2014 marks the 500th anniversary of the birth of John Knox, the Protestant Reformer who risked life and limb for the sake of the gospel in Scotland and much of western Europe. Steven Lawson retells the story in his newest work, John Knox Fearless Faith.
The author guides readers though the fascinating account of Knox’s life – a life filled with pain and persecution, powerful preaching, and passionate appeals. He portrays the Protestant Reformer as one who “remained stout of heart and strong in conviction” even as he neared the end of his life. Lawson observes, “To the very end, Knox was preaching Christ and Him crucified, exalting his Savior and extolling his Lord.”
John Knox Fearless Faith is a boon for discouraged pastors who have experienced the sting of false accusation and the pain of persecution. It serves a sort of theological balm for pastors who are lonely in ministry and on the verge of throwing in the ecclesiastical towel. In a few short sentences, Dr. Lawson rightly summarizes the fiery Reformers passion for truth and his steely resolve:
Through these many dangers, Knox persevered in his ministry, boldly preaching the Word and trusting God for the outcome. Beneath his frail body was an unshakeable confidence in the sovereignty of God. He believed that his times were appointed for him by an all-powerful God. He knew that he was invincible within the allotted time of the divine will. His faith remained strong in the One who orders all things.
As Knox approached his final years, his commitment to God grew yet deeper. The opposition he faced never subsided, even to the end, but neither did his confidence in God.
May pastors find strength in this godly man whose birth 500 years ago marked church history and changed a generation. May John Knox fuel our resolve to boldly preach God’s Word and wield the mighty sword of Reformed truth for the world to see and savor. May pastors lead the next generation of Christians who live with the integrity and the zeal of Knox. May they rebuke and admonish carnal professors who seek to divide Christ’s church. May they be inspired by his example as they champion the cause of truth and challenge every rival from Rome, Mecca, Salt Lake City and every heresy that poses a threat to the gospel!
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