The REFORMATION and The Anti-Reformation Of Religion
If the PUBLIC DOES NOT Know History…IT Will REPEAT ITSELF
The issues in the reformation are still relevant today because GOD has NOT changed and neither has the Truth and neither has the adversary. Due to ALL the “signs of the times”, it is more critical than ever to seek the Truth and adhere to THE TRUTH.
I will discuss evidence and documents in this memo of both the good news (The Reformation) AND the bad news (The Anti-Reformation)
Do not be naïve or blind or foolish, satan is the ruler of the world through freewill decisions of the majority and the most power hungry. In addition the major issues in the Christian Churches today are; apostasy and lukewarmness and false teachers.
The Vatican and especially the Jesuits (Anti-Reformation) will never give up their version of the bible and they will never give up their commitment of being the dominant world religion church. Signs of greater Christian Unity in the future? Mennonites and True Christians certainly cannot align with coercive and subversive conferences like the World Council Of Churches without becoming apostates and at the very least, lukewarm.
The TRUTH stated and stipulated in The Bible are more apparent than ever; because individuals universally are using their freewill to side with Satan AGAINST GOD and many things that were prophesied thousands of years ago are coming true right now. 1. There are but 2 Spirits in this world, Holy Spirit and Evil Spirit, and 2. no one can serve 2 Spiritual masters… The narrow gate and the narrow path was defined for us thousands of years ago and what was predicted is now in full force. TRUE!
I feel bad for those that are seeking peace in “this world” because they are deceived. John 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
Roman Empire and Control of Europe
The Romans under General Titus in 70 AD invaded Jerusalem and destroyed the Jewish Temple. Islam was established in Mecca, Saudi Arabia in 632 AD and from 691 AD until this very day the Dome Of The Rock Mosque has dominated the Holy Site. (what is strange is that Mecca is located some 1000 miles away from Jerusalem). Most scholars and theologians are aware that Rome has always exercised some form of control and still covets this Holy Site and the fact that a Islamic and Muslim Shrine occupied this spot from 691AD instead of a regular Roman Structure is overwhelming evidence of a conspiracy between Islam and the Vatican world power. In fact The truth is, that none of the above are a coincidence. Do you think it is just a coincidence that “The DARK Ages” was so named??? On May 26, 2014 (In the Middle of the Jewish Passover) Pope Francis held Catholic Mass at Jerusalem in “the upper room” which is the site of Jesus’s Last Supper and sits directly over the Tomb Of King David. NOTHING stated above was a coincidence!
In 632 AD the Qur’an, aka the Koran was created by an illiterate man called Mohammed under Jesuit influence. This Jesuit influence is obvious when one researches and reads translated documents and books written. Mohammed’s personal connection with Khadijah and her cousin named Waraquah is the best key linking evidence. After analysis of many theological and historical writings; It is obvious from the very beginning of the Qur’an that Islam was created and united with the Roman Vatican in their hated and persecution of both the Jews and True Christians. Almost 1400 years later has anything really changed for the better? I think NOT!
Evidence and documents have become public that the Vatican (through their ANTI-REFORMATION Jesuit agents) (ANTI-REFORMATION) created Islam. Not only did the Vatican-motivated Jesuits create Islam, Islam was created to combat and undermine True Christianity and in fact is the ANTI-REFORMATION religion of the Catholic Vatican. Many people are so confused nowadays they think it was the other way around. In fact, when the new Israel took control over the Dome Of The Rock part of Jerusalem after the Six-Day War in 1967, Israeli leaders allowed an Islamic religious trust to have authority over the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock as a way of helping “keep the peace”. On its face this must seem extremely bizarre. This is not surprising only when one realizes the influence and the connections of the Vatican with Modern Israel.
The most powerful AND wealthy places in the world are located in 3 Sovereign City States; Washington DC and The City of London and Vatican City which was once a part of the City of Rome. All 3 of these are “Sovereign” and separate from the countries they are in and they have their own laws and courts and armed enforcement.
The Eastern Orthodox Churches who were very Roman Catholic-like from the very beginning actually claim that their roots are from the Biblical Antioch Church. There was a schism in 1084 AD (even though the Orthodox Church always remained very Catholic-like but Interestingly what is NOT common knowledge; is the fact that these 2 huge groups were officially reunited on December 7, 1965 and are once again officially under the rule of the Roman Pope of the Vatican.
