Monday, March 4, 2013

John Knox vs Mary Queen of Scots

John Knox was a bold witness for Christ and His Word during the middle part of the Sixteenth Century. Knox had fascinating interchange with the oppressive Queen Mary. Despite a good chance he would be burned at the stake, when he had an audience with Mary, he confronted the errors of Romanism to which she somewhat blindly adhered. Here is just a small sample of the conversation.

Queen Mary:
Ye interpret the Scriptures in one manner, and they (Roman Catholics) in another. Whom shall I believe? Who shall be judge? 

John Knox:
Ye shall believe God, that plainly speaketh in His Word; and further than the Word teacheth you, ye shall believe neither the one nor the other. The Word of God is plain in itself. If there appear any obscurity in one place, the Holy Ghost, which is never contrarious to Himself, explaineth the same more clearly in other places; so that there can remain no doubt, but unto such as obstinately will remain ignorant. 

Take one of the chief points, Madam, which this day is in controversy betwixt the Papists and us. The Papists have boldly affirmed that the Mass is the ordinance of God, and the institution of Jesus Christ, and a sacrifice for the sins of the quick and the dead. We deny both the one and the other. We affirm that the Mass, as it is now used, is nothing but the invention of man, and, therefore, is an abomination before God, and no sacrifice that ever God commanded. Now, Madam, who shall judge betwixt us two thus contending? It is no reason that either of the parties be further believed, than they are able to prove by insuspect witnessing. Let them prove their affirmatives by the plain words of the Book of God, and we shall give them the plea granted. What our Master Jesus Christ did, we know by His Evangelists; what the priest doeth at his Mass, the world seeth. Now, doth not the Word of God plainly assure us, that Christ Jesus neither said Mass, nor yet commanded Mass to be said, at His Last Supper, seeing that no such thing as their Mass is made mention of within the whole Scriptures?'

See the whole interchange here. 

2 comments:

Woody Woodward said...

I have always wondered why the Catholics call their worship services "Mass"? I thought it had to do with a mass of people?

Terry K said...

It's from the Latin word missa, "dismissal", either the ending of the mass, or sending the "unitiated" out of the room, so they don't partake unworthily.