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back to author listarrow right - back to author list John Hus: 'No one is held to believe anything except what he is moved by God to believe but God moves no man to believe what is false.' (Biblical Christian Words of Wisdom Quote Library)

John Hus Quotes (1372-1415)

John Hus being led to execution.

After a long imprisonment and trial at the Council of Constance, Reformer John Huss was sentenced to death as a heretic by the Roman Catholic Church. The prelates placed a paper hat bearing painted devils on his head and led him away to be burned alive at the stake in 1415ad.

Read or Listen Online to an Eye-Witness Account of the trial and burning of John Hus, written by the cleric Fra Poggius in 1415 in a letter to his friend. Poggius himself delivered the Papal summons to John Hus for his appearance at the Council of Constance and was one of the prelates who participated in Hus' trial. Poggius was won over by the preaching of Hus and was one of the small number who voted in favor of Hus' release: "Hus the Heretic"

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John Hus, 1372-1415 ad, also known as John Huss and Jan Hus, was a Bohemian or Czech Protestant Christian Reformer who was Martyred for his faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ. Hus was accused of heresy by the Roman Catholic Church, and lured to the Council of Constance with a promise of safe conduct. When Hus arrived at Constance he was immediately placed in prison, where he remained for an extended period of time. He was later tried and condemned as a heretic and publicly burned alive in 1415. An eye-witness account was recorded by Father Poggius, who accompanied Hus to Constance, and witnessed his trial and burning.

On Faith is the Gift of God

John Hus quote on saving faith being the gift of God, springing from his own power; while unbiblical beliefs spring from men's own sinful willfulness (Ephesians 2:8-9; James 1:13-15):

"No one is held to believe anything except what he is moved by God to believe but God moves no man to believe what is false. Nemo tenetur quidquam credere nisi ad quod movet eum deus credere sed deus non movet hominem ad credendum falsum." – John Huss

Read more: "De Ecclesia or The Church" by John Huss


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On Forbidding to Marry

John Hus quote on forbidding to marry; the good of marriage vs. forced abstinence:

"Has not God himself instituted marriage, as a means to satisfy the craving for love in all men. ... (Whose) heart is not unresponsive to nature, into which God has placed all creatures for enjoyment. ... For those are speaking lies in hypocrisy, who have a seared conscience, who forbid a life in marriage and abstain from foods which God has created (1 Timothy 4:1-5). I hold this to be the seed of iniquity and the root of all evil." – John Hus

Read more or listen online: "Hus the Heretic or The Infallibility of the Pope at the Council of Constance" by Poggius the Papist


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On Standing Steadfast in a Biblical Christian Faith

John Hus quote: a prayer on standing steadfast in a Biblical Christian Faith:

"I hope, by God's grace, that I am truly a Christian, not deviating from the faith, and that I would rather suffer the penalty of a terrible death than wish to affirm anything outside of the faith or transgress the commandments of our Lord Jesus Christ. Spero, ex Dei gratia, quod sum christianus ex integro, a fide non devians, et quod potius vellem pati dirae mortis supplicium, quam aliquid vellem prataer fidem asserere, vel transgredi mandata Domini Jesu Christi." – John Huss

Quotation from Ad Palecz, Mon. by John Huss.


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An Address to His Persecutors and a Prayer to God

John Hus quote: an address to his persecutors and a prayer to God:

"Alas, drag my poor carcass to death, so that you cannot sin any longer against an innocent victim!" "Leave the mercy or punishment of my soul to Him who is a just judge and not like you unfortunate blind ones. My trust is in the Almighty God and in my Lord Jesus Christ, who has redeemed me and has called me to preach His Gospel to the last breath of life. I fervently hope that he may have mercy upon me and receive me in grace and that he will hand to me the cup of eternal salvation and will never take it from me. I also truly believe that he will hand me this cup today, out of which I shall drink bliss and my salvation in eternity. His blessed name be praised by all!" – John Hus

Read more or listen online: "Hus the Heretic or The Infallibility of the Pope at the Council of Constance" by Poggius the Papist


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On Prayer for the Salvation of One's Enemies

John Hus quote on praying for the salvation of one's enemies:

"O Lord, Jesus Christ, into thine hands I deliver my soul, which thou hast redeemed with thy blood. Father in Heaven, do not hold against them the sins which my enemies commit against me, and let mine eyes see them blissfully with thee, when their souls fly to thy throne after an easy death. Oh Holy Spirit, enlighten their deceived hearts, so that the truth of the holy Gospel may open their eyes and its praise be spread everywhere, forever and ever, Amen." – John Hus

Read more or listen online: "Hus the Heretic or The Infallibility of the Pope at the Council of Constance" by Poggius the Papist


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On the Origins and Evil of Forced Clerical Celibacy

John Hus quote on the origins and evil of forced clerical celibacy:

"Many centuries have passed since the foundation of Christianity and bishops and priests have wedded and permitted themselves to be wed in honor and decency, until some Primates, Gregory VII (also called Hildebrand) and Innocent III, thousand years after the death of Jesus the Nazarene, conceived the thought to forbid marriage to priests, so that they would not love their families, would not honor their home and would be compelled to seek salvation under the wing of Rome only, remembering the protection which was to come from there against worldly powers. And what shall I say about the unnatural trend of such a request?" – John Huss

Read more or listen online: "Hus the Heretic or The Infallibility of the Pope at the Council of Constance" by Poggius the Papist