A Tribute to Billy Graham

Billy Graham was born on November 7, 1918 in Charlotte, North Carolina, and was raised on a family dairy, and was raised in the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church by his parents and was of Scots-Irish descent. He became a follower of Christ at the age sixteen in 1934 at a revival meetings in Charlotte. He known as American evangelical Christian evangelist and ordained as a Southern Baptist minister.
Billy attended Bob Jones College located in Cleveland, Tennessee. At the time, he was heavily influenced and inspired by Pastor Charley Young from Eastport Bible Church. He was almost expelled, but Bob Jones Sr. warned him not to throw his life away: “At best, all you could amount to would to be a poor country Baptist preacher somewhere out in the sticks. In 1937 Graham transferred to the Florida Bible Institute in Temple Terrace, Florida, near Tampa. He preached his first sermon that year at Bostwick Baptist Church near Palatka, Florida, while still a student. He had a felt strong yearning by God to preach the Gospel and be Evangelist.
In 1939, Graham was ordained by a group of Southern Baptist clergymen at Peniel Baptist Church in Palatka, Florida. In 1943, Graham graduated from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois with a degree in anthropology.
While attending Wheaton College he had accepted the Bible as infallible word of God, and became pastor of the United Gospel Tabernacle also had other preaching engagements. He also served briefly First Baptist Church in Western Springs, Illinois. After few failed attempts radio ministry.
One night in 1938; however, while taking one of many nighttime walks around the golf course, Billy got down on his knees at the edge of one of the greens, prostrated himself before the Lord, and prayed, “O God, if You want me to serve You, I will.”
In 1947, at age 30, he was hired as president of Northwestern Bible College in Minneapolis – at the time, the youngest person to serve as a sitting president of any U.S. college or university. [citation needed] Graham served as the president from 1948 to 1952.
He intended to become a chaplain in the armed forces, however contracted the mumps while recuperating he hired as full-time evangelist of the new Youth for Christ along with Charles Templeton.
In 1949 in Los Angeles, he erected circus tents in a parking lot where he became a national figure with heavy coverage from the wire services and national magazines and the rest history.
The message he brought was simple one Jesus died on the cross for our sins, and there was only two roads one was the road to hell the other was through Jesus Christ would lead. Billy felt he selling the greatest product in the world; “why shouldn’t it be promoted as well as soap.”
His message was preached to the great and small alike
Both the Protestant and the Catholic love him respected him
Billy Graham reached more than 210 million ever nation, tribe, people, and language preaching the gospel. He stated. “Racial or ethnic prejudice is a sin in the eyes of God, and no Christian should allow his or her heart to be filled with prejudice. God created [each race] and gave them their unique identity. God wants us to learn to accept each other and love each other.” As scripture declares
Furthermore states,” I would not call myself today a fundamentalist. I have changed. I fellowship with all groups who claim to know God. I have warmed friends among Jewish leaders and Catholic leaders and the various Protestant denominations that in the earlier years of my ministry, I thought I was a heretic or something if I went out of my way to greet them.”
As Scripture declares, “God who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things. And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their pre appointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings…” 
In 1988 from December one until four Billy Graham team had a Crusade Copps Coliseum roughly 100,00 people came
During that time I work three part time working at St Cuberts, Our Lady Lourdes as custodian and my brother Peter watering plants it low point in my life where God was stripping away some of my bad habits yet also reminding Jesus still loves me and purchases my sins. CS Lewis wrote,” We can ignore even pleasure. But, pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” Or I suggest to you that it is because God loves us that he gives us the gift of suffering. Pain is God’s megaphone to rouse a deaf world. You see, we are like blocks of stone out of which the Sculptor carves the forms of men. The blows of his chisel, which hurt us so much are what make us perfect.”
While working at Our Lady Lourdes several women who attended the church spoke highly of Dr Billy Graham and plan to attend the rally while others volunteer their services at rally. My sister in law who is a devout Catholic also spoke highly of him as well.
What in impress me was how many churches and local Christian organizations such as Navigator and One Hundred Huntley Street work along side Billy Graham team make this work.
The staffs spend a whole year training in area of counselling, security, and sing in the Choir another six months in follow ups they relied on the local churches to equip the saints. Much of the work did was behind the scene. At one, meeting made clear that needed million dollars for operating expensive And they did want to be in debt when leaving Hamilton. Much what learned help me further down the road such as prayer partner, memorizing scriptures underling scripture passage and circling words in the Bible.
In early 2000 with interview with Larry King and, Robert Schuller Billy appeared to have soften his view on the atoning work of Christ and seems to embrace universalism theology. When his son Franklin was concern and address this matter to his father, he assured him that Jesus is still the way only way to heaven and no other way he also repented. CS Lewis wrote, “You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.”
Lastly Billy Graham stated,” I am not going to Heaven because I have preached to great crowds or read the Bible many times. I’m going to Heaven just like the thief on the cross who said in that last moment: ‘Lord, remember me.’
The GREAT Billy Graham is dead. There was nobody like him! He will be missed by Christians and all religions. A very special man. Donald J Trump
Billy Graham was a humble servant who prayed for so many – and who, with wisdom and grace, gave hope and guidance to generations of Americans. Barack Obama
George W. Bush stated “He has no political agenda. He has an agenda of the Lord.” In his book Decision Points.wrote. helped him overcome his struggle with alcoholism and helped him give up drinking in 1985 long before he took the oval office. :
Laura Bush stated, ” A great man, a humble servant, and a shepherd to millions has passed on. Billy Graham was a consequential leader. He had a powerful, captivating presence and a keen mind. He was full of kindness and grace. His love for Christ and his gentle soul helped open hearts to the Word, including mine

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Psalm 22 Messianic Prophecies On Jesus Christ


