John Wycliffe is often cited as the Morning Star of the Reformation because he was the first public and notable person during the scholastic age to publicly prefer the Word of God to that idolatrous antichrist – the pope of Rome. Romanists love to direct their venom at Martin Luther, as though his reliance on Scripture alone was some new or novel idea. Truly, from the time of the Early Church Fathers to the present era, there have been that true Israel within Israel that feeds itself upon the Word of God without admixture of the idolatry and sacrilege of men.
“Even though there were a hundred popes and though every mendicant monk were a cardinal, they would be entitled to confidence only in so far as they accorded with the Bible.”
“Trust wholly in Christ; rely altogether on his sufferings; beware of seeking to be justified in any other way than by his righteousness. Faith in our Lord Jesus Christ is sufficient for salvation.”
And Wycliffe translated these life-giving words into English for the first time:
“For God louede so the world, that he yaf his `oon bigetun sone, that ech man that bileueth in him perische not, but haue euerlastynge lijf.”