Did you know that John Knox – the champion of the Scottish Reformation, the fearless preacher, the uncompromising prophet – was once defeated by a church business meeting?
Knox’s legend began early. Converted under the preaching of the early Scottish Reformer George Wishart, he became his sword-bearer, carrying a claymore to Wishart’s preaching engagements. After Wishart’s martyrdom, Knox became a preacher himself and his plain, fiery preaching won the hearts of English and Scottish alike. Standing up to the royal authorities, he constantly called Protestant leaders to resist any compromise, even when faced with persecution or exile (both of which he experienced).