In the Old Testament, there was over three hundred prophecies that were fulfilled that centered around one person Jesus Christ. According to Grand Jeffrey in the book called Armageddon: Appointment With Destiny. The odds anyone fulfilling five prophecies centre around Christ would been 120,00 to 1 for one person to do this. It would like throwing a diamond ring in the middle of Atlantic Ocean and casting fishing line in the ocean, and retrieving the diamond back in one shot. Never mind the over 300 prophesy on first and second coming written in the Old Testament about Him.
In Psalm, twenty-two there were seventeen prophecies about Jesus the birth of Christ found in Psa. 22:9 fifteen prophecies on His death and His resurrection in Psa 22:22. The Psalm was written by King David. NIV Student Bible Study Note wrote; Psalm 22 also helped The New Testament writers to see Jesus’ life as a fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy. Jews had expected a Warrior-Messiah, a son of David who, like David, would lead his people to victory through battle. In Psalm 22 they saw that David had left another legacy: victory through Jesus.
Psa. 22:9-11 You took me from the womb, making me secure while at my mother’s breast. 10 I was given over to You at birth; You have been my God from my mother’s womb. Born the Saviour Luke. 2:7
It was the Father that preserved Jesus when He was born in Bethlehem and protected throughout childhood when became man. While on the Cross Jesus needed to trust His Father when He will abandon by Him. Believer Commentary wrote,” On the basis of this past relationship of love Christ now appeals to God to draw near in this hour of His crushing, solitary trial.”
Jesus by taking on human flesh He provided redemption for mankind. This is the ultimate purpose of the incarnation: Jesus came to earth to die. By dying, He was able to conquer death in His resurrection. Hence, power of darkness and curse was broken.
Psa. 22:7 Everyone who sees me mocks me; they sneer and shake their heads: In Mt. 27:39 Those who passed by were yelling insults at Him, shaking their heads verse forty it states ,” The One who would demolish the sanctuary and rebuild it in three days, save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross!” Since Jesus was God it would been very easy for a Him display His power come down from the cross; however, that was not Jesus mission His mission was to redeem mankind from their sins and bridged the gap between mankind and His Father. To save Himself would have meant the loss of the entire world. Believer Bible Commentary wrote, “The cross reveals God’s love; it also reveals man’s depravity.” William Booth said, “They claimed they would have believed if He had come down; we believe because He stayed up.” The chief priests, along with the scribes, and elders mocked Him as well. Jesus stated would rebuild the temple three days. His prediction was fulfilled when He arose from the Grave. Psa. 22:8 “He trusted in God, let Him deliver Him” Mt. 27:43 Jesus was obeying His Father As scripture declares, “He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death even to death on a cross.
Psa. 22:2 My God, I cry by day, but You do not answer, by night, yet I have no rest. Mt.27:45 Now from the sixth-hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour.
Prior the darkness over all the land Jesus was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane was betrayed by a friend by a kiss, denied by another all His other friends forsook Him when needed them. Question by high priest at night took to the Sanhedrin for further questioning, mocked a king, was condemned to death by the Sanhedrin at dawn. Whipped and beaten by guard prior to his execution. Mocked by crowd, leaders and two thieves. While many martyred saints endured more physical suffering than Christs did. Ain’t seen nothing yet when darkness fell over the land. Believer Bible Commentary It was during that time that He bore the indescribable curse of our sins. In those three hours were compressed the hell which we deserved, the wrath of God against all our transgressions.
R.C Sproul Jesus suffered so deeply because the extent of evil in the world is so vast. Every consequence of every sin of each one of His people was placed on Him. To carry this dreadful burden was His vocation. To bear this pain, and disease was His mission. The magnitude of this horror is beyond our understanding. But, He understood it because it was His to bear. All that is involved can never be fully known.”
In Psa. 22:1 My God, my God, why have You forsaken me? Why are You so far from my deliverance and from my words of groaning? Jesus uttered these same words on the cross-found in Matt. 27:46 and Mk. 15:34 where He felt abandoned by His father because all mankind sins and Father wrath fell upon Him resulting from Adam and Eve failure to keep God’s commandment and mankind follow in their footsteps
However the good news is, while Jesus knew no sin He took mankind sin, and if anyone who believes in Him than He replace with His righteousness. As Scripture declares He made the One who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him 0.2 Cor. 5:21
Elizabeth Barrett Browning penned these words, “Deserted! God could separate from His own essence rather; And Adam’s sins have swept between the righteous Son and Father: Yea, once, Immanuel’s orphaned cry His universe hath shaken— It went up single, echoless, My God, I am forsaken me! ”
John Calvin Commentary wrote,” it was necessary that he should be placed as a guilty person at the judgment-seat of God. Now, nothing is more dreadful than to feel that God, whose wrath is worse than all deaths, is the Judge.”
As scripture declares, “Christ ransomed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written, “Cursed be everyone who hangs on a tree.” In short, Jesus took the curse of mankind sins. However, this is the truth and simply works and it’s not abstract theory that scientist hypothesize. You can trust it. The late RC Sproul wrote, “I do not want to drive across a bridge designed by an engineer who believed the numbers in structural stress models are relative truths.”
Jesus died of a broken heart being a man felt the agony, He also felt the physical pain when they pierced His hands and feet on Calgary cross yet was without a taint of sin. The perfect purity of his nature did not extinguish the human affections. When Jesus uttered “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachtháni?” which is translated, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” The physiologic and psychological anguish and the physical sufferings and emotional was excruciating beyond description when His Father forsook Him on the account mankind sins. The Suffering Servant was convinced that He had not been forsaken by God. God’s only turns His back on the sin place upon Jesus.
Psa. 22:31 They will come and will declare His righteousness To a people who will be born, that He has performed it also states in John. 19:30 states It is finished was Jesus cry m, “eaning that His Father was satisfied with the payment of sins paid in full due through Jesus Christ. The sacrifice of sheep, goats, and bulls ceased and were no longer required. Than suddenly, the curtain of the sanctuary was split in two from top to bottom. Meaning heaven is now opened through the royal priesthood of Christ making it possible for all who believe in atoning work Christ would now have access to Father kingdom. As scripture declares,” For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.”
Psa 22:22 states “I will proclaim Your name to my brothers; I will praise You in the congregation. Jesus resurrection is declared After Jesus rose from the grave in Jn. 20:17 Jesus declared to Mary stops clinging Him and deliver a message to brothers and sisters NIV Student Bible Note wrote concerning Psalms 22, in verse 22, the poem takes a dramatic turn, switching from grief to jubilation. Somehow, God has saved the sufferer who, in great excitement, tells others about it. He sees more than his own good fortune: He foresees this deliverance spilling over into the whole world. He predicts the story of God’s help told to future generations forever. God will be worshiped by the entire world.
Reformed Bible Study wrote, 22:31 that he has done it. The final victory of salvation is accomplished by Christ John 19:30.” Furthermore, NKJV Bible Study wrote, 22:31 to a people who will be born: The gospel message of the death and resurrection of Jesus will spread not only geographically but also throughout all time. All people will hear the clear message of what God has done. Reformed Bible Study wrote,22:31 that he has done it. The final victory of salvation is accomplished by Christ John 19:30.”
Psa 22:22 His Resurrection was declared After Jesus rose from the grave in Jn. 20:17 Jesus declared to Mary stop clinging Him and delivers a message to her brothers and sisters that He risen from the graves and conquered death, and He wanted to convey the message to His disciples. Later on Holy Spirit would descend upon 120 follower of Christ. They will spread the atoning works of Christ throughout Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
The Apostle John wrote,” After this I looked, and there was a vast multitude from every nation, tribe, people, and language, which no one could number, standing before the throne, and before the Lamb. They were robed in white with palm branches in their hands.” Today, roughly 400 millions are follower of Christ and still growing. To those who believe and accept Jesus atoning work are graceful that He stay on the cross did not come down.

A Tribute To RC Sproul

Robert Charles Sproul known as RC died on Thursday afternoon on December 14th 2017 in Altamonte Springs, Florida.
Study under John Gerstner, at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and graduated in 1964 with Master of Divinity. Than pursued a PHD Free University of Amsterdam graduated in 1969. He has taught at many colleges and seminaries, including Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando and Jackson, Mississippi, and Knox Theological Seminary in Ft. Lauderdale. Along with mentor John Gerstner founded Ligonier Ministries named after the Ligonier Valley just outside Pittsburgh, where the ministry started as a study center for college and seminary students. Moved to its Orlando headquarters in the mid-1980s. Where held conference every year and throughout Canada? Where he taught that God is bigger than we knew, our sin is more deeply rooted than we imagined, and the grace of God in Jesus Christ is overwhelming.”
I attended a conference in 1995 Toronto and in Detroit several years later on The Holiness of God. Also, many of his books and tapes. He shaped my thinking since I was reformed in my thinking. It was through his lectures, and reading his books helped me to understand the holiness of God and Justification by Faith
What I remember most about him was his laugher or his impersonation of Lt Colombo constantly walking while doing his lectures. Dr Well stated he got paid by the mile.
In one his lectures he uses a Latin phase: Simul Iustus et Peccator coin by Martin Luther. Meaning Simultaneously Saint & Sinner a Christian person is righteous and a sinner simultaneously, holy and profane, an enemy of God and a child of God. Late Dr. John Stott wrote, “Who am I? What is myself? The answer is that I am Jekyll and Hyde a mix up kids, having both dignity because I was created had been re-created in the image of God, and depravity because I have fallen and rebellious nature. I am both noble, ignoble beautiful, ugly good, bad, upright, and twisted image and child of God yes sometimes yielding obsequious homage to the devil from whose clutches Christ has rescue me. My true self is what I am by creation which Christ came to redeem, by calling myself what I am I am by the fall, which Christ came destroy.”
RC Sproul wrote, “You are converted not because of your own inherent righteousness, but because God converted you.”
Furthermore he wrote, “The good news of the gospel is that Jesus lived a life of perfect righteousness, of perfect obedience to God, not for His own well being but for His people. He has done for me what I couldn’t possibly do for myself. But not only has He lived that life of perfect obedience, He offered Himself as a perfect sacrifice to satisfy the justice and the righteousness of God.”
Before his death. He stated, “There are only two ways of dying. We can die in faith, or we can die in our sins.”
He also stated, “Far from falling asleep, we are awakened to glory in all of its significance. For the believer, death does not have the last word. Death has surrendered to the conquering power of the One who was resurrected as the firstborn of many brethren.”Lastly, he made it clear to the board that “he wanted Ligonier to remain a living and growing ministry after he passed and not just a monument to one man. He wanted Ligonier to continue to speak to contemporary problems.”
Godfrey also outlined ways in which Ligonier plans to move forward, following key decisions by appointing Godfrey, Sinclair B. Ferguson, Steven J. Lawson, R. Albert Mohler Jr., Stephen J. Nichols, Burk Parsons, and Derek W.H. Thomas.
John Macarthur wrote, “Although R. C. didn’t change his opinion on baptism, our friendship was not sabotaged but strengthened by the robust exchange of arguments and rebuttals. That’s precisely how our friendship worked behind the scenes as well.”
John Piper wrote, “I am sure I owe him more than I can even recall. My reverence for the holiness of God and the truth of his word would not be the same without his influence,”” He stayed close to the great doctrines of Scripture and their profound impact on life and ministry and church and missions. These have been the girders from which he has built a coherent, God-centered worldview.”
Lastly, while attending Pittsburgh Theological Seminary he presented the gospel and one liberal professor told him you’re not present religious doctrine in this classroom ever again.
Disturb as he was he went saw mentor Dr. John Gerstner ask him did any wrong Dr Gerstner respond all martyred saints, Martin Luther, John Calvin, Jonathan Edwards and B.B. Warfield would rejoice along with angels when you presented the gospel He comfort the afflicted and afflicted the comfort
RC fought the good fight, finished the race, and kept the faith Jesus said ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You were faithful over a few things; I will set you over many things. Enter into the joy of your master!’ He is heaven among saints
The scripture states, ” Therefore, since we also have such a large cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us. Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us.”
 Since none of really know what heaven is like due our sinful nature. Imagine Dr Martian Lloyd Jones, Dr. John Stott Dr.S.Lewis Johnson, Dr.Clark Pinnock, George Whitfield, John Westly, John Calvin and James Arminius basking in the glory of heaven due work atoning work of Christ. Men that shape the lives of the saints in the pass and present age. While theirs teaching was flawed; however, they believe and taught and preached Christ in Him crucified, As RC stated I believe 100% was true even thou I know there was blemished my thinking
As scripture states, “For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when the perfect comes, the partial will come to an end. John MacArthur wrote The perfect must be the eternal state, when we in glory see God face to face.
It short it was not Dr Martian Lloyd Jones, Dr S Lewis Johnson, John Calvin, and Dr RC Sproul that did not atone our sins but were mere servants. As scripture delares, “What then is Apollos? And what is Paul? They are servants through whom you believed, and each has the role the Lord has given. 6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth.” Furthermore it states, “Was it Paul who was crucified for you? Or were you baptized in Paul’s name?”
In short RC in heaven on the account of the atoning works of Christ and likely will encounter people that he disagreed with while, however, they will share the same inherence will, basking in the glory of heaven.

