Tuesday, October 13, 2015

13 October 2015 A.D. Jewel’s “Apology”—Bernard: “The bishops,” saith he, “who now have the charge of God’s Church, are not teachers, but deceivers: they are not feeders, but beguilers: they are not prelates, but Pilates...,” p. 103


13 October 2015 A.D. Jewel’s “Apology”—Bernard: “The bishops,” saith he, “who now have the charge of God’s Church, are not teachers, but deceivers: they are not feeders, but beguilers: they are not prelates, but Pilates...,” p. 103 
Jewel, John. “The Apology of the Church of England.” Project Gutenberg. 5 Aug 2006. http://www.gutenberg.org/files/17678/17678-h/17678-h.htm. Accessed 1 Aug 2015.
And what marvel if the Church were then carried away with errors in that time, specially when neither the Bishop of Rome, who then only ruled the roost, nor almost any other, either did his duty, or once understood what was his duty? for it is hard to be believed, while they were idle and fast asleep, that the devil also all that while either fell asleep or else continually lay idle.  For how they were occupied in the meantime, and with what faithfulness they took care of God’s house, though we hold our peace, yet I pray you, let them hear Bernard their own friend.  “The bishops,” saith he, “who now have the charge of God’s Church, are not teachers, but deceivers: they are not feeders, but beguilers: they are not prelates, but Pilates.”  These words spake Bernard of that bishop who named himself the highest bishop of all, and of the other bishops likewise which then had the place of government.  Bernard was no Lutheran: Bernard was no heretic.  He had not forsaken the Catholic Church: yet nevertheless he did not let to call the bishops that then were, deceivers, beguilers, and Pilates.  Now when the people was openly deceived, and Christian men’s eyes were craftily bleared, and when Pilate sat in judgment-place, and condemned Christ and Christ’s members to sword and fire, O good Lord, in what case was Christ’s Church then?  But yet tell me, of so many and so gross errors, what one have these men at any time reformed? or what fault have they once acknowledged and confessed?

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