Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The burning of John Huss

John Huss

John Huss

 Huss was a Czech priest who was burned at the stake for heresy against the doctrines of the Catholic Church. Particularly he fought against the doctrines of Ecclesiology and the Eucharist as taught by the Roman Catholic Church. He was an early reformer living before the time of Luther and Calvin (other well-known reformers of Roman Catholicism).

Huss was martyred on July 6, 1415. He refused to recant his position of the charges that were brought against him. On the day he died he is said to have stated, “God is my witness that the things charged against me I never preached. In the same truth of the Gospel which I have written, taught, and preached, drawing upon the sayings and positions of the holy doctors, I am ready to die today.
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The Persecuted Church Today

A young girl in southern Mexico has recently returned to church, after being forbidden from attending last year by her Zapatista parents. At the end of October, Carla visited her Christian grandparents and was able to return to the church where she accepted Christ. She was nervous about returning and feared that she might be shunned for failing to attend the Christian children’s group. Zapatistas, such as her parents, often shun community members who do not participate in meetings. Pray that Carla and her grandparents will remain faithful despite pressure from Carla’s parents and other members of the Zapatista community. Pray also for Christians who continue to reach out to children and others in the Zapatista community. [/request/450/carla/]

A local church leader and teacher in Kazakhstan was sentenced to two years in prison on Oct. 3, 2016, after being convicted of making a false emergency-services call. On April 14, 2015, someone using Yuri Pak’s cellphone made a prank phone call to Kazakhstan’s emergency services, similar to calling 911 in the United States. The evidence used against Yuri Pak is a two-minute recording of a drunken man making a bomb threat and using prison jargon. Expert witnesses testified that the caller’s voice does not match Yuri Pak’s voice. Additionally, the caller references spending 10 years in prison and being angry at police, but Yuri Pak has never been in prison. The government in this majority Muslim country appears to be using these false charges to persecute him because of his role in the Christian church. Pray for justice and that God will use Yuri Pak as a shining light for Christ while he is in prison.

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Yuri Pak has been sentenced to two years in prison in Kazakhstan for being a church leader.
Yuri Pak has been sentenced to two years in prison in Kazakhstan for being a church leader.

Carla was allowed to visit with her Christian grandparents after nearly a year of not seeing them because her Zapatista parents do not want her to be part of a church.