MARTYRDOM OF PATRICK HAMILTON
I will utter dark sayings of old: Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done. (Psalm 78:2-4)
INTRODUCTION: BIBLE PROTESTANTISM HAS A GLORIOUS HISTORY. It is an epic story of a deadly struggle from under the heel of the Roman system to the glorious liberty of the sons of God. In our ecumenical and apostate age, this story needs to be retold that the battle may continue. This is the eighteenth of a number of posts (hence entitled: Protestant21) and is just another shot fired in this great battle between the forces of good and the forces of evil. We are deliberately aiming at brevity, leaving it to other works (listed later) to satisfy any hunger for further information. These pages may therefore be viewed as tasty appetisers. May God give us the faith of these old Protestants who loved not their lives unto death and of whom, the world in its sin, was not worthy.
THE MARTYRDOM OF PATRICK HAMILTON (1503-1528)
Since all things work together for good - the best (Geneva Bible) - to them that love God and who are the called according to His good purpose, then IT WAS (in that sense) A GOOD DAY when our first Scottish martyr, Patrick Hamilton was ordered to be burned by RC Archbishop Beaton in St. Andrews. This Presbyterian giant went there, understanding that it was to debate his doctrines, but he was seized and quickly burned before his friends could muster any support. It was thought that this summary execution would intimidate others, but Rome was badly mistaken. One bystander remarked, "The reek [smoke] of Mr Hamilton has infected as many as it did blow upon."Truly the blood of the martyrs has always proved to be the seed of the church.
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