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 40. motiue hath no speciall demand aunsvvering to it.*

Obedient subiects. In what Church is Christianitie of all lawes which was Sainct Augustines Motiue. Obedience of the Catholikes to their superiours bothe ecclesiastieall and temporall Protestantes be malignours of higher powers. *

If this Motiue had beene sette foorth before the Rebellion in the North, or if so many trayterouse practises from Rome hadd not beene openly discoue∣red Page  169 peraduenture Bristowe might haue moued some mountaines by it.

But nowe Quis tulerit Gracchum de seditioue loquen∣tm? Who canne abide the Papistes to bragge of O∣bedience? Yet both the ciuill Lawe and the common Lawe of Englande are made to serue popishe Religi∣on, if wee will beleeue Bristowe. God bee thanked they bothe serue the Church of God not onely in Englande, but in all other Realmes and states that haue embraced the Gospell, the ciuill and municipall Lawes, without any alteration of the state, saue for the aduancement of Gods glory.

But Protestants hee sayth, bee Maligners of the higher powers, such as Sainct Iude calleth contem∣ners of Lordeshippe, and blasphemers of Maiestie. Or else the Papistes be such in that blasphemouse Bull, for which Felton was hanged, in which are so vile op∣probrious and contumelious slanders of our Prince, that for her honour and my dueties sake, I will not vouchsafe to name them.

Hee obiecteth vnto vs Knoxes Booke against the regement of women, which was but his priuate opi∣nion and condemned of all our Church, and of the Churche of Geneua also. Hee obiecteth the ciuill warres in Fraunce, in which the Kinges themselues haue alwayes in publique instrumentes discharged the Protestants of all disloyaltie, and acknowledged that whatsoeuer they did in taking Armes, they did it in the seruice of them and of their Realme. As for the murdering of great Personages, Wasting of Cities and Countries &c. the worlde knoweth whether par∣tie is chargeable with the crime. And to seeke no far∣ther proues of the trayterous and disobedient heartes of all wicked and pernitiouse Papistes, Bristow him selfe confesseth in this motiue, that they be duely dis∣charged from subiection and the Prince from dominion by the soueraigne authoritie of the common Paster of Reli∣gion.

Page  112 But where in the Deuils name, hath your soue∣raigne Pastor and Prelate of Rome, such authoritie? From Peter? Did Peter discharge the subiectes of Ne∣ro from subiection, or Nero from his gouernment, al∣though he were a moste wicked persecutor of the Church, or rather doth he not commaund all persons to obey him. 1. Pet, 2. 14. & 17. O trayterous hypocrites, which haue made all whole, whē you pray for the Prin∣ces conuersion, so deposed by your Pope. The Lord our God defende our soueraigne, as well from your pray∣ers as from your practises. Another argument of your obedience, you shew, where you saye, that of Catholikes, throughly discharged of their fealtic, yet for common humani∣tie, for their accustomed vse, for their cōtinuall & (as it were) naturall institution, the prince is better obeyed and scrued, then of the Protestants, which in heart are in a manner all Puritants. Note heere that Papists professe them selues to be subiects of curtesie, not of dutie, of custome, not of conscience, of naturall institution, not of the lawe of God. Our Lord and sauiour send her maiestie few such subiects and seruants.