Martyred for the Gospel

Martyred for the Gospel
The burning of Tharchbishop of Cant. D. Tho. Cranmer in the town dich at Oxford, with his hand first thrust into the fyre, wherwith he subscribed before. [Click on the picture to see Cranmer's last words.]

Collect of the Day

The Second Sunday in Lent.

The Collect

ALMIGHTY God, who seest that we have no power of ourselves to help ourselves; Keep us both outwardly in our bodies, and inwardly in our souls; that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Collect from the First Day of Lent is to be read every day in Lent after the Collect appointed for the Day.

Daily Bible Verse

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Our Good Deeds Justify Us Not « The Reformed Reader

Antichrist turneth the roots of the tree upward.  He maketh the goodness of God the branches and our goodness the roots.  -- William Tyndale

Dr. Scott Clark over at the Heidelblog posted this link to the Reformed Reader.  I decided to post it since it clearly has a link to the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion, Article XII:

“Our blind disputers will say, if our good deeds justify us not, if God look not on our good deeds neither regard them nor love us the better for them what need we to do good works?”
“I answer God looketh on our good deeds and loveth them, yet loveth us not for their sakes.  God loveth us first in Christ of his goodness and mercy, and poureth his Spirit into us, and giveth us power to do good deeds.  And because he loveth us, he loveth our good deeds: yea because he loveth us, he forgiveth us our evil deeds which we do of frailty and not of purpose or of the nonce.  Our good deeds do but testify only that we are justified and beloved.”
“For except we were beloved and had God’s Spirit we could neither do nor yet consent unto any good deed.  Antichrist turneth the roots of the tree upward.  He maketh the goodness of God the branches and our goodness the roots.  We must be first good after Antichrist’s doctrine, and move God and compel him to be good again for our goodness’ sake: so must God’s goodness spring out of our goodness.  Nay verily God’s goodness is the root of all goodness and our goodness, if we have any, springeth out of his goodness.”  William Tyndale, The Obedience of a Christian Man.

Article XII of the Thirty-Nine Articles says:  

XII. Of Good Works.
ALBEIT that good works, which are the fruits of faith and follow after justification, cannot put away our sins and endure the severity of God's judgement, yet are they pleasing and acceptable to God in Christ, and do spring out necessarily of a true and lively faith, insomuch that by them a lively faith may be as evidently known as a tree discerned by the fruit.
It seems likely to me that Tyndale's theology had some influence on the English Reformers, including Archbishop Thomas Cranmer, who composed the original Forty-Two Articles of Religion which were edited to Thirty-Nine Articles in 1571.

Click here to see the original post:  Our Good Deeds Justify Us Not « The Reformed Reader

See also:  William Tyndale.

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