What We Take For Granted and Ignore, Our Ancestors Died to Own, Literally

“John Wycliffe’s bones were dug up – and burned. Wycliffe’s writings were gathered up – and burned. All unauthorized Bibles – that is, all those in the English language – were banned. All confiscated copies were burned. Those who copied out these Bibles were imprisoned. Those who distributed these Bibles were imprisoned. Those who owned an English Bible, or, as has been documented, “traded a cart‐load of hay for but a few pages of the Gospel”, were imprisoned. And those faithful souls who refused to “repent” the “evil” that they had committed, were burned at the stake, the “noxious” books that they had penned, or even had merely owned, hung about their necks to be consumed by the very same flames. In all, thousands were imprisoned, and many hundreds executed. Merry olde England was engulfed in a reign of terror. All because of an English Bible. This Bible.”

Read your Bible.  Your ancestors would have died to have just a few pages of one.

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About Jim

I am a Pastor, and Lecturer in Church History and Biblical Studies at Ming Hua Theological College.
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