History is clear that from 1440 to 1740 it was the Roman Catholic “HAPSBURG” family who ruled the whole Holy Roman Empire thru the office of Holy Roman Emperor. The office Of Holy Roman Emperor even ruled over the European Kings and Queens during this time period. It is very ironic to note that it was not until 1742 that a NON-Hapsburg Family Holy Roman Emperor come into power (Charles VII). It is a fact that from 1742 AD period forward to this very date, persecution of True Christians in Europe greatly decreased.
In addition to all the above, old historical writings clearly indicate that the Popes of Rome have always exercised control and dominated/ruled over the Kings and Queens of the World for 1260 years from 538 AD to 1798AD. The most obvious and Powerful advocate for a single Global Religion and a One World Government to this very date is the current Pope. The current Pope is the first actual Jesuit Pope and of course he is happy to publicly advocate that his office should become the head of all World Religion and Government. The fact is both temporal power and religious power keys (aka keys to heaven and earth) have been in the Popes regalia and official crest for over a 1000 years. After many years research it is obvious that the Jesuits (Anti-Reformation Agents) have ALWAYS had way more influence than Freemasons and Illuminati. The very critical thing one must become aware of is that directly behind all major worldly power and organizations and even Presidents, Prime Ministers and Kings/Queens, are Jesuit educated and influenced individuals. Many Presidents and Prime ministers have made public statements verifying the facts I have laid out above. So much of the truth is still obfuscated from the common man/woman ie; Israeli-Palestine politics in the modern mainstream is a red herring diverting from the real power struggle going on.
Some of The most important PROTESTant’s In Chronological Order
1384 John Wycliffe c1330-1384 a Priest and Seminary Professor at Oxford University in England. Wycliffe worked on translating the Vulgate Bible into middle English in 1382 and it is now known as the Wycliffe Bible. Wycliffe rejected “purgatory” and the Eucharist and the selling of indulgences and the “praying to saints” It is said that Wycliffe advocated predestination rather than the “visible Catholic Church” . From 1366 to 1378 Wycliffe waged a political struggle with Rome while from 1378 to his death in 1784 his battle with Rome was more of a religious battle. Wycliffe’s battle against what he saw as an Imperialized Papacy and the Friars who were motivated by material gain. On May 22 1377 Pope Gregory XI (the last French Pope) sent five copies of a bull against Wycliffe to the Authorities in England. The Council Of Constance declared Wycliffe a heretic on May 4, 1415 and that his works should be burned. and that his remains should be burned as well. Wycliffe died of a massive stroke on December 31, 1384 in Lutterworth England. This order was confirmed by Pope Martin V in 1428 (43 years after his burial) and Wycliffe’s corpse was exhumed and burned and the ashes cast into the River Swift. was carried out in in 1428. I believe it is extremely important for us Swiss and German Mennonites and Amish to remember Wycliffe and realize that he lived and ministered and died a Martyr’s death over 200 YEARS BEFORE so many of our Mennonite and Amish were Martyred and also Wycliffe was in England and not Switzerland or Germany or the Netherlands! Wycliffe’s cause and teachings were taken up by John Hus 1360-1415 as defined below.
Why did almost all of the Reformation Bible Translators and Preachers get killed?
