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Actes and Monuments of the Churche.

And so reciting, as many titles of his vnworthy honors, as would haue loden a ship, much soner an asse. Is not he (quod Ihon Lāder) an equal iudge apparantly vnto thee? Whom other desirest thou to be thy iudge? To whome this humble man aunswered, saying: I refuse not my lord cardinal, but I desire the worde of god to be my iudge, & the temporal estate with some of your lordships mine auditors, because I am here my lorde gouerners prisoner, whervpon the prideful & skornful people þt stode by, mocked him saying, Such man, such iudge, speking seditious & reprochful words against the gouernor & other the nobles. meaning them also to be heretikes. And incontinent without al delay they woulde haue geuen sentence vpon master George, & that without farther proces, had not certain men there councelled my lord cardinal to rede again tharticles, and to heare his answers thervpon, þt the people might not cōplain of his wrongfull condempnation. And shortly for to declare, these wer tharticles folowing with his answers, as far as they would geue him leue to speake. For whē he entēded to mitigate their lesings, and shew the maner of his doctrin, by & by they stopped his mouthe with an other article.

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¶ The fyrst article.

Thou false heretik, runnagate, traitour, and thefe, disceiuer of the people, despisest the holy churches, & in like case contēnest my Lord gouernors authority. And this we know for surety þt when thou prechedst in Dūdy, & wast charged by my lord gouerners authority to desist: neuertheles þt woldest not obei, but perseuerest in þe same. And therfore the bishop of Brothen cursed thee, and deliuered thee into the Deuyls handes, & gaue the in cōmaundemēt that thou shouldest preach no more. That notwithstanding thou diddest continue obstinately.

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¶ The answer.

My lords I haue red in thactes 

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Acts 5:29.

of thapostles that it is not lawful for the threats and manasings of men to desist frō the preachinge of the gospel. Therfore it is wryttē, we shal rather obey god then men. I haue also red in þe prophet malachy 
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Malachi 2:2.

. I shal curse your blessings, and blesse your cursings beleuing firmly, that the Lorde wold turn your cursings into blessinges.

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¶ The ii. Article.

¶ Thou false hereticke didst say that a priest stāding at the altare saying masse, was like a foxe wagging hys taile in Iuly.

¶ The answer.

My lordes I saide not so, these were my sayinges. The mouing of þe body outward, without thinward mouing of the harte, is noughte elsse, but the playing of an ape, and not þe true seruinge of God. For God is a secrete searcher of mennes hartes. Therfore who wil trulye adorne and honoure God, he must in spirite &veritye honoure him. Then the accuser stopped his mouthe with an other article.

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¶ The iii. article.

Thou false hereticke preachedst agaynste the sacramentes, saying: that there were not vii. sacraments.

☞ The answer.

My lordes and it be your pleasures, I taught neuer of the number of the Sacraments, whether they were seuen or an eleuen. So manye as are instituted by Christ, and are showen to vs by the Euangell, I professe openlye. Excepte it be the woorde of God, I dare affirme nothinge.

¶ The iiii. article.

☞ Thou false hereticke haste openlye taughte, that auriculare confessyon is not a blessed Sacrament. And thou sayest, that we shoulde only confesse vs to God and to no priest.

¶ The answer.

My Lordes I say that auricular confessyon, seing that it hath no promesse of the Euangell, therfore it cannot be a sacramēt. Of the cōfession to be made to God, there are many testimonies in scripture, as whē Dauid sayeth. I thought þt I would knowledge my iniquity against my self vnto the lord, & he forgaue the trespasse of my sinnes. 

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Psalm 32:5.

Here confession signifieth the secreat knowledge of oure sinnes before God. When I exhorted the people in this māner, I reproued no maner of confession. And farther s. Iames 
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James 5:16.

saith. Knowledge your sins one to another, and so let you haue peace among your selues. When þt he had said these words, the bishops & their complices cried & girned wt theyr tethe, saying: Se ye not what colours he hath in his speaking, that he may begile vs and seduce vs to his opinion.

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¶ The v. article.

Thou hereticke dydst say openly, that it was necessary to euery man, to know & vnderstand his baptisme, & what it was, contrarye to general councels and the states of holy church.

☞ The answer.

My Lords, I beleue there be none so vnwise here, þt will make merchandise with a French mā, or any other vnknown stranger, except he knew and vnderstode first the cōdition or promes made by the french man or straunger. So like I wold þt we vnderstode what thinge we promes in the name of the infant vnto God in baptisme. For this cause I beleue ye haue confirmation. Then said master Bleiter chaplen, that he had the deuil within him & the spirit of errour. Then aunswered him a childe, sayinge: the Deuil cannot speake such wordes, as yonder man doth speke.

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The vi. article.

Thou hereticke Traitoure, and thefe, thou saidest that the Sacrament of the aultare was but a piece of bread baken vpon the ashes, and no other thyng els, and al that is there done, is but a superstitious rite against the commaundement of God.

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