December 22 – 1620 = Julian the Little Hernandez burned at stake for distributing bibles in Seville CHI and God’s Bible in Spanish pg.36-7
2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,
Julian “the Little” Hernandez was burned at the stake December 22, 1560. He was a Spanish protestant who loved God’s word. He had smuggled copies of the Bible in Spanish (or at least large portions of it) into his monastery in casks of wine. Most of the monks were excited, but someone apparently was not, and Julian was turned into the church authorities. He was imprisoned and tortured for three years. He did not recant, but held firm. He never backed down on the need of the Bible, even in one’s native tongue. He also rejected fasting and the mortification of the flesh as a means of earning salvation. He read and probably distributed other Protestant literature as well. The literature they did find that belonged to Julian was burned, and then the church declared him guilty and burned him as well. The Inquisition was especially rough and severe in Spain, but it could never extinguish the light of the true faith nor did it stop the word of God from being made available to all in their own language.
Learn more at the Christian History Institute, and in “God’s Bible in Spanish” pg.36-37
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