John Hus 1360-1415 was very well educated and in 1400 he was ordained as a priest. John Hus was greatly influenced by the writings of John Wycliffe c1330-1384 and John Hus decided to try to reform the Roman Catholic church. He preached against the Pope or Bishop “taking up the sword in the name of the church” and he preached that “a man obtains forgiveness of sin by true repentance, not by paying indulgences! John Hus was burned at the stake. WIKIPEDIA States; “An Italian prelate pronounced the sentence of condemnation upon Hus and his writings. Hus protested, saying that even at this hour he did not wish anything, but to be convinced from Scripture. He fell upon his knees and asked God with a low voice to forgive all his enemies. Then followed his degradation — he was dressed in priestly vestments and again asked to recant; again he refused. With curses, Hus’ ornaments were taken from him, his priestly tonsure was destroyed, and the sentence of the Church was pronounced, stripping him of all rights, and he was delivered to secular authorities. Then a tall paper hat was put upon his head, with the inscription “Haeresiarcha” (i.e. the leader of a heretical movement). Hus was led away to the stake under a strong guard of armed men. At the place of execution, he knelt down, spread out his hands, and prayed aloud. The executioner undressed Hus and tied his hands behind his back with ropes, and bound his neck with a chain to a stake around which wood and straw had been piled up so that it covered him to the neck. At the last moment, the imperial marshal, von Pappenheim, in the presence of the Count Palatine, asked Hus to recant and thus save his own life. Hus declined thus: God is my witness that the things charged against me I never preached. In the same truth of the Gospel which I have written, taught, and preached, drawing upon the sayings and positions of the holy doctors, I am ready to die today. Anecdotally, it has been claimed that the executioners had trouble intensifying the fire. An old woman then came to the stake and threw a relatively small amount of brushwood on it. Upon seeing her act, a suffering Hus then exclaimed, “Sancta Simplicitas!”. The phrase’s Czech equivalent, “Svatá prostota!” (vocative form: “Svatá prostoto!”, Translated “Holy simplicity!”) is still used today when commenting on a person’s stupid action and naïveté. It is said that when he was about to expire, he cried out, “Christ, son of the Living God, have mercy on us!” Hus’ ashes were later thrown into the Rhine River.”
1517 The PROTESTant REFORMATION officially began in 1517 when Martin Luther 1483-1546 challenged the Roman Catholic Church and nailed his Ninety-Five Theses on the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. Many nowadays are not aware that Luther’s main problem with the Catholic Church was “indulgences” and Luther did NOT stand against infant baptism at all. Luther may have been a reformer but his big protest against the Roman Church was that he was against paying “indulgences” to the priests and to the Roman Catholic church. 1521 It is said that in November 1521 Martin Luther began a culturally based study group with 10 men. The men named are “Simon Stumpf, George Binder, Conrad Grebel, Valentine Tsuchude, J.J. Amman, and Felix Manz. Reublin, Blaurock, Brotli, and Balthasar Hubmaier were also most likely in the group.” (I imagine all my Amish friends will readily recognize the Amman Family name disclosed above. Obviously this study group association with Luther did NOT last very long. Old Writings clearly indicate that Martin Luther was against indulgences being paid, however both Martin Luther and The Lutheran Movement soon turned completely AGAINST the Anabaptists. WIKIPEDIA states; “In two of his later works, Luther expressed antagonistic views towards Jews, writing that Jewish homes and synagogues should be destroyed, their money confiscated, and liberty curtailed.” Long after reformation began Luther remained completely in favor of Infant Baptism and he spoke out repeatedly that Adult Baptism was NOT necessary. This is completely opposite of Menno Simon’s group (Mennonites) who separated from the Luther Group and The Reform Church and the Catholic Church and passionately condemned infant/child baptism and advocated for ONLY Adult Baptisms. Based on all my research and old writings I am not at all convinced that the famous Martin Luther was a Genuine True Christian. In addition it seems so strange and alien to me that my Martin Mennonite Family Bible from 1800’s which has been passed down for many generations which I actually possess, is a German Translation of the Holy Bible by non other than the very same Martin Luther…This does not sit well with me and I will disclose more later. Martin Luther did NOT die a Martyr’s death.
Ulrich Zwingli has often been referred to as a great reformer, however I beg to differ because (unlike ALL the ones who died a Martyr’s Death) Ulrich Zwingli was lukewarm in his works and overall positions which he actually took a firm stand on. Ulrich Zwingli became the Peoples Priest in 1519 at the Grossmunster Church in Zurich. Zwingli did NOT die a martyr’s death.
On the other hand, The Radical Anabaptists who became known as “Mennonites” advocated that Biblical references to being separate from the world and the worldly was absolutely necessary to be a True and Genuine Christian. Not accepting Infant Baptism also meant that these people who abstained or refused, lost all their rights as citizens of their country. Ironically Mennonites were separated all right; they were absolutely hated and scorned by “the world” and “the worldly” and in fact the ANABAPTISTS were passionately hunted and persecuted and demonically tortured and killed and their property was confiscated.
The Following is a chronological sorted list of ANABAPTIST Martyr’s
1525 January 30 1525 George Blaurock, Felix Manz & a couple dozen colleagues were brought to Zurich from Zollikon and imprisoned in the old Augustine cloister.
