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 42. motiue is parte of the 47. demaund.

The Parliament Church and Religion. Sainct Peter ex∣cluded * out of Englande by Parliament. Yea Christe, Pe∣ter and Paule and other Apostles excluded out of Englande by Parliament. The Apostles were of our Religion. Howe Sainct Augustine should be vsed in England by the Parlia∣ment lawe if he were there liuing. Of what Religion and authoritie the Fathers are. Succession. Protestants contrary to them salues.

Wee must consider (sayth Bristowe) what Church * that is, where Lawes be made to charge Peter if hee were liuing, to giue vppe his commission receiued of Christ, and to take another of the Kinge or Queene, and to charge him and his fellowe Apostles to leaue the true seruice which they had receiued, and to mi∣nister after an other sorte, as the Paliament lawe pre∣scribeth.

To this I aunswere, we will bee tryed by the wri∣tinges of Peter and his fellow Apostles, that the Par∣liament lawe for Religion and seruice of God, concer∣nig the substance thereof vrgeth not Peter to chaunge his commission, nor to vse any other seruice then they them selues haue taught vs to vse. If Augustine were aliue and in Englande, hee was a man of such mode∣stie and loue of the trueth, that seeing the same plain∣ly reuealed out of the holy Scriptures, hee woulde re∣tracte Page  115 his errour of Prayer for the deade, as when hee lyued hee retracted and sette foorth manye thinges, wherein he founde that he hadde erred. As for the fine of an hundred Markes, he woulde not haue lefte nor beene depriued of his Byshoprike and imprysoned for saying of the popishe Masse, for hee neuer sayde any in his life, but was an vtter enemye to the chiefe poyntes thereof, allowing nothing ther∣of but prayer for the deade at the celebration of the Lords supper.

And for as our Sauiour Iesus Christ, the King of all Kinges and Lorde of all Lordes, and the onely ruler of Heauen and earth, doe you thinke that hee wyll not complaine that hee onely by Parliament lawe is ac∣knoweledged to bee the heade of his vniuersall Church, and so continually present therewith by his holy spirit, that he neede no viear generall of a mor∣tall manne, which canne occupye but one place, al∣though he were neuer so diligent and painfull to dis∣charge his dutie in that behalfe.

For his diuine and spirituall authoritie, is not ex∣cluded vnder the name of forraine power, as Bristowe not more slaunderously then ridiculously affirmeth. Yet hee pleaseth him selfe so much in so greate folly and madnesse, that hee sayth, Christe coulde not clayme to be heade of his Church, excepte he should clayme to be the naturall Kinge of Englande, and to haue sayde vnto Pylate, My kingdome is of this world and thy maister Caesar doth me wronge. As though the King of Englande, by title of his royall power, clayming to be the chiefe Seruaunte or deputie of Christe, in gouerning his Churche according to his worde, did exclude the soueraignitie of Christe which he hath ouer his Church and elect, wheresoeuer they are vpon the face of the earth.

But the Protestantes (sayth Bristowe) are contrary to them selues while they say that our Prince is Kinge of France aswel as of England and Ireland & yet say not that hePage  116is hede of the Church of Fraunce, but onely of the Church of England and Irelande. And is Bristowe such a pro∣found Logitian that he cannot distinguishe a Kinge in right onely, from a King in actuall gouerment. If our Prince had as good possession of the gonernmente of Fraunce, as hee hath title of right to haue it, hee shall be gouernour of the Church of Fraunce, as well as of the Church of Englande and Ireland. That hee sayth we haue beene from hence at the Apostles go∣ing so long a iorney without any footing, in the way, it is a foolish cauel for wee haue often shewed succes∣sion of doctune, euen from the Apostles from whome it is receiued.