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The "Wall of Reformers" in Geneva.

The “Wall of Reformers” in Geneva. From left to right, Guillaume Farel, John Calvin, Theodore Beza, John Knox.

John Knox (1510-1572) was once a leading voice of the Protestant Reformation. An individual notorious for boldly speaking out against the corruption and oppressive nature of the rulers of his day, including that of Queen Bloody Mary I, he sought refuge in Geneva like many other protestant believers, where he was discipled by John Calvin.

After this, John Knox took the responsibility of reforming the Church of Scotland and establishing strong religious convictions in the hearts of many. His writings and teaching there inspired many, and under his leadership, many of the “uneducated” middle class began taking places of leadership in councils and national life. His education standards and methods placed Scotland years ahead of its neighboring countries, and his ideologies are still felt today. His influence was by no means limited to Scotland, however, but his leadership also propagated the colonization of the United States and Canada in the 17th century, much due to the civil and religious independence and strong spirit inherited from Knox and his successors. Much of the protestant influence and religious freedom in America can be contributed to him.

St. Giles' Cathedral

St. Giles’ Cathedral

Now, the burial plot of the great Reformer, John Knox, now lies forgotten under parking space 23 behind St. Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh, marked by a small, oil-stained plaque in the pavement. Nevertheless, although his burial place is less than honorable, his faithfulness to the Word of God has not been forgotten. We wish to continue his legacy of the bold proclamation of the Truth.

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