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 28. and 29. motiues are conteined in the 34. demaund.

Iudges infallible in cases of controuersie. The churches * iudgemēt is alwayes infallible. Obedience of Catholiks to their superiors both ecclesiasticall and temperall. Trinitaries.

Bristrow braggeth that their church hath iudges in∣fallible in cases of controuersie, and ours hath not. But * who be their iudges? The Pope or the generall coun∣cell? Whether soeuer of these be, nether is irrefragable. For both haue bene controlled and found fault withall, as I haue shewed before, and they them selues are toge∣ther by the eares, whether of these is irrefragable, be∣cause the councell hath deposed the Pope, & the Pope hath not obeyed the councell, as it is manifest betwene Eugenius the 4. and the councell of Basil. How infalli∣ble the churches iudgement is and alwayes hath bene, it serueth not the Romish synagogue, vntill she proue her doctrine to be agreable to the Scriptures, which seeing she neither can doe, nor dare abyde the triall of them, she sheweth plainly, that she is not the church of Christ. As for the auctoritie of synodes such as that of the Apostles was, which determined the controuersy Page  84 by auctority of the holy Scriptures, Protestāts do gladly acknowledge, how necessary it is for the church to de∣cide controuersies and do willingly submit them selues thereto. The subiection of Papists to their indges, doth no more proue their religion to be true, then the obe∣dience of the Mahometistes to their superiors, both in cases of religion, and of the common wealth, doth iusti∣fie their sect to be the religion of God. What Trinitaries & other sectaries be in Polonia, or elswhere, that wil not submit themselues to any auctority, as they are no parte of our church, so we haue no cause to excuse or defende them. In the demaunde, Bristow complaineth of an vn∣learned Christian, which hath bene suffered to write a vaine libell against the auctority of the church of God, which is a vaine lye, for there is no true Christian lear∣ned or vnlearned, which will hold against the church of God, so lōg as she is directed by the word of God, as the true church is in all matters necessarie vnto saluation. But perhaps the vnlearned Christian hath challenged the church of Rome to approue her doctrine by aucto∣rity of Gods word. Which because the Papists dare not attēpt, Bristow requireth I can not tel what approbation & priuiledge of the sayd libell, to shew a bad shift better then none at all, why they wil not answere it. For Popish libells that are but cast abroad in writing, we require no approbation nor priuiledge, & dare not the Papists con∣fute a printed libell before it haue approbation & priui∣ledge?