A retentiue, to stay good Christians, in true faith and religion, against the motiues of Richard Bristow Also a discouerie of the daungerous rocke of the popish Church, commended by Nicholas Sander D. of Diuinitie. Done by VVilliam Fulke Doctor of diuinitie, and Maister of Pembroke hall in Cambridge.
Fulke, William, 1538-1589.

The 27. motiue is the 35. demaund.

Vnity of the church a motiue to beleue in Christ. The discord * of Protestantes, the inconstancy of Protestantes.

Our Sauiour Christ praieth that his disciples may be * one in God & him theyr redeemer. And this vnitye all Protestantes retaine, notwithstanding diuersity of opi∣nion in one article, & any contention about ceremo∣nies. Euen as the Apostles were one, in one God and Christ, although there was variaunce about Circumci∣sion & ceremonies. Ciprian & Cornelius, the Romayne church & the church of Carthage, were at vnitye in Christ, although the one of them erred in the sacramēt of baptisme. So were Hierome, & Augustine, allthough they mayneteyned contrary opinions about Peters dis∣sembling & translation of the Scripture. From this verily I except such schiinaties, as delight in contencion, which haue allwayes bene against the true church. As for the vnity of the Papistes, seeing it is not in the doctrine of Christ, it proueth no more, that they are those for Page  83 whom Christ prayed, then the vnity of the Mahome∣tistes which for these thousand yeares, haue kept grea∣ter vnity then the Papists, whose church hath bene rent a sunder into so many heades as there haue bene Popes at once, and that very often and for many yeares toge∣ther there haue bene Pope against Pope, coūcel against coūcell, Doctors against Doctors, orders against orders, Canonists against Diuines, dissēting in articles of faith, as of the Popes supremacy, of original sinne, of transub∣stantiation &c. Wherefore Christian vnity, is as vntruly denyed vnto vs, as falsely challenged vnto them what∣soeuer he prateth of Lutherans, Zwinglians, Caluinists, Protestants and Puritans.