THE CONVERSION OF ULRICH ZWINGLI
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 thirteenth of a number of posts (hence entitled: Protestant13) 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.
ULRICH ZWINGLI (1484-1531) - HIS CONVERSION
|ULRICH ZWINGLI OF ZURICH|
IT WAS A GOOD DAY when this Swiss Reformer sought and found the Lord. Born into the darkness of Rome, He came to know the Lord through reading the Bible and also perusing the early Church Fathers and also the books of Wycliffe and Huss. These all served to strengthen his conviction that Rome had seriously departed from the word of God. He preached the gospel mightily in Zurich and gained himself the name of being a good pastor when he remained in the city during a severe plague. He successfully opposed the Bishop of Constance over the matter of fasting during Lent and won a vital debate on the matter which ensured the gospel would continue to be preached in the city. He finally died on the battle field.