A discourse of the abuses novv in question in the churches of Christ of their creeping in, growing vp, and flowrishing in the Babilonish Church of Rome, how they are spoken against not only by the scriptures, but also by the ancient fathers as long as there remayned any face of a true Church maintained by publique authority, and likewise by the lights of the Gospell, and blessed martyrs of late in the middest of the antichristian darknes. By Thomas Whetenhall Esquier.
Whetenhall, Thomas.

A TABLE OF THE PRINCIPALL MAT∣ters contained in this Discourse.

  • False Accusations against the seekers of Reformation. 166:
  • The Apparel of Ministers did not differ from the apparell of other men. pag 70, 129, 130, 164, Nei∣ther ought it to differ 163, 164, 170, 171, 175, 176,
  • Audianus was no Herjtike, though his successors were, pag, 6
    B
  • The ordinary name of Bishop is common to all Ministers in the New Testament, pag, 13. 14. 15, 16,
  • Bishops chosen in and proceeding from the Court are the cause of al corruption, pag, 123.
  • Ordinatiō made by a Lord Bishop is void, pag, 127, 128, 131 132
  • The like Excommunication is no better pag 77. 78:
    C
  • The Ceremonies in question are vn∣lawfull for vs, pag, 85. 86. 87. 98, 113. 114. 149. 150. 172. 173,
  • When, & how Ceremonies of mans invention were first brought into Gods worship, pag 33,
  • Civill rule in pastors is vnlawfull and contrary to Gods word in the Page  [unnumbered] New Testament, pag 58 90 91 92. 95. 96. 97. 98: 107. 108. 110. 122. 125. 126. 136. 137 143: 151 152. 159. 161. 174. 175. 180.
  • Corruption in the Churches tooke place immediately after the Apos¦tles pag 4
  • The time of the highest Ecclesiasti¦call corruption & tyranny, p. 56. 57
  • What a visible Church is, pag 76. 77. 140. 141. 142.
  • Churches are all equall in power, & jurisdiction, & spirituall rights, pag 2. 3.
  • One Pastor cannot be but to one Church. See Pluralities. Church go¦vernment belongeth wholly and only to each Church: By no meāes to any one man either within or without the same: pag 70, 89, 124
  • The Churches government ought to depend only on Gods word. pag 69, 99, 108, 109.
  • The signe of the Crosse. pag 130.
  • Custom without Gods word is per¦nicious, pag 106.
    D
  • Discipline in our Churches is ne∣cessarie to be restored. p. 108. 109
  • The folly of them who now think orherwise, pag 80. 81, 87: 88. 90.
  • It is necessarie to salvation. ibidē
    E
  • False Ecclesiastikes pag 92.
  • An Eldership pag 94, 95, 97. 118. 124, 130: 131.
  • Election of Ministers ought to be by that Churches free consent to which they belong, pag 71. 72: 73. 74. 75. 98. 107, 108, 109, 118. 123. 127, 128, 131, 132, 138, 173.
  • Election of Ministers by the free liking of every Church is a thing easy and no way inconuenient in a civill Monarchie p. 74. 94. 100.
  • Excommunication is in each Chur∣ches power (& in none other) tou¦ching any member therein. pa. 77, 78, 89, 90: 94, 128, 130. 150, 151
  • Church Government, see before in Church, and Discipline.
    I
  • Questions to the Infants in their Baptizing, are vaine: pa, 101: 102 130.
    K
  • Kneeling in receaving the Commu∣nion ought to be reformed, pag 149: 150.
    M
  • Maintenance ought to be reasona∣ble and liberall for a Minister. Yet not superfluous. 21 &c. 42, 54, 59 117, 121, 122, 133: 135: 143 178.
  • VVhat a reasonable Maintenance may be: pag 21: 132: 135:
  • Ministers of mans Institution are unlawfull: pag 61, 62, 94, 98, 99.
  • Mingling of mens inventions in Gods worship is very pernitious, pag 103. 104, 105, 106, 111: 113: 114, 120, 124, 125, 129, 147, 148: 150, 167, 168, 175, 184, 187: 188. 189.
    O
  • The Oath ex Officio vnjust and ty∣rannous. pag 138 139. 140.
    P
  • The name Papa Pope was aunci∣ently common to all Bishops, pag 17, 18. 19.
  • Pastors are all equall pag 109, 112. see Superioritie in Pastors. & Chur¦ches are all equall.
  • Ignorant Pastors, and bare Substi∣tutes a deadly evill. pa. 92. 93. 118 138, 145, 152, 169. 170.
  • Paulus Samosatenus a stately Pre∣lat, like those of our times. pa. 7. 8
  • The first beginning of true refor∣mation ought to be in reforming the Prelats, pag 83, 137, 152.
  • No amendment to be expected from the Prelats, pag 82,
  • Pluralities damnable. pa 123. 129. 138, 152. 156, 157, 160. 168. 169 172.
  • Pompe and riches in the Cleargie is cause of corruption and error in all pag 62. 151. 175. 176.
  • A Prayer for the King and State. pag 191, 192.
  • Good Christians fasly called Pu∣ritanes, 166, 167,
    R
  • No man ought to forbid Reforma∣tion in any Church state after the Originall orders in Gods word. pag 112. 116, 117. 181. 183. 184
  • Excuses against Reformation were the same heeretofore, which are nowe. But still most vaine, pag 81. 143. 144. 159, 160, 185, 186, 188, 189,
  • Reformation when it began pag 57. which hitherto hath stil proceeded but by certaine degrees, & so shall till the full co uming of Antichrist.
  • Open Reprehension of our pre∣sent Church Corruptions at this time is necessary in every faithfull Minister. pag 79.
  • A Representatiue Church no where found in the New Testament, pa. 76.
    S
  • Superioritie unlawull in Pastors: and Lordship is tyranny. Either is simplie unlawfull. pag 13. 14. 15. 16. 40. 50. 58, 68, 69, 75, 76, 94. 96. 98, 100. 101, 109, 112. 118, 120, 135 137, 138, 142, 145, 146, 151, 159. 161. 162, 172 173. 176, 177, 178, 179, 190. 193.
  • The Surplice, pag 158: 154: 155: 162: 163, 164, 171, 184,
    T
  • Ecclesiasticall Traditions unwrit∣ten are unlawfull and contrary to Gods word, both Ministeries, and Ceremonyes, &c. pag, 66, 67, 70. 75. 111: 112. 113. 114. 115, 120, 124. 125: 126. 128: 129: 130. 133, 134. 147, 148, 149, 152, 157. 158. 165, 167, 168, 175
    V
  • Vnproper termes very dangerous, and cause of error in doctrine. pag 9, 11, 13, 14. 15. 16.
    Page  [unnumbered] Refer these 2. points following to the letter. I. before placed.
  • The fashions of Idolaters (being of themselues things unnecessary) ought to be abolished in the exer∣cise of true religion. pag 162. 163 164. 165.
  • Images of mans devise in religi∣ous use are simplie unlawfull: and yet no more unlawfull then Cere∣monyes of like institution in the like use. 186. 187.