John Knox

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None have I corrupted, none have I defrauded; merchandise have I not made — to God's glory I write...

John Knox (c. 151024 November 1572) was a key figure in the Protestant Reformation and spearheaded the Scottish Reformation and the Presbyterian denomination.


Madam, in God's presence I speak: I never delighted in the weeping of any of God's creatures…
  • None have I corrupted. None have I defrauded. Merchandise have I not made — to God's glory I write — of the glorious Evangel of Jesus Christ; but, according to the measure of the grace granted unto me, I have divided the Sermon of Truth in just parts, beating down the rebellion of the proud against God, and raising up the consciences troubled with the knowledge of their sins, by declaring Jesus Christ, the strength of His Death, and the mighty operation of His Resurrection, in the hearts of the Faithful. Of this, I say, I have a testimony this day in my conscience, before God, however the world rage.
    • "Last Will and Testament" (May 1572); published in John Knox and John Knox's House (1905) by Charles John Guthrie
  • As touching nature I am a worm of this earth, and yet a subject of this commonwealth; but as touching the office wherein it has pleased God to place me [head of the Reformed church in Scotland], I am a watchman...For that reason I am bound in conscience to blow the trumpet publicly.
    • As quoted in World Studies for Christian Schools (2000) by Terri Koontz, Mark Sidwell & S. M. Bunker, ISBN 1-59166-431-4
  • Madam, in God's presence I speak: I never delighted in the weeping of any of God's creatures; yea I can scarcely well abide the tears of my own boys whom my own hand corrects, much less can I rejoice in your Majesty's weeping.
    • As quoted in The Thundering Scot (1957) by Geddes MacGregor

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