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¶What the church is

¶] ed., What the church is] running title 1531, ¶] What the Church is 1573

Thys worde church hath dyuerse significacions. First it signifyeth a place or housse / whether christen people were wont in the olde time to resorte at tymes conuenient / for to heare the worde of doctryne / the lawe of God and the faith of oure sauioure Ihesus christ / and how and what to praye and whence to axe power and strength to lyue goodly. For the officers therto appoynted preached the pure worde of god onlye and prayed in a tonge that all men vnderstode. And the people herkened vnto his prayers / and said therto Amen and prayed with him in their hertes / and of him lerned to praye at home and every where / and to instructe euery man hys howsholde.

goodly] godly 1573

Where now we heare but voyces with out significacion and buzsinges / howlinges and crienges / as it were the halowenges of foxes or baytinges of beres / and wonder at disguisinges and toyes wheroff we know no meaninge.

By reason wherof we be fallen in to soch ignorauncye / that we know of the mercie and promyses which are in christe nothynge at all.

And of the lawe of god we thinke as do the turkes / and as did the olde hethen people / how that it is a thinge which euery man maye doo of his awne power / and in doynge therof becometh good and waxeth rightuouse and deserueth heven: ye and are yet more mad then that. For we ymagen the same of phantasyes and vayne ceremonies of oure awne makynge / neyther nedefull vn to the tamynge of oure awne flesh / neyther profytable vn to oure neyboure / neyther honoure vnto god.