The Five Solas

The Five Solas

The word sola means By oneself; alone. Used as a stage direction to a female character. The meaning in Latin is only single; lonely; alone having no companion/friend/protector;
In the sixteen century people like John Calvin and Martin Luther saw the corruption within the Catholic church and started a movement called the Reformation where they went back teaching Jesus and the apostles. Where they taught that people can be forgiven of theirs sins through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and receive eternal life with God.
The five sola is Latin five Latin phrases or catchphrase; that summarize the Reformers’ theological convictions about the essentials of Christianity.
The Five Solas are:
1. Sola Scriptura (“Scripture alone”): The Bible alone is our highest authority.
2. Sola Fide (“faith alone”): We are saved through faith alone in Jesus Christ.
3. Sola Gratia (“grace alone”): We are saved by the grace of God alone.
4. Solus Christus (“Christ alone”): Jesus Christ alone is our Lord, Savior, and King.
5. Soli Deo Gloria (“to the glory of God alone”): We live for the glory of God alone.

Solas Scriptura

Solas Scriptura is Latin term meaning Scripture alone. The scripture is sixty books and was inspired by the Holy Spirit written by men, and divide into Old Testaments and New Testament. As scripture declares, “All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, It teaches that Jesus is God, and who became a man further more it declares Old Testament, This book of instruction must not depart from your mouth; you shall recite q it day and night so that you may carefully observe everything written in it. For then you will prosper and succeed in whatever you do.”
It teaches that Jesus is God who became man died on cross took mankind sins and after three days He rose from and descend into heaven and sit right hand of His Father
Apostle Peter wrote And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention has to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts,
Furthermore, we are forbidden to add to or take away from Scripture Deut. 12:32; Rev. 22:18-19
That being said it does mean that scripture covered everything what Jesus did while here on earth. For example, it does not say date birth of Jesus birth. It only means that everything necessary, as scripture declares,His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence. Westminster Confession of Faith wrote, “The whole counsel of God, concerning all things necessary for his own glory, man’s salvation, faith, and life, is either expressly set down in scripture, or by good and necessary consequence may be deduced from scripture: unto which nothing at any time is to be added, whether by new revelations of the Spirit, or traditions of men.”
For example, when I accepted Lord prior the Holy Spirit uses the scriptures as means convicting me and leading me to the Lord. The women who lead me to the Lord use the scripture as means to aid me. Later on when started reading the scriptures I able connect the dots. To me scriptures convict and comfort me as the same time. It tells me that I am a sinner yet, it inform me that Jesus is both and God who took my sins and replaces it with His righteousness.

Sola Fide 

Sola Fide is a Latin term meaning by faith alone also known as justification by faith alone.
Sola fide Is key point between the Protestants and Catholics, but between biblical Christianity, and almost all other religions and teachings. We’re declared righteous by God by Jesus Christ death on the cross in where He took mankind sins. As scripture declares For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. It’s not base on works by faith. As scriptures declares,” Yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus. Furthermore it states, In order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.
Biblical Christianity is distinct from every other religion in that it is centered on what God has done through Christ’s finished work, while all other religions are based on human achievement. As scripture declares, Now to the one who works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due.  And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness. As scriptures declare,  For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; cit is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

How important is sola fide? It is so important to the Gospel message and a biblical understanding of salvation that Martin Luther described it as being “the article with and by which the church stands.” Those who reject sola fide reject the only Gospel that can save them and by necessity embrace a false gospel. As scripture declares, “As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned!”
Maybe the story Martian Luther would explain Martin fully dedicated himself to monastic life, the effort to do good works to please God and to serve others through prayer for their souls. Yet, peace with God escaped him. He devoted himself to fasts, flagellations, long hours in prayer and pilgrimage, and constant confession. The more he tried to do for God, it seemed, the more aware he became of his sinfulness.
Through the advice of his superior he pursued an academic career get mind of his struggles. The demands of study for academic degrees and preparation for delivering lectures drove Martin Luther to study the Scriptures in depth. Where he found a phrase righteousness of God found in Rom.1:17 meaning you were declared righteous through Christ, not by works and the Catholic Church had lost sight of several central truths.
He no longer felt the heavy burden, and was set free from his sins in which weight him down. With joy, Luther now believed and taught that salvation is a gift of God’s grace, received by faith, and trust in God’s promise to forgive sins for the sake of Christ’s death on the cross.
Martin Luther coin Latin phase the sum up Sola Fida or Justification by faith Simul Justus et Peccator. Meaning simultaneous or at the same time, righteous or justify before God and yet still a sinner Even thou they’re declared righteous through Christ blood you’re still sinner
Heidelberg Catechism Lord Day 23 question sixty God grants and credits to me the perfect satisfaction, righteousness, and holiness of Christ, as if I had never sinned nor been a sinner, as if I had been as perfectly obedient as Christ was obedient for me.All I need to do is to accept this gift of God with a believing heart.
John Stott wrote “Who am I? What is myself? The answer is that I am Jekyll and Hyde a mix up kids, having both dignity because I was created had been re-created in the image of God, and depravity because I have fallen and rebellious nature. I am both noble, ignoble beautiful, ugly good, bad, upright, and twisted image and child of God yes sometimes yielding obsequious homage to the devil from whose clutches Christ has rescue me. My true self is what I am by creation which Christ came to redeem, by calling myself what I am I am by the fall, which Christ came destroy.”

