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235 – Aug. 23 – This Day in Baptist History Past


Scourged – Not Ordained by State Church


1771 – James Greenwood preached the gospel in the Middlesex County Jail to a number of friends who had come to encourage the prisoners. In a letter, written by John Waller from the jail he said, “Bro. Thomas Wafford was severely scourged, however because he was not ordained, he was released and did not have to serve time in prison. The early Baptist preachers in the Common Wealth of Virginia were despised by the political and religious leaders that were under the control of the Anglican Church/State system of government. These men, as the early Apostles as recorded in Acts Chapter four and five, had not been trained in the recognized seminaries of the day, and also refused to take a license to preach the gospel, but rather preached under the authority of Christ alone. This principle is made clear at Act 4:13 – Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus. Because of this, until American Independence was won, they were fined, whipped, and jailed but they would not bend, bow or burn. [Robert C. Newman, Baptists and the American Tradition (Des Plaines, Ill.: Regular Baptist Press, 1976), p. 32. This Day in Baptist History II: Cummins and Thompson, BJU Press: Greenville, S.C. 2000 A.D. pp. 460-462.]   Prepared by Dr. Greg Dixon


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158 — June 07 – This Day in Baptist History Past


Racked, Scourged, and Burned for Christ


On June 7, 1561, the Margrave of Antwerp went out with a great number of people, well–armed with staves, and apprehended Joos Verbeek, a minister of God’s word and of his church. He was racked twice in four days. He was scourged till the blood flowed. His right hand having been “lamed by torture,” his last letter to his wife was written with his left hand, “with great difficulty.” He was burnt in a straw hut, as was the common practice towards the end of the persecution.


When Verbeek approached the straw hut and stood before the door in which he was to present himself as a burnt offering, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and prayed “O holy Father, support thy servant in this time of need.” The executioner’s man wished to put a cord with a knot in his mouth to prevent his speaking; nevertheless, he was not silent, for he was heard to exclaim, “O Lord, Thou Son of David, have mercy upon me. “


The executioner performed his work with fear and trembling. When the fire was kindled, Verbeek exclaimed, “O Heavenly Father, into Thy hands I commend my spirit. O Lord of Hosts, who separated me from my mother’s womb, be with Thy servant in this last distress which I suffer for Thy name.”  He once more exclaimed, “O Heavenly Father, into Thy hands I commend my spirit,” and presented a peaceful burnt sacrifice, an example to us all.




Dr. Dale R. Hart: Adapted from: This Day in Baptist History Vol. I. (Thompson/Cummins) pp. 234 -235.



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He bore the Saviors Marks in his body


Wouters van Kuijck was finally burned at the stake on this day in 1572 after he was tortured and scourged in the prison at Dordrecht, Holland.  He had been moving his family from place to place in his effort to avoid arrest, for he was considered a heretic by the State Church for his belief that salvation was a personal matter of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone.  The bailiff learned where Jan was residing and he and his men came to arrest him.  Knowing that his arrest would end in the capture of his entire family, Jan said in a booming voice, “it is I” when the bailiff knocked and asked, “Does Jan van Kuijck live here?”  Of course it was designed to allow is family to escape, which they did.  During his imprisonment he wrote a dozen letters that have been preserved, eleven to family including his daughter and one to his captors presenting clearly his faith and a warning to them of judgment.  He concluded that letter with these words, “I confess one Lord, one faith, one God, one Father of all, who is above all, and in all believers.  I believe only what the Holy Scriptures say, and not what men say.”  Fearing his testimony Jan’s mouth was gagged before he was taken to the place of execution.  Somehow he managed to relieve himself of the gag.  A fellow believer was able to draw close to him and he opened his shirt and showed him his bloody body from the scourgings, and said, “I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.”  As the fire was kindled he looked over those assembled and cried, “…farewell, my dear brethren and sisters, I herewith commend you to the Lord, to the Lord Who shed his blood for us.”

Dr. Greg J. Dixon, adapted from: This Day in Baptist History III (David L. Cummins), pp.180-181.


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