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consent of Authors, both Ancient and Mom dern, the most unquestionable, and approved to my observation. and Presbyterian Antbors, that by the former I might be the better enabled equitably to reprove, or approve of the latter. But afterwards when the substance of this. Tract was finished, which was nigh three years fupce, I did upon advice of learned friends, enter upon the filling up the vacant Margent, and swelling the bulk of this bock, as they new wiring appears the most of my quoted Authors I have diligently perused, and faithfully examined. And for the rest, I do every where (to the best of my remembrance)acknowledge my debt to my Creditors, from whom I have borrowed them, and with wobose Atock I have traded.

All that I have written (Fudicio Reader) dotbearresti e la gitmez and patiently await thy serious cenfure; I am free in pbat i sprite, and dare tok thee (even when the pen is in my hand ready to Fibferibe my name) that granting the reasons to be equal, I can better bear thy sprosh, then she sapplause of other men, I am

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Stalio, who Translates the Bible by Ovids Metamorphyfiszand julles olit almolt all Ecclestaftical words,60 place Claflical in their rooms, as Legates for Apostles, fommunity wealth for Church; Gonii for Angels, vouichsafes the Evangelist to retain his name, in Eph.4, 11. But" although universal consent meet in the Evangelists name (whęcliex nanies are not now affixed, as an Index unto things, or men mufling their eyes with passion, or parciality,

will not, or canngt fee to what ca page they point, or ia l'ending from the love of God, immediatly divorceth from his wisdome, on some other, and more secret canse, the indubitare effect of an inraged dei:y, actuate our distempers, pis molt certain that), his office is the coming anvile whereupqa ou flamiig congoxerkies are incessantly, and alternately hammered. I daje

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re&ive beam in this way, which as the Sun is all mens light, but who walks by it is my part to enquire the readers to judge.

Begia we from his Definition, which is the only sure founPresbyteri- dation to a well built diseourse. an definitions

An Evangelist is. of the Evangelist force into

But hearken! what Stentorean' voice pierceth mine the di course. ear? with what noise and clamour am I told this foundation is

already laid? Can the man do any thing but what is already done, who comes after Çalvin, Beza, Faius, Zanchius, Aretius, Polanus, Bucanus, Urfinus, Pareus, Wollebius, Spanbemi us Maretius, and the Presbyterian Divines of the Province of London?- All which have linaninimously, and according to Scripture de fined this officer.'

Sir who ever you are, thear! I hear ! and beseech you to forbear your vociferation; your face and name, indeed Úknow not, but think I apprehend your tribe, by the precise recital of your Genealogy. The numerousness of the names I allow, byt muft difpute the quality of the Definerş; whether they be all of-fufficient age, to depose in this matter , or whether they be not all of a party, and packed to give testimony in prejudice of truth. Certainly the smooth chin of your Patriarch

Calvin, brings him under a shrewd fufpition of non-age, especiAoally since he (the Evangelift) pretendeth to very greac Antiqui

ty: And if Calvinifts may be credited in their writings against Episcopacy, hath left his Chtirch hation for, as much above

fifteen hundred years, as Calvin is aged, above one hundred. * A very And for the rest, Beza, Faius, Zanchino &cAre they not all strange thing, confederates with Calvin? May nột Theophrastus rand Bombaft,as thatisuch a dic well be accounted distinct persens iá Paraceljus his name, or the cipline as you moft tedious Welch Genealogit be metamorphosed into fo speak of, many Teveral tapes, as he rećkons“ Aps in his fedegree, as should be

the major, if any part of them be dogmatically diverse froni taught by Christ,and his

Calvin. For he contrived a new * niodule of Divine Worship,

(to whose establishment his opinion of the Evangelist, gave the God, and no

it to be a second Dianas image, let' torn from Jupiter : No Church haye found it cut,

wonder then if they all agrée, but it'were indeed adniable(if or received it, prudent men had not long since observed; how God hatli until this pre- mingled a spirit of perversness, and contradi&tion among the

heads, and leaders of that party) that there should be one disa Hcokers pre- renting brotkierDir businels is not to dispute their unity Ecclef. Policy (ere we close the examination of their Definitions, we shall Se&.4.


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thew how well they hang together) but to examine their fevca ral Definitions, which phrase witnefseth Cufficiently agakift their boasted unanimity for td what purpose is there any more then one, if they be all agreed in a Définition.' basi


Calvins De'Tis time to hear themselves speak, Calvin begins

finition. By an Evangelift, I underftând ithafe who being less then theid, poftles' in dignity, are next unto them in office, and therefore fupplied

Per Evartheir places, such were. Like, Timothy, Titus, and such like, pera

geliftas eos baps also the Seventy Disciples, whom Christ choje in the second intelligo, qui place after the Apostles. He prêtes his whole-Definition, and the quum dignitacomprisal of Luke, Timothy and Titus therein, by (a) Eph. 4.11.FC Pere Apothe Evangelizate of the fez'enty, by: (1) Lok. 10.1.5.folis minores

