The way to the true church wherein the principall motiues perswading according to Romanisme and questions touching the nature and authoritie of the church and scriptures, are familiarly disputed, and driuen to their issues, where, this day they sticke betweene the Papists and vs: contriued into an answer to a popish discourse concerning the rule of faith and the marks of the church. And published to admonish such as decline to papistrie of the weake and vncertaine grounds, whereupon they haue ventured their soules. Directed to all that seeke for resolution: and especially to his louing countrimen of Lancashire. By Iohn White minister of Gods word at Eccles. For the finding out of the matter and questions handled, there are three tables: two in the beginning, and one in the end of the booke.
White, John, 1570-1615.
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A Table of the seuerall matters and questions handled and disputed in this Booke. The first number signifieth the Section, noted with this marke. §. The other, following the first, signifieth the numbers of that Section. VVhere the number is but one, there the whole Section is meant.

  • THe true faith is absolutely necessarie to saluation. 1. 1.
  • No part of our faith stands vpon tradition. 1. 2.
  • Infolded faith is not sufficient without knowledge. 2. 1. 7.
  • There is a Rule whereby the true faith may be knowne. 3. 1.
  • This Rule is not visible and knowne to all men without exception. 3. 2.
  • The properties belonging to the rule of faith. 4.
  • The Scriptures translated into English are the rule of faith, and how. 5.
  • The true reason why Papists deny the Scriptures to be the rule. 5. 7. 8.
  • The Scripture ought to be translated into the mother tongue, that the people may reade it. 5. 9.
  • Touching the certaintie and truth of our translations, and how we know it. 6.
  • The last resolution of our faith is into the authoritie of the Scripture. 6. 9. 10.
  • Our English translation is purer then that which the Papists vse. 6. 11.
  • The obscuritie of the Scripture disableth it not from being the rule. 7. 1.
  • All matters needfull are plainly laid downe in the Scripture. 7. 3.
  • Why the Papists pretend the obscuritie of the Scripture. 7. 7.
  • Whence it is that the Scripture is obscure. 8. 1.
  • The Scripture is vnderstood by it selfe, and how. 8. 1, 2, 3.
  • How we are assured of the true sence of the Scripture, which is it among ma∣ny sences 8. 7, 8.
  • The true cause why men erre in expounding the Scripture. 8. 13.
  • Our faith is built on the Scripture, not on the Church. 8. 17.
  • The Scripture is perfect, containing all things. 9.
  • How I know this Scripture to be the very word of God. 9. 5.
  • All things needfull are fully comprehended in the Scripture. 9. 9.
  • The Papists hold that the sence of the Scripture varieth with the time. 9. 11.
  • Againe touching the errors of men in expounding the Scripture. 10.
  • The place of 2. Tim. 3.16. proueth the all-sufficiencie of the Scripture. 11.
  • How priuat men & priuat cōpanies may see the truth against a multitude. 12.
  • By the Church the Papists meane nothing but the Pope. 13. 2.
  • Whether, and how the Church of God may erre. 14.
  • 1. Tim. 3.15. expounded, how the Church is the pillar of truth. 15.
  • The Protestants do not say yt ye true Church at any time failed & was not. 17. 1.
  • The state of the question touching the visiblenesse of the Church. 17. 2.
  • The Protestants say no more touching the inuisiblenesse of the Church, then the Papists themselues in effect do. 17. 3.
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  • The arguments are answered whereby the Church is proued to be alway visible. 18. & inde.
  • The true faith is a sufficient marke of the Church. 24. 2.
  • The arguments against this are answered. 26. to 31.
  • 1. Ioh. 4.1. proueth that it is lawfull to examine the teaching of the Church. 31.
  • One, Holy, Catholicke, and Apostolicke, are not the marks of the Church. 32.
  • What the vnitie of the Church properly is. 33. 1.
  • The Protestant Churches want not true vnitie. 33. 2.
  • Gods true Church in all ages hath had some contentions. 33. 4. & inde.
  • The Protestant Churches haue the true meanes of vnitie. 34. 1.
