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This ebook discusses the history of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice to build the church.
Foxe exposes the lives of Christians who suffered under persecution during the early church era all the way through the reign of Queen Elizabeth in England. You’ll find inspiration and encouragement in your walk from these stories of courage, love, and sacrifice, including the story of John Wycliffe.
Wycliffe lived during the late 1300’s, and while he was a very educated man, not many other people were at this time. Many people did not understand the doctrine of salvation through faith, and not by works. The church, at this time, was focused on ceremony and traditions, convincing people that if they did the right things and paid enough, they would be saved.
After studying the Biblical texts Wycliffe saw things differently, and as the reader of Divinity at Oxford, he took advantage of his position. Here he started to explicitly preach to those who would listen, doing this in the hopes of ending idolatry in the church.
The five main points John Wycliffe taught were:
1. In regards to the sacrament of communion: the holy eucharist, after consecration, is not the actual body of Christ.
2. The church of Rome is no more important than any other church, and Peter had no more power given to him by Christ than any other apostle.
3. The Pope has no more power than any other priest.
4. The gospel is enough for any man, without the rules of men, which add nothing to the gospel.
5. Neither the Pope nor any other church official has the power or right to punish transgressors.
Unfortunately many leaders in the church had grown wealthy because of their rituals and they were angry at Wycliffe for teaching this. They began to retaliate by working to take away his salary at Oxford, however this didn’t stop Wycliffe—he continued to preach.
Eventually Wycliffe was tried for heresy twice and escaped punishment on both occasions. Over time Wycliffe was forced into hiding. He stayed hidden until right before his death in 1384, when he returned to his parish. Years after his death, in 1415, the church determined that Wycliffe was a heretic, and so they went and took his bones from their burial spot, burned them, and threw the ashes in a river.
To learn more about important people who were dedicated to preaching the Gospel despite persecution, you’ll want to read Foxe’s Christian Martyrs, available in the Barbour Bundle through October 15!
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