Taylor tried to have Smith censured for "disobedience, provoking a minister, impenitency, false speaking, and threats." When his congregation refused to call a vote on Smith's alleged sins, Taylor threatened to suspend church services.
Donne explained, with panache, that "I enquire not what God did in his bed-chamber, in his cabinet counsel, in his eternal decree[.] I know that he hath Judicium electionis in Christ Jesus." Davenant told scared souls, cowering under doom by decree, to look to the covenant's open book and buck up, for "thou art not rejected from this covenant of grace nor excluded from the kingdom of glory until by voluntary final impenitency and infidelity thou excludest thyself." Davenant was replying to the English Arminian Samuel Hoard, but his assurances did not differ in point of practice from those that Hoard also drew from "God's universal covenant of peace with men upon the Mediator's blood." (42)