marginalia1. Tym. 4. That is to wyt, Godlynes is profitable vnto all thinges, for that hath annexed thereto, promises of this lyfe present, & of the lyfe to come. MarginaliaNo promise of God for saying Mattens But no such promise is make of God, I am certayne, to them that say dayly mattens. Neither are we certayne by the word of God, that we shal therfore be blessed of him, MarginaliaThe xv. Ooes. no more then we are certaine, that for saying ouer the. xv. Oos, euerye day once through an whole yeare, we shall appertly see our Lady to ayde vs afore our death, as it is testified in the Scripture of the Primer but not by scripture of the Bible: MarginaliaOur Ladyes Psalter. or that we shal haue a like benefite for saying of her Psalter vpon þe ten beades that cōmeth frō the crossed fryers, or vpon þe fiue beades halowed at the Charterhouse, MarginaliaFasting our Ladyes fast or fastyng our Ladyes fast, as men cal it: ne for fastyng of the Wedensday, as is shewed by a booke that is allowed to be printed and read of al men that lusteth, for it is neyther the Newe Testament ne the Olde.

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