Life Of Zuingli -- By: R. D. C. Robbins

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 009:34 (Apr 1852)
Article: Life Of Zuingli
Author: R. D. C. Robbins


Life Of Zuingli

R. D. C. Robbins

Labors, Cares And Studies Of Zuingli At Zurich, 1520-1522

Zuingli, as has been previously intimated, was again in the pulpit before he had fully recovered from the severe attack of the disease by which he had been visited. He had even resumed all of his

arduous labors while yet so weak that he writes to a friend: “It [the plague] has enfeebled my memory and prostrated my spirits-While preaching, I often lose the thread of my discourse. My whole frame is oppressed with languor and I am little better than a dead man.” But as returning health gave vigor to his frame, and strength and elasticity to his mind, it became apparent that afflictions had not been sent in vain. His preaching was even more fervent and spiritual than before his sickness. The hearts and understanding of his auditors were appealed to with a power and discrimination, that constrained many of the magistrates as well as private citizens to cast in their lot with the people of God. The spacious cathedral could not contain all that now flocked to hear him.

Sometime in the year 1520, the influence of Zuingli in Zurich became more conspicuous from the measures which the Council of Zurich felt constrained to adopt. The priests and monks had become notorious for the effrontery with which they promulgated the most absurd tenets in their addresses from the pulpit. The council, in which there was at that time a considerable number of adherents to the cause of reform, felt that their influence was derogatory to the best interests of the community, and without much consideration in reference to the respective duties of the civil magistrate and the church, thought themselves called upon to undertake the reform of such abuses. They accordingly issued an ordinance, that nothing should be promulgated from the pulpit that was not drawn from the sacred fountains of the Old and New Testament. Thus the reformation became blended with the civil polity, and various were the results to Switzerland and the reformation, some of them propitious, and others adverse.

The action of the magistrates caused still more decided opposition. Many of the monks had never read the Bible, and how could they preach in accordance with its principles! The nature of the ordinance of the council proclaimed its origin in the teachings of Zuingli. As the natural’ result, more bitter enmity speedily followed him. Even plots were laid against his life; but through the watchfulness of his friends and the care of a kind Providence, he escaped unharmed.

Another event occurred in the year 1521, which caused Zuingli much anxiety. The war in Italy was just ready to break out afresh between the emperor Cha...

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