Sola Gratia 

Sola Gratia is Latin term meaning by grace alone Sola gratia is simply acknowledging that the Bible teaches that the totality of our salvation is a gift of grace from God. As it says in Ephesians 2:8-9, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. It bases on God’s grace and mercy kindness not on mankind goods works.
Most people want to believe that have a role to play in their salvation. They believe they’re masters of our own destiny and captains of our souls. Sadly, it is also foreign to the way the gospel is often presented—as a plea to man to make a decision for Christ” rather than a command to repent and believe. The song Amazing Grace written by John Newton a had phase Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,That saved a wretch like me.I once was lost but now I’m found,
Was blind, but now I see. As scriptures declares, “  But God proves His own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us!”
While it is true that for the Christian, God’s grace empowers us for Christian service (sanctification), the Bible makes it abundantly clear that the works we do play no role whatsoever in our salvation (justification) Romans 4:4,5.
Solus Christus 
Solus Christus is Latin term meaning Christ alone;
Jesus Christ alone is our Lord, Savior, and King. That salvation is obtained through the atoning work of Christ alone, apart from individual works, and that Christ is the only mediator between God and man. It holds that salvation cannot be obtained without Christ. Jesus is our king, Revelation 19:16). Our High Priest, Hebrews 4:14, our redeemer, and our Mediator (Galatians 3:13 between God and Man 1 Timothy 2:5
For it’s not good works that save us it’s Christ alone who redeemed and save us from our sins
 He {Christ} saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit. Furthermore, it states.” This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe
As Luther wrote, “I must listen to the Gospel. It tells me, not what I must do, but what Jesus Christ, the Son of God, has done for me.
Jesus declares these words, Don’t assume that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. Jesus obeyed the perfectly fulfilled. The promises predicted the Old Testament by the prophets. They predicted his birth place what tribes he come from along heirs to throng of David, how going to die and would rise from the grave on third day. In Psalm, twenty-two seventeen prophecies were fulfilled by Christ
Got a question wrote, “Only Christ obeyed the moral and ceremony laws perfectly along with fulfilling the Old Testament prophecies. From beginning to end, the gospel uplifts Christ and Christ alone. He is the One who came from heaven to seek the lost (Luke 19:10). He is the One who obeyed the Law perfectly. He is the One who was crucified, and He is the One who rose again. We are the grateful recipients of His bounty. We are the beggars, and He is the Benefactor. We are the lepers, and He is the Healer. We are turmoil, and He is Peace. Solo Christo. ” In short asks in the person who rebel against God, and than confess theirs sins to Christ. Ask them what happen burdensome sins?
Lee Strobe wrote “And there was plenty of wrongdoing. I’ll spare myself the embarrassment of going into details, but the truth is that I had been living a profane, drunken, self-absorbed, and immoral lifestyle. In my career, I had back stabbed my colleagues to gain a personal advantage and had routinely violated legal and ethical standards in pursuit of stories. In my personal life, I was sacrificing my wife and children on the altar of success. I was a liar, a cheater, and a deceiver. My heart had shrunk to the point where it was rock hard toward anyone else. My main motivator was personal pleasure-and ironically, the more I hungrily sought after it; the more elusive and self-destructive it became. ” When I read in the Bible that these sins separated me from God who is holy and morally pure, this resonated as being true. Certainly God, whose existence I had denied for years, seemed extremely distant, and it became obvious to me that I needed the cross of Jesus to bridge that gulf.”
“It’s based on the “done ” plan-Jesus has done for us on the cross what we cannot do for ourselves: he has paid the death penalty that we deserve for our rebellion and wrongdoing, so we can become reconciled with God.”
On November 8, 1981 acknowledge his sins, repented before Christ and sought His forgiveness, and believed.
“In fact, so radical was the difference in my life that a few months after I became a follower of Jesus, our five-year- old daughter Alison went up to my wife and said, “Mommy, I want God to do for me what he’s done for Daddy.” Here was a little girl who had only known a father who was profane, angry, verbally harsh, and all too often absent. And even though she had never interviewed a scholar, never analyzed the data, never investigated historical evidence, she had “seen up close the, influence that Jesus can have on one person’s life. In effect, she was saying, “If this is what God does to a human being, that’s what I want for me. Looking back nearly two decades, I can personally see with clarity that the day I made a decision in the case for Christ was nothing less than the pivotal event of my entire life.” “Christ stepped in, took the punishment upon himself and bore the judgment due to sinners. With his own blood he expiated the sins which made them enemies of God and thereby satisfied him. Bottom line Christ willing to the cross and sacrifice Himself and took our sins and His Father wrath to bridge the gap between His Father and mankind In short the gospel works !

Soli Deo Gloria 

Soli Deo Gloria  is Latin term meaning to give glory to God alone. As follower of Christ we live for the glory of God alone.
The Ten Commandments states Do not have other gods besides Me. Do not make an idol for yourself, whether in the shape of anything in the heavens above or on the earth below or in the waters under the earth. 5 You must not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God.
Westminster shorter catechism asks, “What is the chief end of man? Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.” Jonathan Edwards wrote, “The happiness of the creature consists in rejoicing in God, by which also God is magnified and exalted.” My Sister Marcia penned these words, “Now I feel have all optimistic full of hope and joy because I know it’s our Lord and Saviour who is the King of heaven and earth, and that He shall reign forever and ever.“

John Piper wrote these words concerning giving God the glory, ” We use the phrase glory of God so often that it tends to lose its biblical force. But this glory, like the sun, is no less blazing— and no less beneficial—because people ignore it. Yet, God hates to be ignored. ” Mark this, then, you who forget God, lest I tear you apart, and there be none to deliver!” (Ps. 50:22). So let’s focus again on the glory of God. What is God’s glory, and how important is it?”
The doctrine soli Deo gloria is closely connected to the doctrine of irresistible grace. Since God compels us to repent and confess our sins, and put our trust and faith in Christ atoning work. God stimulated the follower of Christ to worship give Him in music, service, studying His word, and in conversion
Wikipedia wrote, As a doctrine, it means that everything that is done is for God’s glory to the exclusion of mankind’s self-glorification and pride. Christians are to be motivated and inspired by God’s glory and not their own. As scripture declares, “so that no one can boast”
In Apostle John in vision in heaven he saw “the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne and worship him who lives forever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say: ‘You are worthy, our Lord and God, / to receive glory and honor and power'” (Revelation 4:10–11)
Music is a gift that came from God is often use for the glory of God, Johann Sebastian Bach beneath all his compositions. Penned the initials SDG, soli Deo gloria. Jonathan Edwards wrote, “The best, most beautiful, and most perfect way that we have of expressing a sweet Concord of mind to each other is by music.”
George Frideric Handel who composes the Messiah in twenty-four days by using the scriptures and the Common Prayer composes it to opera, choral music, along with orchestra,. When he had finished writing what would become known as the Hallelujah Chorus, he said, “I did think I did see all Heaven before me, and the great God himself.” As scripture declares, Your statutes are the theme of my song during my earthly life.
On March, 23 1743. So moved by Hallelujah chorus King George II stood up at the performance and the entire audience followed. The Christian King of England is not the Supreme Authority, but he is one under authority and must show honor and respect to his Supreme Lord, the King of Kings. Just as people rise to show honor and respect in the presence of their English Royals, King George could do no less, as one under Authority.
Sir John Hawkins wrote, “He [Handel] would frequently declare the pleasure he felt in setting the Scriptures to music, and how contemplating the many sublime passages in the Psalms had contributed to his edification.”
Soli Deo Gloria is using your spiritual gifts honoring God. As the Scripture says, Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God; Whoever speaks, let him speak, as it was, the utterances of God; whoever serves, let him do so as by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to who belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father; to Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. To Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Blessing and glory and wisdom and Thanksgiving and honor and power and might, be to our God forever and ever. For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen. 1CO 10:31; 1PE 4:11; REV 1:6; 2PE 3:1; EPH 3:21; REV 7:12; ROM 11:36)

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I AM The Way The Truth And The Life

John14;6 ;When Jesus declares that He was the way the truth and the life He was declaring He alone is only the way through heaven gates. It’s through the atoning works of the cross that salvation is accomplished, and will cleanse you from all unrighteousness. Believer Bible Commentary wrote, “The way to God is not by the Ten Commandments, the Golden Rule, ordinances, church membership—it is through Christ and Christ alone.” As scripture declares,”A road will be there and a way; it will be called the Holy Way. The unclean will not travel on it, but it will be for the one who walks the path.
To proclaim, that there are many roads to heaven is to misleading the people and forget the necessity of Jesus coming and His redemption plan to mankind. Dr. S Lewis Johnson wrote, “Well now that’s a mighty exclusive way of salvation. Yes it is exclusive, in fact, it rules out everything else. The world truly hates the idea of the exclusive nature of Christianity’s claims. They think it is so narrow minded or so arrogant for anyone to suggest that salvation is only found in Jesus Christ.” It’s fatal to get on the wrong road to salvation.
Remember Jesus stated, “I am the way, the truth, the life. No man cometh unto the Father but by me.” Either He is lying or telling the truth.
Dr. S Lewis Johnson wrote, “Call it narrow minded, it’s Jesus Christ’s way; it’s Paul’s way. Call it arrogant, it’s Jesus Christ’s way, it’s Paul’s way, it’s Peter’s way, it’s the way of the Scriptures.” Further more he wrote, ” But so far as the way of salvation is concerned, the Scriptures are plain and clear; we trust Christ. , “I’m the way the truth and the life, no man cometh unto the Father but by me.”
Dr. S.Lewis Johnson wrote, “we are going to the Father’s house by way of the Son who is in union with the Father. Now if this is true, then all other ways are wrong ways. When a man leaves the rest of the crowd and goes out and gets on the airplane of good works, he’s got on the wrong plane. ” For by grace are you saved through faith and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not of works lest any man should boast.” If a man leaves the gate and goes out and gets on the airplane of the way of reformation, he’s gotten on the wrong plane, he’s going to the wrong place.”

