William, The Martyr
19 Year Old William Burned At The Stake For Reading
When Catholic Queen Mary of England ascended the throne in 1554 she ordered
everyone to take communion at a Mass the Easter after her accession. A nineteen year old
youth named William Hunter who had been trained in the Reformation doctrines refused to
obey. He was summoned to appear before the bishop, like a judge in our time, and his
employer fired him out of fear. William went out of town to stay with his father.
One day he found the chapel open and began to read in an English Bible which lay on the
desk, and was severely reprimanded by an officer of the bishop's court. The man asked him
if he could understand what he read, and could he expound scripture, putting him down
severely. William replied that he was not intending to expound it to anyone,
only did he read it for his own comfort and learning.
The officer informed a priest, who asked William what right he had to read the
Bible. William answered the priest the same as he had the officer and declared
that he intended to keep on reading it as long as he lived, and, that he would reprove the
vicar for discouraging persons from reading the Scriptures, when the Holy Bible itself strongly implores people to study
the Word of God, for it is life in Christ.
William was accused of being a heretic, was asked his opinion concerning the literal
presence of Christ in the sacrament,* to which he answered he believed the sacrament emblems were only figures and
symbolic of the sacrifice of Christ.
His views were discussed with the authorities and they went to his father's house to
apprehend William. His father was threatened with prison if he didn't tell where his son
was hiding. "...he said, with tears in his eyes,
'Would you have me seek out my son to be burned?'
As the old man left, he accidentally met his son and William learned of the threat to
imprison his father. To prevent his father from being sent to prison, he allowed himself
to be taken into custody.
He was brought to trial before a bishop who said he would let William go IF William would
keep his beliefs to himself, go to confession and be a good Catholic. William could not
compromise his beliefs, whereupon he was sent to prison in as many irons as he could bear.
He remained in prison for nine months. Calling William before him again, the bishop tried
bribery of money and to set him up in business for himself, or make him a steward in the
bishop's house. William thanked him for his offer but said he couldn't find it in his
heart to turn from God for the love of the world. He said, '...for I count all worldly
things but loss and dung in respect of the love of Christ.'
William's parents counted it an honor to have such a son who could find in his heart to
lose his life for Christ's sake.' He said to his mother,
'For the little pain I shall
suffer, which will soon be at an end, Christ hath promised me, mother, a crown of joy;
should you not be glad of that?'
Whereupon his mother kneeled down on her knees, saying, 'I pray God strengthen thee, my
son, to the end; yea, I think thee as well bestowed as any child I ever bore.'"
The next morning the sheriff came in to tell him to prepare for death and his son,
embracing William bade him not be afraid. William stated that he was not afraid; that he
had already reckoned what it would cost him. The sheriff's son wept and as he and
William's brother walked with him to the place of burning, they passed his weeping father,
both bidding good comfort to each other. William was cheerful and upon reaching the place
of burning, knelt and read the 51st Psalm till he came to the words: "The sacrifices
of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, Thou wilt not
As he was being put on the stake he cheerfully forgave those around him, and prayed for
the "Son of God" to shine upon him. "Immediately the sun in the heavens
shone out of a dark cloud so full in his face that he was constrained to look another way;
whereat the people wondered, because it was so dark a little time before. He then took up
a fagot of broom and embraced it in his arms."
William threw his Psalter to his brother, who bade him to think on the death of Christ and
he wouldn't be afraid. William answered again, "I am not afraid," and said,
"Lord, Lord, Lord, receive my spirit!" and casting down his head again into the
smothering smoke, he yielded up his life for the truth."
