SATISFACTION For all such as oppose REFORMATION, In a Confutation of twelve Practices of Pope∣ry, proved to be condemned by Christ and his Apostles.
With an Answer also made to Mr: Oddy's Ob∣jections which he wrote against the Covenant.
To which is also is added a true character of the CONENANT.
Written by W. Kaye Minister of Gods Word at Stokesley.
God shall send them strong delusions that they shall beleeve a lye.
2 Thes. 2.11, 12.
Ecclesiae nomine Armamim, et contra Ecclesiam Dimicatis.
Leo. epist. 38. ad Palist.
Printed at Yorke by Tho Broaed, and to be sold, by Nathanniel Bro•kes in London, at the Angell in Cornhil. 1647.
The Epistle Dedicatory.
To all Reformed Protestants faithfully united in the solemne League or Nationall Covenant.
IF Saint Lukes example in presenting his Gospell to excellent Theo∣philus, become a president for others to imitate; Then could I never (being provoked to write) have made such a choyce, as through the union of one Covenant, to implore the patronage of the supreme Judicato•ies, or Courts of Parliaments in England and Scot∣land, resplendent for Noblemen, Magistrates and Gentry, by whose wise Councels, faithfull renowned men for Pie•ie and Valour, fight the Battails of the Lord for the settlement of Peace, while the reverend Assembly study to finde out the Truth, &c. both which to see united as to kisse each other. The faithfull Commons ingaged in the same Covenant, make themselves upon all occasione a plentifull Magazen, that, according to the Covenant, they might see an union of King and Parliament in the Reformation of Church and State. To all you therefore from the highest to the lowest within the three Dominions of England, Scotland and Ireland, and to whomsoever the Covenant hath been tendred, to you I most humbly Dedicate these my poore Labours, which in both respects I was necessitated to publish, which I desire may as much paliate my presumption, as remonstrate my affection, which is all I can shew: and to that the least of you hath such an interest, and in conscience you are reciprocally engaged, that I have sworne to sacrifice my life, which were it never so precious, I would contemne, with faithfulnesse to performe that great duty which is taught,*To * lay down our lives for our Brethren.
Let me therefore as one of Gods watchmen presume to beg this fa∣vour Page 2of you, to observe Gods going in and out among us; how before the Covenant was made we were in a low condition, as from the bur∣then of my soule I had often declared to fall out, and yet that in the lowest condition, if we truely covenanted with God, we should be ad∣vanced, and so continue in prosperity, except we turned our backes on the Covenant: and that it was thus with us, I desire to present unto you such Verses which were given me from the hand of a most worthy eminent Gentleman for gifts and pietie, which himself composed up∣on our great victory at Marston-moore.
Therefore now let us not forget that wee never prospered till wee made a Covenant; It was our Asylum when most of the Kingdome was lost and our strong holds were taken, it was our Treasure when money could hardly be procured, and it hath proved the best meanes to seek reconciliation (through Christ) with God, so justly provoked for our long continuing in unthankfulnesse, unfruitfulnesse, Supersti∣tion, spirituall deadnesse and abominations, and especially in the to∣lerating of Popery, &c. Can we then forget or neglect to see this Co∣venant (the meanes of procuring Gods favour) not above all things tendered & carefully observed; shall the fervour of our zeale be cooled by the opposition of scruples, and nice and causelesse pretences, sug∣gested by knowne enemies or pretended friends? let me tell you both Page 3of them have one and the same end, to take away our garments from us, drive us from our strongest Bulwarke, rob us of our richest trea∣sure, and pull downe the foundation of that building, that by the fall thereof they might see at least the ruine of three Kingdoms. It be∣hooves us therefore above all things to be carefull that those that have put their hands to the Plough looke not backe: In the name there∣fore of the high and mighty God, let us in all faith and sincerity kee• our vowes, unto whom we have holden up our hands and solemnely sworne in these very words,
In the blessed Ʋnion, Association
Most faithfull Servant, Friend or Bro∣ther,
to love and honour you,
A plaine Confutation of twelve Antichristian practices of Popery, discovered and also utely condemited by the very words of Christ himselfe, and his holy Apostles.
*THe first Popish practice, is, To make Images or Pictures for a religions use, as instruments or means whereby to worship God or his Saints.
That God condemnes such heathenish Idolatry, to worship God by the likenesse of any thing in heaven above, or in the earth beneath, * Christ himselfe plainly teacheth us the contrary,* saying, God is a Spirit, and they that will worship him, must worship him in truth and in sp•rit. Whereby the use of all pictures, as instruments to worship God by, are absolutely condemned: the booke of conscience and the spirit of prayer stirring up the soule to reverence or filiall feare of the divine Majesty, feele of our owne wants, and a holy thirst to him, all supplied through Christs merits and mediation, is all the pictures or chiefest helps that we must looke for. And that there is no Religious use of Images, but on the contrary, that they are absolutely condem∣ned, its written * Neither shalt thou set up any Image which the Lord thy God hateth;* that therefore which the Papists superstitiously dote upon, that the Lord hateth as a sin most derogatory to the glory of God. which God saith, he will not give unto any other; and therefore doth spiritually * judge Idolaters as he hath declared out of his holy word,* whereby also he commandeth not to suffer an * Idolater to live in the world, and hath also determined damnation for Idolaters that repent not in this world; which sin, neither Jew nor Turk dare presume to commit, and yet the Papists never make question, for to make way for their Idolatry, to put out the second Commandement, whereby all the curses in the Scripture are pronounced against them; and indeed if this sin should be tollerated even in Papists, as it was smoothly practised by our late Innovatours in their bowing at the Altar, wee can expect no blessing to our Nation; therefore let all hearken to the Prophet * Sa∣muels good councell,* saying, If you will returne unto the Lord with all your bea•ts, then put away the strange gods, and Ashtereth from among you, and serve the Lord onely, and he will deliver you out of the hands of the Philist•ms. For I∣dolatry and Christianity cannot stand together, no more then the Ark Page 5and Dagon; if God be God, O ye Papists, worship him, as Christ com∣mandeth you, in truth and in spirit; throw away your pictures, stamp your images to powder, bewaile your former blindnesse, continue no longer in your Idolatry, for those of you which are ordained to salva∣tion will repent of Idolatry, and the rest will not, as Christ hath pro∣phesied, read Rev. 9.20. Neither be content ye that are more learned with a poore fantasticall* distinction, which is nothing but to reply against Gods Commandements, and to teach you to be Idolaters, for whom without repentance there is nothing (I must againe tell you) to be expected but the damnation of hell.
THe second p•actice of Popery, is,*The prohibiting the people to receive the S•crament in both kinds, dobarring them of the use of the Cup, where∣by th•y defend other absurdities, as also in corrupting the Sacrament of Baptism.
That the practices of Antichrist or the Romish Church, or Papists, are contrary to Christ and his blessed Apostles, I desire to shew that Christ himselfe commanded that all should drinke the cup in remem∣brance of him, so that Saint Paul (who saith that as hee received the Sacrament of the Lord, so he did administer) exhorteth the Corinthians in these words,*But let a man examine himselfe and so let him eat of that bread and drinke of that cup: therefore, as in all other respects, so especi∣ally in the use of the Sacraments, God is no respecter of persons, as the Papists would foolishly conceit, neither can one beleeve nor receive for another, as in most absurd private Masses, which is like their oath in Animam Domini, which the first glimmering of appearance of light of Reformation condemned, But he that eateth and drinketh unwor∣thily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himselfe: so that receiving the Sa∣crament concerns no man but himself, well therefore doth Gelatius call this taking of the Cup from the people, Sacriledge, which absurdly the Papists ind••vouring to prevent, or at least to paliate, they most blas∣phemously pretend the bloud to be in the bread, which as being shed for us the cup onely doth signifie: This makes good the prophesie of Saint * Paul, That God should send them strong delusions to beleeve alye,* and lying wonders, which while they would defend one they must invent another, whereby the proverb is fitly applyed against them in this re∣spect, Incidit in Syllam qui vult vitare Caribdim, and that we have good ground for it, this absurdity of the making Christ reall body, forceth them to confesse, and therefore they must content themselves to be∣leeve that if a crumbe of consecrated hoast should fall, and a Mouse should eat it, that the Mouse should eat the body of Christ; which blasphemy to defend or thinke of is insanire cum ratione, to be mad a∣gainst Page 6reason, which I finde them very little more reconciled in the right understanding of the Sacrament of Baptisme in their addition of salt, spittle, signing with the signe of the Crosse, tolerating women to baptize, which are not permitted to speake in the Church, and the like absurdities, which makes the pure ordinance of Baptisme to be defiled, running through such uncleane puddle of Traditions and Su∣pers•itions.
