Cranmer in the fire

The Burning of Thomas Cranmer

Thomas Cranmer, one of the principal reformers of the English Church, after being in prison for three years under Bloody Mary, signed, “for fear of death, and to save my life,” a renunciation of the Biblical Protestant doctrines with his right hand.  Before he was burned at the stake he was given opportunity to make known his renunciation to all.  At the end of his speech, after repenting of his renunciation of Biblical truth, he said,

“Forasmuch as my hand offended in writing contrary to my heart, therefore my hand shall first be punished. For if I may come to the fire, it shall be first burned. And as for the Pope, I refuse him, as Christ’s enemy and antichrist, with all his false doctrine.”

Then, stretching out his right hand, he held it unshrinkingly in the fire until it was burnt to a cinder, even before his body was injured, frequently exclaiming, “This unworthy right hand.”

“And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched”

Mark 9:43


Library of Important English Works

The Library, by The Protestant Association, including the early English reformers, early Anglican documents, later important Anglican writers, Anglican histories, Commentaries on the 39 articles, and all the 54 volumes of the Parker Society (a series of the works of the English reformers)


The Theology of the Anglican Church

Cunningham, William – Melancthon and the Theology of the Church of England, 1862, p. 149, 62 pages, from his Reformers and the Theology of the Reformation

Cunningham, William – Royal Supremacy in the Church of England, 1863, p. 164, 30 pages, this is Chapter 6 from his Discussions on Church Principles


History of the English Church

The Reformers of England and Germany in the Sixteenth Century:  Their Intercourse and Correspondence.  A Historical Sketch and Original Documents,  Buy  1859, 225 pages, with an Appendix containing twelve primary source letters in Latin


On the Oxford Tractarian Movement

On the “Tracts for the Times”,  1843, 112 pages, by James Buchanan, seven letters critiquing the Tractarian Movement at Oxford, England

Very relevant today as many people are being attracted to “High Church” Christianity.  Read here why High Church views are unBiblical.


The Protestant Association

On Idolatry, 1840, from the Protestant Association’s Protestant Magazine, Vol. II, November 1, 1840

The Papal Anti-Christ, 1840, from the Protestant Association’s Protestant Magazine, Vol. II, June 1, 1840

Queen Elizabeth I’s Opinion Of Sacred Pictures, from the Protestant Association’s Protestant Magazine, Vol. II, November 1, 1840