you neighbour, because you be one of my dioces, & you ar sent to me that I should geue you spiritual counsell: for I am your spiritual pastor. Therfore here what I shal saye to you.
VVood. Fyrst I desyre you to heare mee a fewe wordes. you haue saide you will geue me spirituall counsel. Be you sure that you haue the spirit of God?
Chiches. No, I am not sure of that.
wood. No? be you not sure of that?
Chiches. No by saint Mary, I dare not bee so bolde to saye so: I doubte of that.
wood. Then you be lyke the waues of the sea, as saith sainte Iames, that be tossed about with the winde, and bee vnstable in all your waies, and can looke for no good thinge at the lords hand. yea, ye are neyther hot nother cold. And therfore god will spue you out of his mouth as saith s. Ihon. Then they wer in a great fury, especially Doctor Story, saying:[Back to Top]
Story. What a peruers fellowe is this? hee hath the Deuil with in him, and is madde. He is worse then the Deuill. Nowe I perceaue that it is true that is reported by the, and it is the pride of all such heretickes, to boaste them selues.
Chiches. yea suerly, hee is sente to mee to learne, and taketh vpon hym to teache me.
wood. I seing their blindnes and blasphemy it made my hart melt, & mine eies gushe oute with teares, saing: The Iues saide to Christ, he had the deuil, and was madde, as you haue said here by me. But I know, the seruaunt is not aboue his maister. And God forbid that I shoulde learne of him, that confesseth that he hath not the spirit of God.[Back to Top]
Chiches. Why? do you thinke that you haue the spirite of God?
VVood. I beleue verely, that I haue the spirit of God.
Chiches. You boste more then euer Paule durst, or any of the Apostels, þe which is great presumption.
VVood. I boast not in my selfe, but in the gift of god, as Paule did. for he saide, he beleued verely, that he had the spirite of god, making therof no doubtes, in the first to þe Corinthians the seuenth chapter.
Chich. It is not so, you belye the texte.
VVood. If it be not so, let me be burned to morrow.
Story. Thou shalt not be burned to morow. But thou shalt be burned wythin these syxe daies I promise thee.
Chiches. If it be so, it is wrong translated as it is in a thousand places more.
wood. Then one loked in a latin testament, & an other in a greke testament. And they said it was in them both, that Paul supposed that he had the spirit of god, but he was not sure.
Chiches. Euen so I hope, and suppose that I
haue the spirite of God, but I am not sure.
wood. If that place be wrong translated, and so many places of the Bible as you saye, then I may saye with Christe, it cannot be auoided but offenses muste bee geuen. But wo vnto them by whom they come. I may say wo vnto false Translatours. For cursed are they þt adde, or take awaye. But take you heede that you belye not the Translators. I beleue they had the feare of God more before their eyes, then you report of them. And yet if that place be wrong traunslated, I can proue places ynough that Paule had the spirite of God, as I my selfe, and all Gods elect haue.[Back to Top]
Chiche. How proue you that?
wood. No man can beleue that Iesus is the Lord, but by the holye ghost. First to the Corinth. the. vii. I do beleue that Iesus Christ is my redemer, and that I shalbe saued from all my sinnes, by his death and bloudsheding, as Paule and al the Apostles did, & as al faithfull people ought to do, which no mā can do, with out the spirit of God, and there is no damnation to them that ar in Christ Iesus: so is ther no saluation to them þt ar not in Christ Iesu. For he þt hath not the spirit of Christ, is none of his, but is a cast away, as he saith in þe same text: And againe, we haue not receiued the spirit of bondage, to fear any more, but we haue receiued the spirite of adoption, whereby we cry Abba father: the same spirit certifieth our spirites, that we are the sonnes of God. Here is proofes inough, that Paule was sure that he had the spirit of God. Also S. Iohn saith: he that beleueth not that Christe is come in the flesh, is an Antichrist, and denieth both the father and the sonne, which is a synne againste the holy ghost, which shal neuer be forgeuen in this world, nor in the worlde to come. Besides all this, he that beleueth in God, dwelleth in God, & god in him. So is it vnpossible to beleue in god, vnles god dwell in vs. Oh good god, what more iniury can be done vnto thee, then to mistrust that wee haue receiued thy holy spirit by thy gift? Thus may al men se their blindnes, and whose seruauntes they be, as they doo declare them selues, bothe by their wordes and dedes.[Back to Top]
Story. Oh my Lord, what an heretike is this same? Why heare you him? Send him to pryson, to his fellowes in the Marshalsea, & they shalbe dispatched within these. xii. dayes.
wood. When I heard him say so, I reioyced greatly in my hart, desiring god, if it were his wyl, to kepe him in that minde. For I looked surelye to haue gon to the bishop of Londons colehouse, or to lollards tower, yea I thought my self happy, if I might haue gon to lollards tower: but it pleased god to put in the hartes of them, to send me to the Marshalse amōgest our brethren, and my olde pryson fellowes.[Back to Top]