*THe third practice of Popery, is, To keep the consecrated H•ast upon the Altar, so as upon the apprchension of the extrincicall object, to fall downe and worship.
That this is repugnant to the Articles of our faith, [He sitteth at the right hand of God, and shall comeagain to judge the quick and the dead] nothing can be more evident:* or if the sacred Writ must (as I have underta∣ken to prove) determine it, then reade what is written in the * Acts in these words, And he shall send Jesus Christ which before was preached unto you, whom the heavens must receive untill the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his Prophets since the world began.
Like unto this blasphemy is their hereticall doctrine, that if there be a hundred or more consecrated wafers upon their Altars, there are so many severall bodies and soules, (according to the contents of the Chapter of Trent) contrary to the holy Scriptures, which say, This is my hody (not bodies) which is given for you.
*THe fouth practice of Popery, is, That besides Jesus Christ there are other Mediatours in Heaven, which intercede for them, and unto which they make prayers, or call upon.
That this horrible Antichristian heresie is most false, the holy Scripture the truth it selfe doth declare, as we may read in the Epistle * to Timothy in these words;*For there is one God and one Mediatour be∣twixt God and men, the man Christ Jesus: what Scripture can be more satisfactory in this point? yet such is the nature of cavill, that if it can not find a hole, it wil make one, and therefore the enemies of the Gospel making use either of wresting the Scriptures, or of destinction, to joyne Saints in commission with Christ; they are content to take from Christ his incommunicable prerogative, and give to Saints more then their due, distinguishing betweene mediation of salvation which they attri∣bute to Christ, and that of intercession which they attribute to the Saints, not to speak that this is only dist•ctio nominis, non rei, or rather a Tautologie: The lanterne to our feet and light unto our pathes will upon the first appearance dispell this mistie darknesse, for it is written Rom. 8.26. Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities, for we know not Page 7what we should pray for at we ought, but the Spirit (not Saints) maketh interces∣sion for us with groanings which cannot be uttered: and Verse 27. He •hat searcheth the heart, knoweth what is the minde of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for, the Saints decording to the will of God: So that we finde that there is made in∣tercession for the Saints, but not that the Saints doe, or can interced•, as I shall presently give a reason thereof. And that no Papists should be blin∣ded to think it a light matter how they stand right in this Article of Faith concerning Christs onely mediation, let them but search the Scripture, and they shall finde that the off•ce of Christs Mediation hath respect to our sal∣vation, as the Author to the Hebr•wes writeth in these words,*Wherefore he is also able to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he e∣ver liveth to make intercession for them: And therefore it is written,*Heb. 9.15. And for this cause he is the Mediatour of the New Testament, that by meanes of death for the redemption of the transgressions, they that are under the first Testament must receive the promise of eternall inheritance: Therefore to admit of a multitude of Mediatours as the Papists do, is a flat refusall of the meanes of salvation, which none but Christ hath perfected for us; for none can be a Mediatour but he which hath shed his bloud, and is able to save, & in one Hypostaticall union is both God and Man, whereby he is both capable to hear our prayers and mediate unto God the Father for us.* And that the Saints are not to be prayed unto, or called upon, Christ commandeth to the contrary, Call upon me in the time of trouble. As for Abraham and the Saints, they are ignorant of us, Esay, 63.16. and therefore it is foolish to pray to Saints.
THe fifth Popish practice, is, Praying in an unknowne tongue,*pattering over the Paternoster for the dead (as they usually tearm it) without Spirit or under∣standing, and yet putting out the th•rd part of the Lords Prayer, or Dox•logie.
To breake the first •incke of these concatenated errors that the rest may fall to the ground, let us but take the sword of the Spirit, which is The word of God,•nd, on may cut them all to pieces (Booke, Crosse and Deades) with one stroke that is given them, 1 Cor. 14. so that the Apostle saith verse 11. If I known•t the me•ning of the voyce,*I shall be unto him that speaketh a Bar∣barian, and he that speaketh shall be a Barbarian unto me: In the 15. ver. he saith Therefore, what 〈◊〉 it thou, I will pray with the Spirit and pray with understanding also: which in case any should neglect (as the Romish or Popish Church doth wi••ully) to observ• in such a case, the Apostle makes this instance, If therefore the whole Chu••• be came ••gether into s•m• place, and all speake with tongues, and •here •ome in th•se that •e unlear•ed or unbel•evers, will they not say, you are mad. The folly then of this unprofitable, unreasonable practice is fully in this place discovered, so that I would not have spoken of the pat∣tering over of the Lords Prayer without spirit or understanding, but in re∣gard in these late yeares the conclu•ion or third part of the Lords Prayer Page 8was with favour to the Romish Church Practice, left out in old Service-Bookes: and divers Ministers &c. Who though they contend to say the Lords Prayer, without spirit and understanding, yet with the Papists they will not say the conclusion of the Lords Prayer, because the Service-Booke put it out, which Bellarmine the Jesuite endeavours to justifie, and therefore is very well confuted by old Orthodoxall Doctor Gouge, in his Exposition of the Lords Prayer; which (as the receiving of the Lords Supper) is much abused by the Ignorant and unfaithfull.
THe sixth Popish practice, is, In presuming to offer up Christ as a sacrifice to God the Father in the horrible blasphemous Masse.
That they have no such commission granted them, Record doth plainly declare against this unparalleld, unheard of blasphemy, that the Creature should offer up the Creator: which would reduce Christ to a poore contem∣ptable condition, for every Priest that sacrificeth (and none can be Priests but he that sacrificeth, which continued in the time of the Law) should bee better then the sacrifice; and so the Creator should be inferiour to the crea∣ture: therefore the holy Record testifieth to the contrary, Heb. 9.26, 27, 28. saying,* That Christ was once, and can no more be offered; which mon∣strous opinion appeared so abominable to some exposed Jewes, that when they were told at their taking of Ship-board, that they might be entertai∣ned in England if they would turne Christians, (Popery then prevailing) they replyed, That they would never be of that Religion, for if they turned Heathens, then they should beleeve that Jup•ter is in Heaven, and as they were Jewes, they beleeved God to c•eate man; but if they should turn Pa∣pists, they must beleeve that the Priest could make his Creator, and to offer him up as a Sacrifice, which is against all reason, faith or example, ever since the world was created.
THe seventh Popish practice, is,*In a religious manner to keep Saints Dayes or Holy-dayes, which the Pope sets downe in the Churches Register.
That this Popish Decree is not warrantable, notwithstanding the faire pleasant pretences that are made to uphold it, search we the Canon of sa∣cred Writt, and then his Canonized Saint dayes will have but a short time of continuance, which doth decree to the contrary? Six dayes shalt thou labour Remember to keep holy the Sabbath, not Saint dayes, though the man of sinne which exalts himselfe above all that is called God, decrees to the contrary.
THe eighth Popish practice, is,*The prohibiting the use of marriage & meats. That this is Gods prerogative only to determine, of whom it is said, The earth is the Lords, who hath created all for his glory, He hath ordained to the contrary,* as it is written in the first Epistle * of Paul to Timothy, Now the spi∣rit speaketh expresly, that in the latter dayes some men shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing Spirits, and Doctrine of Divells, teaching lies in Hypocrifie, Page 9forbidding to marry: and commanding to abstaine from meat, which God hath crea∣ted to be received with thanksgiving of them that beleeve and know the truth. Where is there then any Doctor, Father, Counsell, &c. that when the Spirit spea∣keth expresly, can understand these words in any other sence? And yet it is well knowne that Papists glory in the breach of this of Gods decree, in decreeing to the contrary, though in respect of Ministers Marriage, the Word of God is most evident, so that the eldest son of Zachary the Priest which was John the Baptist, was ordained by God to be Priest, and under the Gospell, 1 Tim. 3. it is said, That a Minister should be the busband of one wife: And that the Deacon should be the husband of one wife, Ver. 12. their wives appointed to be grave, Ver. 11. Peter married, Philip married and had foure daughters, which liberty Paul claimed to be due unto him,* 1 Cor. 9.5. Why may not I lead about a sister, a wife; not so as the Fathers understand by Phil. 4.3 yoake fellow: help these women which laboured with me in the Gospell: whereby the Father understood, that Paul was married, though not when he wrote the Epistle to the Corinthians: but this I will not contend for, for there is no such need, when the Word of God shines as cleare as the light. Heb. 13.4. Marriage (without exception) is honourable amongst all, but Whore∣mongers and Adulterers God will judge; which his pretended Holinesse little re∣gardeth, dispensing with, & tollerating Stews in Rome for annuall pensions.
