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them, for the fame do&rine and arguments were preached. to both alike, buc by opening their eyes to see what ochers saw not; Ait. 26.18. and by opening their hearts to receive what others would not receive, as A&t. 16.14 To conclude, forasmuch as the cestimony of the Spirit is noc the Argument for which, but onely che Instrument by which they believe ; and on che contrary, the Testimony of Scripture is the proper argument for which they believe, ic is most evident, that they work in several capacities, and so we are fully discharged from thac Circle, which they cauflefly charge us with, and notwithstanding this objection, the foundacion of our Faith Itandech sure. This is the first particular,

9.13. The other particular concernes the Popish foundation: for some of the Romanists finding themselves sa wofully intangled in the businesse of Infallibilicy, are grown fick of the notion. Crely, the English Apostate, in his. Exomologesos .confeserb, That Infallibility is ar unfortunate word, combated by Mi Chillingworth with too too great succesle, that he could wish the word were forgotten, or at least laid by: these cherefore cell us, chac if the Infallibilicy of the Church be denied, yet a Papist hach fufficient ground for his faith in the Churches authority, in wbich he is obliged to acquiesce, and whom he must hear in all cbings: and this way some others go. This I thought fit to mention, that the world may see the complexion of a Romish conscience, and the desperate shifts which the wrerchednefle of their caule forcech chem to. But because che absurdicy of this new fancy doch fuâ lun se conftare, I shall dismiis it with two remarks ups on it.

- Thit ic is disclaimed by the Romish Church, (and it were a frivolous thing to concern our selves in refuting all the wild fancies of their particular Doctors.) It is truc Grelly faith, No Such word as Infallibility as to be found in


any Council : the good man had forgot the definition of the Councel of Bafil, wherein they call it a pernitions ere ror, to say, that a Councel canerre : ( the pallage I ciced before, or else he meant to be wiccy; for it is very true, that non poteft errare is not the same word with Infallibi lity,though it be the same thing. Nor do che Papilts onely assert the infallibilicy of their Church, but generally ac. knowledge, that without this, their faith would have no folid Foundation, nor their Religion any cercainty.I shall nor multiply instances in so known a ching you have many instances in one , ia that forementioned passage of the Councel of Bafil, That if once that pernitions error were admitted, that general Councels may erre, the wholeCatholick Faith would totter (a). And Bellarmine in a forequoted passage confesseth, Thàc it is a most unreasonable thing to require Christians to be finally subject to the judga mint of that Cburch which is liable to error(b). And therefor I need not cait away pretious cime in confuting those particular fancies of some private Doctors, which are directly repugnant unto the confessed opinion of the Pope, and the Decree of a general Councel.

2. This is fo far from mending the matter, that it makes it far worse: for he that faith, I am bound to believe the Church in all things; because she is infallible in all things, speaks that which is coherent in it felf, and the contequence is agreeable to reason ; the onely fault lies in the Antecedent. But he that faith, I am bound to believe the Church in all things, though she may errein many things, (and none knows how many,) throws himself and me up on such desperate Rocks , as none but a mad-man would run upon. When Bellarmine delivers that desperate do &rine, That if the Pope should command us to fin, we are

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(a) Ix Responfione Synodalia (b) lib. ceasil.6o3.


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bound to obey him : and when others have said, That
the Pope should lead theusands to Hell, we must not reprove
bim: their followers mollifie the harshneste of those af-
sercions with chis favourable construction, That the Pro-
positions are onely Hypochetical, depending upon such
conditions, as by reason of the promise of infallibility,
can never be fulfilled, for(say they)the Pope cannot com-
wand sin, and cannot lead men to Hell : and this, if true
were a plausible evasion.But to tell me, that if the Pope or
Church may erre , yet I am bound to believe and obey
them in all things, this is to make that my Duty, which
God bath threatned as a terrible Curse, 2 Thes 2.viz. to
believe lies: This is to confront the Apostle, A&t.s. and to
say, That it is better to obey men then God, when their com
mands are contrary; this is to bring me under a necessity
of that Woe, denounced against such as call evill good, and
good evill,that put darkness for light, and light for darkness,
Ifa.5.20. This is to say, That I am bound to follow my
blind Leaders, though it be into the Ditch; That I am un.
der an obligation of offending God by making him a lyar,
and of damning my own Soul; This is to say, That the
Israelices were bound to obey Aaron's Idolatrous decree,
concerning the observation of the Feast of the Calfe: nay
more, That the Jewes were bound to obey their Church
in putting Christ to death, though they had at that time
known him tu be the true Messias. In a word, luch and so
many are the prodigious absurdities which would inevita.
bly follow froin that wild assertion, that Madnesse it self,
unlesse in its highest Paroxysme, could not equall it: and
when the Authors of it come to themselves, or returne to
the judgment of their own Church or when their Church
comes over to their opinion,& lages aside their bold

pretences to Infallibility,they may expect a farcher Answer.

But since I wroc chis, i find, Mr Crely hath saved me the labour of farther Answer: for in his second edition,



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(and secunde cogitationes funt melicres) I find him sick of bis former notion : I suppose he hath met with sharp rebukes from his wiser Brethren;what Penances or censures they have inficted on bim I know not, but the effect is vilible, and the man is brought to a recanting strain. And that he may have some colourable Palliation for it, he pretends, he was mil understood, and that he never meant to deny Infallibility to the Church, fave onely in the most rigorous sense that the Terme could import, and therefore he roundly asserts, That the Church can neither deceive believers that follow her,nor be deceived her self.Exo. molog. Se&.2.Ch 21. And, Infallibility and Authority are in effect all one as applied to the Church: for to say, that the Church hath authority to oblige all Christians to recive her Doctrines, and withall to say she is fallible, is extremity of Injustice and Tyranny. Appendix to Exomolog. chap.5. num.14. So this presence is also gone after the rest: and therefore from all that hach been discoursed and proved, I may cake che boldnesle to conclude, That the Faith of a Papist, if he keep to his own principles, hach no Foundation, or is not built upon the Rock, but meerly upon the Sand, or (in the Prophet's language) they have forsaken (the Scriptures,)the fountain of living water, to hew out unto themselvis broken Cisterns, that can hold no water.


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002 2000 0901200200 An APPENDIX by way of rem flection upon Captain Robert Everards EPISTLE, and account of his conversion and Submission to the Rómish Church;

and M Cressy's ExoMOLOG E SIS.

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Ince the finishing of the foregoing Treacise, I was cold of an Epistolary Discourse of Capcaine Everards, and withall that the subltance of it

was fully Answered by what I had chere discus. sed; Onely it was convenient to accommodate che passages relating thereto to the severall parts of bis Epiftle Upon this suggestion I procured the Epistle it selle as enlarged in the second Edition, and diligently read ie once or twice over And I confefle I was at firit dubious whether I should take any notice of it, partly because I saw it' was nothing but a collection out of others ( as he most“ properly calls it ) and a repetition of those old Sophismes, that have been answered and exploded an hundred times over, and partly because I discerned by the spirit of the man, and the frame of his Discourse, and the circumstances of his change, that there was no likelihood at all of retriving and reclaiming him, borra clear and irresistible foever the evidence and arguments were that should be produced. He that hach but halfan Eye may see a designe in the whole management of the change: And although he affures us wich a refte me ipfo , that he is not bia led by worldly interests, and private eņds, he must allow discreet perfons che liberty of their

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