In which advertisement is shewed how corruptly he tea­cheth, that notwithstanding all the sinns & abhominations that are in the Church of England, and by him shewed, yet that it is blasphemous to separate from it.

1 King. 18.21. How long halt yee between two opinions? If the Lord be God, follow him: but if Baal be he, then go after him.

Imprinted in the yere 1612.

AN EPISTLE To the Reader.

GEntle Reader, the causes that have moved mee to put forth this short writing, are cheifly three; the first, the glory of the Lord my God,Lev. 19.2. 1 Pet. 1.15.16. who as he is holy, so dooth he require that all his people should be holy, in all manner of conversation: and that all those that call upon the name of Christ should depart from iniquity. 2 Tim. 2.19. The second, the fer­vent desire which I have of the salvation of mens soules, & gayn­ning of them unto God; the means whereof being,Iam. 5.19.20. in shewing unto them their erring from the truth, and to convert them from go­ing astray, out of the way. The third, is in respect of my self; for having had a hand both in the translating and printing of M. B. book, and there being in it, as I am fully perswaded, & as by the grace of God I shal shew, out of the holy scriptures, errors and abberations from the truth of the living God; If I had held my peace and sayd nothing, I could not have cleared my self from partaking with other mens synns; and so should have done, con­trary unto that holy commandement of the Apostle to Timothy.1 Tim. 5.22

To the end therfore, that the reader may the better perceive the thing intended in this writing, namely, how corruptly Mr. Brightman, dooth teach, not to separate frō the Church of Engl. notwithstanding all the corruptions which he shewes to be in her; this is the order that I shall observe, to wit, that first I will set down some of the particulars wherby he blames that Church of England, for partaking with the corruptions and manner of government of Antichrist. Secondly I shall shew some of the praises, which not­withstanding these corruptions, he gives vnto the same. And thirdly what is the collection or conclusion that he gathers therevp­on: which having done I shal also declare my mind concerning these things. And thus (Christian Reader) I shall cōmit the ap­proving, or censuring of all, to thy godly wisdom, grounded upon the canon and holy writings of the holy Prophets and Apostles. Fare well.

Thine as thou art the Lords Iean de Lescluse.

An Advertisement concerning M. Brightman upon the Apocalyps.

FOr to come therfore unto the matter I will begin with that which is written in the 103 page of his book, translated into English, where he shewed the I most fearfull estate of the Church of England in these words: I could not but mourn from the bottome of myne heart when I beheld in her, Christ fastidien­tem. lothing us, and very greatly provoked against us. II

The second blame which he layeth vpon the back of the Church of England is, that the most mighty King Henry had expelled the Pope, but III reteyned the popish superstition; pag. 104 of the sayd book.

The third evil wherwith he chargeth that Church of England is, that there is such a form of Church established as is neyther cold nor hot, but set in the middes, and made of both: and againe in the same place about 2. or 3 lines after he hath these words: Hot in deed she is not, whose out­ward government for the most part is yet stil Romish: In the degrees of their Clergie, in Elections, and ordinations, and whole administration of the Cen­sures: which tempera­tio purio­ris doctri­nae. mixing of the pure doctrine, and Romish regiment togither, ma­keth this lukewarmnes, wherby wee stand in the middes between cold and hot, between the Romish and the reformed Churches, of both which wee are confla­mur. com­posed: and a few lines after he produceth the testimony of the lear­ned and godly, Martin Bucer, in a letter of his written to a freind at Cambridge in the yeare 1550, where he complayneth of the corru­ption of the Church of England, in these words; There be some who by most humane wisdome and vanishing cogitations, would joyn togither God and Belial, by the leaven of Antichrist: Such are the words of Martin Bu­cer: which are thus confirmed by Mr Brightmans: These things he did write, which wee at this day find by experience too true. pa. 108. of his book.

