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Now to leave their doctrine, and to come to other points. What shall we think or judge of the Pope's intolerable pride? The Scripture faith, that God rejijietb the proud, and /he weth grace to the bumble. AHb it pronounceth Muuh. them bleffed which are poor in spirit, promising that they which humble themselves shall be exalted. And Christ Miuh.xi. our Saviour willefh all his to learn of him, hecause he ii bumble and meek. As for pride, St. Gregory faith, it is the root of all mischief. And St. Augusrine's judgment is this, that it maketh men devils. Can any man then, which either hath or shall read the Popes' lives, justly fay that they had the Holy Ghost within them? First, as touching that they will be termed universal Bishops and Heads of all Christian churches through the Jih ... world; we have the judgment of Gregory expressly Epist.76. against them; who, writing to Mauritius the emperor, condemneth John, bishop of Constantinople, in that behalf, calling him the Prince of pride, Luciser's Succeffor, Scrm. 3. deand tne Forerunner of Antichrist. St. Bernard also agreeResur. ing thereunto, faith, What greater pride can there be, Com. than that one man should preser his own judgment before the whole congregation, as though he only had D ato_ the Spirit of Cod? And Chryfostom pronounceth a terrirum i"b. iii.ble sentence against them, afsirming plainly, that whosoever fceketh to be chief in earth shall sind confusion in heaven; and that he which striveth for the supremacy .shall not be reputed among the servants of Christ. Again Chrysost. he faith, To desire a good work, it is good; but to sup. Mai. covet the chief degree of honour, it is mere vanity. Do not these places sufsiciently convince their outrageous pride, in usurping to themselves a superiority above all other, as well ministers and bishops, as kings also and emperors? But as the lion is known by his claws, so let us learn to know these men by their deeds. What S:ibc!t. En- shall we fay of him that made the noble King Dandancad. 9. lus to be tied by the neck with a chain, and to lie slat lib. vn. down before his table, there to gnaw bones like a dog?
Shall we think that he had God's holy Spirit within him, and not rather the spirit of the devil? Such a tyrant was Pope Clement the sixth. What shall we fay of him that proudly and contemptuously trod Frederic the emperor under his seet, applying the verse of the Malm unto hiraPsalmlx. self, Thou /halt go upon the lion and the adder, the young lit* and the dragon thou jhalt tread under tbyfoot? Shall we say that he had God's holy Spirit within him, and not rather the spirit of the devil? Such a tyrant was Pope Alexander
the the third. What shall we fay of him that armed and animated the son against the father, causing him to be taken, and to be cruelly famished to death, contrary to the law both of God, and also of nature? Shall we fay that he had God's holy Spirit within him, aud not rather the spirit of the devil? Such a tyrant was Pope Pascal the second. What shall we fay ot him that came into his popedonj like a fox, that reigned like a lion, and died like a dog? Shall we fay that he had God's holy Spirit within him, and not rather the spirit of the devil? Such a tyrant was Pope Boniface the eighth. What (hall we fay of him that made Henry the emperor, with his wise and his young child, to stand at the gates of the city in the rough winter, bare footed and bare legged, only clothed in linsey woolsey, eating nothing from morning to night, and that for the space of three days? Shall we fay that he had God's holy Spirit within him, and not rather the spirit^jf the devil? Such a tyrant was Pope Iliidebrand, most worthy to be called a sirebrand, if we shall term him as he hath best deserved. Many other examples might here be alleged; as of Pope Joan the harlot, that was delivered of a child in the high street, going solemnly in procession ; of Pope Julius the lid. that wilfully cast St. Peter's keys into the river Tiberis; of Pope Urban the Vlth. that caused sive cardinals to be put in facks, and cruelly drowned; of Pope Sergius the 11 Id. that persecuted the dead body of Formofus his predecessor, when it had been buried eight years; of Pope John the XlVth. of that name, who having his enemy delivered into his hands, caused him sirst to be stripped stark naked, his beard to be shaven, and to be hanged up a whole clay by the hair, then to be set upon an ass with his face backward toward the tail, to be carried round about the city in despite, to be miserably beaten with rods, last of all, to be thrust out of his country, and to be banimed for ever. But to conclude, and make an end, ye shall briesly take this short leffon; wheresoever ye sind the spirit of arrogance and pride, the spirit of envy, hatred, contention, cruelty, murder, extortion, witchcraft, necromancy, &c. affure yourselves that there is the spirit of the devil, and not of God, albeit they
fretend outwardly to the world never so much holiness. or as the Gospel teacheth us, the Spirit of Jesus is a good Spirit, an holy Spirit, a sweet Spirit, a lowly Spirit, a merciful Spirit, full of charity and love, full of forgiveness and pity, not renderingevil for evil, extremity for extremity, but overcoming evil with good, and remitting all offence even
from from the heart. According to which rule, if any man live uprightly, of him it may be fasely pronounced, that he hath the Holy Ghost within him: if not, then it is a plain token that he doth usurp the name of the Holy Ghost in vain. Therefore, dearly beloved, according to