1526 Conrad Grebel c1498-1526 Since Conrad Grebel was not martyred according to history and my research I will not say much about him in this memo other that he was an original follower of Zwingli but separated from Zwingli’s movement and became a co-founder of The Anabaptist Movement along with Felix Manz who died for his faith and whom I detail below)
Felix Manz C1498-1527 (is said to be the first Martyr of the Radical Reformation or as some say; he was the first Martyr at the hands of other protestants. He was drowned January 5, 1527. Was the co-founder of the Swiss brethren Anabaptist Congregation in Zurich…the Radical Anabaptists. The following is from the website GAMEO—————-“Felix Manz was born and died in Zürich, where his father was a canon of Grossmünster church. Though records of his education are scant, there is evidence that he had a liberal education, with a thorough knowledge of Hebrew, Greek and Latin. Manz became a follower of Huldrych Zwingli after he came to Zürich in 1519. When Conrad Grebel joined the group in 1521, he and Manz became friends. They questioned the mass, the nature of church and state connections, and infant baptism. After the Second Disputation of Zürich in 1523, they became dissatisfied, believing that Zwingli’s plans for reform had been compromised with the city council. Grebel, Manz and others made several attempts to plead their position. Several parents refused to have their children baptized. A public disputation was held with Zwingli on 17 January 1525. The council declared Zwingli the victor. After the final rebuff by the city council on 18 January, in which they were ordered to desist from arguing and submit to the decision of the council, and have their children baptized within eight days, the brethren gathered at the home of Felix Manz and his mother on 21 January. Conrad Grebel baptized George Blaurock, and Blaurock in turn baptized the others. This made complete the break with Zwingli and the council, and formed the first church of the Radical Reformation. The movement spread rapidly, and Manz was very active in it. He used his language skills to translate his texts into the language of the people, and worked enthusiastically as an evangelist. Manz was arrested on a number of occasions between 1525 and 1527. While he was preaching with George Blaurock in the Grüningen region, they were taken by surprise, arrested and imprisoned in Zürich at the Wellenburg prison. On 7 March 1526, the Zürich council had passed an edict that made adult re-baptism punishable by drowning. On 5 January 1527, Manz became the first casualty of the edict, and the first Swiss Anabaptist to be martyred at the hands of other Protestants. While Manz stated that he wished “to bring together those who were willing to accept Christ, obey the Word, and follow in His footsteps, to unite with these by baptism, and to purchase the rest in their present conviction”, Zwingli and the council accused him of obstinately refusing “to recede from his error and caprice”. At 3:00 p.m., as he was led from the Wellenburg to a boat, he praised God and preached to the people. A Reformed minister went along, seeking to silence him, and hoping to give him an opportunity to recant. Manz’s brother and mother encouraged him to stand firm and suffer for Jesus’ sake. He was taken by boat onto the River Limmat. His hands were bound and pulled behind his knees and a pole was placed between them. He was executed by drowning in Lake Zürich on the Limmat. His alleged last words were, “Into thy hands, O God, I commend my spirit.” His property was confiscated by government of Zürich, and he was buried in the St. Jakobs cemetery. Manz’s execution predates the Münster Rebellion which officially began in 1534. Manz left written testimony of his faith, an eighteen-stanza hymn, and was apparently the author of Protestation und Schutzschrift (a defense of Anabaptism presented to the Zürich council).”
1527 Michael Sattler 1490-1527 was born in Staufen Germany and became a Benedictine Monk at St Peter Abby, and it is said he likely became prior. Sattler left the monastery in 1525 and went to Zurich Switzerland. Michael became associated with the Anabaptists and was probably re-baptized as an adult in the summer of 1526. Michael was involved in missionary work … AS PER WIKIPEDIA “He was involved in missionary activity around Horb and Rottenburg, and eventually traveled to Strasbourg. In February 1527 he chaired a meeting of the Swiss Brethren at Schleitheim, at which time the Schleitheim Confession was adopted. In May 1527, Sattler was arrested by Count Joachim of Zollern, regent of Archduke Ferdinand of Austria, along with his wife and several other Anabaptists. He was tried and sentenced to be executed as a heretic in Rottenburg am Neckar. The sentence to execution read, “Michael Sattler shall be committed to the executioner. The latter shall take him to the square and there first cut out his tongue, and then forge him fast to a wagon and there with glowing iron tongs twice tear pieces from his body, then on the way to the site of execution five times more as above and then burn his body to powder as an arch-heretic.” The other men in the group were executed by sword, and the women, including Margaretha, were executed by drowning. A memorial plaque at the site of his execution near Rottenburg am Neckar reads: “The Baptist Michael Sattler was executed by burning after severe torture on 20 May 1527 here on the “Gallows Hill”. He died as a true witness of Jesus Christ. His wife Margaretha and other members of the congregation were drowned and burned. They acted for the baptism of those who want to follow Christ, for an independent congregation of the faithful, for the peaceful message of the Sermon on the Mount.”
