George Wishart: Scotland’s Forgotten Forerunner | Episode 32 | Lineage

George Wishart: Scotland’s Forgotten Forerunner | Episode 32 | Lineage

St Andrews today is famous for two things. Number one, it’s the home of golf. And number two, it’s the town
where Prince William met Kate whilst he was studying at university. But it’s the spiritual history of this town
that is most interesting and significant. St Andrews was the town in the 1500s
where the first Protestant Scottish martyr was burned for his faith. His name was Patrick Hamilton, and he is remembered
by a spot with his initials on the ground. [music] But we fast forward to the year 1538
when Cardinal David Beaton took over and made it his mission
to catch a reformer by the name of George Wishart and stamp out what he saw
as the growing heresy in Scotland. At the time, George was only a young man, 25 years old. And he stayed one step ahead of the cardinal and escaped and went to Cambridge University where he met with Hugh Latimer,
and together they went on to Bristol. He was only there for about six months
when he got into trouble again and had to flee the city. [music] He went to Switzerland
where he spent three years travelling to various cities, including Geneva and Zurich, and he had the chance to meet
with John Calvin and Bullinger where he was able to study
and crystallize his views on the gospel. In 1542 he returned to the British Isles and went to
Cambridge where he taught at the university. After teaching for one year,
he then returned to Scotland where he began to preach the gospel
in cities around the country. [music] He went to Montrose to teach the book of Romans,
and then he went to Dundee. Beaton followed him there but Wishart hid from him. Then he went to Perth to preach and then to Ayr. The archbishop followed him,
but he could not catch him. He then went back to Dundee and a priest by the name of John Wighton
was sent to kill him, but the crowd turned against him. George Wishart was much loved by his countrymen as he didn’t just preach,
but had a very practical side to his ministry. In one instance in the city of Dundee,
when the plague broke out most people fled the city, but George Wishart went into the city
so he could care for the sick and the suffering. [music] Towards the end of his life, he met John Knox
who was a young man at the time and would go on to be a great leader in his own right
in the Scottish Reformation. He started out essentially
as a bodyguard for George Wishart, carrying a two-handed sword with him
as he travelled around the country. They built a strong bond as teacher and student
until finally Cardinal Beaton, with 500 soldiers, captured George Wishart. John Knox wanted to follow George into captivity,
but was told to stay with the words, ‘One is sufficient for sacrifice.’ [music] He was brought here to the castle
and put here in the sea tower where he was imprisoned. He was then tried, and as he was tried,
he answered all his accusations from the Bible. They were not satisfied,
and he was condemned to death. Outside the castle walls,
the initials GW are imprinted on the ground, marking the exact spot where George Wishart
gave his life at the young age of 33. [music] Two things we learn from this man. Number one, in his ministry and life
he was incredibly faithful and was ministering to the sick and suffering
as he traveled around the country. Number two, we learn about
the power and importance of preaching. How in two years as he traveled around the country, he caused great revival, making a lasting change
and impression here in this country. The thing that stands out to me the most though,
is how young he was. That he died at the age of 33. He was a teacher at Cambridge at the age of 29. He gave his youth to God,
and God used him in a powerful way. God is calling for young people again today, young people who will give their talents
and their gifts to Him and allow themselves to be used in a powerful way.

10 Replies to “George Wishart: Scotland’s Forgotten Forerunner | Episode 32 | Lineage”

  1. Wow!!!beautiful videos protestantism has not ended 😊 any possibility to have this in spanish? That would be great! !!!blessings!

  2. Wow! Such an amazing story! Thanks so much for bringing attention to some of the less well known figures of the reformation!

  3. the protest is not over we must pic up the banner and continue the work the these great men of god has lay down we must protest the church of rome catholicism that false system that robs god of his glory and humanity of its salvation the pope is still antichrist and revelation chapter 13 and chapter 17 and 2 thessalonions says so,but deer protestant we must preach the message that christ is our rightgeousnes the ones that santify us,but we must be obedient to gods commandment not nine but all ten commandments including the 7th day sabbathmost of christianity are keeping sunday as the day of rest,but if we are going to be protestant we must obey all of scripture.

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  5. By taking the king even eliminating him they were perhaps saving many others from an illegitimate death, this king by killing one deserved his death (old testament), if he repented and made it right he could have been forgiven, by killing a reformer that helped save lives physically as well he won the people, the king did the opposite, his cup was full, the same for all that do this today!!!! Soon God will show great power in the Loud Cry with miracles and signs—after a time Satan will falsify Christ's return supporting Sunday and satisfying all religions–will deceive the masses who are in darkness same now–Thus the masses will need to choose who to follow, who to worship–one huge Bible truth is that Christ will not touch the earth when He returns to take the saved home after the great tribulation!!!!!!!!!!!! A King's decisions can create many unneeded deaths, David make a huge mistake that was quite costly in lives.

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