To mark the 500th anniversary of the birth of the great Protestant Reformer, John Knox, the Protestant Truth Society has published this 28–page booklet to commemorate his life.
This attractive and very readable booklet, in full colour, brings ‘Knox to life’ for today’s generation. This booklet makes Knox – his life and work, accessible to people of all ages. The booklet provides both a timely reminder of how God graciously blessed our nation in past days; and is a powerful incentive to seek God’s face for such blessing in our own day and generation.
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In the preface, Maurice Roberts says:
The year 2014 is the anniversary of the birth of John Knox, the great Scottish Reformer. Over the intervening years many blessings and benefits have come to our country as a result of his influence. Sound religion, universal education and responsible government are among these blessings, for which our beloved country has been renowned.
What John Knox saw, and which many today have apparently forgotten, is that “righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people” (Proverbs 14:34).
Powerful gospel preaching, such as John Knox gave his generation, reaches into the very soul of a nation and the results of it are seen in the way people as a whole behave. This is not surprising because good religion always produces care for others, respect for good law, and a view of life which puts the Bible, the church and the Sabbath on a high level of priority. As a nation we cannot get back to these excellent practices too quickly.
It was said of Knox at the end of his life that he “neither feared nor flattered flesh”. This means that he put his duty to God first, even when it meant running the risk of persecution at the hands of those who did not fear God. This apostolic courage was essential to his faithful stand for truth and righteousness. It is a courage which God’s people need no less today in what is an increasingly secular society.
I have much pleasure in commending this account of the life of Knox and I hope it will be read carefully—and prayerfully.