Cum Gentibus cibum capiens, recte utebatur libertate Christiana, say the Magdeburgians; but when certain Jews came from James, he withdrew himself, fearing the Jews, and so quod ante de libertate Christiana aedificarat, rursus destruebat, by eating, then, with the Gentiles, he gave no scandal, but by the contrary he did edify.
To say the truth, a church is in so far true or hypocritical as it mixeth or not mixeth human inventions with God’s holy worship, and hence the Magdeburgians profess, that they write of the ceremonies for making a difference betwixt a true and a hypocritical church.
The Magdeburgians cite, for the same judgment, Augustine and Primatius. Gerhard citeth also some popish writers assenting hereunto. The reasons which we give for confirmation hereof are these:—
The ceremonies are not indifferent, because, notwithstanding that they are prescribed and commended unto us as things in themselves indifferent, yet we are by the will and authority of men compelled and necessitated to use them. Si vero ad res suo natura medius accedat coactio, &c., then, say the Magdeburgians.