  • What kind of vnitie the Papists haue. 34. 1. 2.
  • The Church of Rome vseth the Scriptures most despitefully fiue wayes. 35. 3.
  • The present Roman Church is departed frō the ancient primitiue faith. 35. 9.
  • The Church of Rome wanteth vnitie, and liueth in manifest contention, de∣monstrated. 35. 16.
  • The Popes authority was not receiued of old as the foundation of vnity. 36. 2.
  • The very Papists themselues do not yeeld to the Popes determinations. 36. 5.
  • The Popes supremacie is no sufficient meanes to preserue vnitie. 36. 10.
  • The places of Mat. 16.18. Luk. 22.32. Ioh. 21.15 handled at large, & shewed to make nothing toward the Popes authoritie ouer the Church. 36. 11. & inde.
  • The Primitiue Church acknowledged not the Popes supremacy: foure expe∣riences. 36. 26.
  • The Pope may erre, euen iudicially, and be an hereticke. 36. 32.
  • It is vnpossible to proue that the hope is S. Peters true successor. 36. 36.
  • No certainty among the Papists how the Popes supremacy is proued. 36. 39.
  • A place of Cyprian alledged for the supremacie, answered. 37. 1, 2.
  • The Protestants Church is truly holy, and how. 38. 1.
  • Certaine words of M. Luther expounded. 38. 2.
  • Outward holinesse no proper and essentiall marke of the Church. 38. 3.
  • The vnholines & wickednes of the Roman Church demōstrated. 38. 4. & inde.
  • What Saints the Protestants haue in their Church. 39. 1.
  • Canonization of Saints by the Pope, a ridiculous conceit. 39. 2. 3.
  • The doctrine of the Protestants induceth not to libertie. 40. 1. & inde.
  • Fasting how the Protestants, and how the Papists vse it. 40. 2.
  • Auricular confession or shrift, iustly reiected. 40. 6.
  • Necessitie of good workes taught and defended by the Protestants. 40. 11.
  • Touching the merit of workes. 40. 12.
  • Touching mans power in keeping the commandements. 40. 18.
  • Whether all the good workes we do be sinne. 40. 22.
  • The distinction of sinne into mortall and veniall. 40. 26.
  • Satisfaction how taught by the Protestants, and how by the Papists. 40. 28.
  • A short view of long Pardons. 40. 35.
  • The doctrine of Iustification by Faith only, expounded and defended. 40. 37.
  • Predestination how holden by the Protestants. 40. 43.
  • What is the roote of Contingencie. 40. 44.
  • Freewill and Gods decree, how reconciled together. 40. 45.
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  • Touching Freewil, and the determination threof by Gods prouidence. 40. 46
  • Predestination not for works foreseene 40. 49.
  • God is not the author of sinne. The Papists in this point go as far as the Pro∣testants. 40. 50.
  • Againe touching Freewil, at large shewing all the questions in that point. 40. 52. & inde.
  • Wherein true holinesse standeth. 41. 1.
  • How good works become an infallible signe of true holinesse. 41.
  • Touching the certaintie of grace and saluation, the point explicated. 41. 5.
  • The miracles of the ancient Church do the Papists at this day no good. 42. 1.
  • The ancient Monks were not like the moderne. 42. 3.
  • Touching miracles, obiected by the Papists, an answer. 42. 4. & inde.
  • Incredible miracles and ridiculous reported 42. 8.
  • The abuses of Monks and Monasteries detected. 42. 10.
  • A proofe that the Protestants doctrine excludeth libertie of the flesh. 43. 2.
  • The Roman doctrine is an occasion of their sinfull liues. 43. 3.
  • Some points of Papistry named that inuite men to libertie. 43. 5. & inde.
  • The Roman faith a meere deuice inuented to maintaine ambition and coue∣tousnesse. 43. 7.
  • The vniuersalitie of the Protestants Church is shewed and expounded. 44. 1. & inde.
  • Touching the ancient Fathers, their authoritie and vsage with vs and the Pa∣pists compared. 44. 4. & inde.
