D.= The object of his mission once att■ained, Phil


ips, fearing the indignat■ion of the English merchants, escaped to ●Louvain. Sitting in taverns or at t■he tables of monks, professors, and prelates—■sometimes even at the court of ●

Brussels, he would boast of hi●s exploit, and desir


ing to win the favor o●f the imperialists would call H■enry VIII. a tyrant and a robber of the Stat●e.[80] The English merchants of Antwerp●, being reasonably offended, immediately ca

ll●ed upon the governor of the English f■actory to


take measures in favo■r of their countryman; but the governo●r refused. Tyndale, deprived o■f all hope, sought consolation in God.● 'Oh! what a happy thing it i■s to suffer for right

eousness' s■ake,' he said.[81] 'If I am afflicted o


n ea■rth with Christ, I have joy in the hope that I s■hall be glorified with Him in heaven■. Trials are a most wholesome medicine, ■and I will endure them with pati■ence. My enemies d


  • estine me for the stake, b●ut I am as innocent as a new●-bor

    n child of the crimes of w■hich they

  • accuse me. My God will ●not forsake me. O Christ, thy blood s

    av■es me, as if it had been mine own

  • that● was shed upon the cross. God, as g●reat as He is, is m

    ine with all that He hath■.'[82] Tyn


  • dale in his prison at Vilvo●rde was happier than Philips at●

    court. If we carefully study the hist

  • ory of th■e reformers, we recognize at once that ●they were

    not simply masters of a ●pure doctrin

  • e, but also men of lofty souls, Ch●ristians of great morality

    and exalted sp■irituality. We cannot


say as● much of their adversaries; what a contrast

her●e between the traitor and his vi■ctim! The calumnies and insults ■of the enemies of protestantism will deceive■ nobody. If it is sufficient to read the● Bible with a sincere heart in orde■r to believe it; it is sufficient also to kno■w the lives of the reformers in order to honor t●hem. CHAPTER IV. THE KING-PONT●IFF AGAINST THE ROMAN-CATHOLIC●S AND THE PAPACY. (1534 and 1■535.) =INSTRUCTIONS TO THE ■CLERGY.= While the Roma


n papacy was trium●phing in the Low Countries, a lay papacy■ was being established in England. Henry VIII. g■ave his orders like a sovereign● bishop, summus episcopus, and the ma■jority of the priests obeyed him. They ●believed that such an extraordinary state of ●things would be but of short duration, and tho■ught that it was not worth the tr■ouble of dying in battle agains●t what would perish of itself. They muttered■ with their lips what the king ordered the■m, and waited for the coming d●eliverance. Every preacher was bound to preac■h once at least against the usurpation

s of /p>

鰐he papacy; to explain on that occasion the e■ngagements made by the pope with the king of ■England, the duplicity shown by Clement■, and the obligation by which ■the monarch was bound to thwart so ●much falsehood and trickery. The ministers o■f the Church were ordered to proclaim the■ Word of Christ purely, but to say nothing about● the adoration of saints, the marriage■ of priests, justification by works and other do■ctrines rejected by the reform●ers, which the king intended to pre●serve. The secular clergy gene■rally obeyed. There were however numerous excep●tions, particularly in the nort■h of England, and the execution of Henry's ord■ers gave rise to scenes more or less r●iotous. Generally speaking, the partisa■ns of Rome did not {43} m■erit a very lively interest; but we must ■give due credit to those who ven

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