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"A Reply to Jesuit Fisher's Answer to Certain Questions Propounded by His Most Gracious Majesty King James I
Hereto is annexed, A Conference of the Right R. B. of St. David's with the Same Jesuit"
by Francis White
(Protestant Controversialist, Doctor of Divinity, Chaplain to King James I of England)
HAIL & FIRE REPRINTS 2009
TO THE MOST
Most gracious, and religious sovereign, it is apparent, that the external tuition and protection of Orthodoxall Veritie, and Religion, next under the Almighty, does principally belong to Christian Princes, which are by office and vocation, the Lordís Anointed, sons of the most High, and supreme Regents of this inferior world, under God. The Donates in times past denied the lawful authority of Christian Princes, in supervising and external governing Ecclesiastical causes, saying, Quid est Imperatori cum Ecclesia? What hath Imperial (or Regal) Majesty to do with the Church? But Optatus styles this a brainsick error, saying, Ill Parmenio furore succensus, &c. (Optat. lib. 3. c. Parmen.). And St. Augustine contesting with these malepart heretics, saith, In hoc Reges Deo seruiunt, &c. (Aug. c. Cresc. lib. 3. ca. 51). Kings, according to the divine precept, serve the Lord as they be Kings, when they command good, and prohibit evil; not in civil affairs only, but in matters which concern divine religion (Ibid. d. sum. bon. lib. 3. ca. 53.). Isiodor. Hispal. saith, Secular Princes sometimes (that is, when they are Christians) have eminent authority, intra Ecclesiam, within the Church, to fortify Ecclesiastical discipline. Princes of the Earth (saith St. Augustine) serve Christ, by making laws for Christ (Aug. Epist. 48. ad Vincent). And again, Civil virtues (in higher powers) avail them not joy eternal beatitude, unless withal they govern their people in true religion (Idem. Ep. 52. ad Macedon). And in another Epistle: It appertains to religious Princes, to repress by just severity, not only adultery, homicide, and other heinous crimes (against men) but also sacrilegious impiety (against God) (Idem. Ep. 61. ad Dulcit).
The Evangelical Prophet foretells, that Kings should be [Heb. text omitted] nursing, or Foster-Fathers of the Christian Church, Isaiah 49:23. Also they are Shepherds of the Almighty, and concur . . .
"Certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren, and said, except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved. ... therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and disputation with them ..." Acts 15:1-2 KJV
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