During a period in the dark ages of history, 500 AD – 1500 AD, the entire world was held in the grip of spiritual darkness. Then suddenly, at the onset of the 16th century, a tiny flame begins to flicker. Immediately, the darkness tries to smother the flame, and though the light is nearly extinguished, it rises again through the voices of brave men and women who dare to challenge the deception and abuses of the Papal Church of Rome.
Over time, apostasy took root and the result was a highly structured political power with authority so absolute that it could ban souls from heaven, send them to hell or purgatory, grant absolution to the worst of sinners, and exercise the power to send true Christians to a fiery stake.
While apostasy ruled, the church of the morning time hid away, living in obscurity during the midst of unbelievable spiritual darkness. The exploitation and manipulation of the human mind and passions ruled the world.
This unquestioned authority over the lives of the people by the Romish church was challenged by a simple scripture, “the just shall live by faith”.
Suddenly, in the depths of that great spiritual darkness, a trumpet begins to sound, and with the noise of that clear and terrible blast, light breaks through the darkness and the dawn of a spiritual awakening sweeps across Europe.
In Scotland, political tyranny and spiritual ignorance was a way of life. With the blast of the trumpet, however, a rising begins. This rising is fueled by the fires of zealots such as Patrick Hamilton, George Wishart, and John Knox. At the peril of their lives, these reformers preach the simple truth of the gospel to the common people.
This enduring flame became a defining force of an incredible awakening, a world revival that broke through the bondage of a thousand year reign of tyranny and darkness. In “Candle in the Mist,” (2016 release) we follow Peter Carmichael and Jenny Chancellor in their incredible journey to find truth. ~
As in the Protestant Reformation (protesting error) during the early 16th century, we might ask ourselves; does history repeat itself? Satan’s forces may not be working the same way as in the 16th century, but still working. Other extremist religions make similar claims as did the Dark Age creeds.
Who will stand? Who will challenge the encroaching darkness sweeping over our land? As God’s people, we must have the same determination as did those faithful Reformation martyrs if we would see a halt to the decline of our God given rights as a free people; a people who have long upheld the basic freedom to worship God as their conscious dictates.
Our US Constitution states that we have liberty to choose, to find one’s own path to happiness, and to live free from the tyranny of men and governments. Today, as in the dark ages, we face political and spiritual powers that would deny us this freedom.
We must stand as did those brave men and women who boldly stood against the powers of darkness during the dawn of the early Reformation. “Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord of hosts”.
Coming soon, “Candle in the Mist”
Note to the Reader
In my upcoming book, Candle in the Mist, set in Scotland during the early days of the Protestant Reformation, I have written a tale of tragedy and triumph, of heroism and bravery.
Using historical fact, I include my Carmichael ancestor’s involvement in the remarkable events of that day. My protagonist is the dynamic activist, Peter Carmichael.
He was a vibrant and forceful character, taking part in the slaying of Cardinal Beaton, and then was captured at the siege of St. Andrews. Peter and his co-conspirators were sent to the galley ships with John Knox, and incarcerated at Mont St. Michel’s, a prison on an island off the coast of France.
Without revealing too much of the storyline, my carefully researched characters interact with the Carmichaels of the Clyde Valley, a Scottish clan of influence and of beguiling characters lifted from the pages of history and from my Carmichael lineage.
Peter’s moving story is true; recorded in history as factual, but historians write after the actual event. Can this ‘after the fact’ information be trusted?
I, the writer, envision the impacting scenes that happened between the lines, pen those tender and stirring words never recorded, remember love known only in secret, and write about the honor and integrity of those whose brave deeds were never valued or remembered…except by God.
“They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword, they wandered about in sheepskins and in goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; of whom this world was not worthy…”