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Lutterworth Parish, England, an English Roman Catholic theologian and professor at the University of Oxford, a free thinker, taught that the supreme authority in the Christian church was the Holy Scripture, the Word of God, and not the Pope or his Council. He was a protege of John of Gaunt and sent out "poor preachers" to English villages ministering to the needs of people and teaching this doctrine through sermons and tracts.(5) Wycliffe's translation of the Bible from Latin into English made it available to all persons who could read English, influencing grammar and prose writing. Wycliffe emphasized two points: (1) Grace or forgiveness may be secured "directly" from God without confession to priests. (2) The Bible is the final authority in religion, not the Pope, his bishops or councils.
"The gospel tells, as other before, how men should live in this world, and suffer persecution that must needs fall here. The story tells, that Jesus went out of the temple, and his disciples came after him, to show him the making of the temple ; for it was falling to his words that he had said before to the people, to whit, what Christ said of this making of the temple. But Christ answered and said to him ; See ye all this. Surely, I say to you that here shall not be a stone left upon another undestroyed. And this thing was fulfilled, within fifty years after, for the second and forty year after that Christ was stayed to heaven came two princes of Rome, Titus and Vespasian, and besieged the city, when it was full of men at the festival of Pascha, as Christ told before by Luke. And this was encircled on each side, and refused the people to go out, and slew the people, and at the last took the city ; and then was the temple destroyed, and all the city was turned, so that the mount of Calvary was set within the city, when it was before without. And so was not a stone left upon another undestroyed, for all the city and the temple were turned to make a new city."
Jesus Foretells the Destruction of Jerusalem
Egrediente Jesu de Templo. -- Mark xiii. [I.]
WHAT OTHERS HAVE SAID
Augustine wrote his magnum opus 'the City of God' with a sort of dim perception of the identity of the Christian Church with the new Jerusalem. Indeed we know that the 1000 years were held to be running by the generations previous to that date, and so intense was their faith that the universal Church was in a ferment of excitement about and shortly after 1000 A.D. in expectation of the outbreak of Satanic influence. Wickliff, the reformer, believed that Satan bad been unbound at the end of the 1000 years, and was intensely active in his day. That this period in Church history is past, or now runs its course, has been the belief of a roll of eminent men too long to be chronicled on our pages of Augustine, Luther, Bossuet, Cocceius, Grotius, Hammond, Hengstenberg, Keil, Moses Stuart, Philippi, Maurice." (Alexander Brown, Great Day of the Lord, p. 216.)
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