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Martyrs: A Few Unknown Stories

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Any chance of this happening to you when you evangelize in America? I think not… at least not until the next presidential elections… Here are a few of the lesser known Christian martyrs from previous centuries:

Vitalus, A.D. 99— He was buried alive in Ravena, Italy for his faith.

Wolfgang Binder of Scharding, 1571— He was beheaded in Bavaria, Germany.

Hendrik Pruijt, 1574— Outside Workum, he was tarred and tied to a small boat. Then he was set on fire and the boat pushed out into the water.

John Bret, 1576—In Antwerp, Belgium, he had his tongue bored through with a red-hot poker, and was afterward burned at the stake. Although the available information did not say, it was normally those who preached Reformation doctrines of the Gospel of Jesus christ who had their tongues mutilated.
(My note: In general, Reformers don’t preach that “God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life” to sinners.)

— From The New Foxe’s Book of Martyrs by John Foxe, rewritten and edited by Harold J.Chadwick, Pg. 258.
Images from the Mennonite Library and Archives

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