|Author:||Meredith, John, b. 1579 or 80.|
|Title:||The iudge of heresies one God, one faith, one church, out of which there is no saluation. Excluding all infidells, Mahumetans, Iewes, obstinate papists, and other heretikes of all sorts, and consequently all newters, who conforme themselues onely externally to any religion, from hope of participation of the kingdome of heauen. If they finally persist therein, and returne not to the knowledge and zealous profession of the true faith. By Iohn Merideth, Sub-Deane of Chichester.|
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The iudge of heresies one God, one faith, one church, out of which there is no saluation. Excluding all infidells, Mahumetans, Iewes, obstinate papists, and other heretikes of all sorts, and consequently all newters, who conforme themselues onely externally to any religion, from hope of participation of the kingdome of heauen. If they finally persist therein, and returne not to the knowledge and zealous profession of the true faith. By Iohn Merideth, Sub-Deane of Chichester.
Meredith, John, b. 1579 or 80.
London: Printed by A[ugustine] M[athewes] for Iohn Grismand, and are to bee sold at his shop in Pauls Alley, at the signe of the Gunne, 1624.
|Alternate titles:||Judge of heresies Judge of heresies.|
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Heresy -- Early works to 1800.
TO THE WOR∣shipfull and Religiously af∣fected, William Drury Esquire, of Watergate in the County of Suffex.
THE PREFACE VNTO the READER.
THE IVDGE OF HERESIES.
CAP. 1. Sheweth, that God requireth truth in Religion, which must be squared to the Rule of his Word, and therfore Iewes, Turkes, and Papists whose Religion is false, be∣cause contrary to the Scriptures, cannot bee saued, if they persist in their obstinacie; and that Papists are but Pseudo Christians.
CHAP. 2. Proueth, that Infidels and Heretiques, by an Innocent life, and vertuous actions, (if they could performe a∣ny) cannot be saued, vnlesse they bee Orthodoxall Christians also; and the Error of Lodouicus Viues, is confuted.
CHAP. 3. Declareth, that a good Intention or meaning toward God, auaile•h not Hereticks, to preserue them from damnation, without the right knowledge of the true faith: where is proued, that Negligence and Ignorance, in matters of Faith, is damnable, which ought to bee expelled, and preuented by diligent reading, and examining of the Scriptures; with a detection, and con•iction of the Popish politi∣call tyranny, in prohibiting the Laity, from the reading of the Scr•ptures: containing also an Apology for our Ancestors, of the Laity, who, (for the most part) dyed true Christians, vnder the domination of Antichrist, as is plainely proued at large; and that the estate of the Papists, who liue vnder Protestant Princes, is damnable, vnlesse they renounce Popery.
CHAP. 4. Proueth, that an erronious Conscience is no sufficient bond, to ob∣lige a man to persist in a false Religion, as the Papists teach, but such a conscience ought to be deposed, reformed or abando∣ned, and altered according to the rule of Gods law; and there∣fore the case of those Papists who are trained vp in blindenesse, is miserable and lamentable.
CHAP. 5. Answereth Obiections made from the diuine Philanthropy or loue of God, vnto mankinde, who (say they) will not con∣demne vnto euerlasting death, such infinite multitudes of people, who die in infidelity, and Heresie, and saue but on∣ly a fewe true beleeuing Christians: where is plainely pro∣ued also, that very few, (in respect of those, who are to be• damned) shall be saued.
CHAP. 6. Proueth from the Nature, and Attributes of God; that A∣theists, Hypoctites, Epicures, Hereticks, Pagans, Idola∣ters, Libertines, are in a damnable case; and containeth an Inuectiue, against an admonition vnto all Newters, who con∣•orme themselues externally only, vnto diuers and contrary Re∣ligions: as is Popery, and the Orthodoxall faith professed by the Protestants, prouing them to be traitors to Christ, and no better then Atheists, who communicate outwardly with the Papists in their Religious Rites, and seeme also to bee Prote∣stants in heart and affection, with St. Augustine his Censure, of the forenamed, for a conclusion.