1529 September 6, 1529 George Blaurock c1491-1529 Was the co-founder of the Swiss brethren in Zurich On September 6, 1529 George Blaurock and Hans Langegger were burned at the stake near Klausen. From GAMEO======== “Jörg vom Haus Jacob (Georg Cajacob, or George of the House of Jacob), commonly known as George Blaurock (c. 1491 – September 6, 1529), with Conrad Grebel and Felix Manz, was co-founder of the Swiss Brethren in Zürich, and thereby one of the founders of Anabaptism. George Blaurock was born in 1491 in Bonaduz in Graubünden, Switzerland. He was educated at the University of Leipzig and served as a priest of the Roman Catholic Church until his conversion to evangelical Anabaptism. Blaurock had evidently departed from the Catholic Church before he arrived in Zürich circa 1524, for he had already taken a wife. Though he came to see Huldrych Zwingli, he soon became attached to the more radical followers of Zwingli. These radicals insisted on following only that which had Biblical support. They rejected the mass, images, and infant baptism. The city council condemned their position, ordered them to desist from their meetings, and ordered all unbaptized babies to be baptized within eight days. On January 21, 1525, the despondent group held a secret meeting at the home of Felix Manz. These believers went to their knees in prayer for guidance. Arising from the prayer, George Blaurock requested Conrad Grebel to baptize him upon a confession of faith in Christ. Grebel did so, and afterwards Blaurock proceeded to baptize the others who were present. George Blaurock worked closely with Felix Manz until Manz was martyred in Zürich on January 5, 1527. On that same day, Blaurock was severely beaten and permanently expelled from Zürich. He kept moving, laboring at Bern, Biel, the Grisons, and Appenzell. After his arrest and fourth banishment in April 1527, Blaurock left Switzerland never to return. From here he turned to the Tyrol. In 1529 he became the pastor of the church in Adige Valley, after their former pastor, Michael Kürschner, was burned at the stake. Blaurock conducted a very successful ministry in Tyrol. Many believers were baptized and churches founded. In August he and Hans Langegger were arrested by Innsbruck authorities. While in captivity they were tortured for information. On September 6, 1529, Blaurock and Langegger were burned at the stake near Klausen. The only writings left by Blaurock were a letter and two hymns written during his last three weeks of life. The hymns are entitled Gott Führt Ein Recht Gericht (God Holds a Righteous Judgment) and Gott, dich will ich loben (God, You I Will Praise). Both hymns are preserved in the Ausbund, an old Anabaptist hymnal still used by the Amish.”
1536 Jacob Hutter 1500-1536 Hutter was sentenced to death by fire and burned at the stake on 25 February 1536 in Innsbruck in front of the Golden Roof. According to the Hutterian Chronicle, a total of 360 Anabaptists were executed in Tyrol.
The Following are some Early England (English) Martyr’s
1536 William Tyndale 1494-1536 burned at the stake John Rogers was influenced by William Tyndales’ teachings and even assisted Tyndale in his Bible translations …John Left the Catholic Church.
CRITICAL INFO In 1539 The Jesuits were founded by St. Peter Faber 1506-1546 and St. Francis Xavier 1506-1552 and Saint Ignatius Of Loyola became the first Superior General. The initial main agenda was to destroy the Protestant Reformation. The Jesuits were officially approved by Poe Paul iii in 1540 as a zealous military religious order. (Masters Of The Hegelian Dialectic) The Pious Jesuits are the advisors and educators of almost all the Elite of the world who are in the most powerful positions! If you are serious about knowing the Truth about the ANTI-REFORMATION movement who controls the world and the “worldly” all the evidence and proof you will ever need is publically available.
