Catholics and Protestants both engaged in burning Baptists
Protestant reformers were sometimes as guilty of atrocities as the Romanists against the Baptists
and Anabaptists. Catholics and Protestants taught that tradition, reason and Scripture made it the
pious duty of saints to torture and burn men as heretics out of pure love for their holiness and
salvation. Protestantism told them that it was a sacred duty to slaughter those as schismatics ,
sectaries, malignants, who corrupted the Church and would not live in peace with the Reformed.
The sad instances of persecution practiced against the Baptists by the Protestants in King Edward
VI’s reign are in the Latin version of Foxe’s Book of Martrs but were left out of his English
edition in order to protect the reputation of some of the martyrs of Queen Mary’s day who had
persecuted the Baptists during Edward’s reign. John Rogers, one of Foxe’s friends, called for
the death of those who opposed the baptism of infants. It was reported that Rogers declared
“That burning alive was no cruel death, but easy enough.” It is believed that Foxe responded
that Rogers himself may be the first to experience this mild burning. And so it was, Rogers was
the first to be burned when the Catholic Queen Mary came to the throne. During the last year
of Edward’s reign Humphry Middleton was cast into prison by the Archbishop. After Bloody
Mary arose to power, the bishops were cast into prison and Middleton was burned at Canterbury
on July 12, 1555. The time of baptism as well as the mode was debated at this time because
some of the Protestants immersed. So the issue was believer’s baptism v infant baptism. During
Mary’s reign the prisons were crowded because both of these positions were anathema to the
Catholic Mary. None was recorded by Baptists.
Dr. Greg J. Dixon: From This Day in Baptist History Vol. I: Cummins/Thompson, pp. 285-86.
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Oldest Baptist church
on earth (in England)
Baptists in 14th Century England
1830 – HILL CLIFFE CHURCH – COUNTY OF CHESTER -THE OLDEST BAPTIST CHURCH IN GREAT BRITAIN – 1357 – James Bradford died on February 10, 1830, Pastor of the Baptist church at Hill Cliffe in the County of Chester, one of the oldest Baptist churches known in Great Britain dating back to 1357 found on a gravestone located near the ancient chapel. The members suffered greatly during the reign of the bloody Queen Mary, because on June 27, 1558, Roger Holland was martyred for his faith in Christ. Apparently it was at that time that a hole about four yards long and three yards wide was made in the sandstone beneath the chapel as a haven for those fleeing their persecutors. An outdoor baptistery of stone was uncovered when the chapel was rebuilt in 1800 showing that immersion had long been practiced. The earliest minister identified by a deed was a Mr. Weyerburton, who served the church until his death in 1594. The church had prospered under Bradford now that the days of persecution was past and according to the Baptist Magazine of July 1880, more than 1,600 came to the funeral which was preached by Moses Fisher of Liverpool which had to be conducted outside. On the gravestone it said that he was ordained Oct. 12, 1820 and was 44 years of age, Exemplary: His Ministry Useful: His Death Happy.
Dr. Greg J. Dixon, from: This Day in Baptist History Vol. I: Cummins Thompson /, pp. 56.
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