Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Quotes from the Persecuted Church, Part 1

"We shall not end our lives in the fire, but make a change for a better life." - Julius Palmer, burned at stake in England in 1556

"This is the end. For me, the beginning of life." - Dietrich Bonhoeffer, hung in Germany 1945

"Remember the Lord's people who are in jail and be concerned for them. Don't forget those who are suffering, but imagine that you are there with them." - Hebrews 13:3

"A minister I had heard of in Romania had been horribly beaten and was thrown back into the cell with the other prisoners. He was half-dead, with blood streaming from his face and body. As some of the prisoners washed him, others cursed the Communists. Groaning, the minister said, "Please, don't curse them! Keep silent! I wish to pray for them." - Richard Wurmbrand, spent 14 years in a Communist prison in Romania during the Cold War

"Suffering saints are living seed." - Charles Spurgeon, 19th century theologian

"Some Christians haven't even attempted to think about whether or not they would die for Jesus because they haven't really been living for Him." - Dc Talk, former Christian band

"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose." - Jim Elliot, speared by headhunters in Ecuador on a mission trip in 1956

"Without fear we sang in prisons 30 feet beneath the earth. We were terribly hungry, beaten, and tortured. The Communists were good at torturing us. We would say to each other, 'The Communists beat us very well - let us do our work well. Let us sing well.'" - Richard Wurmbrand, spent 14 years in a Communist prison in Romania during the Cold War

"Death is much sweeter to me with the testimony of truth than life with the least denial." - Geleazium, martyred in St. Angelo, Italy during the Middle Ages

"Now I suffer what I suffer; but then another will be in me who will suffer for me, because I too will be suffering for Him." - Felicitas, martyred in Carthage, North Africa in 202 AD

"However it goes with me, I labor that you may have the Gospel preached among you. Though it may cost you your life, I think it well bestowed." - John Peary, martyred in Wales in 1593

"A Communist officer told a Christian he was beating, 'I am almighty, as you suppose your God can be. I can kill you.' The Christian answered, 'The power is all on my side. I can love you while you torture me to death.'" - Richard Wurmbrand