The Real Reformers of England


Acts 4:13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus.


Did you ever hear of any mighty man, whose name stood in more esteem among Godís people than the name of George Whitfield? And yet these were poor men, who, as Wyckliffe said were taking to the preaching of the gospel. If you will read the life of Wyckliffe you will find him saying there, that he believed that the Reformation in England was more promoted by the labors of the poor men whom he sent out from Lutterworth than by his own. He gathered round him a number of the poor people whom he instructed in the faith, and then he sent them two and two into every village, as Jesus did. They went into the market-place, and they gathered the people around; they opened the book and read a chapter, and then they left them a manuscript of it which for months and years after the people would assemble to read, and would remember the gospel that had come to tell them the gospel of Christ. These men went from market-place to market-place, from town to town, and from village to village, and though their names are unknown to fame, they were the real reformers. You may talk of Cranmer, and Latimer, and Ridley, they did much, but the real reformers of the English nation were people whose names have perished from the annals of time, but are written in the records of eternity.