We conquer in dying- Famous martyr quotes vol.4

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We conquer in dying- Famous martyr quotes vol.4

Martin Luther, d. 1946

Whenever the true message of the cross is abolished, the anger of hypocrites and heretics ceases.. and all things are in peace. This is a sure token that the devil is guarding the entry to the house, and that the PURE doctrine of God’s Word has been taken away. The Church then, is in the BEST state, when Satan assaileth it on every side … both with subtle sleights, and outright violence. And likewise it is in the WORST state when it is most at peace. (unknown)

Philip Melancthon (Martin Luther’s best friend and protegĂ©), c. 1650


Philip Schaff, 1882

One man with truth on his side is stronger than a majority in error, and will conquer in the end. (History of the Christian Church, Vol. VII, ch. 3, sec. 56)

Paul S. Rees, d. 1991

To be where God is quietly talked about seems a lovely thing. But to be where God really grips us is a risky matter. As long as a Living God is about and given any chance at all, it will be found dangerous to be in His presence. Dangerous, that is, to everything that is more to our liking than it is to His. (unknown)

Leonard Ravenhill, d. 1994

The early church was married to poverty, prisons and persecutions. Today, the church is married to prosperity, personality, and popularity. (unknown)

E. Glenn Hinson, 1996

This quote assigns Daniel and the “three children” thrown into the furnace as belonging to the Maccabean era. I don’t think many Christians would concede this, but the dating of the book of Daniel is not an area I have studied well.

The steadfastness of large numbers of Christians in persecution is in itself an interesting phenomenon that has received several explanations. Some scholars have pointed to analogous accounts of Greek and Roman heroes, but the analogies break down when motives are closely examined. Others have emphasized instead the conditioning process that converts went through in the catechumenate that prepared them for such opposition. Although this would offer a partial explanation, it too overlooks the deeper theological perspective out of which the martyrs themselves acted. The martyrs belonged to the lineage of Jewish martyrs and inherited from Judaism the idea of martyrdom as personal witness to the truth of their faith over against heathendom, the hope of personal resurrection and vengeance on apostates and persecutors in the hereafter, and the view that the true oppressors were not earthly powers but cosmic and demonic ones. It was not by chance that pictures of Daniel among the lions and the three “children” in the fiery furnace turned up frequently in the catacombs, for the stories of the Maccabean era fed the Christian faithful just as they had fed the Jewish people. (The Early Church. [Abingdon Press: Nashville] 1996. p. 73)

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