Thursday, January 10, 2008

Why the Hus Pic and Luther's take on Hus

The pic on my user profile is of Hus about to be burned at the stake. I found the picture in an antique store in Prague for $10 a few years back. What a steal! Nevertheless, I am glad to have it. Many see Hus as a quasi-reformer, but he was very instrumental in calling people to stand for truth under great pressure from the Catholic Church of his day to recant of his teachings. So I gladly post this great picture of a man who unflinchingly stood for truth.

Below is an excerpt from a message I gave on Hus. In it are several quotes from Martin Luther showing his view of John Hus the Truth warrior:

When Luther studied at Erfurth he found in the library of the convent, a book entitled, The Sermons of Jan Hus. He said he was “anxious to know the doctrines the arch-heretic wrote.” After reading Hus’ sermons he was astonished by what Hus preached. He said, “What, that I, could move the council to burn so great a man, so able and judicious an expositor of Scripture!” But during this time in Luther’s day, Hus’s name was held as a great abomination, and Luther said, “if I mentioned him with honor, I imagined the sky would fall, and the sun be darkened; I therefore shut the book of his sermons with indignation. But I comforted myself with the though, that perhaps he had written this before he fell into heresy!”

The view of Hus in Germany was that he was worse than a Jew, Tartar, a Turk, and a Sodomite. But after Luther read Hus’s De Ecclesia he said that “without surmising it, I had been advocating all Hus’s teachings and I and my associates were all Hussites without knowing it.”

Luther thus called on the Roman Church to confess that it had done wrong in burning Hus. He said that Hus was “burned unjustly and in violation of God’s commandments and that that innocent man’s blood was still crying from the ground. A year later he revoked his statement in which he said that some of Hus’s articles condemned at Constance were true. He now affirmed that they were all true, and that the pope and papists, in condemning Hus at Constance, had also condemned the Gospel, and in its place put the doctrines of the dragon of hell. From that time on Luther was an uncompromising champion of Hus as a man of God and even had Hus works published. He said that Hus was a sheep among lions and wolves. And said that “if he did not show himself a brave and worthy martyr of Christ--then may scarcely anyone be saved.”

1 Comment:

Tom Leon (covenant marriage) said...

I'm having a break right now in my work. Cultivating ideas about covenant marriage
and is not that easy. Whew! I surf the net and Oh! I saw your post and take a glance on it but I actually read the whole blog about "Hus" and it seems to be interesting. I'm a writer and if I have time I will research more about this topic. Well done my friend! Thank you..