I AM The True Vine

16 You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? 17 So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. 18 A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.
Matthew 7; 16-20
John 15:1,5 In verse 5 Jesus states,” I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in Me and I in him produces much fruit, because you can do nothing without Me.”
The Greek word for the is aμπελος meaning a vine, grapevine. Only Christ Himself is the true Vine, in whom the people of God are formed into the mystical body of Christ. This is the fruit of His love (redemption). Compare Jn 15:1,4,5 with 1 Cor. 12:13.
The Greek word for branch is klados: meaning a young tender shoot, then: a branch; met: of descendants.
A person who loves the Lord Jesus, and His atoning works realize that they need to be one with Christ to bear much fruits. A vine branch has one great purpose—to bear fruit. But, it is good for fruit-bearing—as long as it abides in the vine. But, it is good for fruit-bearing—as long as it abides in the vine.
Got question wrote, 16 So, we depend on Jesus for everything, starting with our very life—”For in Him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28)—and including our reconciliation with God through Him (Romans 5:10). No one can serve God effectively until he is connected with Jesus Christ by faith. Jesus is our only connection with the God who gave life and who produces in us a fruitful life of righteousness and service.
NIV Study Bible Notes. “A living union with Christ is absolutely necessary; without it there is nothing. Apart from me, you can do nothing.” Got A question This illustration of the vine and branches is no thoughtless generality or careless simile. It is absolute, stark reality. No believer can achieve anything of spiritual value independently of Christ Jesus. He also reminds us that there are some who are “in” Him who bear no fruit.
Reformed Study Bible “The total inability of the unregenerate sinner makes saving grace absolutely necessary for the beginning, the development, and the completion of salvation.
Warren Wiersbe The symbolism of the Vine and branches is similar to that of the Head and the body: we have a living relationship to Christ and belong to Him.
As Scripture declares ,” You will recognize them lby their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? 17 So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. 18 A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus you will recognize them lby their fruits.”
Furthermore, scriptures declares “But the fruit of the Spirit is flove, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, iself-control; against such things there is no law.”
Jesus declares, “But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty, or thirty times what was sown.”
Believer Bible Commentary wrote Sometimes we pray, “Lord, help me to live my life for You.” It would be better to pray, “Lord Jesus, live out Your life through me.” Without Christ, we can do nothing.

I Am The Messiah

John 4;26 In verse 25 the Samaritan woman declared, “I know that Messiah is coming and He will explain everything to us.” Jesus uttered these words, the One speaking to you I AM He.” Then, the woman left her water jar, went into town, and told the men, “Come, see a man who told I everything I ever did! Could this be the Messiah?”  They left the town and made their way to Him.
In the Case for Christ ne wrote, “In this single statement, Jesus put his credibility on the line. If he had fulfilled the prophecies, then he was indeed the Messiah. But, if he fell short, he would certainly have been exposed as a fraud. Furthermore he wrote, “Jesus would be an imposter worthy of rejection and disdain—a false prophet who should be rejected by Jews and Gentiles alike.”
John MacArthur Bible Study said The “He” in this translation is not in the original Gr. For Jesus lit. Said “I who speak to you am.” The usage of “I am” is reminiscent of 8:58 Most assuredly. See note on 1:51. I AM. See note on 6:22–58. Here, Jesus declared Himself to be Yahweh; i.e., the Lord of the OT. Basic to the expression are such passages as Ex. 3:14; Deut. 32:39; Is. 41:4; 43:10 where God declared Himself to be the eternally pre-existent God who revealed Himself in the OT to the Jews. Having made this unambiguous claim,
Believer Commentary states, 4:26 What Jesus said to her was literally, “I who speak to you am.” The word He is not a part of the original text. Although the sentence is clearer with the word He included, yet there is a deep significance to the actual words of the Lord Jesus. In using the words “I am” He used one of the names which God applied to Himself in the OT. He said, “I AM is speaking to you,” or, in other words, “Jehovah is the one who is speaking to you.”
When the Samaritan woman declared, “I know that Messiah is coming and He will explain everything to us.” Jesus was announcing to her the startling truth that the One who was speaking to her was the Messiah for whom she had been looking and that He was also God Himself. The Jehovah of the OT is the Jesus of the NT
Jesus reveal that he was Messiah to a Samaritan woman who had five husbands and the man she living with her was not marry to her was the first recorded incident in scriptures. Matthew Henry wrote, The favour of our Lord Jesus in making himself known to her: I that speak to thee am he, v. 26. Christ did never make himself known so expressly to any as he did here to this poor Samaritan, and to the blind man (ch. 9:37); no, not to John Baptist, when he sent to him (Mt. 11:4, 5); no, not to the Jews, when they challenged him to tell them whether he was the Christ, ch. 10:24. But,Christ would thus put an honour upon such as were poor and despised, Jam. 2:6.
Then, the woman left her water jar, went into town, and told the men, N.B. “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did! Could this be the Messiah?”.
This shameful immoral woman who did not face the town people because of her life style. Confronted the town people declare to them that a man revealed everything she did. Asking this question could this be the Messiah? I believe that she saw a glimpse of Jesus glory similar to mount transfiguration experience that Peter, John, and James saw a bright cloud covered them when Jesus revealed that he was Messiah. She also knew all her past transgression were forgiven, and able face town people
Warren Wiersbe said, “At this point, the woman put her faith in Jesus Christ and was converted. Immediately, she wanted to share her faith with others, so she went into the village and told the men she had met the Christ.”


In Memory Of Persecuted Saints Part Ten

  Queen Bloody Mary Bloody Mary Reign 

Queen Mary I of England was born February 18, 1516, the daughter of King Henry VIII   Catherine of Aragon.  She considered an illegitimate and thus deprived for a time of her status as an heir to the throne. This fuelled her rage regarding her father’s break from the Roman Catholic Church. She felt that if her father, King Henry VIII, had obeyed the Roman Catholic Church, she would be a legitimate child, and would have being heir  to the throne would not have been questioned, however, she was restored as second in line to the throne, after her half-brother Edward,  who was physically weak. 

In 1553 Edward died, however, by which time Protestantism had gained such ground.Being a devout Catholic, and resented the break with Rome that her father had instituted.  She acknowledged the religious dualism of her country, but she desperately wanted to convert England back to Catholicism.


On November 30,1553 declared queen of England.She started enacting the old heresy laws. Restoring papal authority and undoing various reforms to the English church giving them authority to arrest anybody who does not acknowledge the pope as the head of the church.   Where hundreds of Protestant leaders were burnt at the stake during her reign because they would submit to the Roman Catholic doctrine.   

 She also knew that if she remained childless, the throne would pass to her Protestant half-sister, Elizabeth. She needed a Catholic heir to avoid the reversal of her reforms. To accomplish this goal, she arranged to marry Philip II of Spain.The marriage to the Spanish king produced no children.  

 Mary’s goal of a Catholic England failed, as her successor, Queen Elizabeth I, took the nation back to Protestantism. As Scripture declares,”The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.

 http://www.greatsite.com/timeline-english-bible-history/queen-mary.html  “





John Rogers

John Rogers was born in 1500 in the parish of Aston, near Birmingham. Under the influence, he William Tyndale he left the Roman Catholic faith. He took a wife named Adriana, a native of Antwerp who eventually bore him ten children.

 After Tyndale’s death Rogers pushed on with his predecessor’s English version of the Old Testament, which he used as far as Second Chronicles, employing Myles Coverdale’s translation of 1,535 for the remainder and for the Apocrypha. The complete Bible was put out under the pseudonym of Thomas Matthew in 1537. John Rogers used the assumed name “Thomas Matthew” to avoid persecution and prosecution by the authorities who continued to forbid under penalty of death, the printing of the scriptures in the English language. John Rogers had little to do with the translation, but he contributed some valuable prefaces and marginal notes. 

In 1,548, where he published a translation of Philipp Melanchthon’s Considerations of the Augsburg Interim. His work was largely used by those who prepared the Great Bible of 1539-40, out of which in turn came the Bishops’ Bible of 1,568 and the Authorized Version of King James in 1611.He also declined to wear the prescribed vestments, donning instead a simple round cap. 

When Edward VI had died Mary, a Roman Catholic, became queen. John Rogers preached a stirring message, urging his congregation to remain loyal to Reformation principles. Mary’s Catholic bishops questioned him about this sermon, but he answered well and was released. When Catholic had spoken

Paul’s Cross, churchgoers rioted. The mob attacked Bishop Bonner, an eminent supporter of Queen Mary. Rogers shouted to the crowd to calm down and helped hustle Bonner to safety. Although no harm had been done, the Queen’s council was upset. Rogers was arrested spent over a year in prison, questioned several times about his beliefs by Lord Chancellor Stephen Gardiner.

