Where You Stand

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Daily Reformation, John 17:6-19

About the Reformer

The style of [Wyclif’s] English discourses is simple and direct. No more plainly did Luther preach against ecclesiastical abuses than did the English Reformer. On every page are joined with practical religious exposition stirring passages rebuking the pope and worldly prelates. They are denounced as anti-christ and the servants of the devil—the fiend—as they turn away from the true work of pastoring Christ’s flock for worldly gain and enjoyment. The preacher condemns the false teachings which are nowhere taught in the Scriptures, such as pilgrimages and indulgences. Sometimes Wyclif seems to be inconsistent with himself, now making light of fasting, now asserting that the Apostles commended it; now disparaging prayers for the dead, now affirming purgatory. With special severity do his sermons strike at the friars who preach out of avarice and neglect to expose the sins of their hearers. No one is more idle than the rich friars, who have nothing but contempt for the poor. Again and again in these sermons, as in his other works, he urges that the goods of the friars be seized and given to the needy classes. Wyclif, the preacher, was always the bold champion of the layman’s rights.

—Philip Schaff, History of the Christian Church

Pulling It Together

The life of the Christian should plainly and boldly set forth Christ to her community. There ought to be no question as to where the Believer stands. She is not to be found standing in the way of sinners (Psa 1:1) but instead, spending her time in that which delights her. The righteous are separated from the wicked like wheat from the chaff, by where they find their delight. Is your delight in the law of the Lord? Do you take your stand there, meditating on that good Word, day and night? Does it show your world where you stand?

© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reformation: Devotions with the Reformers

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