THe ninth Popish practice, is, Their pretending to Fast,*when they eate a white meale, if they onely abstaine from flesh.
That this observation of theirs is no fast but a meere abstinence, not to∣tall, but onely in part, the practice of Gods people under the* Law, and Christ and his Apostles under the Gospell plainly declares to the contrary;* Therefore Saint Luke speaking of Christs fasting, saith, That in those dayes he did eat nothing. As the King of the Ninivites commanded man and beast to abstaine from all meat: and if onely forbearing of flesh be judged fasting, then have the Heathens in the Indies this thousand yeares and more fasted, who voluntarily have refused the eating of flesh, fearing the transin∣gration of the soules of beasts, according to the Philosopher Pythagoras opi∣nion, As Mr. Lord in his relation of their Religion reporteth.
THe tenth Popish practice, is, In praying for the releasing of soules out of Purgatory.*
That this Heathenish dotage though most covetous plot, to release souls out of Purgatory, is altogether foolish, Christs tells onely of Hell which is prepared for the Divell and his Angells, from whence there is no returne, untill Hell shall give up her dead, that both body and soule at Christs se∣cond comming, might eternally suffer the Judgement of God; and that the soules of the righteous after death, are immediately received into Heaven; He declared that the faithfull Martyrs, glorious Saints, and spotlesse Virgins Page 10doe behold and follow the Lambe Jesus wheresoever he goeth, the promise of our Saviour to the thiefe, This night thou shalt be with me in Paradise. And the prayer of Saint Stephen at the giving up of his ghost,* * Lord Jesus receive my spirit, doth plainly declare without all contradiction, that as it is said in the Revelation Chap. 14. Blessed are the dead which dye in the Lord, •v•n so saith the spirit,*for they rest from their labours and their works follow them; which they should not doe if they went into the pretended Popish Purgatory, which none of Christs Apostles, but the Poet Virgil teacheth them.
THe eleventh Popish practice, is, In prohibiting Lay-men to reade the Scriptures.*
Of all that Papists pretend, there is the least to be said for this politicke Practice, like unto which is, that Ignorance is the mother of Devotion; yet neverthelesse they most carefully keepe the people from reading the Scriptures, because the word is the light that discovers their hidden dark∣nesse, and such an enemy unto them, that they would not have their poor deluded souls to be so reconciled to the word of God, as to lay down their conscience, will and affection to be ruled by God in his word, they know∣ing the decree of God, contradicts the Popish Decretals. To relate what may be here spoken, were to write a large Tractate, therefore I indeavou∣ring to be short in this particular, I doe declare that God commanded all Parents to teach their children,*Deut. 6.6. Deut. 17.19. Christ commandeth to search the Scriptures, John 5.39. Timothy knew the Scriptures of a childe, which are able to make men wise unto salvation, 2 Tim. 3.16. In a word, I am able to prove that in all ages the Fathers and Holy Men approved of the reading of the holy Scriptures; and therefore the great Counsell dee•ced (which I wish were now renewed,) that every Family should have a Bible; in which, if the Papists would be studious, and thus farre submit to God, as to beleeve and obey nothing but what they finde out of his Word, then would they (even as many as are ordained to salvation) as the sheepe of Christ, heare his voyce and come out of Babylon.
THe twelfth Popish practice, is, Their enjoyning and observation of Tra∣ditions.*
Which Traditions are so unwarrantable superstitions, or foolish, that to name them is enough to confute them, or if to adde all their absurdities were required, it would require more pains then I have time to recount them. As best knowne therefore for a taste of the Popish dainties, or set open the rich Cabinet of their admired Church treasure or ornaments; or in plaine truth to let their pack of trumpery be open: Not to speak of the multitude of Eopperies which they use in the Masse, for to relate them would be ve∣ry tedious, I will onely present to their view these ensuing Traditions, Ceremonies or superstitious Practices, as namely, use of Beads, Pictures, I∣mages, Page 11Agnus Dei, Reliques of Saints, Crosses, Ring in Marriage, Altars, Letanies, Hoods, Priest-stoole, Surplisses, Rood-staffe, Holy-water, Crisme, Consecrations, sticking up of Rountree on Saint Ellens Eve, Pi•gri∣mages, Praying for the Dead, Shrievings, Signing of themselves, bowing before Altars, putting out of the Cup in the Sacrament, putting out the se∣cond Commandement, third part of the Lords Prayer, observing Saints dayes, calling upon Saints, as Mediatours, sac•••cing of Christ in their Masse, prohibiting Marriages and Meats, which is the* Doctrine of Divells, and prohibiting the people to read the holy Scripture; all which they most carefully observe, like as the Pharisees observed their Traditions, wherefore the words of Christ fully condemnes them, which he* speaketh Mat. 15.9. In vaine do ye worship me, teaching for doctrines the Commandements of man, which who so doth, the Lord will proceed against them as he speaketh by the Pro∣phet*Esay, For whatsoever is not of faith (as these Traditions are) is sinne;*if the light that is in them, Imeane (their Religion and holinesse as they conceit themselves) he darknesse, Oh how great (saith Christ) is that darknesse. To conclude therefore seeing the Scriptures saith, some men* professe they know, and in workes deny him, being disobedient, and to every good work reprobate; and that it is the character of every Christian, My sheep heare my voyce, and that God hath said Heb. 8. This is the new Covenant, I will write my words in their heart by my spirit, I will be unto them a God and they shall be unto me a people. That therefore all Papists would faithfully examine themselves, what hopes they have for to bee saved; if all these practices which they call their good workes be most blasphemous and wicked, as hath been unquestionably proved by the word of God, I shall therefore heartily pray to God that upon the examination of this truth, that as ma∣ny Papists as are Gods people through election, may be made his people by effectuall call; that they may heare Christs voyce, Come out of Babylon my people least you he partakers of her sinnes, least you be partakers of her plagues. For it is written, 2 Thes. 2.12. All shall be damned that beleeve not the truth; which God open their eyes to behold.Page 12
An Answer to Mr. Oddy's Scruples (which he alledgeth against the Covenant) by Mr. Will. Kaye.
* O Holy spirit of God direct me.
* O Father of wisdome and God of all truth, who didst command thy people under the Law when any controversie arose, to have recourse unto thy Priests, to whom thou gavest the Ʋrim and Thumm•m; and now under the Gospell of thy Son Jesus Christ, the Head and Husband of thy Church, hast ordained Ministers to bee stewards of the Mysteries of the Gos∣pell; not onely to preach but to confute the gain-sayers of the truth; and commandest all to give an answer to them that aske them concerning their saith: Be therefore graciously pleased, O Father of light, so to remove the vaile from my eyes, which thou hast put away in Christ, let the day-starre so arise in my heart, that in regard my fellow-labourer in the Gos∣pell requires satisfaction of me for answering his Scruples concerning the taking of the Covenant (cheerfully received by many of thy people whom thou requirest to live unspotted in the world, to walke warily towards those that are without, and to shine like glorious lampes in his Church;) I may therefore either be convinced by my Brothers Reasons of what I have done, or that thou wouldest be pleased so graciously to communi∣cate thy selfe unto me, though least of ten thousands, that I may not onely be confirmed to continue in my resolution, but may be also so inabled by the spirit of wisdome to discover the causelesse or sandy foundations upon which his conscience is grounded; that as we both appeale to the throne of grace, Thou mayest heare our prayers, to Grant us thy holy Spirit to direct us; that thou that hast said, Nothing is hid which shall not be discovered, may let the truth appeare, for the desciding of the Controversie, for the satisfa∣ction of those that stop their cares when thou callest them, Come out of Ba∣bylon my people, whereby the Kingdome of Antichrist may be pulled down, the Kingdom of Jesus Christ set up amongst us, for the advancement of thy glory, comfort and union of thy people, and Reformation of Church and State, to turne these present Judgements into Mercy, and establish thy peo∣ple in holy security, truth and peace, to live to thy glory, Amen.