, proximi erant, adeoq; vices.eorum gerebant, guales fuerunt Lucas, Timotheus Titus acro liqui fimiles. Forrafle eriam, 701 discipuli quos preton duodecim Christus defignavit. (a) Eph. 4. 11. in Margin. (b) Luk. 10. 1. in margin. Calu. Inftit. lib. 4. ca. 3. Sect. 4. Ge

lievler Beza and Fairs, chus. They bear the name of Evangelifts; Beza and Fais wim the Apostles aled as companions, and fellowo-helpers,

hecause us their defithey <Apostles) alone, c-uld not supply all Churches upon all occafions, Jucb weere Timothy Titus Sylvanus, and others. Their

of fice was, to perfe&t what was begun, or do other wárk cominitted to rum nomines

Evangelifta by Pauls Epiltles to Timahy and Titus : Their charge was tempa quibus comita, rary : Ir a more restrained Jense those four are Evangelifts, whóm bons

" the Lord imployed to write the Gospel, and register the birth of the utebantur AChristian Church.

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ipfi omnibus rebus, & ecclefiis, non poffent sola lufficere. cujusmodi erant Timothers, Tires, Silvanus, die 'alii ;uskat autem officium enrum peragere inchoatun, vel aliter ab Apoftolis demandatum opus, in constituendis ecclefiis, ut præfertim ex epistolis ad Timotheum, &Titum liquet, quorum etiam munus temporarium fuit. Evangelistas autem alia angustiori significatione vocamus quatuor illos quorum opera ulus eft dominus, ad evangelicam historinm fcriptis tradendam, & ecclelie christiane primordia.describenda. 'Thef. Theol." in Schol. Geneven, fub Beach Falo propofit; & difputat. disputat. 72: Genev. 1586.

This Definition of description, branchech förth into many more particulars then Çalvins, but hath less.root of Scriptureproof Ideed it makes a braving flourish of three whole Epiftles, bnt cites no one, either chapter or verse, neither is the word Evangelist any siore theii ohre tused in all those Epistles ; where we doubt not to prove, that it fignifies no such officer as they here describe. Time was, when Rome her self could not have passed into the Church with so much new doctrine, unquestioned by her faithful Centinels; how leasurely did the



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afcend, and climb molt fteep rocks of rugged opposition, by the space of a thousand, and some hundred years ere she reached the eftimation of an infallible chair, whose arbitrary Traditions (such they are, although she call them till she prove them Apoftolical) and the sacred Oracles ought to be embraced by all Christians, with a like veneration and pious affection : But Gem theve, well fart har heart, quietly sets down in it, in less then half a Century. A main argument against the worlds univerfal decay, and clear justification of the scandalized Paradox

that the present is every way superior to the precedent Zanchias his

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Zanchius thus. Evangelists are so denominated from writing, Ne, qui ab eo or preaching the Gospel; their name is new, and reserved to nem wangelio ve? Teftament times. What they were I shall briefly teach others, as I prxdicando, bave learned out of booly Writ

. They were in my opinion, either such vel conferi. as the Apostles took with them by the Revelation of Christ,nr sent forth bendo, ita no with Apoftolical Authority to preach the Gospel, now here, nome tant, proinde there, where the Apostles had not founded Churches.". Or they were etiam novim Gospel-poriters, According to the former sense, the Apostle writing si nomen, novi to Timothy, Z. Tim.4. Jaith, do the work of an Evangelift, that teftamenti

ispreach the Gospel, for Timothy was before ordained bihop by St. inporibus refervatuoti, kuri

Paul; In this Jenife allo, i Philip sbe Deacon an Evangelif, A&. axtem.CVAR - 21. In the latter Jense, Mark and Luke were properly Evangelists; gelifte voca. Matthew, and John, both Apostles and Evangelifts. To speak proTentur, brevi, perly, this officer doth not nono continne in the Church, för although quod fentio, e many endued with special grace, do preach the Gospel, or defend

its dollis e Sacris doctrine by their writings, yet they do it not by antbority immediatlitteris. Illi ly derived from the Apostles, as Mark, Luke, Timothy, Titus and mihi fuifle vi, others, or from Chrift himself

, as Matthew, and John, but by andentur, qui ab abority derived from the Magiftrates, or Churches, fecum affumpti, ex revelatione Chrifli, aut aliquo milti, cum ipforum authoritate, vel prædiCabant evangelium, modo hic, modo illic, nempe whi jam ecclefie Ron erant abapoftolis fundata. vel evangélicas historias, fummamq; do&rine evangelica literis commendabant, juxta priorem fenfum Apostolus scriben's 2. Tim. 4. air opus fac evangelifte i. Co pradi. Philippus diaconus vocatur evangelista,

evangelifta, inxta alteram fignificationem intelligo Marcum, do Lucam, proprie faille evangeliftas, Mattheum, the Fohannem do Apoftolos, do Evangeli. Nas; neq; her species ministerii, fi proprie loqui vetimus, locum jam habet in ecclefia, etTenim multi funt,qui fingulari gralia donati predicant evangelium, aut etiam evangelicam do&trinam in libris propagant, hoc tamen non faciunt autoritate accepta ir meditate ab Apo

ipfo Christo, ut Mattheus, to 7obannes, Jed accepta a magistratius, aut ecclefiis. Zarebi urt. præcept NesHadiis Palatingt. 1977.

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