by Robert Booth
A Man of the Scriptures
Wycliffe came to believe that the scriptures are the only reliable guide to the truth about God. He preached and wrote that Christians should rely on the Bible rather than on the teachings of popes and clerics. This of course made the Pope and church angry. Believing that Scripture should be able to be read by the common individual, he began to translate the Scriptures into English.
Burned for Believing the Bible
The Council further wrote that Wycliffe’s works should be burned and his remains removed from consecrated ground. This order, confirmed by Pope Martin V, was carried out in 1428, thirteen years after the Council, and forty-four years after his death. Wycliffe’s corpse was exhumed and burned. His ashes were cast into the river.
About the Author
Robert Booth is husband to Arlene, father of three little girls, administrator and Bible teacher at Hobe Sound Christian Academy. He has an MAR from Evangelical Seminary in history and theology. He is also the creator of Kids Bible Travels, which teaches kids how to study the Bible. You can connect with him on Twitter @rwbooth and at kidsbibletravels.com.