Persecution and Providence (Calvin)

In 1557 the Reformed church in Paris was facing pretty severe persecution. In a letter that John Calvin wrote to the church in Paris during this time he mentioned his prayers for them and his desire to help them more. It seems like some Christians had attempted to send some sort of aid and helps… Continue reading Persecution and Providence (Calvin)

Trials and the Artificer’s Gold (Wyche)

 In the early 15th century, John Wycliffe's influence was still being felt in the Western church even outside of England.  However, many church leaders were not fans of Wycliffe's critique of the church nor did they favor a major reformation of the church.  In fact, in a papal decree Pope Gregory XI called Wycliffe "the… Continue reading Trials and the Artificer’s Gold (Wyche)

To the Women Facing Persecution (Calvin, 1557)

During the mid- to late-16th century there was much persecution of Protestant Christians in France. For one example, in 1572 between 5,000 and 10,000 Huguenots (French Protestants) were killed in Paris and other larger French cities on August 23-24. This mass persecution is called the Massacre of St. Bartholomew's Day. There are other examples of… Continue reading To the Women Facing Persecution (Calvin, 1557)

Suffering…as a Christian (Luther)

Many of us have read the words of 1 Peter 4:15-16 more than a few times: "If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you… Continue reading Suffering…as a Christian (Luther)

Persecution: Why Doesn’t God Do Something? (Stott)

The Christians who were part of the new church plant in Thessalonica around 50AD knew quite a bit about persecution and suffering. Not only did they receive the Word with much affliction, they also had to deal with ongoing persecution (1 Thes. 1:6; 2 Thes. 1:5, etc.). And it was serious enough that Paul, Timothy,… Continue reading Persecution: Why Doesn’t God Do Something? (Stott)