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Actes and Monuments of the Churche.

condempne those lawes, MarginaliaThe romish church. which the Bishoppes of Rome haue made accordinge to theyr owne wil and minde, and saye that they are spirytuall, pertaininge vnto the soule, and necessarye vnto euerlasting life.

For so muche as the wrytinges of the Apostles doo euidentlye declare, that there was no authoritye knowen amongest them to make or ordaine anye ordinaunces or lawes.

Furthermore the scriptures doo manifestlye shewe the same, howe oftentymes euen by the Lordes owne mouthe, this foresayde authoritye is taken from the ministers of the churche: so that no excuse for them remaineth, but that they be plaine rebelles agaynste the woorde of God, MarginaliaPrelates haue no such autoryty by the word to binde mens consciences with new lawes. howe manye so euer doo presume or take vpon them to appoynte or set anye newe lawes vppon the people of GOD, whiche thynge is more manifest and euident, then the lyghte it selfe in manye places of the scripture. For in the xxiii. chapter of Iosue 

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Joshua 23:6.

, it is wrytten you shall obserue, and doo all that is wrytten in the lawe of Moyses, neyther shall you swarue from that, eyther to the right hande, either to the lefte hande. But that whiche is wrytten in the xii. of Deuteronomi 
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Deuteronomy 12:32.

. oughte to moue them some what the more.

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What so euer I commaunde sayeth the Lorde, that you shall obserue and doo: there vnto you shall adde nothing, neither shal you take anye thinge from it. MarginaliaDeuter. ca 4. 12. 30. The like he hadde saide before in the fourthe chapter of the same booke. And againe Moises in the xxx. chapter 

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Deuteronomy 30:15-16.

of the same booke dothe witnesse that he dyd putte forthe life, and blessinge vnto Israell, when as he gaue them that lawe whiche he hadde receiued of the Lorde. MarginaliaHow far þe office of priests extēdith. Howe can they then excuse them selues of periurye, whych ordaine newe lawes to liue by? But let vs procede farther, and see what authority the priestes of Leuis stocke had to make lawes. I doo not denye but that God in the xvii. chapter of Deutronomye 
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Deuteronomy 17:11.

, ordained vnder a greate penaltye that the autoritye of the priestes should not be contempned, but had in reuerence. But in the ii. of Malachye 
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Malachi 2:4, 6

. He also declareth vnder what condition they are to be harde, where as he sayeth: he hathe made a couenaunte wyth Leuye, that the lawe of truthe shoulde be in his mouthe, and by and by after he added: the lippes of the Priest shall keepe and maintaine wisdome, and the lawe they shall requyre at his mouthe, whiche is the messenger of the Lorde of hoastes. Therefore it is fytte and necessarye that if a Priest will be harde, that he doo shewe him selfe the messenger of GOD, that is to saye, faithfullye to reporte and declare the commaundementes whiche he hathe receiued of the Lorde. For whereas Malachyespeaketh of hearinge of them, he putteth thys speciallye that they doo aunswer accordinge to the lawe of the Lorde. Therefore lyke as the Leuiticall priestes did breake theyr couenaunte made with God, if they doo teache anye other lawe then that which they hadde receiued of him: So likewise these men muste either acknowledge them selues to be couenant breakers, or els they may not binde the consciences of men with no new law.

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Furthermore what power the Prophettes had vniuersally, it is verye liuelye described in Ezechiel in his xxxiii. chapter 

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Ezekiel 33:7.


MarginaliaEzechiel. cap. 33.Thou sonne of manne sayeth the Lorde, I haue made thee a guide vnto the house of Israell, thou shalt heare the woorde out of mine owne mouthe, and declare it vnto them from me. He then whiche is commaunded to heare of the mouthe of the Lorde, is he not forbidden to rehearse or speake anye thinge of him selfe? For what other thinge is it to speake from the Lorde but so to speake, that he maye boldlye affirme and saye that it is not his woorde, but the woorde of the Lord, whiche he speaketh. Further God by his Prophet Ieremye 

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Jeremiah 23:28.

calleth it chaffe, what so euer doothe not procede from him selfe. Wherefore none of the Prophettes haue opened their mouthes at anye time to speake, but beinge premonished before by the woorde of God. Whervpon it happeneth that these words are so often pronounced by them, the woorde of the Lorde, the charge, or burden of the Lorde, the vision of the Lorde, thus sayeth the Lorde, the mouthe of the Lorde hathe spoken it.

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Nowe that we may also confirme that whiche is before spoken, by the examples of the Apostles, that they haue taught nothinge but that whiche they haue learned of the Lorde, the lawe whiche Christ prescribed vnto them, when as he endowed theim with the dignitye and honour of the Apostleshippe, is somewhat more profoundlye to be repeated. In the laste chapter of Mathewe 

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Matthew 28:19-20

he commaundeth them to go forth and teach, not suche thinges as they them selues did rashlye inuente or deuyse, but those thinges whiche he hadde commaunded them.

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Furthermore Paule in the. 2. to the Collosiās 

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II Corinthians 1:24.

denieth that he hath any dominion or rule ouer the faith of the Corintians, albeit he was ordeined by the lord to be theyr apostel. if you require and desire afurder reason of the moderatiō of saint paule, rede the 10. chapter of his epistell to the Romaines 
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Romans 10:17.

wheras he teacheth, that faith commeth by hearing it cometh not by the dremes of the bishop of Rome, or by any other bishop, but only by the worde of God neither ought any mā to thinke it strange that

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