4. He maketh the condition of the poor blinde Papists, to be farr IIII better, then the condition of the Angels of the Church of England; in these words, for in this place Christ preferreth the blinde Papists, before those Angels, who bewitched with ambition and covetousnes, doe refuse ho­ly reformation. pag. 109. And in the 111 pag, speaking of the pu­nishment to be inflicted upon this English Angel for his sinnes, he speaketh also thus of the whole Church. It is also to be feared, that the Church may feele some adversitie through contagion and consenting to. Such as are the Angels, such becometh shee for the most part: and none is so igno­rant of the matters, that seeth not playnly, that the whole body is sick of the [Page 6] same disease. And so by his own grant, the whole state of that Church to be worse then that of the Church of Rome.

V 5. In the 112 page be sheweth what is the cause of the lukewarm­nes of the Church of England in these words: Jn our England the con­gruency is so manifest, that nothing could have been expressed more lively: for what other cause can wee bring of our lukewarmnes, the Popish government mingled with the pure doctrine then the love of riches and honours? &c.

VI 6. Observe also in the same page a short description of the An­gel of the Church of Engl. in these words. But our Bishops are Peeres of the Realme, superiour in honour to many great states: also in riches, compa­ny of men and mayd servants, in magnificence of howses, and all the other pomp of the world, equal to any, even the greatest Earles. How rich is the rest of the Clergie? The Deanes, Arch-deacons, Prebendaries, Chaplains, &c. And that these and the like are the Angel of the Church of England wherof he speaketh so often in this book, it appeareth by that wich foloweth in the beginning of the page 113 in these words: Doe not this amplify and increase very greatly the glory of the Church, that her Ministers do shine in garments of silk and velvet. &c. and also by that which is in pag. 117. thus, Thou art therfore a begger ô thou English An­gel: comprehending under the name of this English Angel, which he calls a begger, Curates, Prebendaries, Archdeacons, Deacons, & the Bishops themselves, as it may be plainly seen in the 116 and 117 pa­ges of his book, in which places observe also by the way, the man­ner of entrance into the Ministery of the Church of England, plain­ly described by Mr Brightmans.

VII 7. The seventh charge wherewith he dealeth with the Church of Engl. is to be seen in the 116 pa. thus: So reprehensions are silent, nequitia regnat. naugh­tines reigneth, the hand of God is heavy upon us, and whither the matter will grow at last, prudent men feare not without iust cause. With which is to be added that which he sayth in the pag. 117, namely that the lawes of Christ are not kept in the Ch: of Engl. in these words: wee avayle nothing with our Lawes; where the lawes of Christ are not kept.

VIII 8. In the pag 119. he observeth, that the ordinances concer­ning the manner of entrance into the Ministery of the Church of England is such, as for which the other reformed Churches may be ashamed: thus, Excellent ordinances in deed; for which the reformed Chur­ches may be ashamed.

IX 9 He chargeth this Church to have such officers as whose names, [Page 7] except the Bishop have not been heard in the Church: thus, What is this auncient use of pronouncing the sentence by them, whose names, except onely the Bishop, have not been heard in deed in the Church, as long as the true honour and dignity of excommunication remayned?

The tenth and last charge of his, which I doo here purpose to X adde, leaving the rest, because it were too long to relate them all in particular shalbe this, written in the pag 128. of his book, where he makes the Angel of the Church of Engl. a persecuter of the bre­thren & a deceiver of the Prince. Thus, Repent of the iniuries which thou hast done to the brethren, in casting some into prison, in turning others out of their goods, in depriving many of the power to preach the word, in reproching and traducing all with the odious names of Anabaptists &c. and in the same page a few lines after; thus he speaketh, That was a notable ca­lumnie, whereby both thou hast deceived the PRINCE, and also hast pro­cured hatred to the brethren: &c.

These & many the like charges are in his book, wherby he shew­eth the fearfulnes of the estate of the Church of England.

Now followeth to shew breifly some of the prayses which he al­so giveth vnto her, wherby as with a salve, he cureth all her soares.

