The brilliant E. Christian Kopff (his “Devil Knows Latin” is a must read) reminds me that on this day in 1540: Lutheran clergyman Robert Barnes was burned as a heretic after being used by Thomas Cromwell and King Henry VIII to gain European support for their antipapal movement in England.

Dr. Kopff also notes that his radio show was canceled as well.

Thank God we do not face such persecution. We would do well to remember the example of Pastor Barnes.