Oh, that this generation had such honesty, courage, and
hunger for truth and righteousness, but I fear prosperity has corrupted our
souls. (Testimony taken from Foxe's Book of Martyrs,
pp. 231, 236) * This is Transubstantiation
as taught by the Greeks
Chiniquy Takes The Roman Church
To Prove Roman Laws Are Unchangeable
"One of the first and most solemn acts
of the present Pope, Leo XIII, was to order that the theology of St. Thomas Aquinas be
taught in all colleges, seminaries, and universities of the Church of Rome, as the most
accurate teaching of the doctrines of his church. On the 30th December, 1880, I forced the
Rt. Rev. Foley, Bishop of Chicago, to translate from Latin into English, before the Court
of Kankakee, and to swear that the following law was among those promulgated by St. Thomas
as one of the present and unchangeable laws of the church of Rome:
heretics must not be tolerated because they deserve it, we must bear with them, till, by a
second admonition, they may be brought back to the faith of the Church. But those who,
after a second admonition, remain obstinate in their errors, must not only be
excommunicated, but they must be delivered to the secular power to be exterminated.' (St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologia, Vol. iv. p. 90)
After the bishop had sworn that this was
the true doctrine of the Church of Rome expressed by St. Thomas, and taught in all the
colleges, seminaries, and universities of the Church of Rome, I forced him to declare,
under oath, that he, and every priest of Rome,
once a year, under pain of eternal damnation, is
obliged to say in the presence of God, in his Brevarium (his official prayer book), that
that doctrine was so good and holy, that
word of it has been inspired by the Holy Ghost to St. Thomas.
The same Bishop Foley was again forced by
me, before the same Court of Kankakee, to translate from Latin into English, the following
decree of the Council of Lateran, and to acknowledge, under oath, that
it was as much the law of the church of Rome today as on
the day it was passed in the year 1215.
'We excommunicate and anathematize every
heresy that exalts itself against the holy
orthodox and Catholic faith, condemning all
heretics, by whatever name they may be known, for though their faces differ, they are tied
together by their tails. Such as are condemned are to be delivered over to the existing
secular powers to receive due punishment. If laymen, their goods must be confiscated. If
priests, they shall be degraded form their respective orders, and their property applied
to the church in which they officiated. Secular powers of all ranks and degrees are to be
warned, in induced, and if necessary, compelled by ecclesiastical censure, to swear they
will exert themselves to the utmost in the defense of the faith, and extirpate all
heretics denounced by the Church, who shall be found in their territories. And whenever
any persons shall assume government, whether it be spiritual or temporal, he shall bound
to abide by this decree.
'If any temporal lord, after having been
admonished and required by the Church, shall neglect to clear his territory of heretical
depravity, the Metropolitan and Bishop of the Province, shall unite in excommunicating
him. Should he remain contumacious a whole year, the fact shall be signified to the
Supreme Pontiff, who will declare his vassals released from their allegiance from that
time, and will bestow his territory on Catholics, to be occupied by them, on condition of
exterminating the heretics and preserving the said territory in the faith.
'Catholics who shall assume the cross for
the extermination of heretics, shall enjoy the same indulgence, and be protected by the
same privileges as are granted to those who go to the help of the Holy Land. We decree
further that all those who have dealings with heretics, and especially such as receive,
defend and encourage them, shall be excommunicated. He shall not be eligible to any public
office. He shall not be admitted as a witness. He shall neither have the power to bequeath
his property by will, nor succeed to an inheritance. He shall not bring any action against
any person, but any one can baring action against him. Should he be a judge, his decision
shall have no force, nor shall any cause be brought before him. Should he be an advocate,
he shall not be allowed to plead. Should he be a lawyer, no instruments made by him shall
be held valid, but shall be condemned with their authors.' " (50 Years In The "Church" Of Rome, p.
The above in common language:
Anyone who opposes Catholicism shall be
condemned and punished, their property stolen. If Roman priests, they will lose their
rank, and their property will be given to their church. Civil authorities are to be warned
and forced if necessary, to search out and rid the area of nonCatholics, or heretics.
Anyone who takes civil office shall be forced to comply with the Roman Church's decree.
If a civil authority will not arrest, or
clear his territory of these heretics, he will be cut off. If after a year he has not
complied, he will be replaced by a Catholic who will do the job in order to keep the
territory Catholic controlled.
Roman Catholics who will agree to
exterminate (murder) heretics will be rewarded by the Roman Church the same as those who
went to the Holy Land on the Crusades--(sometimes that meant they
would lose their property! Many
who went on the crusades came home to find their property had been stolen by officials of
the church and were refused any recourse to gain it back. See below.)
