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JOHN JEWEL (1522-1571ad), English Protestant Apologist.

"The Apology of the Church of England" by John Jewel:

play audio file  Apology of Church of England 1 (of 9) mp3 7.2MB 31:44
play audio file  Apology of Church of England 2 (of 9) mp3 6.9MB 29:56
play audio file  Apology of Church of England 3 (of 9) mp3 7.1MB 30:56
play audio file  Apology of Church of England 4 (of 9) mp3 6.9MB 30:21
play audio file  Apology of Church of England 5 (of 9) mp3 7.1MB 31:08
play audio file  Apology of Church of England 6 (of 9) mp3 7.0MB 30:23
play audio file  Apology of Church of England 7 (of 9) mp3 6.9MB 30:15
play audio file  Apology of Church of England 8 (of 9) mp3 7.5MB 32:47
play audio file  Apology of Church of England 9 (of 9) mp3 7.7MB 33:48

EXCERPT from "The Apology of the Church of England," on the Authority of Scripture above Sacred Councils:

"Peradventure they will say, it was treason to attempt these matters without a sacred general council; for in that consisteth the whole force of the Church; there Christ hath promised He will ever be a present assistant. Yet they themselves, without tarrying for any general council, have broken the commandments of God, and the decrees of the Apostles; and, as we said a little above, they have spoiled and disannulled almost all, not only ordinances, but even the doctrine of the primitive Church. And where they say it is not lawful to make a change without a council, what was he that gave us these laws, or from whence had they this injunction?

... when we hear God Himself plainly speak to us in His most Holy Scriptures, and may understand by them His will and meaning, if we would afterward (as though this were of none effect) bring our whole cause to be tried by a council;
"When we hear God Himself plainly speak to us in His most Holy Scriptures, and may understand by them His will and meaning, if we would afterward (as though this were of none effect) bring our whole cause to be tried by a council; which were nothing else but to ask whether men would allow as God did, and whether men would confirm God's commandment by their authority."
which were nothing else but to ask whether men would allow as God did, and whether men would confirm God's commandment by their authority.

Why, I beseech you, except a council will and command, shall not truth be truth, and God be God? If Christ had meant to do so from the beginning, as that He would preach or teach nothing without the bishop's consent, but refer all His doctrine over to Annas and Caiaphas, where should now have been the Christian faith? or, who at any time should have heard the Gospel taught? Peter verily, whom the Pope hath oftener in his mouth, and more reverently useth to speak of than he doth of Jesus Christ, did boldly stand against the holy council, saying, 'It is better to obey God than men.' And after Paul had once entirely embraced the Gospel, and had received it, 'not from men, nor by man, but by the only will of God, he did not take advice therein of flesh and blood,' nor brought the case before his kinsmen and brethren, but went forthwith into Arabia, to preach God's Divine mysteries by God's only authority.

Yet truly, we do not despise councils, assemblies, and conference of bishops and learned men; neither have we done that we have done altogether without bishops or without a council. The matter hath been treated in open Parliament with long consultation, and before a notable synod and convocation. But touching this council which is now summoned by the Pope Pius, wherein men so lightly are condemned, which have been neither called, heard, nor seen, it is easy to guess what we may look for or hope of it.

In times past, when Nazianzen saw in his days how men in such assemblies were so blind and wilful that they were carried with affections, and laboured more to get the victory than the truth, he pronounced openly that he never had seen any good end of any council. What would he say now, if he were alive at this day, and understood the heaving and shoving of these men? For at that time, though the matter were laboured on all sides, yet the controversies were well heard, and open error was put clean away by the general voice of all parts. But these men will neither have the case to be freely disputed, nor yet, how many errors soever there be, suffer they any to be changed. For it is a common custom of theirs often and shamelessly to boast that 'their Church cannot err; that in it there is no fault; and that they must give place to us in nothing.'"

Excerpt from John Jewel's, "The Apology of the Church of England," (mp3 audiobook file 7of9)

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