i John It. the good counsel of St. John, Believe not every spirit, but firjl try them whether they he of God or no. Many shall
Mai. xxiv. come tn my name, faith Christ, andshall transform themselves . into angels of light, deceiving^ sis it he possible) the very eleQ. They shall come unto you in sheep's clothing, being inwardly cruel and ravening wolves. They shall have an outward shew of great holiness and innocency of lise, so that ye shall hardly or not at all discern them. But the
Mtuh. vii. rule that ye must follow is this, To judge them by their fruits. which if they be wicked and naught, then it is unpossible that the tree of whom they proceed should be
SK>d. Such were all the Popes and Prelates of Rome for e most part, as doth well appear in the story of their lives, and therefore they are worthily accounted among the number of false Prophets, and false Christs, which deceived the Luke *,. world a long while. The Lord of heaven and earth desend us from their tyranny and pride, that they never enter into his vineyard again, to the disturbance of his silly poor slock; but that they may be utterly confounded and put to ssight in all parts of the world: and he of his great mercy so work in all men's hearts, by the mighty power of the Holy Ghost, that the comfortable Gospel of his Son Christ may be truly preached, truly received, and truly followed in all places, to the beating down of sin, death, the Pope, the Devil, and all the kingdom of Antichrist, that like scattered and dispersed sheep, being at length gathered into one fold, we may in the end rest all together in the bosom of Abraham, Ifaac, and Jacob, there to be partakers of eternal and everlasting lise, through the merits and death of Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen,
Days of Rogation JVeek.
That all good things come from God.
IAM purposed this day, good devout Christian people, to declare unto you the molt deserved praise and commendation of Almighty God, not only in the consideration of the marvellous creation of this world, or for conservation and governance thereof, wherein his great power and wisdom might excellently appear to move us to honour and dread him; but most especially in consideration of his liberal and large goodness, whicli he daily bestoweth on us his reasonable creatures, for whose fake he made the whole univerfal world, with all the commodities and goods therein; which his singular goodness well and diligently remembered on our part should move us, as duty is, again with hearty afsection to love him, and with word and deed to praise him and serve him all the days of our lise. And to this matter, being so worthy to entreat of, and so prositable for you to hear, I trust F (hall not need with much circumstance of words to stir you to
else what (hall it avail us to hear and know the great goodness of God towards us, to know that whatsoever is
good good proceedeth from him, as from the principal fountain and the oniy author; or to know that whatsoever is sent from him must needs be good and wholesome; if the hearing of such matter moveth us no further but to know it only r What availeth it the wise men of the world to have knowledge of the power and divinity of God, by the secret inspiration of him, where they did not honour and glorify him in their knowledge as God? What praise was it to them, by the consideration of the creation of the world, to behold his goodness, and not to be thankful to him again for his creatures? What other thing deserved this blindness and forgetfulness of them at God's hands, but utter forfaking ot him? And so forfaken of God, they could not but fall into extreme ignorance and error. And although they much esteemed themselves in their wits and knowledge, and gloried in their wildom; yet vanished they away blindly, in their thoughts became fools, and perished in their folly. There can be none other end of such as draw nigh to God by knowledge, and yet depart from him in unthankfulness, but utter destruction. This experience faw David
m. txxiii. in his days. For in his Pfalm he faith, Bebold, they -wbicb ivithdraw themselves from thee jhall perijb, for thou baft dejlroyed them all that are jllrayedfrom thee. This experience was perceived to be true of that holy
Jer. xv. Prophet Jeremiah: 0 Lord, faith he, whatsoever they bt that forsake thee jhall he confounded; they that depart from thee shall he written in the earth, and soon forgotten. It prositeth not, good people, to hear the goodness of God declared unto us, if our hearts be not ennamed thereby to honour and thank him. It prosited not the Jews, which were God's elect people, to hear much of God, seeing that he was not received in their hearts by faith, nor thanked for his benesits bestowed upon them: their unthankfulness was the cause of their destruction. Let us eschew the manner of these before rehearsed, and follow rather the example of that holy Apostle St. Paul, who when in a deep meditation he did behold the marvellous proceedings of Almighty God, and considered his insinite goodness in the ordering of his creatures, he burlt out
Rom. xi. into this conclusion: Sure/y, faith he, of him, by him, and in him, he all things. And this once pronounced, he stuck not still at this point, but forthwith thereupon joined to these words: To him he glory and praise for ever. Amen.
Upon the ground of which words of St. Paul, good audience, I purpose to build my exhortation of this day