And first in the very title of his Epistle dedicatory to the Chur­ches I thus he writeth, To the holy reformed Churches of &c. where note that the Church of Britany, that is the Church of England hath this honourable title given her with the rest, holy reformed: vnto which title add that which also he saith in the 102 pag. of this book, where he maketh the Church of England to be the Antitype of the Church of Laodicea, thus; The Antitype is the third reformed Church;

The second good thing which he sheweth to be in the Church II and Kingdome of England is twofold,double blessings in the Church of Engl. in the 104 & 105 pages of his book; the first in respect of earthly blessings: the second in re­spect of spiritual: for the first thus he speaketh: From hence the lawes are in force, judgements are exercised, every one inioyeth his own; iniuries are re­strayned; wantonnes is repressed, &c. The second is thus,Earthly. And to what end were all these good things if we could not have the wholsom doctrine of truth? Spiritual. But ever since the first times of our most peaceable Queen, he hath raysed up continually deligent and learned Pastours & Teachers, who have preached the word purely and syncerely. Neyther at this day are wanting many, by his infinite mercy, who bestow all their labour in imparting to his people the whole will of God, and that pure and uncorrupt from all leaven of falshood. [Page 8] Adde vnto this also the sanctification of these Pastours by Christ in the 106 page, thus; But he that is a faithfull and true witness, sanctifieth the Pastours with the truth beyond all hope: in whose lipps he dwelleth even hi­therto:

III 3. But in the page 318 he is large in describing the good estate of the Church of England thus: as it came to pass in our England, to which Christ at the sound of the seventh trumpet, in the yere 1558, gave the most gracious Queen Elizabeth, who againe gave her Kingdome to Christ, in roo­ting out through all her dominions, the most part of the Romish superstitions, and in restoring to her people the syncere and wholesome truth, that wee might worship the Lord our God according to his ordinance.

IIII The fourth good thing which he mentioneth to be in the Church of England, is the preaching of the word & the lawfull administra­tion of the sacraments, in these words; These things therfore doo proove, that a double and great good thing doo abide in the English Church, that is to say, the preaching of the word, and the lawful administration of the sacra­ments: In both which Christ bestoweth himself vpon his people, keeping a mu­tual feast with them, he first being received of us by hearing of the word; se­condly, entertayning us againe with the supper of his body.

And thus much touching some of the praises which he giveth unto that Church of England: now let the godly see in these words of his following, what conclusion he maketh hereupon; which may be read in the 131 pag. of his book thus: Therfore wicked and blasphemous is their errour, who doo fall away so from this Church, as if Christ were banished wholly from hence; and that there could not be any hope of sal­vation for them that tarry there. Let them mind here Christ feasting with his people. Wil they be ashamed to sit down there, where they see Christ not to be ashamed? Are they purer and holyer then he? &c.

These things being thus set down, it resteth now that according to my promise, I doo also shew my mind concerning them? thus therefore, first to begin with that which I have set for the first charge, which he layeth upon the Church of England; I desire the reader to observe the word which he useth of Christ loathing them, fastidien­tem nostri. which word of loathing seemeth to be taken from the 95. Psal. ver. 10. where the Prophet speaking in the person of the Lord himself, sayth that fowrty yeres long he had loathed that generation: saying that they are a people erring in heart, and not knowing his wayes, wherfore he sware in his wrath that they should not enter into his [Page 9] rest. So that by M. Brightmans own graunt this Church of England is in no better estate then were those rebels in the wildernes, all which were consumed and entred not into his rest, as he had sworn.

But that the Lord hath more just cause to loath the Church of En­gland, then that of the Israelites in the wildernes, let the reader ob­serve it in these particulars; first that that Church had a true Ministe­ry, and true Offices and Officers; and so hath not the Church of England by M. Brightmans own graunt: Secondly the Officers of that Church never persecuted the faithful Iewes for practising the holy ordinances of God; as he affirmeth that the Angel of the Ch: of England dooth, those that will not submit to their government. Thirdly, their government was not a mixt government partly of the Aegyptians, partly of the Moabites, and Edomites or Cananeans, but simple and pure according to the true patern shewed to Moses in the mount: but that of England is not so, for Mr Brightman af­firmeth it to be partly Romish and partly reformed, and so not the true government which Christ hath appointed in his eternall Testa­ment: Fourthly, none of that Church were admitted unto any of­fice but onely such as were lawfully called thereunto as Aaron was, but so it is not in the Church of England, for such Offices and Of­ficers are there admitted as are unknown unto the true Church of Christ by Mr Brightmans own doctrine. Therfore it dooth necessa­rily follow that the estate of the Church of England is worse then was the estate of those rebels in the wildernes, and that there is no­thing to be expected from Christ, by any member thereof, but a powring out of his eternall wrath upon them.

