The Life and Opinions of John de Wycliffe: Illus. Principally from His Unpublished Manuscripts; with a Preliminary View of the Papal System, and of the State of the Protestant Doctrine in Europe, to the Commencement of the Fourteenth Century, Volume 2

B.J. Holdsworth, Hatchard and Son, 1828
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Page 267 - When the ear heard me, then it blessed me; and when the eye saw me, it gave witness to me: Because I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and him that had none to help him. The blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon me: and I caused the widow's heart to sing for joy.
Page 36 - But this Master John Wycliffe translated it out of Latin into English, and thus laid it more open to the laity and to women who could read, than it had formerly been to the most learned of the clergy, even to those of them who had the best understanding. And in this way the gospel pearl is cast abroad, and trodden- under foot of swine...
Page 257 - Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good. and thou shalt have praise of the same: for he is a minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath- but also for conscience
Page 36 - ... precious to both clergy and laity is rendered, as it were, the common jest of both. The jewel of the Church is turned into the sport of the people, and what was hitherto the principal gift of the clergy and divines, is made forever common to the laity.
Page 36 - Christ delivered His gospel to the clergy and doctors of the church, that they might administer to the laity and to weaker persons, according to the state of the times and the wants of man.
Page 59 - ... without the merits of Jesus Christ ; that the old law of Christ was soon to be abolished, and that a new law, enjoining the baptism of blood, to be administered by whipping, was to be substituted in its place.
Page 302 - The truth is, that in the New Testament there is no mention made of any degrees or distinctions in orders, but only of deacons or ministers, and of priests or bishops.
Page 7 - God, who, as a member of Holy Church, shall ascend to Heaven ! And for this cause Jesus Christ left other works, and occupied himself mostly in preaching ; and thus did his apostles, and for this God loved them.
Page 302 - From the faith of the scriptures, it seems to me to be sufficient, that there should be presbyters and deacons holding that state and office which Christ has imposed on them, since it appears certain, that these degrees and orders have their origin in the pride of Caesar.
Page 123 - ... on the new sprouts of heresy. We shall thus be less apt to quake at every objection to the truth, and we shall have more of that calmness which is one prognostic of victory. Of equal service is the history of doctrines, in confirming us in the truth. If, in the year 1384, WycklifFe could write,

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