Advocates of Reform: From Wyclif to Erasmus by Matthew Spinka

By Matthew Spinka

Lengthy well-known for the standard of its translations, introductions, explanatory notes, and indexes, the Library of Christian Classics offers students and scholars with glossy English translations of a few of the main major Christian theological texts in historical past. via those works—each written ahead of the tip of the 16th century—contemporary readers may be able to have interaction the tips that experience formed Christian theology and the church throughout the centuries. The Library of Christian Classics guarantees that this nice literature of the Christian historical past is definitely to be had and invitations the continued improvement of theology.

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From this the faithful infer that a curate ought not through censures or other temporal threats to give to his lord prelate tribute from the alms of the people subject to him, which cannot be established from the law of the Lord. For if pope, cardinal, bishop, or archdeacon require such tribute from a subject curate, it is certain that such requisition is unjust, for it is not founded in the law of the Lord;20 and the whole business ends in the spoliation of the poor subjects. But, according to the original statement, the curate ought not to consent to spoliation of this sort on account of the infliction of punishment or any worldly good.

24 How, therefore, will the subjects sustain the office of such priests which it is not worthy for them or anyone else to obey? Similarly, such people sustaining a curate thus notoriously give alms imprudently against Christ. No one should do this; therefore people should not support such a curate with alms. "25 How therefore does he beware of them, who gives them temporal assistance in order to perpetrate such a great crime so harmful to curate, prelate, and subjects? There is no doubt that it is contrary to the rules of charity.

But there are a thousand stratagems by which these three parties of the devil act privately or publicly against Christ. The bishops with their satellites impose heresies upon the faithful by preaching. Thus they prevent [faithful priests] from preaching in their own diocese, or, unless God graciously prevent them, through false friars they stir up feeling that such priests be burned. . Let us see how the devil introduces this traitorous deception little by little. Thus the principal ministry which Christ instituted in his Church is lulled to sleep.

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