Dr. Lawson on Tyndale, Rogers, and Marian Martyrs


Hello, my name is T.J. Freeman. I’m here in London, England, This specific place is special, and is named “Smithfield” from the name: “Smooth-field.” This spot in particular is rich with history for Protestant Christians, especially for those connected with the history/belief that we all have direct access to God through scripture, as well as the Gospel and how to live provided through a person’s own written language which should be accessible for anyone to read, as well as the proclamation of the (true) Gospel, all of which caused the split from the Catholic “church” and has a huge connection to this specific spot, historically. The history connected to this spot begins with Queen Mary, also known as “Bloody Mary.” In this spot, she burned many Christians alive, at the stake. Specifically meaning that a stake was driven into the ground, and people that refused to believe and follow Catholic teaching would be tied to the stake and then they were burned alive. This happened in this spot. The first man to be burned alive here was John Rogers. Both his story and other historical accounts relating to this spot I’ve prepared In the form of a few interpreted videos for you. Granted, my interpreting isn’t perfect, but I’ve done my best, even spending a good deal of time making sure that the videos of the preachers are paused and lengthened to allow for a more full and clear interpretation. I did this because the information is important and I want you to have clarity, as well. Being that the interpreting isn’t perfect, it may be helpful to watch the interpreting, to get the story/context, then go back and turn on the captions to have an even clearer
look at the specifics, dates, etc for your own research. Thanks, I hope you enjoy! LET’S GET TO WILLIAM TYNDALE.>>OKAY. THIS WAS A MAN WHO ENDED UP…YOU TAUGHT…I
WAS JUST WATCHING A PRESENTATION YOU DID. HE WAS STRANGLED TO
DEATH BY A CHAIN->>MMM-HMM BECAUSE THEY DIDN’T WANT THESE
GUYS PREACHING->>YEAH. -TO THE CROWDS BECAUSE PEOPLE WERE
GETTING SAVED- RIGHT.>>-THEY LIT HIM ON FIRE->>YEAH. -BUT YOU SAID… THAT’S TRUE.>>-THEY ALSO…? WELL,
THEY PUT A BAG OF GUNPOWDER AROUND HIS NECK…AND SO THAT… AND YOU WOULD BURN FROM THE BOTTOM TO THE TOP, SO IT’S FIRST
YOUR FEET, THEN YOUR LEGS, AND THEN IT WORKS ITS WAY UP BECAUSE THEY LIT THE FIRE AROUND YOUR FEET, SO THE LAST THING TO BE
BURNED WOULD BE YOUR HEAD. ALTHOUGH NORMALLY YOU WOULD
COLLAPSE DOWN INTO THE FIRE, BUT THEN THE BAG OF GUNPOWDER WOULD JUST BLOW YOU INTO SO MANY PIECES, THERE’S NOTHING LEFT TO
BURY. AND THAT WAS NOT UNIQUE TO WILLIAM TYNDALE…THEY DID IT TO
MANY OF THE MARIAN MARTYRS ALSO. I THINK IT WOULD BE WORTH
NOTING, THE FIRST MARIAN MARTYR WAS A MAN NAMED JOHN ROGERS
(1555), AND HE IS AN EXAMPLE OF WHAT THEY WOULD DO. WITH
PREACHERS, THEY WOULD BURN YOU AT THE STAKE IN FRONT OF YOUR
CHURCH, AND THEY WOULD MARCH YOU TO THE EXECUTION SITE BY
MARCHING YOU THROUGH YOUR PARISH. AND MARCHING YOU THROUGH
THE STREETS OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD OF WHICH YOU WERE THE SHEPHERD
AND THE PASTOR, AND YOU HAVE PREACHED THE WORD OF GOD TO
THESE PEOPLE, SO IT WAS LIKE THE VIA DOLOROSA, CHRIST CARRYING
HIS BAR, THE CROSS, TO GOLGOTHA. IT WAS INTENDED TO INFLICT SHAME AND EMOTIONAL TRAUMA AND MOCKERY, AND ALSO TO INTIMIDATE
THOSE WHO WERE IN YOUR CONGREGATION, WHO SAT UNDER YOUR
PREACHING, “THIS IS WHAT WE THINK OF YOUR PREACHER,” AND
“THIS IS WHAT WE THINK OF WHAT YOU BELIEVE,” AND “THIS IS WHAT
WE THINK OF YOU AS WELL.” AND SO, THEY WOULD SET THE STAKE IN
FRONT OF THE CHURCH, IN A VERY PUBLIC SETTING IN WHICH THE
WHOLE TOWN WOULD SHOW UP -NOT ONLY THE CONGREGATION, BUT THE
ENTIRE TOWN, AND AS YOU WOULD GO TO THE STAKE, LIKE JOHN ROGERS
AND OTHERS, THEY’D GO QUOTING SCRIPTURE, QUOTING PSALM 51, AND
YOUR CHURCH WOULD CHEER FOR YOU, AND URGE YOU ON, AND EXHORT YOU
TO REMAIN TRUE TO THE FAITH, WHILE THE REST OF THE PEOPLE,
WHO WERE CATHOLIC, ARE JEERING YOU AND TAUNTING YOU AND… AND
MOCKING YOU, AND IN THE CASE OF JOHN ROGERS, WE BELIEVE THAT
BLOODY MARY WAS ON THE SECOND FLOOR, WATCHING AND OBSERVING
ALL OF THIS IN SMITHFIELD IN LONDON. SO, IT WAS A VERY
PAINFUL WAY TO DIE, IT WAS A VERY HUMILIATING WAY TO DIE. BUT, WHEN JOHN ROGERS WENT TO THE STAKE, THE AMBASSADOR TO
FRANCE WROTE, “IT LOOKED AS THOUGH HE WAS GOING TO HIS
WEDDING DAY.” HE WAS GOING TRIUMPHANTLY. HE KNEW WHY HE WAS DYING, AND IT WAS A GOSPEL ISSUE, AND HE HAD BEEN OFFERED A
PARDON THAT MORNING, THAT IF HE WOULD RECANT HIS VIEW ON THE
LORD’S SUPPER, AND THE GOSPEL ITSELF, THEN A PARDON WOULD BE
GIVEN TO HIM, AND HE SAID “WHAT I HAVE PREACHED I WILL SEAL WITH
MY OWN BLOOD.” AND SO, HE GOES TRIUMPHANTLY. HE HAD A WIFE AND
10 CHILDREN, THE YOUNGEST CHILD HE HAD NEVER SEEN- SHE WAS BORN
WHILE HE WAS IN PRISON, HE WAS IN NEWGATE PRISON THERE IN SMITHFIELD, AND HIS CHILDREN TRIED TO BREAK THROUGH THE CROWD TO COME TO HIM… AND HE JUST IS RELENTLESS. SO THESE MEN ARE
HEROES OF THE FAITH, AND WHEN YOU READ THE BOOK OF REVELATION, THERE IS ONE GROUP IN PARTICULAR THAT IS SINGLED OUT IN HEAVEN AS
BEING CLOSE TO THE THRONE, AND IT’S THE MARTYRS.

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