Thus in first invocating of God, we both agree, and that God may bee seen in discovering the truth, I shall (by Gods assistance) without feare, af∣fection, Page 13or prejudicate opinion, answer you as the Lord is pleased to assist me, writing first your words.
First, I appeale to the Almighty God, * to whom the secrets of all hearts are disclo∣sed, that I doe not write or alledge any thing here, out of faction or affection, but meerely to discharge my selfe to God and a good conscience, according as my judge∣ment is consonant with my heart and the best of my understanding in all integrity. In testimony whereof, I thus proceed in the name and feare of God.
Though in this your Appeale, you declaring onely to discharge your (as it is also my speciall) duty to God and a good conscience,* &c. might seeme hereby to gaine a suddaine approbation, yet neverthelesse, no verball profession, to cry Templum Domini, or to say, Lord, Lord, or to professe we know God, if in works, we deny him, procures the least approbation from the searcher of the secrets of our hearts. Therefore though in your appeale you professe onely to discharge your selfe to God and a good conscience, which you have mentioned some twenty times in lesse then halfe a sheete of paper, yet in regard that both yours and my conscience by nature (as the rest of our faculties and affections) are so depraved, that conscience is sca∣red and polluted. And lastly, in regard we are required to try the spirits, by the touchstone of Gods word and solid reason, I hope you will pardon me, notwithstanding your professions to doe all in Good Conscience, to examine whether your conscience be good or no, or that you have written all in the feare of God, and in all integrity; If it be so, that you made such consci∣ence in all that you have written, then tell me with what good conscience you could in the second Article speake first of the Assembly of Divines, [with Reverence to that Holy Assembly,] and then presently apply Davus the fooles words in the Commedy against them, Bona verba, which even school∣boyes expound, good Gouse bite me not: if your conscience told you they were a Reverend Holy Assembly, other words would more fittingly have expressed your meaning: But this is nothing in comparison what you have spoken also against the Assembly, the Scots, and interpreting the minde of the King, which in their proper place I shall shew, onely in this place I de∣sire to let you see, that all that you have written, hath not (as you pretended in your Appeale,) proceeded from a good conscience and in the feare of God.
That imparative counsell of the Apostle is worth hearkening to, Rom. 14.5. Let every man be fully perswaded in his owne minde, That is,*as the Apostle seemes to expound himselfe, Let no man doe any thing contrary to his conscience, for whatsoever is done against conscience, (for so I take the words in that place) is sinne, &c.
As the elect must heare that imparative counsell of the Apostle, Let every man be perswaded in his owne minde, yet Christ telleth us,*John 10. The voyce of a stranger will they not heare, which I conceive to be meant of strange Doctrine, Page 14or interpretation out of the word of God, as this your interpretation, whereby you understand, Faith and Minde for Conscience, may be adjudged strange; for though there may be no good conscience without faith, yet conscience is not faith, nor faith properly is not conscience, or the minde; neither doth Calvin or Musculus from Rom. 14. further then raise exhor∣tations to be conscientious of those things which by faith we be perswaded of, this by the way, to proceed, you further write in these words,
Conscience mille testes, Its ante precatum fraenum, post peceatum flagrum, Conscience is a thousand witnesses,*before sinne committed it is a bridle, when it is committed a most sharp scourge and whip, and if our conscience condemne us, God is greater then our conscience; upon which premises, I draw this Indifference; That for me to enter into or take this Covenant contrary to my conscience, or my conscience scrupling, or not fully informed of the lawfulnesse of it, to me its sinne, and so it fol∣lowes by consequence, that I cannot without sin take this Covenant till my conscience be satisfied of these ensuing Scruples.
In this your discourse there are two things to be considered.*
First, the description of Conscience. Secondly, the conclusion you make from that discription.
First the discription of Conscience is not sufficient, for there are two se∣verall acts of Conscience, 1. Accuse. 2. Excuse.
All that you speake, is of the accusing part of Conscience, of which it may be said that it is such a whip and scourge, that a wounded con∣science who can beare, of this you onely speake. But secondly, Conscience hath an Excusing part, or faculty called, The reflex of conscience, whereby it doth excuse, cheere, and comfort a man in doing what is justly required; hence a good conscience is said to be a continuall feast.
Secondly, the conclusion you make from the description of Conscience, is (as you say) That upon these premises you draw this conclusion, that you cannot take the Covenant without sinne. The School-men say that Conscience is compared to a Syllogisme, the major is called Synderesis, the minor, Ratio superior, the conclusion, consideratio conscientiae; now Sir if your conscience you speake of consisted of these premises, and had the second part of Con∣science which you speake not of, that is the excusing part of Conscience, if from the first act of conscience you dare not take the Covenant; ••om the second act you may be incouraged to enter into the Covenant, which that you may, I present unto you these premises to satisfie your conscience to take the Covenant.*
The Premises or Arguments are these.
The supreme Judicatory of the Kingdome undissolved, containing in it Regall and Majest•riall Power, is to be obeyed. But the Parliament is the supreme ju∣dicatory of the Kingdome undisolved, ergo, the Parliament being the su∣preme Judicatory of the Kingdome, is to be obeyed.Page 15
[Argument 2] Whatsoever Subject taketh up Armes against the supreme Judicatory, resisteth the Higher powers, and sins against conscience.
But every Subject that is in Armes against the Parliament, taketh up Armes against the supreme Judicatory. Ergo, Every one that taketh up Armes against the Parliament, resisteth the higher Powers, and sins against conscience.
The reason and ground of this Argument, is, because it being proved. That a Parliament not Legally dissolved, having in it Regall power, there can none resist the Parliament, but resist the King; neither can the Kings power be taken away, till the Parliament be dissolved: and then the Kings power is to defend the Judgements of Inferiour Courts. So that with Courts of Judicatory, my conscience telleth me, the Kings Regall power alwayes attendeth. And I cannot oppose the Judge upon the Bench, nor the Jury, but oppose the King, because they are set to see the execution of the Law, which the King sweareth to defend. Therefore from the Premis∣ses, how can you with a good conscience, oppose, or not be subject to the Parliament, being the supreme Judicatory: The Kings Regall power be∣ing contained in it, till it be dissolved, and then attend other Courts.
For further satisfaction, consider the Premisses which will more neerly concerne you.
He that hath sworne to maintaine the Priviledges of Parliament, and now refu∣seth to Covenant to assist them, hath not performed, or broken his oath. [Argument 3]
But Mr. Oddy hath sworne to maintaine the Priviledges of Parliament, Ergo, Mr. Oddy refucing to take the Covenant to assist the Parliament, doth not performe, or hath broken his former oath.
Now if conscience (as you say) is a whipp, and a thousand witnesses, consider whether the premisses may not invite you to take the Covenant; and if not, hearken unto this last Argument.
In time of Judgement, and when the enemies of God are in open Warre against Gods people: a Covenant for Reformation of Church and State, [Argument 4] and to unite and strengthen Gods people, ought to be taken.
But at this time of Judgement, a whole Nation of Papists are in War, and are confederate against Gods people, Ergo, Gods people ought at this time to enter into a Covenant for Reformation of Church and State, and for uniting of themselves against their enemies.
In briefe therefore, seeing it hath beene proved that the Parliament un∣dissolved, is the supreme Judicatory of the Kingdome, and therefore hath in it Regall and Majesteriall power. Secondly, That therefore the Parlia∣ment is not to be raised by Armes. Thirdly, Because also we are sworne to obey it, and maintaine the Priviledges of it. And fourthly, and lastly, That it hath Authority, and as necessity requires, at this time of Page 16Judgement to administer a Covenant, How can you now (being by these premisses informed) refuse to joyne in Covenant with the Parliament? And then consider whether passion or prejudicate opinion, hath not suggested false premisses to cause your conscience to be erroneous. But seeing you pretend (though I have yet found no ground for it, except policy) to have satisfaction, therefore according to my ability, I am willing to enter with you into the consideration of your five Scruples.
