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 34. motiue is the 23. demaund.

Heretikes are apes of the Catholikes. The Churches lear∣ning * and wisedom. The Communion booke an apish imitation of our Masse booke.

The maner of Apes is to counterfeit and follow vi∣sible * actions, without any meaning or profit. Such imita∣tion haue we none, but the apish Church of Rome, is ful of such following of the gestures of Christ, in their masse and other ceremonies. Yea they counterfeit the voice of Pilate & Iudas in reading the gospel on Palme Sonday. They play the apes of the Primitiue Church, in coniuring the deuil in baptisme. Yea they be the apes of Aaron & the leuitical Priestes, in their robes, sensing, & sacrificing. The very Pagans they follow in ceremonies & festiuities, as their owne Durand confesseth. In whose Rationale diuinorum, you may see the learning & wisdom Page  98 of the popish Church, for all their mischieuous myste∣ries.

As for vs, we imitate nothing that they doe, to get commendation by similitude of their doings, but rather we abhorre whatsoeuer hath but a shew of popery, if we vse any thing rightly, which is abused of them, we are not therefore apes of them, but they apes of the aunci∣ent fathers, whose doctrine we doe truely follow, as they vainely imitate and in imitation falsely peruert their examples. That the communion booke is an apish imi∣tation of the masse booke, is a most shamelesse lye. For what similitude hath our ministration of the communi∣on, with their masse, any more, then our doctrine with theirs? If any thinge in ceremonies or discipline haue bene tollerated not altogether purged from all simili∣tude of popish actions, by yelding vnto the infirmitie of the weaker sort: yet is the Church of God perfect in her selfe, and needeth not to borrow of any secte any thing, for her perfect furniture in doctrine, ceremonies, or dis∣cipline, but hath absolute rules to direct her in any of these expressed in the holy Scriptures.

For the diuision of parishes, the holding of Coun∣cells, excommunication, suspension, publike solemnising of mariage with the lawes of the same, punishing of heretikes by, death, &c. are all manifestly proued out of the Scriptures. Probat of testaments and such like matters pertayne to the ciuill lawe. And whereas Bri∣stow sayth, we could not tell that we shoulde vse bap∣tisinge of men, more then washinge of feete, or this lesse then that, or one to be a sacrament and not the other, except we had bene taught by the popishe Churche, it is a greate falshoode. For althoughe we might alleage the iudgement of the moste auncient Churche of Christ, which did not accept that action of Christ as a sacraments yet the wordes of our Sauiour Christ are manifest, which doth not institute a sacramēt or visible signe of the inuisible grace of God giuen vnto vs, but onely giueth vs an example thereby of seruice Page  99 able humilitie one to an other. Ioan. 13. 12. Wherefore no more in this then in any other matter doe we take any light, out of the bookes and doings of those owles, that flye in the darkenes of mens traditions, but onely out of the lawe of God which is a light vnto our steps, and a lanterne vnto our feete, that we neede not like apes counterfeit externall toyes as they doe, but be∣ing followers of God as wellbeloued children, we may walke in loue as Christ hath loued vs, and so fare to followe the steppes of other men, as we see plainly that they haue followed Christ.