Brooks - BX9338 .B7 1813 v1

HA.WKINS. 131 Bishop. They will not preach among you. White. Your doings are the cause. Hawkins. And they will not join with you. One of them told me, " he had rather be torn in a hundred pieces, than communicate with you." We neither holdnor allow any thing that is not contained in the word ofGod. But if you think we do not hold the truth, shew unto us, andwe will renounce it. Smith. And if you cannot, we pray you, let us not be thus used. Dean. You are not obedient to the authority of the prince. White. Yes, we are. For we resist not, but suffer whatsoever authority, is pleased to lay upon us. Bishop. Thieves likewise suffer, when the laws are laid upon them. White. What a comparison is this ! They suffer for evil doing, and you punish us for serving God according to his word. Nixson. The prince, as well as ourselves, must be ruled by the word of God : as we read, 1 Kings mi., that the king should teach only the word of God. Bishop. What ! should the king teach the word of God ? Lie not. Nixson. It means that both king and people should obey the word of God. Bishop. It is indeed true, that princes must obey the word of God only. But obedience consisteth of three points.-1. That which God commandeth may not be left undone.-2. That which God forbiddeth may not be done. -3. That which God bath neither commanded nor for- bidden, and consisteth in things indifferent : such things princes have authority to appoint and command. Prisoners. Prove that. Where find you that ? Bishop. I have talked with many persons, and yet I never saw any behave themselves so irreverently before magistrates. White. I beseech you, let me speak a word or two. Bishop. White, stay a little. You shall speak anon. Hawkins. Kings have their rule and commandment, Deut. not to decline from the word of God, to the right hand or the left, notwithstanding your distinction. Smith. How can you prove those things to be indifferent, which are abominable. Bishop. You mean our caps and tippets, which, you say, came from Rome.