Thomas Cromwell c1485-1540 King Henry VIII failed to obtain the Pope‘s approval for the annulment in 1534, so Parliament endorsed the king’s claim to be Supreme Head of the Church of England, giving him the authority to annul his own marriage. Thomas Cromwell was a member of the English Elite an a minister to the King, but whenever he preached about the sins of Popery and especially when he preached about the sins of the English Royalty he was risking his very life. It is suggested by many authors that Cromwell was actually doomed by false testimony by fellow elite members of his society and not even the Reformation he waged against The Catholic Church. WIKIPEDIA INFO IS “Cromwell was arrested at a Council meeting on 10 June 1540 and imprisoned in the Tower. His enemies took every opportunity to humiliate him: they even tore off his Order of the Garter, remarking that “A traitor must not wear it”. His initial reaction was defiance: “This then is my reward for faithful service!” he cried out, and angrily defied his fellow Councillors to call him a traitor. A Bill of Attainder containing a long list of indictments, including supporting Anabaptists, protecting Protestants accused of heresy and thus failing to enforce the Act of Six Articles, and plotting to marry Lady Mary Tudor, was introduced into the House of Lords a week later and passed on 29 June 1540. He was also connected with ‘sacramentarians’ (those who denied transubstantiation) in Calais. All Cromwell’s honours were forfeited and it was publicly proclaimed that he could only be called “Thomas Cromwell, cloth carder”. The King deferred the execution until his marriage to Anne of Cleves could be annulled: Anne, with remarkable common sense, happily agreed to an amicable annulment and was treated with great generosity by Henry as a result. Hoping for clemency, Cromwell wrote in support of the annulment, in his last personal address to the King. He ended it with the plea “Most gracious Prince, I cry for mercy, mercy, mercy.”Cromwell was condemned to death without trial and beheaded on Tower Hill on 28 July 1540, the day of the King’s marriage to Catherine Howard. After the killing, his head was set on a spike on London Bridge. Edward Hall, a contemporary chronicler, records that Cromwell made a speech on the scaffold, professing to die, “in the traditional faith” and then “so patiently suffered the stroke of the axe, by a ragged and Boocherly miser, which he very ungoodly perfourmed the Office” “ It is said that the King later realized that Thomas Cromwell had been convicted with false testimony.
1534 Martin Luther 1483-1546 of Lutheran Church died of natural causes.
1553 In 1553 The Zurich aka Zwingli Bible was printed in Zurich SZ. There were quite a few Radical Anabaptists (and later Mennonite and Amish) who knew the truth that this Bible was MORE accurate that Martin Luther’s version.
John Rogers C1505-1555 John was the Vicar of St. Sepulchre’s, and Reader of St. Paul’s, London, England. John Rogers published under the pseudonym Thomas Matthew who published an English Bible in 1537. Even though John Rogers was known to NOT be a friend of the Radical Anabaptists due to his stand against “Babylon The Great” and his martyrdom an honorable memorial is required. John Rogers “confirmed in a sermon the true doctrine taught in King Edward’s time, and exhorted the people to beware of the pestilence of popery, idolatry, and superstition.” John Rogers was burned at the stake on February 4, 1555 at Smithfield.. This Bible was the first Authorized English Bible by British King Henry VIII and published under Thomas Cromwell’s supervision.
Hugh Latimer c1487-1555 a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge, and Bishop of Worcester before the Reformation, and later Church of England chaplain to King Edward VI. In 1555 under the Catholic Queen Mary he was burned at the stake, becoming one of the three Oxford Martyrs of Anglicanism was burned at the stake in 1555, as per Wikipedia “driven into the ground with fagots of firewood piled high at its base. Two men were lead out and fastened to the stake by a single chain bound around both their waists. The older man was Hugh Latimer, the Bishop of Worcester, one of the most powerful preachers of his day, and the other Nicolas Ridley, the Bishop of London, respected as one of the finest theologians in England. More wood was carried and piled up around their feet. Then it was set alight. As the wood kindled and the flames began to rise, Bishop Latimer encouraged his companion: “Be of good cheer, Master Ridley, and play the man! We shall this day light such a candle, by God’s grace, in England, as I trust shall never be put out.” Hundreds in the crowd watching the burning of these bishops wept openly. The place of their execution is marked today by a small stone cross set in the ground in Broad Street, while nearby in St. Giles stands the imposing Martyrs Memorial, erected 300 years later in memory of these two men and of Thomas Cranmer, the Archbishop of Canterbury, who 4 months after their execution suffered the same tortured death by burning, in the same place, and for the same reason.”