The first Scruple.
First my conscience would be informed touching the Discipline and Government of Scotland,*both what it is, and the lawfulnesse of it, before it will permit us to sweare the preservation of it, least I be found guilty of the breach of that necessary condition required by God himselfe in an Oath, Jer. 4.2. Thou shalt sweare in judgement, that is, out of certaine knowledge of the thing that we sweare, &c.
In this first Scruple,* two things. First, Scruple it selfe. Secondly, Rea∣son why you so Scruple.
First, For the Scruple it selfe, you say you know not the Discipline of the Church of Scotland, and therefore cannot sweare to preserve it. If you have judicum charitatis, either of the Scots, or of the Composers of the Co∣venant, you may perceive it is not an absolute particular knowledge of their Discipline, but a generall knowledge that is desired: and so in a ge∣nerall way to sweare to preserve the Discipline of the Church of Scotland against the common enemies, which when they discover themselves to in∣vade their Kingdome, and take away their Religion, then you will have the best particular knowledge of the duty to preserve their Religion. If you will not scruple to maintaine the Lawes of the Land, then you cannot scruple to maintaine the Religion of Scotland, which if we had sworn to pre∣serve five yeares last past, we had not seene the Northerne expedition.
The reason of your scruple is,* that we ought to sweare in judgement, which is as you expound it [out of certaine knowledge.] if you take certaine knowledge for every particular circumstance, and that your conscience did never (or you ought not) swear to nothing, but what you thus understand, then tell me I pray you? what is the certaine knowledge of the Lawes of the Land? What is the certaine knowledge of the Kings Prerogative? What is the certaine knowledge of the Priviledges of Parliament? The faith of the Gospell and of God himselfe, whom you know is mentioned in that place of Jer. 4.2. which you take no notice of, writing the words thus, Thou shalt sweare in Judgement, whereas the words are thus written, Thou shalt sweare the Lord liveth, in truth, in Judgement, &c. There you leave both God and his truth out, upon lesse grounds then this you have raised Scruples. To conclude, if by Judgement you meane certaine knowledge, •he• I am certaine this was never your practice thus to sweare, when you Page 17were Rurall Deane, and then administred oathes unto the people, to give a•• Inventory of their goods, which neither you that gave the Oath could precisely know, nor these that tooke the oath, which should be taken in sensu dantis, according to his meaning that gives it. Now that you are not so strictly sworne to the Religion of Scotland, as you swore others to give an Inventory of their goods, you are not sworne to preserve the Doctrine or Government or the Church of Scotland, then as it is agreeable to the Word of God, which is as certaine knowledge as you can desire; and there∣fore you need not seare the Trespasse offering, if you trespasse not by refu∣sall.
We are to sweare the preservation of the Reformed Religion of the Church of Scotland, in Worship, Discipline, and Government.* Here is a Scruple to be resol∣ved, How can I lawfully sweare this unlesse their Discipline were unchangeable, like the Lawes of the Meedes and Persians, which would imply an absolute perfe∣ction of that Church more then ever the Pharisees abrogated unto themselves, or the Katharoi after them, or the Popes of late, ever since they stablished their owne infal∣libility.
To resolve this Scruple, Mr. Oddy, which is,* that you cannot sweare to the Discipline of the Scots, unlesse it were unchangeable. To this I answer,
- First, if you sweare to nothing but what is unchangeable, or that you would make it unchangeable for swearing, then could you not sweare to the Lawes of the Land, for they are changeable, nor to the Government of the Church (as far as ordained by man) for it is changeable: nor must you sweare to Ceremonies, because it is the Doctrine of the Church of Eng∣land, that they are changeable: know therefore that so farre you sweare to the Government of the Church or State, untill it be altered by the Church and State, and no longer doe you sweare to preserve Discipline, or the Lawes of the Land; because, otherwise you would sweare against the priviledges of Parliament, which is, to alter Government and Lawes, as farre as they are of mans invention, therefore, you may sweare to a thing which is changeable, thou you must not change it till the Lawes declare against it.
- Secondly, but you make some instances why you would not sweare to performe the Discipline of Scotland, because you say, It would imply an ab∣solute perfect•on of that Church, more then ever the Pharisees Katharoi, or Popes of late, ever arrogated unto themselves. To which I answer, Where was your con∣science Mr. Oddy, when the Bishops Oath with &c. was imposed, that it was silent then to speake against unchangeable Government, which Oath some sware unto. That the Pharisees, Haebreorum Pontifici, as Peter Mar∣tyr calls them, did exceedingly arrogate unto themselves by their Corba• (like our late Innovatours and Projectours of Church and State) the Page 18course of the Law is very apparent, but why should you (Mr. Oddy) if you have spoken nothing but out of conscience, and in the feare of God, and in all integrity, uncharitably scandalize the Scottish Government which you hardly professe to know, and yet seeme to justifie the Pharisees Katharoi, or Popes, which are condemned for Hypocrites and Antichrist. Was there ever greater pride then in the Man of Sin which exalts himselfe above all that is called God, or is worshipped, who (as he most falsly pretends) sits in Peter chaire, and hold, his Foot out to be kissed? And yet you know that the Presbyters are content to deny all worldly pompe, seeking no other Ca∣thedrall in the Church, then to set up Christ the King and Head thereof, that by Doctrine and Discipline, he may convert and rule hie people. Well Mr, Oddy, if Pharisees and Popes be by you more to be justified then Pres∣byters your brethren, I feare you have erred through passion and not con∣science of changeable Discipline, but I will not so think of your Scruples.
Besides this would confound matter of Doctrine and matter of Discipline,*con∣trary to that infalliblerule of Tertullian, Regula sidei immobilis.
If these words be well weighed for all the matter you so much speake of,* they will be found lighter then you conceive it may b•, except you thinke it a great matter first to invent a Scruple, or causelesse ca•ping cavill, and supposing to make it good, as a foundation stone, to indeavour to build a Trophey of praise upon that sandy and rotten foundation, which your Bestdes would imply, which you speake of concerning confounding matter of Faith, and matter of Order, is onely gathered from the third Scruple, which Scruple I have plainly removed and considered; so that this your Objection arising from your former Scruple, hath nothing in it but a meer demonstration of some of your Sophistrie: For to answer you further, there is no confusion as you pretend in giving matter of faith, and matter of Discipline, &c. under one head or part of the Covenant, therein to swear equally to performe, (which is the thing you scruple) which makes no more c•nfusion, then if a man should sweare to preserve body and soule, in one subject: Man, though the body be alterable as Government is •n part as far as is invented by man, and the soule permanent or unalterable, as Doctrine and Matter of faith, therefore we sweare according to the na∣ture of body and soule, to preserve them both without, as you pretend a∣ny confusion, and so we sweare to preserve Discipline, according to the nature of Discipline, and Doctrine, and matter of faith, according to their nature and permanency of their being. And that this cavill may perish, having not a being in reason; In an Oath you know there is two things, Contestation and Deprecation, and both which may be in one part of the Oath, as in the Protestation in one part or branch of it, we sweare to King, Priviledges of Parliament, Protestant Religion, opposing Popery, and these Page [unnumbered]that oppose us; and yet there is no confusion, as you pretend, in swearing to matter of faith and matter of Discipline, since in preserving of both ac∣cording to their nature or condition, or rejecting any thing, there is no confusion but what you have made, and now like Babel is cast downe; Though the infallible Rule of Tertullian which you have twice mentioned, is hereby neither made crooked nor broken, though in that Application or Use that you make of it; you seeme to put it into troubled water of your owne commotion, whereby a straight Rule (as I acknowledged Tertullians to be) may seeme crooked: I should not thus farre have troubled my selfe with such a meere Sophisme, but that I sinde you make this Chimera a foundation to build your next Scruple upon, which is,
We are by this Covenant to sweare to inde to u• the Reformation of Religion in England and Ireland, hereby Doctrine,*we must needs understand dognata fidei to distinguish•it from Worship, Discipline, and Government: now my conscience as∣keth me, how I can indeavour the Reformation of that which is unchangeable ac∣cording to the former Rule, Regula fidei, &c.
