Thomas. Cooper. Bishop of Winchester. an Admonition to the People of England. 1589

Thomas. Cooper. Bishop of Winchester. an Admonition to the People of England. 1589

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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. 1882 edition. Excerpt: ...of his house. Of this merciful bearing of God with the breach of his commaundement, Christ sheweth the reason, Math. 1 9. saying in this wise. For the hardnesse of your hearts God suffered you to put away your wiues, but from the beginning it was not so. Heere wee learne that our gratious and mercifull God, for the shunning and auoiding of a greater mischiefe among stubborne people, suffered his seruaunt Moses to giue foorth a more fauourable interpretation of his iust and perfect Lawe, and to suffer diuorcements in such cases, as the right and rigor of his iustice in it selfe, had forbidden. This haue I written, not of purpose to incourage men to breake and alter the Lawes and ordinances of God, but rather to comfort those consciences, which in this case may bee troubled, and to put away that opinion, wherewith some are led to thinke that that Congregation is not worthie the name of a Christian Church, nor meete wherein a good Christian man shoulde abide as Minister, where all things are not reformed, to the perfect rule of Gods holy word. Surely the auncient Fathers of the primitiue Church do not seeme to be of that iudgement. For they did all finde fault with manie enormities in their time, as well in outward ceremonies, as corruption of life, yea, and in some point of doctrine also: and yet it is not read that they did therefore separate themselues from the Churches, or thinke that they coulde not as faythfull Ministers serue in them. Saint Augustine sheweth of himselfe, and of Saint Cyprian very notably, as in many places, so chiefely against the Donatists who were infected with that errour: but Dopnatisrntra most plainely of all other places, De Baptismo ub. 4. cap. 9. contra Donatistas, Lib. 4. Cap. 9. Where at large he more

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