Anyone who tries to help a heretic
(anyone who is not in favor of Catholicism)
a. shall be excommunicated
b. can't hold public office
c. can't be called as a witness in a court trial
d. can't give his children an inheritance, nor receive one
e. can't sue anyone, but anyone can sue him
f. if he's a judge, his decisions are of no force
g. if a defendant in a lawsuit, he can't defend himself
h. if a lawyer, his works will be condemned and of no consequence.
If one thinks
that is only "history", we need
to review what happened in Spain under dictator Franco, whom Mussolini, Hitler, and the
Vatican put on in control after destroying the Spanish Republic in their Civil War of 1936-39.
Rev. Fairchild says: " 'A prominent
churchman said today "a recognized major aim of the Catholic church is to capture the
Unties States and make it the base for the Catholization of the world...' (Kansas City Star, Sept. 27, 1949)
The Vatican is a totalitarian state quite
as much as Communist Moscow--and totalitarianism has no place in our American life. If we
take view of the various Catholic-controlled countries we find an excellent picture of
what the Roman Catholic church would do if she were to gain control of America. For
'There is no doubt what Rome wants. We have
an excellent, made-to-order demonstration in Dictator Franco's Spain. In that country
Protestants are treated exactly as the pope thinks they ought to be treated. Protestant
churches are not permitted any observable markings to indicate that they are churches.
Meetings of Protestant in private homes are spied on and broken up. Police arrest the
participants and courts impose heavy fines. These facts are irrefutable. They have been
attested by no less a witness than Dr. John Sutherland Bonnell, New York's famed radio
If you were a Protestant in Spain, all civil opportunities would
be denied you. You could not enter civil service. If you got hard up, you could not get
public relief. You could not send your child to school unless you were willing to have
Roman Catholic teaching forced on him. As a known Protestant, leading stores might refuse
to sell to you. You would be generally ostracized and vilified. Protestant marriage and
funeral services are forbidden. Protestants may not reply in the press to attacks made
upon them. Dr. Bonnell states that he has pictures which he himself has taken of
Protestant churches in Spain that have been demolished by Roman Catholic hoodlums, members
of the so-called 'Catholic-Action!'
"If there is still doubt in the
reluctant mind, have a look at a land to the south of us, Colombia. Here for some years
now, priest-inspired mobs have been blowing
up Protestant churches and beating, torturing and killing Protestant people. The authorities give these bigots slap on the wrists which
amounts to a pat on the back. The documentation for scores of these sordid attacks is
unimpeachable. . . .' by the Rev. C. Stanley Lowell, in his Reformation Day Message at
Wesley Methodist Church, Washington, D.C." (Will America Turn Catholic, by
Rev. Fairchild, RLDS minister and journalist)
Dictator Franco "declared, in 1947,
that Spain would be ruled by a king after he left office. In 1969, Franco named Prince
Juan Carlos Bourbon to be king and head of state after Franco dies or retires. Jan Carlos
is the grandson of King Alfonso XIII who abdicated the Spanish throne in 1931." (WBE, Vol. F, p. 409)
King Alfonso XIII was exiled from Spain on
April 14, 1931, when Spain was declared a republic. Dictator Francisco Franco died and
immediately Juan Carlos began his reign, having his coronation and grand reception Nov.
27, 1975. (The Antichrist King--Juan Carlos?
pp.1, 95, by Dr. Charles R. Taylor)
From Spain to the Society Islands
RE: RLDS Missionaries vs. Jesuits
That was Spain, which is now 99%
Roman Catholic, forced by the sword to bow to the papacy. Another example of Roman rule
comes out of the Society Islands.
In 1873 two RLDS missionaries sailed from
San Francisco,CA, for Sydney, Australia. Their ship sprang a leak at sea and they put into
port at Papeete, Tahiti in the Society Islands. They were not the first elders to set foot
on the islands with the restored gospel, they soon found out, for they were greeted with
It seems that in 1842 Joseph Smith, Jr.sent
four missionaries to the South Sea Islands with the Restored Gospel. The labors there of
Addison Pratt and Benjamin F.Grouard is of most interest and reveals the power, influence,
and wickedness of Roman Catholicism.