Thomas Cranmer 1486-1556 Wikipedia states; Thomas Cranmer “was a leader of the English Reformation and Archbishop of Canterbury during the reigns of Henry VIII, Edward VI and, for a short time, Mary I. He helped build the case for the annulment of Henry’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon, which was one of the causes of the separation of the English Church from union with the Holy See. Along with Thomas Cromwell, he supported the principle of Royal Supremacy, in which the king was considered sovereign over the Church within his realm. During Cranmer’s tenure as Archbishop of Canterbury, he was responsible for establishing the first doctrinal and liturgical structures of the reformed Church of England. Under Henry’s rule, Cranmer did not make many radical changes in the Church, due to power struggles between religious conservatives and reformers. However, he succeeded in publishing the first officially authorised vernacular service, the Exhortation and Litany.” AND “ When King “Edward came to the throne, Cranmer was able to promote major reforms. He wrote and compiled the first two editions of the Book of Common Prayer, a complete liturgy for the English Church. With the assistance of several Continental reformers to whom he gave refuge, he changed doctrine in areas such as the Eucharist, clerical celibacy, the role of images in places of worship, and the veneration of saints. Cranmer promulgated the new doctrines through the Prayer Book, the Homilies and other publications. After the accession of the Roman Catholic Mary I, Cranmer was put on trial for treason and heresy. Imprisoned for over two years and under pressure from Church authorities, he made several recantations and apparently reconciled himself with the Roman Catholic Church. However, on the day of his execution, he withdrew his recantations, to die a heretic to Roman Catholics and a martyr for the principles of the English Reformation. Cranmer’s death was immortalised in Foxe’s Book of Martyrs and his legacy lives on within the Church of England through the Book of Common Prayer and the Thirty-Nine Articles, an Anglican statement of faith derived from his work.
Menno Simons 1496-1561 I will write much more about Menno later however at this time I want to mention that even though Menno was hunted by the ANTI-REFORMATION agents for almost 23 years (had a price on his head) but apparently never caught and apparently he died a natural death. Wikipedia states; “Menno Simons’ influence on Anabaptism in the Low Countries was so great that Baptist historian William Estep suggested that their history be divided into three periods: “before Menno, under Menno, and after Menno”. Menno is especially significant because of his coming to the Anabaptist movement in the north in its most troublesome days, and helping not only to sustain it, but also to establish it as a viable Radical Reformation movement.”
In 1563 John Foxe’s Book of Martyres was first published in English by John Foxe c1516-1587 and the life and death testimonies are absolutely amazing.
In 1660 Martyrs Mirror was first published in Holland in 1660 by Thielman J. van Braght 1625-1664. This is the second most favorite book in Mennonite and Amish homes for the past 300 years. The full title of the book is The Bloody Theater or Martyrs Mirror of the Defenseless Christians who baptized only upon confession of faith, and who suffered and died for the testimony of Jesus, their Saviour, from the time of Christ to the year A.D. 1660. The life and DEATH testimonies by True and Genuine Christians in this old book are absolutely amazing and are some of the most vivid and blunt and honest and plain Christian Testimonies we will ever read apart from the Bible.
ABOUT The ANTI-REFORMATION
The following are all quotes out of published books: and I only underlined the numbers of deaths attributed to The ANTI-REFORM AGENCY
“From the birth of Popery in 606 to the present time, it is estimated by careful and credible historians, that more than fifty millions of the human family, have been slaughtered for the crime of heresy by popish persecutors” — “History of Romanism,” pp. 541, 542. New York: 1871. (Author John Dowling)
Also, in another work Dr. Brownlee states; “Papal Rome has shed the blood of fifty millions of Christians in Europe!” — The Roman Catholic Religion viewed in the light of Prophecy and History, New York, Charles K. Moore, 1843, page 60.
And later in the same work, “The best writers enumerate fifty millions of Christians destroyed by fire, and the sword, and the inquisition; and fifteen millions of natives of the American continent and islands; and three millions of Moors in Europe, and one million and a half of Jews. Now, here are sixty-nine millions and five hundred thousands of human beings, murdered by “the woman of the Roman hills, who was drunk with the blood of the saints.” And this horrid list does not include those of her own subjects, who fell in the crusades in Asia, and in her wars against European Christians, and in South America!” — page 97.