Concerning his second charge of King Henry expelling the Pope but reteyning the popish superstition; this is that which I say, that the Pope cannot properly be said to be expelled when his doctrine & superstition is reteyned; for as concerning the Popes own person he could not be expelled from England for he was never there. But it may be that Mr Brightman meaneth that some of the Monks & Fryars were driven out and their revenues taken away from them; as also that their manner of worshipping of God which was in the La­tin tongue, was then translated into English: but what of all this? can this be sayd to be an expelling of the Pope? No; for in deed & properly, it is the doctrine & superstition of the Pope which dooth corrupt the harts and soules of men, which can be done eyther in a [Page 10] Kingdome or in a Province or in a parish, or in a house without the presence eyther of the Pope himselfe or of any of his Monks and Fryars, by their doctrine, superstitions, false manner of worship, which are spred too farre abroad in the world by their bookes and writings, and even now reteyned [...]o this day in England, as Mr. Brightman himself do write.

The third is that the established form of the Church of England is neyther cold nor hot, and againe, that she is not hot whose outward government for the most part is yet still Romish; and againe that this mixing of the pure doctrine and Romish government togither maketh this lukewarmnes; wherby they stand between cold and hot, between the Romish and the reformed Churches, of both which they are composed: joyn with this th [...] which wee have set for the fift charge where he sayth, that no other cause can be brought of their luke­warmnes, the Popish government mingled with the pure doctrine, then the love of riches and honours?

Now I beseech the reader to compare this with his first prayse of the Church of England which is in the very title of his Epistle dedi­catory, where he intituled the Church of England to be a reformed Church. Is it possible that holynes and unholynes can raigne togi­ther? Is there any cōmunion between Christ and Antichrist? be­tween light and darknes? between Idols and the true God? Can a­ny Kingdome, any Church, any family, any man submit unto the go­vernment, of Antichrist and not be defiled therby? No God himself and his Prophets; Christ and his Apostles doo teach otherwise, ther­fore let all such as do so teach, remember that saying of the Prophet Isayas, Woe unto him that calleth evil good, &c.

Moreover in his fourth charge where he maketh the state of the poor blinde Papists farr better, then the condition of the Angel of the Church of England, and that also such as are the Angels such be­cōmeth the Church for the most part, I doe observe that by his own doctrine the estate of the Church of England is worse then Babylon it self; which Babylon is granted by all to be that Synagogue and Church of Antichrist devoted unto destruction in the day of the e­ternall wrath of the Lamb. And where are then those great prayses of all manner of blessings upon that Church rehersed in the second article, but cheifly these spirituall blessings of the word purely and syncerely taught in it? Yea in that Church of which he saith in [Page 11] the seventh article of his charges, that naughtynes raigneth in it, the hād of God is heavie upon it and agayn, that in her the lawes of Christ are not kept. But what is there then to be done, even this, that eve­ry soule who hath any care of salvation and of escaping the eternall flames of everlasting damnation be careful to come out with speed from Babylon and not to partake any longer with her sinnes, least they patake also of her plagues. For it is unpossible to be both a ho­ly member of Christ, and worse then a Papist; Christ nor his mem­bers cannot be coupled with a harlot and her members, & whosoever coupleth himself with a harlot, is made one body with her, as wit­nesseth the holy Apostle.

As concerning therfore the outward blessings of peace and pro­sperity in earthly things, let every godly mind that by it no Church, no man, can have any assurance to be in the favour of God: but let every soul be sure that where there is no repentance from evil works they are but fatlings against the day of slaughter.

