Doctor FEATLY'S Reply.
I maruel not, M. Fisher, that you leaue M. Sweet in the suds: for, you haue much adoo, with all your strength and skil, to get yourself out of the mire. M. Sweet, since he left our Vniuersities, and was metriculated into your Society, seemes (to speak in our Academicall Phrase) to haue resu∣med gradum Simeonis, and to haue proceeded backward: for, whatsoeuer truth, in Logick or Philosophy, hee had learned in our Schools, he hath learned to vnlearn in yours. It seemeth, he hath met with some such Master as Timotheus the Musician was; who took double pay of his scho∣lars, for vnteaching them what they had learnd of others. Hee was taught in our Schools, that an effect cannot be scientifically proued or demon∣strated, *but by the cause: for, Scire, est causam sci∣re propter quam, &c. and Demonstratio is Syllogismus scientificus,〈 in non-Latin alphabet 〉, a scientificall Syllogism, procee∣ding of those things that are former in nature, and more knowne, and causes of the conclusion. All this he hath vnlearned, and will needs go a∣bout to perswade vs, that An effect, because it is posterius, must needs be proued by an effect; and by the same reason, that effect, by another effect; and 〈1 page missing〉〈1 page missing〉Page 82 Thirdly, the Romane or Westerne Church ought to bee distinguished from the Papacie, or mystery of iniquity in it; which is not the Church, but a preualent and predominant facti∣on in it. The Romane Church we acknowledge to bee a member (though a sick and weak one) of the Catholique visible Church; and conse∣quently, to haue some part in the gracious pro∣mises made to the Church, in the Gospell: but the Papacy, or that predominant faction, is no member, but a botch or an aposteme in the Church; to which none of those promises be∣long, yet many prophesies are cleerly fulfilled in it.
First, 1. Tim. 1. 4. Now, the Spirit speaketh ex∣presly, that In the later times some shall depart from the faith, giuing heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of diuels, forbidding to marry, and commanding to ab∣stain from meats, which God hath appointed to be recei∣ued with thanksgiuing. This Prophesie hath been fulfild in the Papacy euer since Pope Hildebrand's time;* in which, as Auentin•• reports, the peo∣ple in some places trod vnder foot the Hoasts that were consecrated by married Priests: Tales enim non esse sacerdotes, neque sacrificare, Hildebran∣dus docebat: for, Hildebrand taught, that such were no Priests. And again, Maritos ab vxoribus separat, scorta, pudicis coniugibus: stuprà, incestus, adulteri•, casto praefert matrimonio: Hee seuered men from their wiues: he preferred harlots before married wiues; fornication, adultery, and incest, before Page 83 chaste marriage. And likewise in the Papacy that part of the Prophesie is fulfilled, touching the forbidding of certain meats; as for example, flesh, and egges, and white meats, and the like, and that for conscience sake, and vnder paine of deadly sin, and accounting such abstinence me∣ritorious.
Secondly, that Prophesie in 2. Thes. 2. 9. Com∣ming, after the power of Satan, in all power of signes and lying wonders, is daily fulfilled in the Papacy, and no where else. See their Legends, old and new.
Thirdly, that Prophesie, 2. Pet. 2. 18. They allure by the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonnesse, &c. is fulfilled in the Papacy, which permitteth pub∣lick Stews, I might say, alloweth, because who keep those houses, do therefore pay a pension to the Pope.
Fourthly, that Prophesie, Iude 16. speaking great swelling words of vanity, is fulfilled in the Papacy; which teacheth, that the Church of Rome is the Mother and Queen of all Churches; that the Pope cannot erre; that hee is aboue the Law of God; that those who adhere to him, can more than merit heauen: they can supererrogate.
Fiftly, that Prophesie, 2 Pet. 2. 3. and Apoc. 18. 3. The Merchants of the earth are waxed rich, through the abundance of her delicacies. Through couetousnesse, shall they with feigned words make Merchandize of you, and the like in the Apoc. is ful∣filled in the Papacie, which draweth an infinite Page 84 treasure, by the Merchandize of pardons and indulgences for releasing soules out of Purgato∣ry.
Sixtly, that Prophesie, 2. Thes. 2. 4. Hee as God sitteth in the Temple of God, shewing himselfe that hee is God, is verified in the Papacie, which giueth the Pope the stile of Lord God, Head of the Church, Lyon of the Tribe of Iuda, &c. and power to dis∣pence with breach of oathes, and incestuous mar∣riages, &c.
Seuenthly, that Prophesie, 2. Thes. 2. 7. The my∣stery of iniquity doth already worke: onely hee who 〈◊〉 letteth, will let, vntill he be taken out of the way, and 〈◊〉 shall that wicked man be reuealed. This I say, accor∣ding to the interpretation of the Fathers, Ter••l and Chrysostome,* is fulfilled in the Papacie. Tertullian saith Romani imperij absessi•, in de∣cem Reges diuisa, Antichristum superinducit: The de∣cay of the Romane Empire, diuided into 〈◊〉 Kings,* shall bee the bringing in of Antichrist. Chrysostome giueth some more light, saying, When the Romane Empire shall be taken away,* then hee shall come. Now all the world seeth, that the Papacie is built vpon the ruines of the Romane Empire, and at this day possesseth the seat thereof.
