Discover the Lives & Teachings of the Protestant Reformers

John Huss

John Huss is considered to be the first of the Protestant reformers. He lived before the better-known Church reformers like Martin Luther and John Calvin. However, he was one of the first to openly challenge the abuses of the Catholic church. Others who had gone before him had also acknowledge the grave errors of the Catholic teachings, but had been too timid or afraid to speak up for the right against merciless persecution.

We don’t even know for sure the exact birth date of John Huss. We know he was born in Bohemia in approximately 1369 – 1371. In 1396, he received his degree from Charles University and was ordained a priest 4 years later.

John Huss was particularly troubled by the sale of indulgences to help fund Papal campaigns and eventually the Crusades. The concept of indulges clearly violated the Holy Scriptures and he didn’t believe that the Church should be urging nations to go to war. According to Huss, the scriptures taught that we should pray for our enemies and do good to them that curse us, not go to war with them.

In 1414, John Huss was summoned to the Council of Constance. He had previously been excommunicated from the Roman Catholic church, but was promised safe passage to the council. Once there he was tried and declared guilty of heresy. On July 6, 1415, John Huss was burned at the stake.

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