The Bible Convictions of John Wycliffe
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(A Long Line of Godly Men Profile)
Written by Steven J. Lawson
The fourteenth century was a dark time for the church in England. Superstition and error obscured the truth of the gospel, and even the clergy had little knowledge of the Bible. Against this bleak backdrop, God raised up a scholar and preacher who would stand with conviction on His Word, even if it meant standing alone.
Trusting Scripture as his highest authority, John Wycliffe believed the Bible was what England needed most. Only through the Word of God would the Holy Spirit reform hearts and, in turn, reform the church. But for this to happen, Wycliffe knew that everyday people needed to have the Bible in their own language.
In The Bible Convictions of John Wycliffe, Dr. Steven Lawson tells how Wycliffe’s devotion to the gospel made him the forerunner of the Reformation who translated the Bible into English for the first time. We’re indebted to him for our English Bibles today, and his story can encourage us to establish our convictions on God’s Word.
“For evangelicals, the Middle Ages are often unknown territory in which they think that the Holy Spirit was not active. But such an idea fails to remember Christ’s promise to build His church, and the Holy Spirit was doing exactly that during the medieval era. This exciting new book by Dr. Steven Lawson powerfully shows how God the Holy Spirit was very much at work in the Middle Ages, and one great example is the remarkable ministry of John Wycliffe, who later generations very rightly called ‘the Morning Star of the Reformation.’ Wycliffe’s love for and advocacy of the preeminence of the Holy Scriptures, though, was not simply a foreshadowing of one of the deepest convictions of the sixteenth-century Reformers. It needs to fire the hearts of God’s people in these trying times. May this volume be a means to that end!” -- Dr. Michael A.G. Haykin
“It is very good to see a new biography of John Wycliffe. I very much commend it for being well researched and written in such a way as to captivate a popular audience. I hope it will go a long way towards rehabilitating Wycliffe (one of my heroes) in the evangelical mind.” -- Dr. Nick Needham
“We all owe a debt to Wycliffe. He was a forerunner of the Reformation and a forerunner of English Bible translation, leaving a testimony of faithfulness and boldness. We also owe a debt to Dr. Steven Lawson for once again writing such an inspiring and compelling biography. May this book serve to give us all a greater appreciation for and a deeper love for the Word of God and the God of the Word.” -- Dr. Stephen J. Nichols
Hardcover with jacket, 212 pages, notes, Subject Index
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