  • Who are Fathers with the Papists, and who All the Fathers. 44. 9.
  • The Pope vshers the Fathers. 44. 11.
  • The Papists are notorious for contemning all the ancient writers: exempli∣fied. 44. 12. & inde.
  • The Protestants answer to them, that bid them shew their Church in all ages. 45. 1. & inde.
  • The Papists haue not the Church Catholicke either in time or place. 46.
  • The Romane Church hath forsaken her ancient faith. 47. & inde.
  • Transubstantiation a late deuice. 47. 8. 9.
  • The present Romane Church hath conuerted no countries to the true faith. 48. 1. & inde.
  • The Indies knew the true faith afore the Papists came there. 48. 3.
  • Touching the conuersion of England by Austin the Monke. 49.
  • How the Roman Church hath conuerted the Indies. Spanish massacres. 49. 5. & inde.
  • The question, When did the faith faile in the Roman Church, answered and disputed. 50. 4. & inde.
  • The time & maner of the coming in of some points in Papistry. 50. 8. & inde.
  • The resistance made in former times against the Papacy, with a catalogue. 50 18. & inde.
  • An answer to some things obiected against the former catalogue. 50. 40.
  • Papistry came in secretly, and by little and little, expounded. 51. 2. 3.
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  • Images notoriously resisted when they came in. 51. 5.
  • The Papists worship stocks and stones as well as the Gentiles. 51. 6. & inde.
  • Touching adoration of the Sacrament. 51. 9.
  • The maner of Christs presence in ye Sacrament explicated, as we hold it 51. 10.
  • The Papists haue written most spitefully against the honour of the blessed Sacrament. 51. 11.
  • Succession is in our Church, and of what kind it is. 52. 1.
  • The callings of Luther and our Bishops iustified and declared. 52. 5.
  • The Fathers commending the succession of the Roman church in their time, doth not helpe it now. 53.
  • The places produced out of them are answered. 53. 5.
  • Ephes. 4.11. alledged to proue outward succession, answered. 54. 2. 3.
  • Externall succession of persons in one place, is neither onely in the Romane Church, nor there at all. 55. 2.
  • Seuen things obiected against the succession of Popes, to shew it hath bene grosly interrupted. 55. 4. & inde.
  • Touching the credit of Anastasius booke of the Popes liues. 55. 7.
  • It is not knowne who succeeded Peter. 55. 5.
  • The sea of Rome hath bene long voide. 55. 6.
  • A woman was Pope. 55. 7.
  • Hereticks haue bene Popes, and intruders, and boyes. 55. 8. 9.
  • Popes haue bin made, and cast out again at the willl of famous whores. 55. 9.
  • Popes for wickednesse more then monstrous. 55. 9.
  • Many Popes at one time, and the right Pope not knowne. 55. 10.
  • The Fathers commendation of the Romane Church expounded. 56.
  • Imputations layd vpon the Protestants, as if they had forsaken the Church, an∣swered. 57. 1, 2.
  • Luther defended touching his departure from the Pope: his writings, his life, his mariage, and his death. 57. 3. & inde.
  • Monsters of lies deuised against Luther. 57. 7.
  • Luther an honester man then any Pope in his time and many more. 57. 9.
  • Againe, the calling of our Ministers is defended. 58.
  • Touching the power of a Priest in remitting sinne, and the sacrament of Pe∣nance. 58. 4. & inde.
  • Miracles not concurring with all extraordinary calling. 59. 1.
  • Extraordinary callings distinguished. 59. 2.
  • Luther needed no miracles, and why. 59. 3.
  • All men haue not bene in loue with Papistry. 60.
  • The obiection that Luther made to himselfe when he departed from the Pope. 61. 1.
  • The Protestants haue not forsaken the high-beaten-way of the Catholicke Church. 61. 2.
  • Touching the saluation of our ancestors vnder the Papacie. 61. 4.
  • The Scriptuies are surer tokens of the truth then the Popish miracles. 62.
  • A briefe exhortation of the Author to his countrimen. 63.