But because I doe see that this writing enlargeth it self beyond that which I had determined, I shall now begin to draw to an end con­cerning his charges against the Church of England and the Angel therof: and therfore wil here bring the rest into a short summe, and they at these, first, that the entrāce into the Ministery of the Church of England is such as for which the other reformed Churches may be ashamed: secondly that the names of the officers of that Church have not been heard in the Church, but onely the Bishops; finally that the Angel of that Church, is both a persecuter of the brethren, and a deceiver of the Prince: when I doe consider these things and others also which I have both seen and heard, I cannot but lament & deplore the estate both of those most noble Princes of England as also of their poore subjects, which are thus misused by those sonns of Anak though I be but a stranger unto them and under the juris­diction of an other Prince. It is now 46 yeres agoe that indeed the reformed Churches began to be ashamed of some things which they had but heard concerning the estate of the Church of England, as namely the plurality of benefices, licences of non residency, licences to con­tract mariages, the vse of meats and the like, which things they then jud­ged, not to be a corruption of Christianity, but a manifest apostasy from Christ: for which see my countryman of famous & happy me­mory Theodorus Beza in his Epistle to Edmūd Grindal then Bishop [Page 12] of London. Epist. [...]. towards the end. And if these things were thus written so many yeres agoe, what may all the reformed Chur­ches now say of the estate of that of England which they have as yet embraced as their sister hitherto, when they shall both see & know by this man even a professed freind of hers, thus to speak, concer­ning her estate: But yet concerning this point I must needs say, that in deed the reformed Churches have not dealt with that Church of England so syncerely & playnly as they should have done. For what is it, if one or two of the most famous members of them have thus in a few words and as it were by the way set down some few of her corruptions? Have they not many thowsands of them both learned and unlearned, seen and heard the estate of the officers of that Ch: to be Antichristian? & that the very ofspring of every one of them is from the Archbishops, which very name may not be attributed unto any eyther man or Angel without blasphemy against Christ Ie­sus who is the alone head and cheif of all Bishops and Pastours? Have they not also seen that the manner of worshipping God in their Cathedral Churches, as they call them, with singing men, and sing­ing boyes cloathed with white surplices, with Orgens and all man­ner of musique? Have they not seen and heard that all manner of wicked livers both Papists and others are compelled to partake with the rest, and of a confused multitude, to make the Church and bo­dy of Christ, and so force and compel men to take their condemna­tion and judgment? Have they not also heard and known that the Archbishops and Bishops and others of the officers of that Church have so many yeeres continually opposed and shewed themselves to be deadly enemies unto all godly reformation? Yea doubtles, they doo know and have known all these things and many more: But how have they dealt in this respect? Have they at any time Christian­ly & soundly admonished, reproved, convinced that Church of their corruptions by the lawe and word of God as they ought to have done? not at al; but they have rather eyther held their peace or flat­tered them in their sinns, or so little spoken or written of them, as that they may well and justly be ashamed, of their unkindnes in this respect towards that Kingdome and people of whom they have re­ceived so many benefits in tyme of their calamities & banishments. Concerning the names of the officers of that Church, they were (sayth he) unknown unto the Church of Christ. &c. And what is [Page 13] this? Shal then any soule in whome there is but a very small sparkle of the feare of God, be so bold as to dare submitt under the govern­ment and guidance of such vnlawfull Ministers and Ministery? Are they not all thieves & robbers which enter not in by the doore, but climbe up another way? And will any man of wisdome com­mit unto the protection and keeping of thieves the least part of his worldly goods? No, none wilbe so unwise, for every one knoweth that they wil but make a pray of them and spoile and robbe them. And shall any then be so carefull for things of so small importance, and shall he not care unto whom he dooth commit the guidance of that which is the principall, namely of his soule? Let them alone therfore, for as our saviour Christ sayth, they are blind leaders of the blind: and both of them shall surely fall into the pit.

