The First Pillar Of Popery - Part 3
Consisting Of Intemperate Railing, With Shameful Slanders And Untruths
Andrew Willet DD., Fellow of Christ College, Cambridge 1562-1621
P. 602. "Ye cannot abide salt, water, oil, the cross: and no marvel: no more cannot the devil, who possesseth you and rideth you."
P. 607. "It should have become Scoggin, Patch, Jolly, Harry Pattenson, or Will Sommer, to have told this tale much better than your superintendentships: and if ye would needs have played the part yourselves, it would have been more convenient to have done it upon the stage, under a vice's coat, than in a book," &c.
And all this, because their practice in seducing the people of God, are compared to Jeroboam's, who enticed the people from the true worship of God at Jerusalem, by setting up two golden calves.
P. 616. "When were ever such thieves in the Church of God as ye are?"
I bid. "If all ifs were true, than if heaven fall we should catch larks. And if a bridge was made between Dover and Calais, we might go to Bologne a-foot, as William Sommer once told King Henry VIII." Because M. Jewell had said, if the Church of Rome cannot err, the good luck thereof is far greater than these men's policy: for such is their doctrine and life, that for all them the Church may not only err, bat be utterly spoiled.
P. 617. "By your apostasy ye have done more wickedly, than if ye committed idolatry."
P. 648. "Sirs, would ye have the common people to come to the General Councils? Whom mean ye, I pray you? Tinkers and tapsters, fiddlers and pipers, such as your ministers be? Alas, poor souls, what should they do there? for there is no tinkling*. "nor tippling, nor fiddling, nor piping; there they may shut up both budgets and mouths." But here M. Harding need not thus to have upbraided our ministers with such scoffing and jester-like terms, if he had remembered (as M. Jewell telleth him) what Alphons. de Castro reporteth of the Popes, "Constat plures Papas adeo esse illiteratos, ut grammaticam penitus ignorent." That
- Yet in your late Trident chapter there was such tinkling of other men's kettles, and tippling off their cups, that two adulterous Popish bishops came to a shameful end : whereof one was slain with a boar-spear, being found with: another man's wife: the other was hanged in a gin laid for him in his mews, where he was wont to creep in at a window. Fox, p. 2107.
many of them were so unlearned, that they wre ignorant of their grammer.
P. 680. "As I cannot well take an hair from your lying beard, so wish I that I could pluck malice from your blasphemous heart."
Neither doth M. Harding here content himself, thus spitefully to have entreated the living, calling our ministers, cobblers, tapsters, tinkers: ministers’ wives, sober and grave matrons, with him no better than strumpets: but he doth most unhonestly snatch and carp at the dead, and revile God’s saints, terming the book of Acts and Monuments, a huge dunghill of stinking martyrs: yea, he presumeth to sit in God’s chair, wresting the judgment out of his hand, and giving sentence of condemnation against us, "The authors and professors of them be dead and rotten in hell fire, with weeping and grinning of teeth: the like judgment look ye and your fellows to have if ye repent not." And in another place: "After ye have fried and boiled (saith he) in rancour and malice against the Church, ye are like to leap into the furnace of hell." But the writer hereof should have remembered Christ’s rule, judge not, that you be not judged: as for his corrupt and malicious judgment, we pass not: he well saith, "prima virtus Christiani est contemnere hominum judicia:" it is the first point of Christianity not to regard the judgment of men. Thus we hear M. Harding’s sugared eloquence: judge now (good Christian reader) whether this man have not been well trained up in Satans school, as he slanderously saith of us.
These and such like are M. Harding’s flowers, who list to take a further view of them, shall find them to be collected as into one bundle by Dp. Jewell: where these pleasant sorts shall be offered to his smell: "Your devilish spite, your devilish wickedness, your develish villany, Satan is your schoolmaster, your father the devil: your new Church set up by Satan, you are the school of Satan, children of the devil. A page, a slave, a clawback of the devil, your reporbate congregation, your confused tents of Satan, the novice of the devil. Satan’s brood, Satan holdeth you captive, ye are fast bound in Satan’s fetters, loose apostates, proface hell-hounds, your blasphemies and Statanisms, Calvinists, Satanists: your wicked chamsbrood, your damnable side, your devilish rabble, your congregation of reprobates, your Turkish doctrine. As crafty knaves in a comedy, they are apes, they are asses," with such like: Jewel praefat, defens. Apolog. (Edit. Wykes, London, 1567).
But lest we should think that M. Harding only had profited in this black and Popish rhetoric, let us see also the modesty of other men’s spirits, out of that school. We shall easily find that they are all one woman’s children, and have had all one school master, their style and speech is so alike.
Bonaventure, a friar, of Lorraine, disputing with Wolfgangus, used these as his best arguments, "Thou heretic, Judas, Beelzebub."
Bellarmine, the mildest and most modest child of that crew, yet sometimes sheweth the badge of his profession: "Ab alio spiritu Calvinus agitur (saith he) ut se Valentino opponat, sic inter se daemonibus colludentibus:" Praefat. In 2. contro. De Christo. Calvin being moved of another spirit, doth set himself against Valentinus, the Tritheist, who affirmed that there were three Gods: one devil thus mocking with another. Is not here (think you) a gentle reward for Calvin for opposing himself against that vile heretic, and maintaining the doctrine of the Trinity? Is not this to blaspheme the Spirit of God, speaking and writing in Calvin in the defence of the truth?
But what say ye to our Rhemists, those jolly champions? If any man be desirous to know their pregnant wits and eloquent tongues, thus they write:
Annot. In Act. 8. sect. 10. "Simon Magus that sorcerer had more true knowledge of religion, than the Protestants have: he blasphemed not as they blaspheme."
They call us miscreants, Jam. 5. sect. 5. and compare us to the impious sons of Ham, Galat. 2. sect. 8.: to cain, Balaam, and Korah, Judges v. 11.
Yea, with a foul black mouth, they are not ashamed to call calvin, Beza, Verone, reprobates, Rom. xi. 33; but thanks be to God, as he well saith, "Aliter hominum malitia, aliter Christus judicat:" Hierom.ad Julian. Man’s malice judgeth one way, and Christ another; from their hellish judgement of us we appeal to Christ’s heavenly throne.
Thus, at the burning of Mr. Frith, that worthy servant of God and blessed martyr, Dr. Cooke most uncharitably admonished the people that they should pray no more for him than they would for a dog. Fox, p. 1036.