In regard this Scruple hath his dependance on that which goeth before,* as your owne words testifie, [according to the sormer Rule, Regula fidei,] thrice now repeated by you, by which straight Rule, seeing you so often write away, and lead your sel• into a Lab•ynth, I might justly refuse to roule the samestone over a••ine with you; but to answer some expectation, first, I will let you see your errour, and secondly answer your Question, which your conscience pretends to make. First, concerning your errour you here runne into, it is his, that you say, Dogmata fidei, are to be distinguished from Worship, &c. I must be plaine with you, it is a grosse errour, to hold, That Worship must be distinguished from Dogmata fidei, for Worship is in the chiefe number of Dogmata fidei, and though Discipline and Government are not to be received but in part, as Dogmata fidei, I meane so farre as ordai∣ned by God, yet they may in the same part of the Covenant be sworn too to be preserved with Dogmata fidei, according to their condition in part permanent, and in part as having addition of man, alterable. Second∣ly to answer your Question your conscience makes, to sweare to Reforme that which is unchangeable; I answer, there is no intention to change Ar∣ticles of Faith, further then onely to make them more cleare and perspicu∣ous from such phrases and obscurities whereby Arminians, &c. tooke ad∣vantage, and this is all the Reformation that is intended, which is] not to be scrupled at.
A fourth Scruple ariseth hence,* That the Doctrine of the Church of England and Scotland differ not, (for as farre as I conceive they differ nor) then my conscience Page 20asketh me how this Oath can be preserved, seeing in one branch we sweare Preserva∣tion, and in another branch the Reformation of the same Doctrine.
In the Protestation of the 5. of May, we sweare to defend the true Reformed Pro∣testant Religion,*according to the Doctrine of the Church of England, but in this we swe are the Reformation of that Doctrine, which we swore before to defend; •y con∣science asketh me how I can take this Oath, and not be guilty of the breach of one.
In regard the fourth Scruple ariseth from the third,* and the third from the second, whereby your fourth is fully answered; therefore to this fifth Scruple I returue you this answer. Though you still harpupon the same string which makes more noise then need be, for to make your num∣ber the greater; yet Sir you see, that this Scruple is the same in substance with the fourth, for it is grounded upon the misapprehension of the inten∣ded Reformation of the Doctrine, which in what sence it ought to be done, I have already shewed you. To returne you therefore the same answer, I say, there is no contradiction (as you suppose) neither express nor implicite, nor doth the Parliament which made both the Protestation and the Cove∣nant, intend any difference, to defend the Doctrine, and to Reforme, as you pretend,* having a great regard to keep most solemne the Protestation of the 5. of May, 1641. of which the Exhortation for the Covenant thus wri∣teth.
That Scruple touching the extirpation of Pre•a•y is rightly discovered, (but with R•verence to that h•ly Assembly) it seemes not fully covered to the satisfaction of my conscience;*for first my conscience desires to know what Act it is, that hath taken away the life and soule of this Government. Secondly, to affirme that it is but of humane constitution, is disputare ex non concessis: and is a Question which hath beene much controverted, and yet not determined. Thirdly, that the Clergy hath sworne obedience to that Government, is true, but here's an Oath ex diametro, can be a law∣full meanes to discharge me of my Oath, I cannot conceive: my conscience is not satis∣fied in neither swearing of c•osse oathes is any part of repentance, since this is aswea∣ring Age, the better way in my conscience will be to swea•e, that we will sweare no more.
In this your discourse there are three thing comprehended.
- First,* Your Objection against the Assembly.
- Secondly, Your Proposition or Questions which your conscience makes.
- Thirdly, Your resolution or determination, to be better, not to sweare at all.
Of these in Order.
First, in regard of the Assembly, you seeme very lowly to complement with giving them the incommunicable Title of the Pope, [With Reverence to the holy Assembly] if this were not a complea ent, you would not so under∣value their Exhortation to be unsatisfactory; and indeavour to the utmost of your power to confute and scrone them: to judge them for Hypocrites, or the like, as I shall hereafter let you see, that you may consider with what brotherly charity or conscience you have accused them.
Secondly, in regard of your Propositions or Questions which your con∣science makes, I may speak of your conscience, that I perceive that she hath many children; all passions and conceptions of the soule I see are father'd on her, she is like the word King, which even Papists pretend to defend, that thereby they may defend themselves: howsoever since your conscience de∣sires to know what Act it is that hath taken away the life and soule of this Government, I answer, It was the Act which put down the High-Commis∣sion-Court, and disinabled any Bishop to Gove•ne by Chancellours, &c. This was done by the consent of the King, as also to dispossesse them for sitting in the H•nse of Lords: this to satisfie your first Question.
Secondly, your conscience questions or rather argues, That Bishops are but of humane constitution, is disputare non ex concessis, and is a Question Page 23which hath beene much controverted, but nor determined. I answer, though it hath not beene determined by the Popes, yet Bishop Jewell hath determined Bishops not to be Jure divine; Bishop Hall in his first humble Remonstrance confesseth as much in these words, or to this effect. The Church is glorious without Bishops, but more glorious with Bishops. And if you like not these determinations, you know that Calvin hath determined that Bishops are not of divine constitution. Germany in many parts are of the same opi∣nion, the Low-Countreys, and the Reformed Church of Scotland hath quite exploded them, and our King hath confirmed their Determinations: And now I may adde, our Assembly hath so determined, and the State decreed in England, that they are not to be holden either jure divi••, or jure humano. I am informed that it was treason for a Bishop to hold his Bishoprick but by the Crowne of England, which he needed not to doe, if he were a Bishop jure divino; this to answer your second Question.
Third Question, That we of the Clergy which have sworne for Bishops, should sweare against them? I answer, We sweare to the Bishops as wee sweare to the Lawes of the Land, untill they be altered; to sweare other∣wise, were to sweare against the Priviledges of Parliament: and therefore it is but a conceit to judge this an Oath ex diametro•, or a crosse Oath, for those that made this Oath, care neither for Crosses nor Cratches, which were used in a Popish manner: let not this Oath be crosse to you, which may advance the Crosse of Christ; for what will Doctrine without true Discipline prevaile, for want whereof, the Church hath beene kept in all the deadnesse, and darknesse, and corruptions, which to preserve, so many contend for, as is lamentable. The Bishops may be compared to the Bra∣seni Serpent, which some thought was politique good, yet was soone abused; and this I dare affirme, that it is absolutely against the Word of God, that Arch-Deacons and Chancellours, &c. should have power from Bishops, to them derived, and the Ministers made cyphers; all that I conceive in the Superiority in the Church Government, as some say, is to be the head of a Presbytrie, by which Timothy was ordained, but I find no such Episcopacy which you contend for: this for Answer to the third Question. The third thing unspoken of, Is your Resolution, to judge it better way to sweare not to sweare at all. Sir, I hope you speake not in good earnest: if you doe, then you are far mistaken concerning your Re∣solution: and secondly, I am mistaken concerning my opinion of you. For First, You are mistaken, &c. It is now a time of Judgement, therefore we ought to enter into a Covenant, and sweare for Reformation and Union amongst us, and so seeke God to divert the judgement, 2 Chron. 15. Neb. 9. Least therefore you should mistake your selfe, if you should with some not Page 24desire to sweare out of pollicy to prevent, to be ingaged in the Cause: Alas, that is not the way to discharge a good conscience, or secure your selfe, for now Newtrality stinkes in the nostrills of God and man, and Mer•z Curse will not be with-holden: thus you mistake your self if you refuse to swear. Secondly, I am much mistaken concerning you, for I thought you had not favoured the opinion of the Anabaptists and Manichies,* who refuse to sweare, Zanchius saith, that Grati•n wrireth, Damnantur a Christo & Apostole juramenta temeraria, quae vulgo habentur in coll•quiis, non •a quae coram magi∣stratu habentur. Our Saviour forbids common and idle swearing in our or∣dinary talke, and upon sleight occasions: but hee forbids not the lawfull •se of an Oath before a Magistrate, and are not the Parliament Magistrates, nay, supreme Judicatory. And doe you not remember it is the Doctrine of the Church of England, that you must sweare when the Magistrate impo∣seth an Oath? therefore doe not sweare that you will sweare no more which to doe, is a high blasphemy against Gods prerogative, which com∣mands us to sweare, and therefore you must not sweare, not to sweare.
