I will utter dark sayings of old: Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done. (Psalm 78:2-4)
INTRODUCTION: BIBLE PROTESTANTISM HAS A GLORIOUS HISTORY. It is an epic story of a deadly struggle from under the heel of the Roman system to the glorious liberty of the sons of God. In our ecumenical and apostate age, this story needs to be retold that the battle may continue. This is the FOURTH of a number of posts (hence entitled: Protestant4) and is just another shot fired in this great battle between the forces of good and the forces of evil. We are deliberately aiming at brevity, leaving it to other works (listed later) to satisfy any hunger for further information. These pages may therefore be viewed as tasty appetisers. May God give us the faith of these old Protestants who loved not their lives unto death and of whom, the world in its sin, was not worthy.
KING HENRY EIGHTH (1457-1509)
IT WAS A GOOD DAY (strange to relate) when William Tyndale was burnt at the stake because he offered up a prayer that the Lord would open the eyes of the King of England. God did. Although Henry was never a Protestant in the doctrinal sense of the word, he fell out with the Pope over his divorce to Catherine of Aragon and caused the Church of England to break from communion with the Church of Rome. He ordered the Bible to be placed in every parish church and appointed people to read its pages to the assembling congregations. This had a wonderful affect. The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple. (Psalm 119:130) God can use even unsaved people to further His sovereign purposes. The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will. (Proverbs 20:1)
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