Lesson 13—Netherlands and Scandinavia

Lesson 13—Netherlands and Scandinavia In the Netherlands the papal tyranny very early called forth resolute protest. Seven hundred years before Luther’s time, the Roman pontiff was thus fearlessly impeached by two bishops, who, having been sent on an embassy to Rome, had learned the true character of the “holy see:” “God has made his queen…

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Lesson 12 — The French Reformation

Lesson 12 — The French Reformation The Protest of Spires and the Confession at Augsburg, which marked the triumph of the Reformation in Germany, were followed by years of conflict and darkness. Weakened by divisions among its supporters, and assailed by powerful foes, Protestantism seemed destined to be utterly destroyed. Thousands sealed their testimony with…

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Lesson 11—Protest of Princes

Lesson 11—Protest of Princes One of the noblest testimonies ever uttered for the Reformation, was the Protest offered by the Christian princes of Germany at the Diet of Spires in 1529. The courage, faith, and firmness of those men of God, gained for succeeding ages liberty of thought and of conscience. Their Protest gave to…

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Lesson 10—Progress of Reform in Germany

Lesson 10—Progress of Reform in Germany Luther’s mysterious disappearance excited consternation throughout all Germany. Inquiries concerning him were heard everywhere. The wildest rumors were circulated, and many believed that he had been murdered. There was great lamentation, not only by his avowed friends, but by thousands who had not openly taken their stand with the…

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Lesson 9—The Swiss Reformer

Lesson 9—The Swiss Reformer In the choice of instrumentalities for the reforming of the church, the same divine plan is seen as in that for the planting of the church. The heavenly Teacher passed by the great men of earth, the titled and wealthy, who were accustomed to receive praise and homage as leaders of…

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Lesson 8—Luther Before the Diet

Lesson 8—Luther Before the Diet A new emperor, Charles V., had ascended the throne of Germany, and the emissaries of Rome hastened to present their congratulations, and induce the monarch to employ his power against the Reformation. On the other hand, the Elector of Saxony, to whom Charles was in great degree indebted for his…

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Lesson 7—Luther Separates from Rome

Lesson 7—Luther Separates from Rome Foremost among those who were called to lead the church from the darkness of popery into the light of a purer faith, stood Martin Luther. Zealous, ardent, and devoted, knowing no fear but the fear of God, and acknowledging no foundation for religious faith but the Holy Scriptures, Luther was…

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Lesson 6—Huss and Jerome

Lesson 6—Huss and Jerome The gospel had been planted in Bohemia as early as the ninth century. The Bible was translated, and public worship was conducted in the language of the people. But as the power of the pope increased, so the Word of God was obscured. Gregory VII., who had taken it upon him…

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Lesson 5 — John Wycliffe

— The History of the Reformers — Before the Reformation there were at times but very few copies of the Bible in existence; but God had not suffered his Word to be wholly destroyed. Its truths were not to be forever hidden. He could as easily unchain the words of life as he could open…

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Lesson 4 – True Witnesses

Lesson 4 – The Waldenses Amid the gloom that settled upon the earth during the long period of papal supremacy, the light of truth could not be wholly extinguished. In every age there are witnesses for God,—men who cherish faith in Christ as the only mediator between God and man, who hold the Bible as…

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