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Actes and Monumentes Of the Churche.

nity maketh not a christen man.

Cornelius the Centuryon being yet a pagane is made cleane thorow the benefite of the holy ghost. Contrary wise Daniell beinge a childe condempneth priestes or auncient men it is no easy thinge saieth he, to stande in the rome of Peter and Paule and to kepe the seat of them now reigning with Christ. for vnsauery salte is naught elles worth,but to be throwen out of the doore and troden down of hoggs. This saieth saint Ierome where vnto agreeth well saint Augustine. Euery one, quod he, þt saieth vnto you, Pax vobis, ought not to be hard or to be beleued as a doue. Crowes be fedde of dead caron, & so is not a doue, but liueth by þe frutes of the earth, her liuing is pure innocent and hurtlesse. Wherby you may see that il bishops are no Bishops, and that they which folow no saintes in vertuous liuing are not þe successors of saintes, but vnsauery salt, that is nother of the church, ne shall come in heauen to reigne there with Peter and Paul, but be thrown out with great contempt. For God knoweth a doue from a crow, and an innocent liuer from a deuourer of caron, but such as declare and shewe the good deedes as the saintes did, be their children and successors, and shall with them reigne in heauen, MarginaliaHow the Pope is the successor of Peter and how not. So that to conclude, I say, that the pope ordinatly chosen is the successor of Saint Peter, folowing saint Peters godly liuing. And ells except he study to do diligētly that he may be so called worthyly. It shall be but a vayne name. For rather may he elles be reputed an Image of a Pope or of a bishop accordinge as such be called of the prophet. O pastor & Idolum.

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MarginaliaAnswer to the last article.In the 45. you doo ask whether euer I haue promised at any time by an oth, or made any confederacy or leage with any parsone or parsones that I would alway hold and defend certen conclusions or articles seaminge to me and to my complyces righte and consonante vnto the faith. And you will that I should certify you of the course and forme of the saide opinions and conclusions by row, and of the names and surnames of them that were to me adherent and promised to be adherent in this behalfe. I say that I do not remember that euer I made pact or confederacy with any parsone or parsones, ne made any promise by oth that I would alway holde and defende any conclusions or articles seaminge to me & other right and consonaunt to the faith, onles it hath chanced me to say in this forme þt I would neuer wt the aide of God forsake ne decline from the truth nother for feare not yet for loue of man or men. Thus I haue perhapes sayd in some time, or some place bycause I haue in dede so intended and do entend gods grace assistinge me. But I cannot yet tel you whether I haueso said or no, nor to what parsons, ne at what time nether in what place. Nether I do recken me to haue anye complices, but suche as doo loue me and I them for god and in god. And those doo I recken all thē that are or willbe truly Christen in calling vpon christes name. And concerninge opinions or conclusions I can tell you of none other than I haue shewed, The sum wher of I recken and think vtterly be concluded in two propositions, which both are written in the new testament. The first is in the acts of the Apostles in this wise. Christ9 est caput angnli, nec est in alio quoquā salus. Nō enim aliud nomen est sub celo datum inter homines in qno oporteat nos saluos fieri. that is to say: Christ is the hed corner stone of our faith, whervpon it should be set and grounded, nother is saluation in any other, for ther is none other name vnder heauen geuen amongest mē wherin we may be saued. This is the on of þe propositions wherin is ingrossed or comprehēded my sayinges, which saint Paul do thus otherwise explicat. Christ is made of God our wisdome our rightuousnes, our purenes or satisfaction and our redemption. And in an other place Their is noone other foundation that any man may put except, that which is all ready put, that is Christ Iesus. The other proposition is writtē of þe Prophet Esay and recited of our sauiour in the Euangele of Mathewe in these wordes: Men do worship me in vayne teachinge doctrines and preceptes or lawes humaine. of this writeth Paule very largely in diuers places and euery where wel nigh. amōgest other 2 Colossensium, wher he warneth, þe Collossions to take heade that no manne doo spoile them or steale them away by philosophy or vaine deception, accordinge after the constitutions of menne and ordynaunces of thys worlde. Thus I doo certifye you of all the opinions and conclusions whiche I entende, or haue entended to sustaine, beinge contained in the two propositions aboue wrytten. Other holde I none, but suche as are mentioned of in the Crede, bothe that is songe at Masse, and also in the other Crede that all people doo dailye saye euerye daye.

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Finallye that you require to know of the names and surnames in order perticulerly of them that be to me adherent, or that haue promised me to be adherente in this parte, I saye that I know of none perticuler that I remember, without I shoulde note vnto you a greate multitude, which you may know, and here of I suppose, thorow al regions & realmes of christendome þt do think likewise as I haue shewed I wene the multitude moūteth nigh vnto the one half of christendome. MarginaliaThe nomber of gospellers well ny half Christēdome. And more shoulde do likewise I doute not but a greate sorte wythin a while. But that our gostly ennemy labo-

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