- First, Shew your Criminations or accusations.
- Secondly, Answer your Scruples raised against the Exhortation.
- Thirdly, Thresh your sheafe (for so you call it) in which as in one bun∣dle you binde up all together.
First therefore to speak of your Criminations or Accusations either di∣rectly against the Assembly and Scots, or by consequence against the King. I east you may thinke I should wrong you, I will write your owne words, which I would have passed by without observation, but that you ground all to be done upon conscience, and therefore you refuse the Covenant; to proceed therefore concerning you• Crimination, thus you write.
The Satisfaction which is offered to that Scruple touching the Oath of Allegiance and Supremacy,* is scarce satisfactory, If it be pleaded saith the Exhortation, that this Covenant c•osseth the Oath of Allegiance and Suprem•cy, there can he nothing fu•ther from truth, for the Covenant bindes all, and more strongly to preserve the Kings Majesties Person and Authority in the preservation and defence of the true Page 25Religion, and Liberties of the Kingdome. Bona verba, of which I may say as Isaac, The voyce is Jacobs voyce, but the hands are the hands of Esau, for how can my conscience be satisfied of this Scruple, when I in Words seeme to defend his Person, and yet in Action seeme to destroy his Person by taking up or approving of Armes taken: The sonne that said to his father I goe sir, and went not, was judged no better, if not worse, then his peremptory bro∣ther, that gave bad words but good actions.
Of all which words of your owne, before I speake of them, I modest∣ly intreate you remember your former words,* where you acknowledge God the searcher of the heart, that you write all in good conscience, and in all integrity, &c. if so, with what conscence could you salute the Assembly with these words, [With Reverence to that holy Assembly] and yet in this place apply against the Assembly the jearing words of Da∣•us, which you know how Schoole-boyes expound. And seem to ac∣cuse them of deceit, [The voyce is Jacobs voyce, but the hands are the hands of Esau] To give occasion of murther, as by accusing your selfe, you seeme to accuse them by this your Application, [How can my conscience be satisfied, when I in words seeme to defend his Person, and in action I seeme to destroy his person. You judge them guilty of dissimulation, to apply the Parable against them, of him that said, Sir, I goe, and went not. Can you speake all this, and yet thinke or call them a holy As∣sembly; remember that in your Appeale, you say that God, and not you (Mr. Oddy) is the searcher of the hearr; how then conceive you an accusation or evill sentence of condemnation, against the Assembly, whom you call with a new stile, Holy. Take heed the Proverb be not applied against you, uno ore c•lidu• ac frigidum afflare, I wish you had not over-shot your selfe, or shot at some other Mark, or that you could excuse your selfe as Paul did, when he said, He wist not, or as the word will carry it, I did not consider that he was the high Priest: so you did not consider that the Assembly are Reverend, as you did complement; for they are no fit Object of scorn: thus much of your Accusation of the the Assembly.
Secondly, And if your conscience could dispence so to prevaricate against the Assembly of Divines, yet with what good conscience can you call the Scots our Deare Brethren, and yet first declare that their good successe was no warrantable Argument for the like future Pra∣ctises, as you write, these are your words.
For that of our Brethren of Scotland, Exempla illustrant non probant,*neither is present successe a warrantable Argument for the like future practises. But it is said that the King in Parliament, Adjudged that our Deare Brethren Page 26in Scotland, had done as good Subjects; Princes favour vouchsafed to their people, should rather promote affection, and good will of their Subjects, then incourage them to disobedience.
Here is like future practices which you sweare to condemne, which me thinkes contradicts your owne words;* in that you say, That the King in Parliament declared that they had done nothing amisse, which if they had not done, me thinks your conscience should bid you be silent in this which concerns you not, (being a private man) to med∣dle with the whole State of a Kingdome, as your conscience bids you before to speake concerning your owne particular.
The Act of Oblivion so limits all discourse of this nature, and your Protestation bindes you, together with the Law of the Land, that I cannot but wonder how you could speake these words, [Princes favour should rather promote affection and good will to their Subjects, then encourage them to disobedience:] Thus far of your Crimination against the Scots.
But if confidences, passion, or want of true Information might •c∣casion you to uncover your Brethrens nakednesse, yet with what good conscience could you speake these words of the King; that his Act by you must be thus interpreted in these words.
This was a favour vouchsafed rather to appease the Tumult, then approve of their actions. *
If there were a Tumult raised, it was occasioned by the thundering of New Canons,* and breaking of the Lawes, which his Majesty well per∣ceiving, made such an Act as might secure Subjects of their Liberties and Religion; and therefore did justly cast out the troublers of Israel: the movers of the Tumult having a more pious then polliticke end in what they did though you doe not seeme so clearely to apprehend it.
This which you speake, (if said by some other) would savour of Sedition and Disloyalty, but I spare you, though you may see against whom you have shot your bolt, if at the Head: Thus far of your cri∣minations.
Secondly, according to promise to speake of your Scruples, one whereof is,
That the Oath of Allegiance seemes to bee much straitned by this Cove∣nant, * &c.
The Oath of Allegiance is not straitned but strengthned by the Co∣venant, for it sweares us ad legem,* which the King sweares unto; and if any command should come forth contrary to the Law, our perform∣ing of it were not obedience but disobedience; as if one that hath not taken Orders, should Baptize and Administer the Sacrament, though Page 27the action (lawfully done) be good, yet otherwise it is not obedience but disobedience to the Law. To take this Covenant bindes us to the Parliament, which preserves both King and Law, and so it streng∣thens the Oath of Allegiance.
In the Protestation, in the first place we sweare to defend the Kings person and Authority before the Priviledges of Parliament, according to that of Peter,* Be Subject to the King, as Supreme: Here the Order is inverted to the King as Inferiour.
This Scruple may more properly be called a Cavill th•n a Scruple;* if you will contend for words, you know what Gato saith, Conira ver∣bosis noli— To answer you therefore, If naming the Parliament before the King, preferre them before him as you would seeme to pretend: then I aske you, what thinke you Christ meant when he said, Give un∣to Caesar the things that are Caesars, and unto God the things that are Gods? Did Christ in thus placing the words preferre Caesar before God? be∣cause he named Caesar first, seeing the Apostle saith, It is better to obey God then man.
That Scruple that is done without the Kings consent, is very prevalent, * and seemes scarcely removed by the present Instances of that of the Protestation, where it is said, that his Maj•sty did not except against it; argues rather the lawfu•n•sse of that: and this to be so much the more unlawfull, by how much his Majesty opposeth.
Though this may seem to be a prevalent Scruple in your judgement,* in regard that you say, That the Assembly could scarcely remove it; and secondly, in regard by your Argument you desire to uphold it, yet I am incouraged to encounter with it; and by another Argument, which if it prove stronger, I hope that which the Assembly hath scarce∣ly removed, with a little more help may bee quite removed out of your fancy.
My Argument which I draw from the very same words you raise your Argument, is this.
Every one hath Right and Liberty for what hee doth, not to aske anothers consent, least he betray his owne Liberty.
But the Parliament hath right and Liberty with asking consent of the King, to make the Protestation the 5. of May, Ergo, the Parliament ought not to aske consent of the King or of any other for making the Protestation the 5. of May, least they should betray their owne Liber∣ties and Priviledges: here followes the second Argument.
If the Parliament had liberty and priviledge to make the Protesta∣tion Page 28the 5. of May, without consent or approbation, then they had liberty to make the Covenant.
But they had priviledge to make the Protestation the 5. of May, Er∣go, They had liberty to make the Covenant, without asking consent or approbation of any.
