The Book of Martyrs; Or, the History of Paganism and Popery

9781235607011: The Book of Martyrs; Or, the History of Paganism and Popery
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1764. Excerpt: ... tumacy, to come forthwith before his master. And so Lawrence Saunders was brought before the Bishop, at his palace in London. There were with the Bishop the fame Sir John Mordaunt beforementioned, and some of the Bishop's Chaplains. The Bishop charged Saunders with treason, for breaking the Queen's proclamation against preaching, and with heresy and sedition in his sermon. As for the treason and sedition, the Bishop was content at present to wave it; but he said, he would prove him an heretick, and also all those who did teach and believe, that the administration of the sacraments, and all orders of the church, are most pure which do come nighest the order of the primitive church; for the church was then but in her infancy, and could not abide that perfection, which was afterwards to be furnished with ceremonies. To this Lawrence Saunders answered with the authority of St. Augustine, "That ceremonies "were from the beginning invented and ordained '. for the rude infancy and infirmity of man,-and therefore it was a token of the more perfection of the primitive church, that it had few ceref monies, and of the rudeness of the church pa pistical, because it had so many ceremonies, "partly blasphemous, and partly unsavoury and ' unprofitable." After a great deal of discourse of this matter the JBishop of London sent Saunders to Dr. Gardiner, Lord Chancellor, and Bishop of Winchester, who asked him, how he dared offer to preach after the Queen's proclamation?, Saunders replied, "He did not preach, but he saw dangerous times approaching, and he 'ad/"monishedhis people to stand fast, and persevere ' In the doctrine they had learned; and his con"science moved him to it, from the saying of the «« Apostles, who tell us, That we ought to obey. "God rathe...

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