Does this say what Calvin says after a fashion? Calvin (on Matthew 18:17): “Christ instituted no new thing, but follows the custom observed in the church of His own nation.” Again, “he had respect unto the form of discipline received among the Jews, […] which was in the power of the elders, the representatives of the church.” The same was the judgment of Beza, Junius, Whitaker, Cartwright, Brightman, Bucanus. Objecting to Bellarmine, Whitaker says, Non est tale aliquod discrimen. Nam et veterest quando congregabantur, tum vocabantur; et nos cum vocamur, in Ecclesiam congregamur. Eadem veteris novaeque; Ecclesiae substantia fuit.