John Huss

Jan Hus

Jan Hus

John Huss, (Jan Hus) born around 1372, was a religious leader in the area we know today as Czech Republic. When King Richard II married Anne of Bohemia they made a trip to Bohemia where they carried the ideas of a preacher by the name of John Wycliffe. After adopting these ideas he proposed to reform the church in Bohemia just as Wycliffe did in England.

While many of his followers were called Hussites, the more radical followers were called Taborites. The Taborites formed the Bohemian Brethren which later became the Moravian Church. As far as we can tell they were one of the first organized charismatic churches and sent out more missionaries than any other denomination in history.

Because of John Huss’ teachings the church at large excommunicated him in 1411 and condemned him to burn at the stake. On July 6, 1415, they lit the fire around John Huss and as he burnt he prophesied, “In 100 years, God will raise up a man whose calls for reform can not be suppressed.” 102 years later Martin Luther tacked up the 95 theses that began another reformation that still exist today.