William, The Martyr
19 Year Old William Burned At The Stake For Reading The Bible

 

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 despise."

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 Court
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:

'Though 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 every 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. 286-288)

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 example:

'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 preacher. 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 great joy.

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 islands.

From the time the orders came, the persecutions began:

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 authorities.
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.

This was 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.

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