Thomas Cranmer, Godly man in Christ

Thomas Cranmer died on 21st March, 461 years ago at the hands of Bloody Mary, a Roman Catholic monarch of England.  This was his reward for giving the world the Book of Common Prayer in 1549, the second biggest influence on the English and the English language, the King James Bible being the biggest.

I read the Book of Common Prayer last year from cover to cover and it truly is a wonderful book to uplift an ignorant people that were steeped in the Catholic superstitions of the day.  The Reformation lifted the people out of this darkness of mind through allowing the people to read the Holy Bible for themselves.  The Book of Common Prayer augmented the light that was shed from the bible.  It also was an invaluable aid to the clergy, many of whom lacked the basic education to fulfill their vocations.

Here is a link for more information regarding Thomas Cranmer:

http://reformationsa.org/index.php/reformation/128-thomas-cranmer-and-the-english-reformation

Announcing ‘To The Cross Fellowship’

Announcing ‘To The Cross Fellowship’.  I would like to invite all and sundry to ‘To The Cross Fellowship’.  Please feel free to participate.  I do not know where this initiative will lead to, but I leave in it the Lord’s hands and He will supply the increase.  I have been a Christian since 1978 and have read a lot of books on history and religion.  The last five years I have become a Christian writer.  Now, here is the next step in my Christian experience.  I promise to keep to the premise of ‘To The Cross’.  Not just for my readers but also for my own faith.  Philosophy is too over-rated.  Just a simple faith in The Cross is our greatest need.  I’m not interested in your money.  I’m not interested in building or owning a meeting place.  I’m not interested in starting a ‘church’.  I’m not interested in power and control over you or anyone else.  I am interested in co-operating with the Holy Spirit.  I am interested in rightly dividing the Word of God.  I am interested in staying true to my calling to ‘To The Cross Fellowship’.  Amen.

To The Cross

I’m a dissenter, like William Tyndale and John Bunyan. It’s a great English and German tradition and I have followed in footsteps of my Prussian great great grandfather, even if I was not aware of his faith until recently.

One of my great great grandfathers came from Prussia. His name was Ferdinand Von Stollznow. He was the son of a Count and he and his family emigrated to Queensland in 1863. He and his family fled Prussia because of religious persecution by Frederick The Great‘s state imposed religion. A lot of Prussians did the same thing and emigrated to Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia in droves.

Ferdinand was a Christian, a Protestant and a leader among men. He was a member of the Lutheran Church. He helped build the Lutheran Church, at Eagleby, which is near Beenleigh, Queensland, Australia, which by the way, was my home town as a child and where my grandfather was born by my great grandmother, being Ferdinand’s daughter. The house where my grandfather was born in, just happened to be directly behind the house we lived in at Kent Street in the 1960s. It has since been demolished.

Unfortunately, this Eagleby Lutheran Church that Ferdinand attended, was infiltrated by a ‘Jesuit’ priest who attempted to introduce auricular confession and other catholic practices. You might say this priest was acting like a Jesuit, if not one already.

As a consequence of this infiltration, Ferdinand led a revolt, by leaving the Lutheran Church altogether, and establishing an independent dissenting church in Beenleigh.

These Christian men, led by Ferdinand, built a small house of worship at Church Street, Beenleigh, (as a child I use to ride my push-bike past there often) and Ferdinand called their church community ‘To The Cross’. Not to be confused with the counterfeit cross of the Roman Catholic Church (@ page 175) that is worshiped worldwide. It’s counterfeit because it is worshiped in itself, instead of pointing to Christ the Saviour of humanity.

Ferdinand had carefully chosen the name of this church community, ie. ‘To The Cross’, no doubt intending to send a message to his posterity that this is where our focus should always be. In doing so, Ferdinand proved himself a faithful and wise steward.

The church building still stands today and is owned by the Seventh Day Baptists who are another dissenting Christian group of both German and English heritage. The history of the Seventh Day Baptists group of Christains goes back at least three hundred years, possibly right back to the very beginning of the Reformation in Saxony and beyond to the founding apostles in the first century.

As a legacy of Ferdinand’s faithfulness, some of the Stollznow’s today are active Lutherans in South East Queensland. Unfortunately the Lutherans surrendered to Rome in 1999, so I wouldn’t personally attend the Lutheran Church today. If it wasn’t good enough for Ferdinand over a hundred and fifty years ago, it must be poison by now.

It was the ‘Eastern Germans’, (the Prussians), who supported the Protestant Reformation, and as a consequence were ‘punished’ for this ‘treasonous act’ against the Vatican after World War Two (WWII) by being enslaved by the USSR. As a result of this enslavement, ‘Prussians’ have today forgotten in large part their heritage. This was no accident of history, but was deliberately planned and executed from within the cloistered walls of the Vatican. Prussia was dissolved as a state in 1947, the only state to suffer such a fate following WWII, inspite of the fact it was the Prussian officers (Bonhoeffer by Eric Metaxas) who were mainly involved in the conspiracy to assassinate the Jesuit’s dog, Adolf Hitler. (Lieutenant Colonel Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg and other Catholic conspirators must be acknowledged.) If any German state deserved to be extinguished, it was Bavaria, the source of the Jesuit inspired Nazi movement. Beyond belief!!!

It actually goes deeper than this. Both England and Prussia kicked out the Jesuits. England threw them out for two hundred years and Prussia threw them out during the 1870s. Two outcomes from WWII that I believe were by design are that Prussia would be handed over to the USSR and that England would be bankrupted by the war. The bankrupting of England and the dissolution of the British Empire opened the doors for Great Britain‘s leaders to stealthily force the European Economic Community  upon the people, which led to the establishment of the European Union.

This is how the Vatican won their war, which they started, through forces set in train that transpired over the decades since the war’s end. Now the Fourth Reich is in business, just like the Third Reich was over seventy years ago. Islamic State is not my main concern. I see them as the storm troopers, preparing the road to ruin which the Vatican will complete when God allows them to rule the world for a short while.

Again we face in the near future the might and repression of fascism. And this time the Pope has the whole world in his grip. So what is my reaction to this situation? My resolve is to look ‘To The Cross’. The cross where Christ died once for all. This is the Christian’s only hope. Ferdinand was right!

“For Christ also hath ONCE suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:” 1Peter 3:18 KJV

Ferdinand’s silent witness, since his passing, (I’ve visited his, and his precious wife’s grave many times), shouts loud and clear today, that Rome will never give up until all are enslaved by her (Revelation 14:8-10) sorceries.

But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.” Galations 6:14 KJV

Look to the cross, to Jesus on the cross who paid our ransom price in full.

Accept Jesus’ invitation offered freely to all. In Acts 16:30-31 KJV, the Philippian jailer asked Paul and Silas: “ . . . ‘Sirs, what must I do to be saved?’ And they said,Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved . . . .’ ”

“If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” John 8:36 KJV

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