“These quotations make it clear that the figure of 50 million refers only to Christians in Europe, and does not include Christians killed elsewhere. It is also clear that Brownlee is taking these figures not from just one person, but from at least two, “the best writers,” and ignoring others that he feels are less qualified. Many others must have been convinced of the reputation of these individuals as well, judging from the frequency with which the figure of 50 million is quoted. Dr Brownlee further comments on the number killed by the Papacy in another work as follows: When Laguedoc was invaded by these monsters, one hundred thousand Albigensees fell in one day! “ See Bruys vol. iii. 139. — page 346
“There perished under pope Julian 200,000 Christians: and by the French massacre, on a moderate calculation, in 3 months, 100,000. Of the Waldenses there perished 150,000; of the Albigenses, 150,000. There perished by the Jesuits in 30 years only 900,000. The Duke of Alva destroyed by the common hangman alone, 36,000 persons; the amount murdered by him is set down by Grotius at 100,000! There perished by the fire, and tortures of the Inquisition in Spain, Italy, and France 150,000. … In the Irish massacres there perished 150,000 Protestants! To sum up the whole, the Roman Catholic church has caused the ruin, and destruction of a million and a half of Moors in Spain; nearly two millions of Jews South America in Europe. In Mexico, and , including the islands of Cuba and St. Domingo, fifteen millions of Indians, in 40 years, fell victims to popery. And in Europe, and the East Indies, and in America, 50 millions of Protestants, at least, have been murdered by it!” — W. C. Brownlee, Letters in the Roman Catholic controversy, 1834, pp. 347-348.
“Thus the church of Rome stands before the world, “the woman in scarlet, on the scarlet colored Beast.” A church claiming to be Christian, drenched in the blood of sixty-eight millions, and five hundred thousand human beings!” W. C. Brownlee, Letters in the Roman Catholic controversy, 1834, pp. 347-348)
“Alexander Campbell, well known religions leader of the nineteenth century, stated in debate with John B. Purcell, Bishop of Cincinnati, in 1837 that the records of historians and martyrologists show that it may be reasonable to estimate that from fifty to sixty-eight millions of human beings died, suffered torture, lost their possessions, or were otherwise devoured by the Roman Catholic Church during the awful years of the Inquisition. Bishop Purcell made little effort to refute these figures.” (Citing A Debate on the Roman Catholic Religion, Christian Publishing Co., 1837, p. 327.)
Walter M. Montano, a former Catholic priest, asserts in his book, “Behind the Purple Curtain that it has been estimated that fifty million people died for their faith during the twelve hundred years of the Dark Ages.” (Citing Walter M. Montano, Behind the Purple Curtain, Cowman Publications, 1950, page 91.) — The Shadow of Rome, by John B. Wilder; Zondervan Publishing Co., 1960, page 87.
“For professing faith contrary to the teachings of the Church of Rome, history records the martyrdom of more then one hundred million people. A million Waldenses and Albigenses [Swiss and French Protestants] perished during a crusade proclaimed by Pope Innocent III in 1208. Beginning from the establishment of the Jesuits in 1540 to 1580, nine hundred thousand were destroyed. One hundred and fifty thousand perished by the Inquisition in thirty years. Within the space of thirty-eight years after the edict of Charles V against the Protestants, fifty thousand persons were hanged, beheaded, or burned alive for heresy. Eighteen thousand more perished during the administration of the Duke of Alva in five and a half years.” — Brief Bible Readings, p. 16.
“This great antichristian power robbed the church of its gospel light and plunged the world into the Dark Ages. It put to death and thus took away the lives of from fifty to one hundred millions of the saints of the Most High.” — Bunch, Taylor, The Book of Daniel, 1950, p. 170.
“One thousand years covers the crest of the persecutions when from 50,000,000 to 150,000,000 martyrs died of the sword, at the stake, in dungeons, and of starvation because of the confiscation of their earthly possessions.” — Bunch, Taylor, The Book of Daniel, 1950, p. 185.
“In like manner the blood of a hundred million martyrs cries for justice to the One who says, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay saith the Lord.” Rom 12:19. — Bunch, Taylor, Studies in the Revelation, 1933?, p. 105.
The only thing I can add to all the above is; May God Bless us AND protect us…FOREVER