William Farel, and the Story of the Swiss Reform

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 192 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1867. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER III. A STRANGE VOICE IN PARIS. (1512-1520.) ijY dear William, ' said Lefevre one day when returning from the mass, as he grasped the hand of his young friend; 'God will renew the world, and you will see it.' 'Often have you said this to me, but I do not yet fully understand your words.' 'Ah, one cannot tell what light is until it fills his eye, nor what life is until he feels it in his soul. God will soon give us both; new light by His holy truth, new life by His Holy Spirit. The word of God will take the place of the word of the Church. We must give up the Lives of the Saints, and read the words of the apostles.' 'But are you not going on to publish those lives? I have been delighted with the two monthly numbers now issued.' 'No, no. I began with zeal the laborious task of collecting and arranging them in the order of their names in the calendar. But I am weary of them. They disgust me. They are foolish legends at best, and many of them are the false tales of monks, who could write a life to order, without any knowledge of the facts.' 'Yon astound me, father Lefevre.' 'I wish to, if there be no other way to keep you from having anything more to do with these legends. They are puerile superstitions, and are no better than brimstone fit to kindle the fire of idolatry. They cause us to idolize lie saints, and to treat our Lord wi;h neglect They are too paltry fables to keep us from the sublime word of God. 'How came you to know this so suddenly?' 'By one of those beams of light which come from heaven through the Holy Scriptures. All at once, I was struck with the impiety of addressing prayers to the saints. Go. dear William, to the Bible.' Lefevre had taken a long and sure step. The Refornation began in France at the moment when he laid aide the wond...

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