Eightthly, that Prophesie, Reuel. 9. 3. & 7▪ There came out of the smoke Locusts vpon the earth, &c. and on their heads, were (as it were) Crownes, &c. agreeth to your swarmes of Monks and Friers: and one of your own Exposi∣tors Page 85 interpreteth their Crownes, the round cir∣cle vpon your shauelings head, like vnto a Crowne.
Ninthly, That Prophesie, Reuel. 13. 11. And I beheld another Beast comming vp out of the earth, and he had two hornes like a Lamb, and he spake as a Dra∣gon, and hee exerciseth all the power of the first Beast, &c. agreeth to the Papacie and Pope, who re∣sembleth Christ, whose Vicar hee calleth him∣selfe, and yet carrieth himselfe like a Dragon in the Church, and he exerciseth also the power of the first Beast, to weet, the Romane Empire, de∣scribed in the first verse, by seuen heads and ten hornes, because, as the first Beast, the Romane Empire, by power and temporal authority, so the Pope, by policie and spirituall iurisdiction, ruleth ouer a great part of the world.
Tenthly, that Prophesie, Reuel. 13. 18. Let him that hath vnderstanding, count the number of the Beast, for it is the number of a man, and his num∣ber is 666. agreeth to the Pope, as I shewed be∣fore out of Irenaeus.*〈 in non-Latin alphabet 〉nomen habet 666. et valdè verisimile est, et nouissimum regnum hoc habet vocabulum: Latini enim sunt qui nunc regnant: that is, that name Latinus hath in it these numerall let∣ters, which make vp 666. and this is very like to be the name of the Beast: the last Kingdome hath this name, for they are Latines who now rule. Arethas agreeth with Irenaeus in iudgement, as Feuer dentius himselfe noteth.
Eleuenthly, that Prophesie, Reuel. 17. 3. I saw Page 86 a woman sit vpon a scarlet-coloured Beast, full of names of blasphemie, hauing seuen heads and ten horns, and verse 9, The seuen heads are seuen hils, on which the woman sitteth. and verse 18, The woman is the City which reig•eth ouer the Kings of the earth, agreeth with the Papacy, as Saint Ierom teacheth vs.
Twelfthly,* that Prophesie, Reuel. 17. 4. The woman was araied in purple and scarlet color, and dec∣ked with gold, and precious stones, and pearles, hauing a golden cup in her hand, full of abominations and sil∣thinesse of her fornication: & supra, verse 2. With whom the Kings of the earth haue committed fornicati∣on, and the inhabiters of the earth haue been made drunk with the wine of her fornication, agreeth to the Pa∣pacy, which is set forth in most pompous man∣ner, and enticeth the Kings and people of the earth to idolatry, which is spirituall fornication.
Thirteenthly, that Prophesie, Reuel. 17. 6. And I saw the woman drunken with the bloud of the Saints; and with the bloud of the Martyrs of Iesus, agreeth to the Papacy or Romish Synagogue, which hath spilt the bloud of many thousand protestant Martyrs, since the 1000 yeer; in wth, Satan was let loose, vnder the name of Waldensian and Al∣bigēsian hereticks, & the like names of reproach.
Fourteenthly, that Prophesie, Reuel. 17. 16. 17. And the tenne horns shall hate the Whore, &c. for, God put in their hearts, to giue their Kingdome to the Beast, till the Word of God be fulfilled, agreeth to the Pope and Papacy; to which, the greater part of the Kings of the earth, after a sort, gaue their Page 87 Kingdomes, by submitting themselues, and sub∣iecting their Kingdomes to the Antichristian Yoke. But now (God bee blessed) diuers Kings and States, whose eies God hath anointed with the eye∣salue of the Spirit, haue discouered the abominati∣on and filthinesse of the Whore of Babylon, and begin to hate her, and make her desolate: and wee doubt not, but in time other Princes and States will ioyne with them, and perfectly ac∣complish this Prophesie, by stripping her naked, and eating her flesh, and burning her with fire.
Now to sharpen my weapons a little vpon M. Fisher's Whetstone, Confingant tale quid Haeretici: confingant tale quid Papistae: Let the Papists feine some such like thing: let them deuise, if they can, any Protestant Church, or any other society or person in the world, in which the marks of Anti∣christ aboue-described, are so conspicuously to bee seen, as in the Romish Synagogue, and the Head thereof, and then I will confesse, I haue spilt all my paines in deciphering these charac∣ters: but, till they haue brought some man, State, Society or Church in the world, in whom the former marks are more visible, than they are at this day in the Romish Church and her Head, I shall bee euer of the opinion of that learned Iudge and States-man, who said pleasantly, that, If the Pope of Rome were not Antichrist, he had very ill luck: for, if there should be a proclama∣tion or warrant, to send for a man described by such marks as Antichrist is in the Apocalypse, Page 88 without all question, the Pursuiuant would at∣tache and bring the Pope of Rome.