On 22 January 1554/5 Rogers and other Protestant preachers were brought before the Privy Council and examined. Cardinal Pole, on 28 January 1554/5, ordered a commission to proceed against persons liable to prosecution under the statutes against heresy, and six days later through sanction of the Council, Rogers was condemned and sentenced as an excommunicated heretic, to be burned to death at the stake at Smithfield. This sentence was carried out the morning of Monday 4 February 1554/5

He was not even allowed to see his wife and children before he died.  Mr. Woodroofe, one of the sheriffs, first came to John Rogers and asked him whether he would revoke his abominable doctrine, and the evil opinion of the Sacrament of the altar. Rogers answered “That which I have preached I will seal with my blood.” Then, Mr. Woodroofe said, “Thou art a heretic.” Rogers replied “That shall be known at the Day of Judgment.” Mr. Woodroofe added, “I will never pray for thee.” Though Rogers responded “But I will pray for you.”  

Rogers stands as the first blood on the hands of Queen “Bloody” Mary…and the first of hundreds more to come.

God heard Rogers plead where his wife and children, being eleven in number, ten able to go, and one sucking at her breast, met him via, as he went towards Smithfield. This sorrowful sight of his own flesh and blood could nothing move him but that he constantly and cheerfully took his death with wonderful patience, in the defence, and quarrel of the gospel of Christ. Eagerly waiting for his crown of martyrdom in heaven

 Excerpt From: John Foxe. “Fox’s Book of Martyrs  








Thomas Cranmer  Archbishop of Canterbury

Thomas Cranmer was born July 2, 1489 in Aslacton, now called Aslockton, near Nottingham. He was the Archbishop of Canterbury, During the reigns of the English kings Henry VIII and Edward VI. He was the first Anglican martyrs; burned in 1,556 for heresy, He is commemorated by the Church of England on March 21.

He compiled two books of the Common Prayer in which it is in use to this day. And was influential in the English language through its phrases and quotations. Such as, “In the midst of life we are in death, earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust, in sure and certain hope of the Resurrection.”  “Whereof it followeth Rome to be the seat of antichrist, and the pope to be very antichrist himself. I could prove the same by many other scriptures, old writers, and strong reasons.” 


 While his name as a reformer is less well known than Martin Luther’s or John Calvin, Cranmer deserves to be regarded as the father of English Protestantism. Dr Cranmer believed that the Scripture is the final  authority not the Pope. That the bishop of Rome had no authority whatever to dispense with the word of God since they had little knowledge of Scriptures.

On February 14, 1556, Cranmer was removed from office, imprisoned and charged with treason. The immediate cause of his arrest was a pamphlet he had just published condemning the Mass, which had been re-introduced at the Canterbury Cathedral. 

He was tried and sentenced, but his life was spared however, he was tried for heresy and, being found guilty, made several recantations, in order to avoid execution. Recanting was not simply retracting your statement but publicly or signing legal document declaring that pope had the final authority, and that Catholic doctrine was the true philosophical system you needed to stand by it. Such as the body and blood of Christ, being contained most truly under the forms of bread and wine. The bread was the body of Christ, and the wine was His blood. In some, the recanter would take faggot Not the Protestant’s movement such as Luther, Calvin, or Zuinglius were the religious outcast.  Sometimes the recanter would take the torch themselves and burn their former friend declaring to them as heretic. In case Thomas Cranmer,  he promise that would restore his position of Archbishop of Canterbury if would retract his statement.


According to John Fox Dr. Cranmer lay under the stings of a goaded conscience and the contempt of every gospel Christian; this principle he strongly felt in all its force and anguish.

He also confesses and acknowledges his sins before His redeemer Jesus Christ.   Changing his mind, and withdrew his recantation, and realizing that by admitting that he was in error, he was also rejecting all his convictions and his entire career.   

Cranmer was brought in procession to St. Mary’s Church in Oxford where he was to make a public statement affirming his recantation, he publicly denounced the Catholic doctrine and the Pope from the pulpit.  Stating, “And as for the Pope, I refuse him, as Christ’s enemy and Antichrist, with all his false doctrine.” Publicly exposing popish doctrines, also declaring Jesus Christ as the Lord and Savour and  adhere to the apostle teaching.

 While the flaming were consuming him he “stretched out his right hand, he held it unshrinkingly in the fire till it was burnt to a crisp. The very hand that signed the legal writ declaring that the pope was the head of the church. 

He also uttered these words,   “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit . . .I see the heavens open and Jesus standing at the right hand of God as Stephen declared the first martyr.

  https://www.britannica.com/biography/Thomas-Cranmer-archbishop-of-Canterbury  http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Thomas_Cranmer  


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Mrs. Cicely Ormes

Mrs. Cicely Ormes was the wife of Mr. Edmund Ormes, 

A simple woman according to the Bishop an ignorant, unlearned, and foolish woman; however, she had zeal for the Lord causes previously she recanted her Protestant beliefs under pressure from the Catholic magistrate. Miserable at her defection, she then wrote a letter rejecting her recantation. Withdrew and repenting of her sins, and was willingly to die for the cause of Christ atoning works.   

On the Sept 23 1557, between seven and eight AM, by the order of the Bishop she was taken to Lollard’s Pit to be put to death because of the teaching Christ and twelve the Apostles teaching. 

Standing stake she uttered these words,” Welcome thou cross of Christ.” Than utter these words, ” Good people! I believe in God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost, three persons and one God. This do I not, nor will I recant: but I recant utterly from the bottom of my heart the doings of the pope of Rome, and all his popish priests and shavelings. I utterly refuse and never will have to do with them again, by God’s grace. And, good people! I would you should not think of me that I believe to be saved in that I offer myself here unto the death for the Lord’s cause, but I believe to be saved by the death and passion of Christ; and this my death is and shall be a witness of my faith unto you all here present. Good people! As many of you as believe as I believe, pray for me.” Than kissed the stake than uttered, “Welcome the sweet cross of Christ.”  

When the flames were lit, she lifted her hands praising the Lord until they fell off resulting from the flames. Waiting for her rewards in the celestial paradise being blessed forever  

http://www.martyrs.ca/Martyr/Mrs-Cicely-Ormes.html  https://christianhistoryinstitute.org/dailyquote/9/23/ 






Rev Laurence Saunders

Rev Laurence Saunders was born in 1,519 in Cambridge was the son of Thomas Saunders and Margaret Saunders. He was educated Eton and Kings Colleges in Cambridges, and gradate in 1541. He was apprenticed to Sir William Chester as a mercantile, however, abandoned and continued his studies, proceeding MA in 1,544 and obtaining a doctorate in theology. He obtained a licence to preach.

On 15 October, 1553 he preached at Northampton, warning the congregation that ‘the errors of the popish religion’ would be restored to the church by Queen Mary and that England was threatened with the visitation of God for her ‘lukewarm indifference in the cause of Christ. He was arrested by the order of the Bishop of London after having given a sermon at all Hallows Bread Street. After the bishop examined Saunders declare the queen a bastard, This irritated the bishop he sent him to  compter prison for a one year quarter where faithful declare the atoning work of Christ to his fellow prisoner. 

 The life of a prisoner was very different from that of today’s prisons. The prisoners were treated as animals and considered less of a human were  tortured either to obtain confession or recant their belief. Torture in the 1500-1600’s was systematic, cruel, and inflicted physical, and mental suffering. Devices and tools were used to inflict unbearable agony on a victim.  

On fourth of February the Bonner, bishop of London, came to the prison to degrade him; the day following, in the morning the sheriff of London delivered him to certain of the queen’s guard who was appointed to carry him to the city of Coventry, there to be burnt.         

 A poor shoemaker, who used to serve him with shoes, came to him, and said, “O my good master, God strengthen and comfort you.” “Good shoemaker.” Mr. Saunders replied, “I desire thee to pray for me, for I am the most unfit man for this high office that ever was appointed to it; but my gracious God and dear Father are able to make me strong enough.” 

   On the day of his execution, an officer asks him would recant than he would pardon him. Sanders responds not I but such as you have injured the realm. The blessed Gospel of Christ is what I hold; that do I believe that have I taught, and that will I never revoke!” Than when he had approached the stake he gave it hug, and he said,” Welcome, thou cross of Christ! Welcome everlasting life!”  When the dreadful flames consumed him he sweetly slept in the Lord Jesus. 








