Lefevre changed my religion. He taught me ecumenical thinking and action. He made me love all the Catholic Church has given us. He taught me what a reformer should look like and how one should behave.
Philip Edgcumbe Hughes wrote of Lefevre, "He was his own man, willing to abandon familiar and long-traveled paths when he saw they were leading in the wrong direction, earnest in his appropriation of the truth as it was discovered, and zealous in communicating it with others."
Lefevere wanted reform in the Catholic Church, but not at the price of separation. Much like his peer, Erasmus.
Martin Luther stole many of Lefevre's ideas and works and then created the greatest schism in Christian history. I understand Luther, but I do not admire or revere him. In fact, I greatly dislike him.
I do admire Lefevere and his writing and letters show the good heart of this man and his love from Christ and the Church.
Hughes also wrote of Lefevre, "Impatient wit learning for learning sake, he was himself living proof of his conviction, that genuine wisdom, far from being merely cerebral, is always related to sanctity of life and concern for one's fellows." Knowledge was to be applied to living!
Lefevere brings Paul's doctrine of justification back into the light from oblivion for centuries. He was the reformer that trumpeted into a new generation this truth, not the angry jew hating Luther, the calculating Erasmus, or the murderous Calvin, but Lefevre.
Lefevre and the reformers were of one mind concerning their understanding of the gospels, but varied greatly in how to achieve reform. Unfortunately, Luther's brand one out.
His person, mind, and actions can today be a path to reconciliation for the currently greatly divided Christian church. Unfortunately , in protestant circles, Luther's voice still wins.