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King Henry VIII (of England) on this date, 10/11/1521, received from a certain bishop of Rome (one called Leo X) the title “Defender of the Faith” as a reward.  A few years later Henry III was considered an enemy of Rome for an action he took.  Be said action right or wrong, this shows not only the fickliness of men but also of men who are religious leaders.  God only is infallible.

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“My Lord was pleased to die for my sins.”  – reported to be his final words.

 

Girolamo Savonarola was born this date, 9/21/1452 at Ferrara, Italy.  He became a studied the OT prophets and the Book of Revelation and from this background began to preach zealous, powerful, and somewhat prophetic messages to the corrupt society of his day calling for repentance before God sent judgment.  He also became involved in helping create a cleaner more free government.  His actions and his opposition to the worldliness and corruption of the clergy came to the attention of the then bishop of Rome, one called Alexander VI.  Alexander offered him a “padded” position in Rome.  When Savonarola did not allow this to side-track him, he was arrested, tortured, and in 1498 hung and his body burned.

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