For eight years Bros. Pratt and Grouard
labored among the natives, carefully teaching their converts "the doctrine
and the order of the church, and impressed upon them a very high and pure
code of morals." During that time the
Roman church missionaries
were making no headway and realized that as long as the American elders
stood between their flocks and them, they could no nothing. They influenced,
"coerced" the French government to order the American missionaries off the
From the time the orders came, the
1. The elders were forced to sign a paper
that they would take no support from the natives. Objective: starve them out.
2) They were charged with sedition and their meetings were inhibited.
3) All religious exercises and even family altars were forbidden (Objective: find excuse
to put them in prison)
4) Many native saints were put in prison at Tahiti and 38 were confined in the town of
Anna. Their crime was for holding meetings after they had been forbidden by the
5) They were watched, forbidden to read, sing, or pray.
6) Some were forced to slave labor (working on the Queen's road like the convicts from
Sydney had done), some were whipped so severely they were sent to the hospital.
the condition when the missionaries were forced to leave. No doubt the
elders, whom the native Saints dearly loved, felt things would get better if
they were not around; but it was the opposite. "After Bro. Pratt left, their
persecutions became even more severe." After a time the French government
got tired of this cat and mouse
game of the Jesuits
and released all the prisoners.
When elders C. W. Wandell and Glaud Rodger
set foot on the island, they wrote: We were the first white Latter Day Saint missionaries
they had seen for eighteen years, and their joy knew no bounds at meeting us." The
Saints of islands (about 20) met regularly in a place they called "Zion."
Somehow the native elders had found out about the Utah teachings of polygamy, held a
conference, and rejected it.
When these Saints knew these elders were
"Josephites," instead of "Brighamites" they all extended their hands
of welcome, and immediately put themselves wholly under their teachings. Native elders
were present at the time from three other islands and at once received Wandell and Rodger
as the "true representatives of the gospel just as they had originally received it
from the teachings of Elder Addison Pratt."
They could all read and write but didn't
have any works published by the church. The presiding elder had kept a Bible and
"from Genesis to Revelation all the strong passages to prove the doctrines of the
church were carefully marked and well worn."
These church members were true Saints. They
understood the doctrine and lived it. They had established strong family ties and
protected their children. "Bro. David Brown, the leading elder at "Tiona"
(Zion), told me that the reason why he had gathered the Saints from Papeete to that place
was to keep them from a constant contact with the wickedness of that place, and to keep
their children out of the Popish schools."
Bros. Wandell and Rodger wrote: "They
[the Saints] have not been without their troubles; when the French government took
possession of these islands, the
Jesuits immediately commenced their work of propagandism.
The inhabitants of Chain Island being nearly all Latter Day Saints, refused to attend
their meetings; military force was used, and they were driven to church with the bayonet!
Six brethren resisted even unto death! In fact, "Mormonism" has here stood a
thorough test for eighteen long years, during which time no white man's voice was
permitted to cheer it on its troubled course.
Not only was force used, but persuasion
also. 'See,' said their enemies, 'the Catholics and Protestants have white
teachers and priests; they have plenty of money to build and adorn, and the Protestants
have plenty of books, join us and you will have plenty of friends. But so long as you
cling to 'Mormonism,' you will be disliked by everybody. The Book of Mormon is a lie
anyhow.' But in defiance of all opposing influences they have kept up their
organization, holding regular quarterly conferences as (they told us) Bro. Pratt had
instructed them to do.
At Tiona they have a church with a bell to
call the people together--they are about starting a school--they have meetings three times
every Sabbath; they partake of the Lord's supper the first Sunday in every month, and what
is more than all, they show the genuine Latter Day Saint spirit, which more than anything
distinguishes Mormons from other people."
When it was time to leave the island, the elders said: "Today we had
to part with these Saints, who, when the parting time came, clung to us like a child to
his parent; they threw their arms around us, kissed us, and wept like children. We have
promised to consider them within our jurisdiction until you send them an elder, which
latter they ask you to do without any unnecessary delay. . . ."
The 1,200 to 2,000 Saints that a Bro. Pratt had baptized had dwindled to
about 500 plus their children, but they were strong in the faith. We can see from this
account the weapons Catholicism uses to convert her people:
Jesuits, propaganda, and when
all else fails, force with the sword. (RLDS
Church History, vol. 4, pp. 39-40, 45)
So if America ever loses her
liberty to Catholicism, the above is what the Protestants can expect.