DAVID A. MCMILLEN

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I AM AN 80 YEAR OLD MALE, BORN AGAIN, CHRISTIAN WITH A LOVE FOR JESUS. I DO NOT GET OUT MUCH ANYMORE BUT FIND THAT TELLING PEOPLE ABOUT THE LOVE JESUS HAS FOR THEM IS NOT ONLY WHAT WE ARE SUPPOSED TO DO BUT SOMETHING THAT THE WORLD NEEDS.

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"THE VOICE OF GOD" BY DAVID MCMILLEN

2019-04-14
By: DAVID A. MCMILLEN
Posted in: INSPIRATIONAL
THAT IS WHAT OUR BIBLE IS AND YOU SHOULD FEEL BLESSED THAT YOU HAVE A ONE TO READ.  SOME CHRISTIANS DON'T EVEN READ THEIRS AND SOME DON'T EVEN KNOW WHERE THEIR'S IS.  SOME HAVE SO MUCH DUST ON THEIR'S THAT IT IS HARD TO EVEN TELL IF IT IS THE BIBLE AND SOME HAVE THEIR'S OUT FOR ALL TO SEE AND ONLY TOUCH IT TO KEEP IT CLEAN SO PEOPLE CAN SEE HOW RELIGIOUS THEY ARE.  WHAT A SHAME!  WE ARE SO BLESSED TO EVEN HAVE THE BIBLE.




JOHN WYCLIFFE WAS AN OXFORD PROFESSOR AND THEOLOGIAN.  HE WAS OPPOSED TO THE TEACHINGS OF THE ORGANIZED CHURCH AND BELIEVED IT WAS CONTRARY TO THE BIBLE.  HE STARTED PRODUCING HAND-WRITTEN ENGLISH LANGUAGE BIBLES MANUSCRIPTS IN THE 1380'S.  CAN YOU IMAGINE HOW HARD THAT WAS.  HE AND MANY OTHER FAITHFUL SCRIBES PRODUCED DOZENS OF THE ENGLISH COPIES.  THEY WERE TRANSLATED FROM LATIN WHICH WAS THE ONLY TEXT AVAILABLE TO HIM.  THE POPE WAS SO IRATE BY HIS TEACHINGS AND FOR TRANSLATING THE BIBLE INTO ENGLISH THAT 44 YEARS AFTER WYCLIFFE DIED THE POPE ORDERED HIS BONES TO BE DUG-UP, CRUSHED AND SCATTERED IN THE RIVER.  I WOULD SAY THAT THE POPE WAS MORE THAN A LITTLE BIT MAD.


JOHN HUS WAS A FOLLOWER OF WYCLIFFE AND THOUGHT THE COMMON PEOPLE SHOULD BE ABLE TO READ THE BIBLE IN THEIR OWN LANGUAGE.  HE OPPOSED THE ROMAN CHURCH THAT THREATENED ANYONE THAT HAD A NON-LATIN BIBLE WITH EXECUTION. HUS WAS BURNED AT THE STAKE IN 1415 AND THEY USED WYCLIFFE'S MANUSCRIPT BIBLES AS KINDLING FOR THE FIRE.  IT LOOKS TO ME LIKE THE ROMAN CHURCH DID NOT WANT TO GIVE UP ITS HOLD ON THE PEOPLE.  


HUS'S  LAST WORDS WERE THAT IN THE NEXT 100 YEARS GOD WOULD RAISE UP A MAN WHOSE REFORM CANNOT BE STOPPED.  A LITTLE OVER 100 YEARS, IN 1517, WAS WHEN MARTIN LUTHER NAILED HIS FAMOUS 95 THESES OF CONTENTION INTO THE CHURCH DOOR AT WITTENBERG.  THIS WAS A LIST OF 95 ISSUES OF HERETICAL THEOLOGY AND CRIMES OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH.  FOXE'S BOOK OF MARTYRS RECORDS THAT IN THAT SAME YEAR, SEVEN PEOPLE WERE BURNED AT THE STAKE BY THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH FOR THE CRIME OF TEACHING THEIR CHILDREN TO SAY THE LORD'S PRAYER IN ENGLISH RATHER THAN LATIN.  CAN YOU BELIEVE ALL OF HIS.  THAT IS NOT ALL EITHER.


JOHANN GUTENBERG INVENTED THE PRINTING PRESS IN THE 1450'S AND THE FIRST BOOK TO EVER BE PRINTED WAS A BIBLE.


ANOTHER SCHOLLAR, THOMAS LINACRE, DECIDED TO COMPARE THE GOSPELS IN GREEK TO THE LATIN VULGATE.  HE WROTE IN HIS DIARY “Either this (the original Greek) is not the Gospel… or we are not Christians.”  "The Latin had become so corrupt that it no longer even preserved the message of the Gospel… yet the Church still threatened to kill anyone who read the scripture in any language other than Latin… though Latin was not an original language of the scriptures."


JOHN COLET, ANOTHER OXFORD PROFESSOR, STARTED READING THE NEW TESTAMENT IN GREEK AND TRANSLATING IT INTO ENGLISH FOR HIS STUDENTS AT OXFORD AND LATER FOR THE PUBLIC AT ST. PAUL'S CATHEDRAL IN LONDON.  PEOPLE WERE SO HUNGRY FOR THE WORD OF GOD THAT WITHIN SIX MONTHS THERE WOULD BE 20,000 PEOPLE PACKED IN THE CHURCH AND AT LEAST THAT MANY MORE OUTSIDE TRYING TO GET IN.  WOULDN'T IT BE GREAT IF TODAY'S CHRISTIANS WERE THAT HUNGRY FOR THE WORD OF GOD.  ST. PAUL'S REMAINS THE MAIN CHURCH IN LONDON AND AS OF 2003 ATTENDANCE TO A REGULAR SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP IS ONLY AROUND 200 PEOPLE AND MOST OF THEM ARE TOURISTS.  THAT IS JUST SINFUL TO ME.  


WILLIAM TYNDALE, A SCHOLAR AND GENIUS, WAS A SPIRITUAL LEADER AND WAS THE FIRST MAN TO PRINT THE NEW TESTAMENT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE.   I HOPE I DIDN'T BORE YOU WITH THIS MORNING'S MESSAGE BUT NOW YOU SEE WHY I THINK WE ARE SO BLESSED TO EVEN HAVE A BIBLE TO READ IN OUR OWN LANGUAGE.  A LOT OF PEOPLE DIED TO GET IT TO US.  IT WAS THAT IMPORTANT TO THEM AND IT SHOULD BE TO US.  THIS IS GOD'S HOLY WORD AND THERE ARE BORN AGAIN CHRISTIANS TODAY THAT ARE HAVING TO HIDE TO READ THEIRS SO THEY WON'T BE KILLED.  


GOD BLESS YOU ALL. 


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