Thursday, June 19, 2008

Truth Quote of the Week

I thought I would post one of my favorite quotes by one of the Czech reformers Matěj z Janova (ca. 1355-93). He like Hus preached in the vernacular and even called for the reading of the Bible in the vernacular, which was really extreme at this point in history. His preaching was a call for moral reform, a denunciation of superstition, and a call to turn to the Scriptures, which he loved.

denounced praying to saints rather than to Christ and criticized the priesthood by saying that “they worldly, proud, mercenary, pleasure-loving, and hypocritical; they are the synagogue of sinners, the great Whore, serpents and young adders, a snare, the apocalyptic locusts, adulterous women, worse than public prostitutes. They form spiritually the Great Babylon which is the Great Whore and the mother of adultery and abomination of the earth. They do not regard their sins as such, do not allow themselves to be reproved, and persecute the saintly preachers. There is no doubt that if Jesus lived among such people, they would be the first to put him to death.”