Finally, the Angel of the Church of England is both a persecu­ter of the brethren and a deceiver of the Prince. Marvelous; and is he still for all this, the Angel of the Church in Mr. Brightmans judgement? In mine doubtlesse he is altogither otherwise; even that Angel of the bottomlesse pit, who is a King over those Locusts spo­ken of in the ninth of the Revelation; like unto that wicked Haman spoken of in the book of Esther who both persecuted the brethren of the Church of God, and also deceived the King: but let these take heed, for God who hath the hearts of Kings & Princes in his hands for to turn them as the Rivers of waters, shall no doubt discover the malice of this Angel unto the Princes of that land, and then shall they be rewarded as Haman was▪ Besides let every godly Reader observe, that to be a persecuter of Gods people and saints, is and hath been alwayes a sure mark of Antichrist and of his kingdome.

To conclude therfore this writing, I wil come unto that which wee have set for the fourth prayse of the Church of England, and the conclusions that he dooth inferr therupon, which are these. These things therfore proove that a double and great good thing dooth abide in the English Church, that is to say, the preaching of the word, and the lawfull admi­nistration of the sacraments: &c. his 2. conclusion followeth therupon thus: Therfore wicked and blasphemous is their errour, who doo so fall away from this Church as if Christ were banished wholly from hence. &c. And so by this whatsoever sinns, errours, wickednesses abhominations, he hath shewed before to be, both in the Angel and in the Church it self, all is now cured by this salve: ô most miserable dawbing with [Page 14] untempered morter! Can any preach in the office of an Angel purely and syncerely who is a theife and a robber? Shal any man administer purely, who is not lawfully called therunto as Aaron was? Can any unlawfull minister administer lawfully the seales of Gods Covenant unto doggs and swyne purely and sincerely? O cease to doe evill & learne to doe good! God who is jealous of his honour and glory shall not long suffer this wickednes unpunished. Are the bodies of Idolatrous Papists, or abhominable whores and whoremongers and of all manner of wicked ones, the temples of the holy Ghost? No; who soever coupleth himself with a harlot is made one body with her, as he witnesseth to the Corinthians: Therfore Christ is far from that Church in respect of any blessing or approving of their worship, howsoever Mr Brightman perswaded otherwise: And ther­fore the two synns whereof he accused before that Angel of the Ch: of England, are here found upon him: namely that in thus writing he hath been both a persecutor of the brethren and a deceiver of the Prince: for what greater persecution could he put upon those poore soules which have separated themselves from those evills by himselfe set down, then to accuse or charge them of blasphemy; yea it is such a persecution as that it is unto death; for by the lawe of God, a blas­phemer must dye. And how hath he also deceived the Princes he & others of his minde by causing them to banish and keepe in banish­ment their most loyall and faithfull subjects? And in deed although I am but a stranger unto them and one of an other people, yet the truth caused me to speak thus in their behalf, that I know not any people at this day under the Sunne more loyall and faithfull unto their Prince and country; and more zelous and religious towards God, then they are: and these things are seen in them and among them both privately and publikly: yea in such measure as that, I am fully perswaded that they are, and shalbe if they continue faithfull unto the end, that people by which cheifly Antichrist the man of sin shalbe rooted out: for by that purity of doctrine which they doe teach, & by the syncere and publick administration of the glorious Kingdome of Christ publikly and before all the people; as also by professing that glorious liberty in the Gospel, that if any sinne be shewed or manifested unto them by the word of God is amended whatsoever opposition may be to the contrary; by those things, I say, by them professed, practised, and taught, it is impossible that [Page 15] where they have place, Antichrist can or have any doore to come in. And for my part I doe blesse the day in which I had that grace from my God to knowe both the people & their faithfull walking in their wayes and religion of God; and J besech the Lord of his grace even with tears that he vouchsafe to open the eyes of their most noble and wise Prince that he may see the iustice and equity of their cause, and cause them to see his Royall face and presence agayn with ioy and gladnes of heart under his dominions and iurisdictions, Amen.

And so I do here end, though many more things might be said touching separation from evil, and adjoyning or following that which is good: and in deed in a word, wee shall not read even from the beginning of the world to this day, that there was ever any true Church of God truely established but by separation: & therfore this peo­ple not to be blasphemers, but true worshipers of GOD.

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