Friday, October 16, 2015

16 October 2015 A.D. Jewel’s “Apology”—“And will ye say that Christ and the Apostles meant with subtlety to deceive the people when they exhorted them to read the Holy Scriptures


16 October 2015 A.D. Jewel’s “Apology”—“And will ye say that Christ and the Apostles meant with subtlety to deceive the people when they exhorted them to read the Holy Scriptures, that thereby they might flow in all wisdom and knowledge?  No marvel at all though these men [Romanists] despise us and all our doings, which set so little by God Himself and His infallible sayings.” p.107
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.
What then shall I say here, O ye principal posts of religion, O ye arch-governors of Christ’s Church!  Is this that your reverence which ye give to God’s Word?  The Holy Scriptures, which, St. Paul saith, came by the inspiration of God, which God did commend by so many miracles, wherein are the most perfect prints of Christ’s own steps, which all the holy fathers, Apostles, and Angels, which Christ Himself the Son of God, as often as was needful, did allege for testimony and proof; will ye, as though they were unworthy for you to hear, bid them avaunt away?  That is, will ye enjoin God to keep silence, who speaketh to you most clearly by His own mouth in the Scriptures? or that Word, whereby alone, as Paul saith, we are reconciled to God, and which the prophet David saith, is “holy and pure, and shall last for ever;” will ye call that “but a bare and dead letter?” or will ye say that all our labour is lost which is bestowed in that thing which Christ hath commanded us diligently to search, and to have evermore before our eyes?  And will ye say that Christ and the Apostles meant with subtlety to deceive the people when they exhorted them to read the Holy Scriptures, that thereby they might flow in all wisdom and knowledge?  No marvel at all though these men despise us and all our doings, which set so little by God Himself and His infallible sayings.  Yet was it but want of wit in them, to the intend they might hurt us, to do so extreme injury to the Word of God.

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