John Hooper, Bishop of Worcester 


John Hooper was born in Somerset in 1495. He entered Merton College, Oxford, under the tuition of his uncle William. Obtained a degree as Bachelor of Arts in 1,518 he commenced life by retiring from it as a monk in the Cistercian monastery. He left monastery life because its deplorable superstitions he returned to Oxford. Where some of the writings of the Swiss Reformers fell into his hands. Through the study of Bullinger’s commentaries on the Epistles of Paul 

During Henry, eight reign he departed England and went to Paris, and than to Basle and Zurich and continue his studies in reformed doctrine.Where he  met his wife Anna de Tzerclas, a Burgundian lady.

  When Edward VI became king he returned to England determined to forward the Lord’s work.After preaching a course of sermons before the King, he was nominated as Bishop of Gloucester. He was consecrated as Bishop of Gloucester on 8th March 1551. Where he continues preached reformed doctrine to his flock.

But his useful labours in the Lord’s work came to a halt when Queen Mary came to the Throne in 1553 who set out to reverse the changes made during the reigns of Henry VIII and Edward VI.He was driven from his diocese. The icons were replaced, and the Mass was restored.  

Dr Hooper was one of the first to answer for his beliefs before the Council. On the 1st September, 1553 he sent to Fleet Prison where he remained for more than seventeen months. It was an awful place where he wrote an account of his severe treatment while his in confinement, having on one side the common sink and filth of the house, and on the other the town ditch. Hooper gives a touching account of his sufferings with nothing for his bed but a little pad of straw with a tick and few feathers and he write I have been sick and the doors, bars and chains, being closed and made fast upon me.”

 He was three times examined before such judges as Bishops Gardiner and Bonner and finally condemned for denying the Romish doctrine of transubstantiation in the Mass. and for maintaining the lawfulness of the marriage of the clergy and was railed at by his judges, one of them calling him a “beast” for refusing to give up his lawful wife.

 Prior to his execution he spent much time in prayer and encouraging a poor who was blind boy uttering to the boy,”God has taken thy outward sight and given another sight more precious – the eye of knowledge and faith,” 

On market-day, 9th February 1555 at about eight o’clock, he was led to the place of his execution. He was rejoicing lifting up his eyes and hands to heaven, and praising God expressing his perfect obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ. According to account to the Fox Book of Martyrs cheerful and ruddy radiance countenance. When he arrived at the stake under the great elm tree, he gave it hug. On the stool laid a pardon from the queen if he would turn. He uttered these words, “If you love my soul away with it.” While he pray that his death would quick; however, the flames would be burnt his hair and scorched his skin a little. He utters these words,” O Jesus, Son of David, have mercy upon me, and receive my soul!” After third attempt the flames were more intense

Last words spoken “Lord Jesus, have mercy upon me! Lord Jesus receive my spirit!” Nonetheless, he was black in the mouth, and his tongue so swollen that he could not speak, yet his lips went till they were shrunk to the gums: and he knocked his breast with his hands until one of his arms fell off, and then knocked still with the other, while the fat, water, and blood dropped out at his fingers’ ends, until by renewing the fire, his strength was gone, and his hand clave fast in knocking to the iron upon his breast. Then immediately bowing forwards, he yielded up his spirit. 

His death was very painful, however, he still declare Jesus as Lord and His redeeming work, and many were witnesses including the enemy of the gospel. 

 Excerpt From: John Foxe. “Fox’s Book of Martyrs / Or A History of the Lives, 









Thomas Drowry 

Prior execution Bishop Hooper he examined a blind boy concerning his faith and the cause of his imprisonment. He looked on him steadfastly, tears standing in his eyes, and said, “Ah! Poor boy, God hath taken from thee thy outward sight, for what reason He best knoweth; but He hath endued thy soul with the eye of knowledge and faith. God gives thee grace continually to pray unto Him, that thou lose not that sight, for thou wouldst then be blind both in body and soul.” The boy’s name was Thomas Drowry.  He was blind; however, when one sense goes they the developed the other senses such as your hearing , and the ability to recall recite the exact words spoken to them.  

Thomas Drowry had such abilities while being examined Dr. Williams, Chancellor of Gloucester, He asks “Dost thou not believe that after the words of consecration, spoken by the priest, there remaineth the very real body of Christ in the sacrament of that altar?” “No,” answered the blind boy, “that I do not.” 


Than the Bishop condemn as a heretic ask him who taught you this heresy?  You, Master Chancellor pointing toward pulpit ‘When you preached there ” (naming a day) “a sermon to all men, as well as me, upon the sacrament. You said the sacrament was to be received spiritually, by faith.

On May, 15th 1556 Thomas Drowry was taken to the stake in Gloucester. Place fasten to the pole and executioner lit fire went and consumed by the flames; however, the first person he saw was Jesus the Son of God. Entering through the Gates of Splendour and receiving the martyr crowns.




Joan Waste.

Joan was born in 1534 and had twin brother named Roger to a Derby barber, William Waste and his wife Joan. She was born blind.

While Edward was upon the throne, the people of England had church services in their own language instead of Latin. 

Joan was moved by the Holy Spirit to go to hear the Bible readings and sermons. She was converted to Christ her Saviour. Who has found own poor lost blind sheep and gave her a new of saving faith along with spiritual insight.

Even thou she was blind she wanted a Bible even thou the books were very expensive. She able saves enough to purchase a New Testament by applying her trade knitting and making rope. Even thou it took her time or two find someone to read the Bible. Eventually, she found an elderly man in Derby Gaol called John Hurt who said he would gladly read to her everyday a chapter until illness finally rendered him from reading However, she able find someone else to even thou cost her every time someone read her the investment paying off.

Joan was able to recite long passages of Scripture, and refuted all false doctrines, and rebuked those sinned against the Bible, exhort those commit their lives to Christ or face Judgement   

In 1553, Queen Mary came to the throne and in January 1555 it was made illegal by Parliament to hold Protestant view were expected to attend Roman Catholic Masses. Nonetheless, Joan would not submit to heresy of the Roman Catholic dogma and believe that the Scriptures had the finial authority not the pope. She also denied the Sacrament of the Altar where the body and the blood of Christ transubstantiation, in the bread, and wine.  Immediately, the Bishop requested that Joan turn away from the faith of the Bible, and trust in the Holly Church.

 At this point, the Bishop and his Chancellor became angry. First, they tried to persuade her that the Son of God was easily and regularly brought down and changed into bread and wine but, when it was clear that she would not listen, they threatened her with imprisonment, torture, and death if she refused to believe in this “Sacrament of the Altar.”

Then, she reminded her hearers that a number of sincere Christians had recently been imprisoned and then burnt to death for believing the same things that she did rather than embrace the doctrines of Rome, boldly she went on,  “Are you prepared to die for your doctrine? If not, then for God’s sake stop troubling me no more. I am but a poor, blind, uneducated woman, but with God’s help I am ready to yield up my life in this faith.” 

On August 1st 1556, she taken to Windmill Pit were many of her brothers and sisters were martyred because their faith in Jesus Christ. Before her execution, she called upon the multitude to pray for her. That Christ would have mercy upon her. Where the light of the everlasting sun of righteousness would beamed upon her when the departed spirit.

  Excerpt From: John Foxe. “Fox’s Book of Martyrs  

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 Rev. John RoughAt the age of seventeen, Rev. John Rough entered as one of the order of Black Friars, at Stirling, in Scotland. A religious community founded 1233 and relied solely on alms the residential district. Where became a Earl chaplain, 

After being there sixteen years, Lord Hamilton, Earl of Arran, taking a liking to him, the archbishop of St. Andrew’s, where he became a the Earl’s chaplain, and remained in this spiritual employment for a year? 

The Holy Spirit wrought him saving knowledge of the atoning work of Christ. Where he preached the gospel for four years in Ayr, fearing for his life he move to England. Where Edward VI reign and allowed the gospel to be preached. He moved Somerset where given a salary of twenty pounds. To preach at Carlisle, Berwick, and Newcastle, where he married. He was afterward removed to a benefice at Hull, in which he remained till the death of Edward VI. 

When queen Mary was declared the queen of England, where he, and his wife went to Friesland a Provence in Holland. He started an occupation of knitting hoses and caps, where needed yarn he came back to England on November 10th in London.  

Where he soon heard of a secret society of the faithful, to whom he joined himself, and was in a short time elected their minister, in which occupation he strengthened them in every good resolution.

