Arius and Public Debate

The Church of Pergamos “Write this to the angel of the Church in Pergamum: These words are spoken by him who has the sharp two-edged sword. I know where you live — where Satan sits enthroned. I know that you hold fast to my name and that you never denied your faith in me even in the days when Antipas, my faithful witness, was martyred before your eyes in the very house of Satan” (Revelation 2:12,13 Phillips). Listen to audio: The pages of history provide many []

Peter Waldo and the Waldensians

The Church of Thyatira “I know your deeds, your love and faith, your service and perseverance, and that you are now doing more than you did at first” (Revelation 2:19 NIV). Listen to audio: Waldo lived around 1150 AD and was a rich merchant from Lyon, France. One day he heard the story of the rich young ruler asking Jesus what he must do to inherit eternal life. After some discussion Jesus finally said, “Sell everything that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure []

John Huss and Other Pre-Reformers

An Articulate Martyr “But you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their garments; and they will walk with me in white; for they are worthy. He who overcomes shall thus be clothed in white garments; And I will not erase his name from the book of life, and I will confess his name before my Father and his angels” (Revelation 3:4, 5 NAS). Listen to audio: It was providential that the teachings of Wycliffe were taken to Bohemia through the influence of Princess []

John Wycliffe and the Lollards

The Morning Star of the Reformation “Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy. He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels” (Revelation 3:4, 5). Listen to audio: The above text applies to the time of John Wycliffe, []

Martin Luther and the Reformers

The Reformation “I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name” (Revelation 3:8). Listen to audio: The Reformation was one of the great historical periods of the church. Men like the Spaniard Michel Servetus wrote against the doctrine of the trinity and was burned at the stake by Calvin for it. William Tyndale in England worked tirelessly to bring us a modern English []