Therefore you see that your Argument is grounded upon a sandy foundation, That the Exhortation affirming that the Protestation was made without the Kings consent, argues the Authority of the Parlia∣ment, in regard the King did not object, and that there was no diffe∣rence then betweene the King and the Parliament; therefore if they had apprehended a necessity of his Approbation, they would have had his Confirmation. And if he had conceived, then that they had done it Illegally, and against his Priviledge, the King must needes have ob∣jected against it, though it had beene never so good: Therefore that the Parliament did not aske the Kings consent, nor the King did not pleade, that it not could be lawfull without his consent, s•an absolute Argument which satisfies my conscience, That both the Covenant and Protestation are Legally made. And therefore in regard the King did not oppose it, it is a prevalent Argument that the King knew it was the Parliaments Priviledge, and therefore they did not aske his con∣sent, nor he did not oppose against them. But you say now the King objected: I answer, It is more then I know, yet I know there are some that objects against the being of the Parliament it selfe, though by Law it is established, and yet I heare the King acknowledgeth them to be a Parliament, whereby he confesseth their Liberty, (as I conceive) to make an Oath or Covenant, as they made the Protestation the 5. of May. To prove the validity of your Scruple, which you thinke so prevalent, consider further.
Mr Oddy, Did you after you were made a full Minister ask liberty to Baptize, or if you should aske any mans consent, would it not argue you were not a full Minister: or must a Tenant ask his Landlords con∣sent to goe into his house, or to repaire it, after hee hath made him a Lease of it, untill the Lease be expired: Then Mr. Oddy, if you confesse those Instances to be good, then you must needs confesse that the Par∣liament asking no consent of the King, in the Protestation of the 5. of May, and in making the Covenant, is a strong Argument, that it was their Right and Priviledge to make the Protestation, the King not objecting: As it is an Argument that a man is a Tenant of a house, when his Landlord which oweth the house no way objects against him, Page 29nor labours to dispossesse him, in such a Case, silence is an Argument of consent or approbation, of possessing a mans right, &c. The King therefore being silent at the making of the Protestation the 5. of May, is an Argument that the Par∣liament had power to make that Protestation, and then I am sure they have power to make this Covenant. That Nehemi∣ah and Ezra had commission (as you say) for all they did, hath no ground out of Gods Word, for the people complain, Neh. 9.36, 37. Behold we are servants this day: and for the Land which thou gavest unto our Fathers, we are servants in it, and it yeeldeth much increase unto the Kings which thou hast set over us, because of our sins; Also they have dominion over our bodies, and over our cattle at their pleasure, and we are in great distresse; and because of all this we make a sure Covenawt. You see then that because the people were under oppression of Kings, their Magistrate Nehemiah made a Covenant; so then there was no consent of the King in that place. Neither doe I finde in 7. of Ezra (as you pretend) any commission gi∣ven to Ezra concerning a particular Covenant: For it were strange if a Heathen King should grant a commission against himselfe, or to approve of their Religion. Howsoever, I say, we have more liberty then Nehemiah or Ezra, for wee have a Parliament and Assembly, Magistrates and Ministers con∣vened together for Reformation of Church and State; to pre∣serve our Liberties, Lawes, and Religion, above all to be pri∣zed. They were under the subjection of a heathenish King, bound to performe no Covenants with them; we have his Majesty sworne to rule by his Lawes, and therefore we have a great occasion to make a Covenant.
One thing yet remaines in Answer to your Scruples, which is the third and last particular, which you call the binding up of your Sheafe.
So then to bind up this Sheafe.
- First, Because I am ignorant what their Discipline is.
- Secondly, Because it seemes to maintaine a changeable Doctrine, and change∣able Discipline. Page 30
- Thirdly, It sweares the preservation and Reformation of the same Doctrine.
- Fourthly, Because it seemes to impugne the former Protestation.
- Fifthly, Because it seemes to bring me within the compasse of perjury.
- Sixthly, Because the King is not onely not consenting, but reciting, there∣fore, my conscience th•• informed, bindes and bids me forbeare to sweare.
Though this your Sheafe be stuffed with severall Gleanes which you have gathered together out of your former Scru∣ples already answered,* I cannot doe lesse then tell you, that in this your last Muster, you doe but ralley up your scatte∣red company of Malignant Scruples, either to strengthen your Cause, or at least with this your last volley to continue to alarum the Countrey people, (too long seduced or misled) with the great report of the number of six Scruples: and that there is no such cause either hereby to affright them, or confirme them in Malignancy, I desire to set a true Cha∣racter upon the head of every one of them.* The first or Captaine of these six Scruples, is Ignorance, which led you out of the way; which ignorance must needs be either purae negationis, or pravae dispositionis, either of which, Countrey people, and not Ministers may most tollerably pretend. The second is a conjecture without cause. The third is an offence where no offence is committed. The fourth is a slander, accusing the Covenant to oppose his most dearest Brother or Protestation, for whose defence it was made. The fifth is grosse untruth, which all the world may know it by. The sixth is Faction or sedition, to suggest accusation of a breach betwixt the King and the Parliament, whereby you make your selfe the Judge, and condemnes the Judges of the King∣dome, or the Highest or supreme Judicatory. But least you may thinke I be too short with you by way of Recapitulati∣on, I returne you a more particular, though short answer.
- First,* to informe your ignorance concerning the Scottish Government, that you might not therefore Scruple; we swear I conceive the approbation of it, onely as it is directly or by just consequence agreeable to the holy Word of God.
- Se∣condly, Page 31That there is no changeable Doctrine nor Discipline by us to be thought of, so far as essentiall parts of Discipline and Doctrine is to be approved of; the Covenant grounds all out of Gods holy Word, which is unchangeable.
- Third∣ly, That Preservation and Reformation of Doctrine implies contradiction, I answer, It doth no more oppose, then to sweare to preserve a house, and sweare to set a prop under it when it is ready to fall.
- Fourthly, That the Covenant doth not impugne the Protestation, I must againe tell you it wa∣made to defend it.
- Fifthly, That by swearing to the Cove∣venant, you should be perjured, is so grosse an untruth, that you having taken the Protestation, will be perfidious if you oppose the Covenant.
- Sixthly, That the King is resisting I acknowledge, (if there should bee just cause for it) this might be a Scruple; for the clearing therefore of this Doubt, I answer, That though it be proved that the King doth resist the Covenant, the Scruple will be of no more force, (except the Covenant of it selfe were evill,) then the Kings resisting Daniel for praying, or the Apostles for* Preaching to be evill. You shew no cause, nor I know none, why the King should resist the Covenant, which in respect of the King is full of Loyalty; seeing in the preservation of the Refor∣med Religion, it sweares to assist the King.
Againe, I know nothing in the Covenant, whether it be extirpation of Prelacy, Popery, &c. but the King ei∣ther hath done it in Scotland, or professed it in England.
Thirdly, I answer, If the King doe resist, the Parliament is resisting, for untill the Parliament be dissolved, the King cannot resist the Parliament, no more then the Head doth the Members.
YOu see (Mr. Oddy) that your Sheafe is soone threshed, and if you please to winnow it with the Fan of Reformation, I hope you will up∣on second thoughts finde, that though you pre∣tend Conscience, yet if that which you have written did but proceed from a mis-informed conscience, I should not question; but you may give God the glory, to acknowledge, that carnall hope, and feare, and not conscience have suggested matter to raise your Scruples, or rather Cavills a∣gainst the Covenant. Therefore, as I feare in this way you have beene too officious in writing against the Covenant, out of love, without pre∣judice, accept of this true Character of the Natio∣nall Covenant, whereby you may bee better re∣reconciled with the Covenant, and see lesse cause for Boasting that you are not satisfied in your Scruples.
A true Character of the Covenant.
The Union of the three Kingdomes.
The Reformer and Supporter of Church and State.
The true Declaration of the Cause that ingageth Gods people.
Christs Kingdome is advanced.
Higher Powers made Subject to Christ their King.
People sworne Subject to such High Powers.
Magistrates and all Officers qualified.
Ministers made Apostollically Reformed.
Faith and Repentance by all sorts to be professed.
Justice solemnely sworne to bee executed.
Gods word made the foundation of faith & obedience.
Onely to this end, that
Gods present Judgements might bee diverted.
Popery or Antichrist throwne downe.
Heresie and Schisme condemned.
Idolatry quite routed out.
All Prophanesse justly punished.
Oppression absolutely removed.
So that we might
A Bulwarke of Gods providence to the Kingdome.
A Hedge about the Church and Vineyard.
That a blessed Peace may be concluded, to preserve the three Nations in
Faith and Love, to live to Gods Glory.