 On December 12th, Mr. Rough, with Cuthbert Symson and others, was taken up in the Saracen’s Head, Islington, where, under the pretext of coming to see a play, their religious exercises were beholden. Where they examined before council, and charges were laid that he, being a priest, was married, and that he had rejected the service in the Latin tongue. To him, he would not argue these flimsy tenets, and he was degraded and condemned was accused being the most pernicious heretic in the country








I AM Part Two

I AM the Door of the Sheep 

 Think of a door of protecting yourself from outside intruder from invading your space intending to do you harm. In only able enter by unlocking the door In  John 10:7, 9  Jesus states, “I am the door of the sheep. 8 All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep didn’t listen to them. 9 I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved and will come in and go out and find pasture.” 

John 10:8. When Jesus says, “I am the door,” He is reiterating the fact that only through Him is salvation possible One who believes the gospel (Hebrews 11:6) and repents of sin Luke 13:3 is assured of being in “the fold” and of having entered by “the door.” This section echoes Jesus’ words in 14:6 that He is the only way to the Father. His point is that He serves as the sole  to approach the Father and partake of God’s promised salvation. 

 Believer Commentary wrote, “Christ is the door. Christianity is not a creed, or a church. Rather it is a Person, and that Person is the Lord Jesus Christ. “If anyone enters by Me.” Salvation can only be received through Christ. Baptism will not do; neither will the Lord’s Supper. We must enter in by Christ, and by the power which He gives.

Dr S Lewis Johnson wrote “This is none other but the house of God. This is the gate of heaven.” And so on this beautiful picture of this beautiful church there was the quotation from  Scripture “The house of God, the gate of heaven.” Jesus is the door to heaven.“ Furthermore he wrote,”You could look at this and say it’s a beautiful illustration of the simplicity of entrance into life through the Lord Jesus. It’s not a philosophy. It’s not by the creeds. It’s not by personal conduct. It’s not by personal membership in the church. Jesus is the door. “I am the door.”

Dr S Lewis Johnson penned these words concerning Jesus as the door, “The tabernacle, perhaps the greatest visual picture of the salvation of God in the Old Testament, how many doors were there into the tabernacle? Well there was one door. All of this designed to stress the exclusiveness of the salvation that God provides. One may call this narrow intolerance, but it is the narrowness of truth. Every expression of the fact that there are different methods of salvation and it’s important simply to believe something and believe it sincerely all of those are false ideas. The world is flooded with them. But the Scripture stands solidly behind  the truth that the Lord Jesus and the Lord Jesus alone is the door.” 

As followers of Christ, Jesus is both our Shepherd and the Door to the sheepfold who provides for all our needs. Knowing that the world is full of predators whose sole intent is to destroy us (1 Peter 5:8), we are always under His protection. More importantly, we are fully confident that “when the Chief Shepherd appears [we] will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away” (1 Peter 5:4).

 The only way you’re able to enter heaven gates or sheep fold is through the atoning works of Jesus Christ. While on the cross Jesus uttered these words, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me.” All of mankind sins and His Father wrath fell upon Him, and when you repent, confess, and believe tha t Jesus took your sins. Than Jesus will take your sins and replace with His righteousness. As scripture declares, “He made the One who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 

Dr S Lewis Johnson penned these words concerning Jesus as the door, “The tabernacle, perhaps the greatest visual picture of the salvation of God in the Old Testament, how many doors were there into the tabernacle? Well there was one door. All of this designed to stress the exclusiveness of the salvation that God provides. One may call this narrow intolerance, but it is the narrowness of truth. Every expression of the fact that there are different methods of salvation and it’s important simply to believe something and believe it sincerely all of those are false ideas. The world is flooded with them. But the Scripture stands solidly behind  the truth that the Lord Jesus and the Lord Jesus alone is the door.” 

You could look at this and say it’s a beautiful illustration of the simplicity of entrance into life through the Lord Jesus. It’s not a philosophy. It’s not by the creeds. It’s not by personal conduct. It’s not by personal membership in the church. Jesus is the door. “I am the door.”

 Jesus said, “I am the door.” And then as if to emphasize 

it he lays stress upon the fact that one enters through him only. For he adds, “By me if any man enter in he shall be saved. Dr. S. Lewis Johnson, “ The door to eternal life, though the Lord Jesus who died as a sacrifice on Calvary’s cross for sinners, is always open. You may come right now and enter the sheep fold through the door, the Lord Jesus, and have him forever after caring for you, providing for you, giving you not only life, but abundant life.”

 The only way you’re able to enter heaven gates or sheep fold is through the atoning works of Jesus Christ. While on the cross Jesus uttered these words, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me.” All of mankind sins and His Father wrath fell upon Him, and when you repent, confess, and believe tha t Jesus took your sins. Than Jesus will take your sins and replace with His righteousness. As scripture declares, “He made the One who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”  

As followers of Christ, Jesus is both our Shepherd and the Door to the sheepfold who provides for all our needs. Knowing that the world is full of predators whose sole intent is to destroy us (1 Peter 5:8), we are always under His protection. More importantly, we are fully confident that “when the Chief Shepherd appears [we] will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away” (1 Peter 5:4).





I AM The Good Shepherd 

  In Ezekiel, 34:23-24 it states. “I will appoint over them. A single shepherd, My servant David, and he will shepherd them. He will tend them himself and will be their shepherd. My servant David will be a king over them, and there will be one shepherd for all of them. They will follow My ordinances and keep My statutes and obey them.” In Isaiah, 40:11 it states. “He protects His flock like a shepherd; He gathers the lambs in His arms and carries them in the fold of His garment. He gently leads those that are nursing. In Ezekiel 34:16 states “I will seek the lost, bring back the strays, bandage the injured, and strengthen the weak, but I will destroy the fat and the strong. I will shepherd them with justice.

To get a clear picture of Jesus meaning in this statement, it is helpful to understand a little of that ancient culture, especially of sheep, and shepherding. Of all domesticated animals, sheep are the most helpless. Sheep will spend their entire day grazing, wandering from place to place, never looking up. Therefore, they often become lost. But, sheep have no “homing instinct” as other animals do. They are totally incapable of finding their way to their sheepfold even when it is in plain sight. By nature, sheep are followers. If the lead sheep steps off a cliff, the others will follow. Additionally, sheep are easily susceptible to injuries and is utterly helpless against predators.

Jesus is that Shepherd in John 10:11 He states, “I am the Good Shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”  Furthermore, he states in” John10;14-16 , I am the good shepherd. I know My own sheep, and they now Me, 15 as the Father knows Me, and I know the Father. I lay down My life for the sheep. But, I have other sheep that are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will listen to My voice. Then there will be one flock, one shepherd.” 

Furthermore in John 10:11 The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. John MacArthur wrote, “This is a reference to Jesus’ substitutionary death for sinners on the cross.” Where Christ willingly went to the cross to atone mankind sins He gave His life, enduring death on behalf of sinners. Reformed Bible Study wrote, “ Jesus gives His life, enduring death on behalf of sinners.  This is intimated in the name “Lamb of God”  John 1; 29 Where Jesus is both the Lamb and the Shepherd. Where in Hebrew 13:20, its states “May the God of peace who brought up from the dead the great shepherd of the sheep by the blood of the eternal covenant, Jesus our Lord.

 John10;14-16 , I am the good shepherd. I know My own sheep, and they now Me, as the Father knows Me, and I know the Father. I lay down My life for the sheep. But, I have other sheep that are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will listen to My voice. Then there will be one flock, one shepherd.” Indicating Jesus is intimately involved with His sheep and His sheep has strong desire to be familiarly with the good Shepherd.    

Reformed Bible Study, “It is clear that “know” here, as so often in Scripture, means more than a mental grasp; it includes personal understanding and a commitment of will. To say, that God “knows” a person in this way refers to His gracious redemptive commitment to that individual. Matthew Henry states” He is known of them. He observes them with an eye of favour, and they observe him with an eye of faith. Christ’s knowing his sheep is put before their knowing him, for he knew and loved us first (1 John 4:19), 

Yet there other sheep that are not of this fold, and Jesus must bring them also and they will listen to My voice

NIV Study notes states,” These already belonged to Christ, though they had not yet been brought to him. Not of this sheep pen. Those outside Judaism. Here is a glimpse of the future worldwide scope of the church. One flock. All God’s people have the same Shepherd (see 17:20–23).”

John MacArthur Rom. 1:16). Jesus’ death was not only for Jews, but also non-Jews whom He will make into one new body, the church. As scriptures declares, “  I am obligated both to Greeks and barbarians, both to the wise and the foolish. Isa. 40:11; Ezek. 34:23; 37:24; Zech. 13:7. ‘John 10:11  John10;14-16