‘the solid rock that the believer can stand on’


vom- extreme devotion 10.04.2008

We live in a digital age of home alarm systems that rival the complexity of most banks. What we value is clear—our homes and our belongings are too precious to risk being lost. Yet, to Christians living in the sixteenth century, Scripture was their most prized possession. Like the tenacious widow in this story, they considered mere pieces of the Bible worth the cost of their lives. While the times may have changed, the value of God’s Word has not. Our lives must still demonstrate to others that God’s Word is precious—though we are unlikely to die in doing so. Do others know how much or little you treasure Scripture? Can they tell the personal value God’s Word has in your life?


Six men and one widow were taken before the court for committing an extreme crime against the Church of England. They had taught their children the Lord’s Prayer and the Ten Commandments in the English language.

    Latin was the only language allowed for biblical instruction in England in 1519. However, the common people spoke English. The believers secretly translated parts of Scripture into English and carefully passed the translations from home to home. But now they had been caught, and they were to be tied to stakes and publicly burned.
    The mercy of the court had smiled solely on the widow out of the seven prisoners, and she was allowed to go free. No one protested, for she was alone and had children to care for at home.
    A guard named Simon Mourton generously offered to walk the pardoned widow home. As Simon was leading her by the arm, he heard a rattle within her coat sleeve. He pulled from her coat the English translations, the same materials they had been teaching their children. Even though she had just escaped a death sentence, she subsequently refused to part with the translations, believing her children still needed to know the truth of God’s Word. Her fate was now sealed.
    Shortly after, the six men and the courageous widow were secured to three wooden poles and were burned alive.


Below are two articles that were posted by malachi. One of the articles was posted in June ’07 and the other September ’08. The facts that are found in both articles reveal the biblical ignorance that the church in America is immersed in today.

This biblical ignorance and spiritual stupor is not new, nor did it happen over night. The seed was planted years ago; we are just now seeing the church manifest it’s fruit. Please consider both of the articles before moving ahead in this article.



There are two things I would like for the readers to consider. The first is the source of the persecution. Where did it come from? Religion! It is true today the greatest enemy of the cross and the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ is religion. Daily we see the religions of the Hindu and Islam that is vehemently waging violent attacks against The Christ and His body. I am wondering in these last days that we are living, where will the attack come from against the Body of Christ in America? Possibly the same source as in the day of the Church in England. 

The thing that is the most alarming to me is that the church in America is not prepared for the testing that many brothers and sisters are called to endure today. We have been immersed in this spiritual stupor for so long, that we would not be able to muster enough conviction to stand in the midst of such vehement persecution.

Why? Because we do not have the same conviction as the ‘pardoned widow’. We can live and play church without even picking up His most precious word on a daily basis. We do not understand that the word of God is a very firm foundation and that the believer will not only stand on it in this life, but even more importantly, the one to come.

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“I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food”