Excerpt from The Decades of Henry Bullinger, Minister of the Church of Zurich: The First and Second Decades
Now the sheep, whereof spiritual shepherds have under taken charge, are not beasts, but men: the very images of God himself endued with everliving souls citizens with the saints and blessed angels, clothed with God s livery, beautiﬂed with his cognizance and all the badges of salvation, admitted to his table, and to no meaner dishes than the body and blood of the undefiled Lamb Christ Jesus bought also and redeemed out of the wolf's chawes2 with no less price than of that same blood more precious than any gold or silver. Sheep also of that nature they are, that, being carefully fed and discreetly ordered, they prove gentle and loving towards their shepherds, and serviceable towards the chief Shepherd Jesus Christ: but being neglected and left to themselves, they degenerate into bloody wolves, watching ever opportunity when they may rent in pieces their shepherds, and all other sheep which are not degenerated into their wolfish nature.
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