‘living in a foxe kind of day’

persecution in the west

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

-George Santayana


John Foxe, a young teacher at Magdelen College, pleaded in prayer, “They call themselves your priests and ministers, but they worship themselves and their political power. Help them realize that there is no need for another mediator between God and man but Christ Jesus and his Word.”

    Someone overheard John and immediately reported him to the college administration. They accused him of holding beliefs in rebellion to the government and against the state church. When he refused to deny his convictions, the council expelled him from the university.
    Because of this, John had great difficulty finding work as a teacher. One day, exhausted with hunger, he sat praying in a church. A man John had never met suddenly appeared and thrust a sum of money into his hand. “Cheer up,” he said. “In a few days new work will present itself to you.” A few days later he was hired as a tutor.
    Under the reign of Henry VIII, Christians like John were tolerated. When Mary I came to power, however, she executed any who defied the religious edicts of the state. Three hundred people died during her five-year reign. John and his pregnant wife fled England to Belgium, barely escaping being apprehended.
    In defense of those who died for their faith, John wrote Foxe’s Book of Martyrs.    vom- extreme devotions

Sounds akin to what we see going on in America. May God have mercy on America…….

The man that sets his heart upon religion, shall find himself at enmity with the cross…….



  1. You have presented a sad truth, Brother Malachi. The fact is that religion is one of Satan’s greatest tools to take people from the cross of Christ to self works. As evidenced in the fact that the Muslim religion in America is increasing at the rate of four times to that of Christianity, his plan is working!

  2. Good evening. The comment by John Foxe is indeed a perfect picture of what takes place today. A worshipping of men, a worship of Christian artists and a love of our titles. I saw a quote a short while ago that I should probably revisit before trying to quote, but here it goes. The thrust of it was that the Greeks took Christianity abnd turned it into a philosophy. The Romans then turned it into an institution. The Americans, subsequently, turned it into an enterprise. (I’m certain that I butchered that pretty good) We have a religious show in many venues today and many in the church are so caught up in the entertainment elements that they can no longer discern between good and evil, or between temporal issues and matters of everlasting significance.

    Thanks for a much needed reflection. Blessings always in Jesus name.


  3. Greetings Marianne and Timbob in the lovely and faithful name of Yeshua, Jesus the Christ, the Son of the Living God. I apologize for taking so long to get back to the blog but am very grateful to find the both of you having read ‘a foxe kind of day’. I truly believe that we are living in this same type of day. I have strong convictions that we shall meet this same opposition from both religion and the government as we stand upon the unadulterated word of God, in this foxe kind of day.

    John Foxe found that his unwavering commitment to God and His word left him as an enemy of both the church and the state. I am so afraid today, that the church in America is no spiritual support for God and His word and when the state raises it’s arm of the flesh against the body of Christ, we shall not find a lot of support from the seeming church.

    “the Greeks took Christianity abnd turned it into a philosophy. The Romans then turned it into an institution. The Americans, subsequently, turned it into an enterprise.”

    Amen my friend, and this church that has immersed herself in the spirit of entertainment shall be no spirityal threat to the enemies of the cross.

    I think that Marianne is spot on… as we see the rise and the preminence that is being given to the Muslim faith, an much of that coming from our government, will be a formidable opposition agiant the church in America. But greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world.

    Pray that we will have a little more time to preach the word with liberty and that with the power of His Spirit and may our Lord give us courage to stand in the face of adversity when it comes…. It will come my brother and sister.


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