Sunday, March 16, 2014

Christian Female Role Model of the Day: Anne Askew

Welcome to my celebration of Women's History Month! You can read more about this month and why I am writing about admirable Christian women here. For now, let's jump in!

The Forgiven Former Feminist's Female Christian Role Model of the Day is...  Anne Askew!

Anne Askew is the was the daughter of a wealthy family in England under the rule of the infamous King Henry VIII. As such, she was well educated and a poet. She was accused of heresy by the English courts because she refused to believe that the bread and wine used at communion were the actual body and blood (respectively) of Jesus Christ. She also preferred to read the Bible herself rather than allowing others to read it for her. These beliefs caused her husband to kick her out of their home, forcing her to leave her two children behind. She went to London where she met up with other Protestants and learned more. Eventually, she was imprisoned, tortured and burned at the stake as a heretic for her beliefs. 

So why is Anne Askew on my list? Anne never gave up on her faith. When the leaders of the Protestant group recanted his "heretical" statements, Anne held fast. Even when she was offered a chance to have someone plead her case before King Henry VIII she refused to even look at the papers. She went to her violent death holding on to the faith God had given her. 

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