For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; Eph. 2:8
“Even when you are in the devil’s hands, you are still in God’s care.”
JOHN HUSS (1369-1415) “Huss” means goose in Czech, and John Huss is fittingly known as the swan of the Reformation. Before being burned at the stake for teaching that salvation is by faith apart from works, and that Christ is the head of the church and not the pope, he declared; “You may silence this Goose, but there will come a Swan you will not be able to silence.” He said that to the bishop of the Council of Constance who had sentenced him to death.
One hundred years later, Martin Luther was ordained in a little church in Erfurt. That’s where Martin Luther was ordained to be a priest. The Swan had arrived.
Huss was born in poverty, but became a priest so that he could have an income. Later he found Wycliffe’s writings and through them was converted to Christ. He began preaching the gospel and soon became the most popular priest in Bohemia.
The Catholic Church abhorred his popularity as much as they detested the gospel which he preached. A Church Council had been called to settle the papal schism—three different Popes had been duly elected, each anathematized the others—and the Council of Constance was supposed to undo this. Instead they condemned Huss for preaching the gospel.
Before burning him, they dressed him in his priestly robes, then stripped him naked, and placed a paper crown with mock flames and demons on his head. They burned him to death as he recited Psalm 51. One hundred years later, Luther the ‘swan’ arrived and he would nail the 95 theses to the church door in Wittenberg, and the Reformation would officially begin. [Cripplegate]