Book One. A Defence Of The True and Catholic Doctrine of the Sacrament of the Body and Blood of our Saviour Christ
The Supper Of The Lord, otherwise called The Holy Communion or Sacrament of the body and blood of our saviour Christ, has been of many men, and by sundry ways, very much abused, but especially within these four or five hundred years. Of some, it has been used as a sacrifice propitiatory for sin, and otherwise superstitiously, far from the intent that Christ did first ordain the same at the beginning, doing therein great wrong and injury to his death and passion. And of other some, it hath been very lightly esteemed, or rather condemned and despised, as a thing of small or none effect. And thus between both the parties hath been much variety and contention in diverse places of Christendom.
Preface. A Defence Of The True and Catholic Doctrine of the Sacrament of the Body and Blood of our Saviour Christ
What man of knowledge and zeal to Gods honour, can with dry eyes see this injury to Christ, and look upon the state of religion brought in by the Papists, perceiving the true sense of Gods word subverted by false glosses of mans devising, the true Christian religion turned into certain hypocritical and superstitious sects, by people praying with their mouths and hearing with their ears they wish not what, and so ignorant in God’s word, that they could not discern hypocrisy and superstition from true and sincere religion?
God grant all us, the king’s highness faithful and true subjects, to feed of the sweet and savoury bread of God’s own word, and, as Christ commanded, to eschew all our pharisaical and papistical leaven of man’s feigned religion; which, although it were before God most abominable, and contrary to God’s commandments and Christ’s pure religion, yet it was extolled to be a most godly life and highest state of perfection; as though a man might be more godly and more perfect by keeping the rules, traditions, and professions of men, than by keeping the holy commandments of God.