Red Roses from Righteous Ashes

The elder Hugh Latimer had to shout back to young Ridley in the Balliol ditch at Oxford when they were being burned for the truth. In those days Queen Mary was killing Protestants right and left.

Ridley was trembling. The fires were about to come sweeping over their bodies.

Latimer, tied back to back with Ridley, shouted over his shoulder,

“Be of good comfort, Master Ridley, and play the man. We shall this day light such a candle by God’s grace in England, as I trust shall never be put out.”

Revelation 6:9 is very plain that there will be those in the last days, “slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held.”

An old maxim states, “It is not death, but the cause in which death is incurred, which constitutes a martyr.” The people mentioned here constitute true martyrs. They are “slain for the word of God, and testimony which they held.”

Friday, October 6, 1536, William Tyndale was burned at the stake for translating the Scriptures into English. But in 1611, only seventy-five years later, the Authorized Version came from the press bearing the imprimatur of King James.

And now in languages and dialects all over the world, the Bible is printed.

Former Pastor Robert G. Lee said,

“Tyndale’s body burned! Tyndale’s labors blessed! Red roses from righteous ashes! And still the influence of Tyndale’s work ‘burns like the living fire of eternal emeralds,’ ‘burns like the ruby crimson shrine,’ ‘burns like a heated opal’ – with a light that never dies.”

“They overcame him [the devil] by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death” (Revelation 12:11, NIV).


Pastor David Arnold
Gulf Coast Worship Center

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