Play the Man

Be of good comfort, Master Ridley, and play the man; we shall this day light such a candle, by God’s grace, in England as I trust shall never be put out.

—Hugh Latimer (c.1490-1555)

Said to Nicolas Ridley while both were tied to the stake just prior to being burned to death under the bloody reign of Mary I, queen of England.

About Jon J. Cardwell

"The Spirited Speaker" - Pastor of Sovereign Grace Baptist Church in Anniston, Alabama. Nationally recognized speaker and publisher. Author of several books, including the bestseller, Christ and Him Crucified.


  1. Wow! I just read this to my husband as he was leaving for work. Maybe I should have sent him off with a more encouraging word, but then again…

    • Hopefully, his employer isn’t a wicked despot desiring to burn him at the stake. At any rate, those words will remind him that it is all for Christ or nothing at all.

      Thanks for commenting, sister.

      • No, his employer isn’t a wicked despot, lol. And you’re so spot-on reminding us that “it is all for Christ or nothing at all.” Blessed to have found this site!

        • And we’re blessed that you found us… and that we’re still here to be found. May the Lord continue to bless you, sister!

  2. Even though the title of this post is “Play the Man” I think I can still “enter in” as a woman. : )

    This is something that I think about quite a lot — that is, enduring torture or death for the glory of Christ. Examples like this one are challenging to say the least.

    I suppose God would send grace for the hour.

    Thank you for posting.

    • Absolutely, sister. The women of Christ who have suffered martyrdom for faith in Jesus Christ are too numerous to count.

  3. The anecdote I shared Saturday at the memorial for the ex-prisoner who was murdered went back to when we were studying Job at the prison study several years ago. We got to ch. 38 where the Lord tells Job to “Dress for action like a man!” (ESV) or, “Gird up thy loins like a man!” (KJV), because He is getting ready to speak. I asked the group to define what that means in terms we can understand and this prisoner raises his hand and says, “Man up!” I had him explain “Man up!” to a couple elderly volunteers.

    At the memorial I said his comment is relevant to the church – male and female. We need to “Man up!” and submit to what He has spoken in His Word and what he is speaking through providence and trust Him regardless of circumstances and our life circumstances lost likely may never approach those of the Hugh Latimers .

  4. Or as my husband likes to say….”cowboy up.” 🙂

    Bless you Pastor Jon!

  5. Amazing grace given to amazing people!! Anne Askew was a 25 yr old mother burnt at the stake after being the only woman tortured on the rack in London. She had sought consolation from Hugh Latimer during her trial. In her last words to the false preacher giving her benediction were:

    “When all things were thus prepared to the fire, Dr. Shaxton, who was then appointed to preach, began his sermon. Anne Askew, hearing and answering again unto him, where he said well, confirmed the same; where he said amiss, “There,” said she, “he misseth, and speaketh without the book.”

    Oh, that we could have the faith of men like Hugh Latimer and women like Anne Askew! Or that we would even have the courage to preach to the Gospel and stand for truth in a country where we still have the liberty to do so!!

    Thank you brother Jon for this wonderful little gem!

    • Apart from the scriptures, my favorite book is The Pilgrim’s Progress, which I read at least every year (sometimes more). Bunyan is my favorite author and I’ve read all his works at least once.

      When in the Bedford jail, he found comfort in the only two books he took to prison, the Holy Bible and Foxe’s Book of Martyrs. After The Pilgrim’s Progress my second most read book apart from the scriptures is Foxe’s Book of Martyrs. I believe that every soul saved by God’s grace should read John Foxe’s book at least once, and Lord willing and by His grace, read it as often as one can through the span of grace until called home to glory.

      Thank you, Diane, for enriching this blog with your comment of our beloved sister, Anne Askew. Would to God that more souls saved by God’s blessed grace knew more of the likes of Askew, Latimer, Ridley, &etc., and that their testimonies are the reality of true Christian faith.

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