Quotes From The Martyrs

Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. 2 Timothy 3:12 


As Rome asserts that the "church never erred; nor will it, according to the Scriptures, ever err" (John L. von Mosheim, Institutes of Ecclesiastical History, book 3, century II, part 2, chapter 2, section 9)


The papal church will never relinquish her claim to infallibility. All that she has done in her persecution of those who reject her dogmas she holds to be right; and would she not repeat the same acts, should the opportunity be presented? Let the restraints now imposed by secular governments be removed and Rome be reinstated in her former power, and there would speedily be a revival of her tyranny and persecution.

The Great Controversy, p.565. Chapter 35: Liberty of Conscience Threatened. EGWhite


"The Constitution of the United States guarantees liberty of conscience. Nothing is dearer or more fundamental. Pope Pius IX, in his Encyclical Letter of August 15, 1854, said: `The absurd and erroneous doctrines or ravings in defense of liberty of conscience are a most pestilential error—a pest, of all others, most to be dreaded in a state.' The same pope, in his Encyclical Letter of December 8, 1864, anathematized `those who assert the liberty of conscience and of religious worship,' also 'all such as maintain that the church may not employ force.' The Great Controversy, p.565. Chapter 35: Liberty of Conscience Threatened. EGWhite


"Every cardinal, archbishop, and bishop in the Catholic Church takes an oath of allegiance to the pope, in which occur the following words: 'Heretics, schismatics, and rebels to our said lord (the pope), or his aforesaid successors, I will to my utmost persecute and oppose.'"Josiah Strong, Our Country, ch. 5, pars. 2-4



“The preaching of God's word is hateful and contrary unto them. Why? For it is impossible to preach Christ, except thou preach against antichrist; that is to say, them which with their false doctrine and violence of sword enforce to quench the true doctrine of Christ.”-- William Tyndale, Burned at stake on October 1536, near Vilvoorde, Duchy of Brabant, Habsburg Netherlands in the Holy Roman Empire


“The office of a bishop was a room, at the beginning, that no man coveted; and that no man durst take upon him, save he only which loved Christ better than his own life. For as Christ saith, that no man might be his disciple, except that he were ready to forsake life and all; even so might that officer be sure that it would cost him his life at one time or another, for bearing record unto the truth.” -- William Tyndale, Burned at stake on October 1536, near Vilvoorde, Duchy of Brabant, Habsburg Netherlands in the Holy Roman Empire  


"I defy the Pope and all his laws. If God spare my life, ere many years I will cause a boy who drives the plough to know more of the scriptures than you do."-- William Tyndale, Burned at stake on October 1536, near Vilvoorde, Duchy of Brabant, Habsburg Netherlands in the Holy Roman Empire


Neither was there any heresy, or diversity of opinion, or disputing about the matter, till the pope had gathered a council to confirm this transubstantiation: wherefore it is most likely that this opinion came up by them of latter days. --William Tyndale, Burned at stake on October 1536, near Vilvoorde, Duchy of Brabant, Habsburg Netherlands in the Holy Roman Empire      


“I shall not die, but live; and again declare the evil deeds of the friars.” -- John Wycliffe

“It is plain to me that our prelates in granting indulgences do commonly blaspheme the wisdom of God.” -- John Wycliffe
"I believe that in the end the truth will conquer."-- John Wycliffe


“One only dies once, and if one does not die well, a good opportunity is lost and will not present itself again.”-- Jose Rizal

“For myself I think that one wrong does not right the other, and forgiveness cannot be won with useless tears or alms to the Church.” --  José Rizal

“Truth does not need to borrow garments from falsehood.” -- José Rizal

“The God they preach about is pure invention, a trick. They're the first ones to not believe in Him!”-- José Rizal

“Tomorrow at 7, I shall be shot; but I am innocent of the crime of rebellion. I am going to die with a tranquil conscience.”-- Jose Rizal

Therefore, faithful Christian, seek the truth, listen to the truth, learn the truth, love the truth, tell the truth, learn the truth, defend the truth even to death.

 Jan Huss, Burned at stake - July 6, 1415

As for antichrist occupying the papal chair, it is evident that a pope living contrary to Christ, like any other perverted person, is called, by common consent, antichrist.--Jan Huss, Burned at stake - July 6, 1415

What I have taught with my lips I now seal with my blood.--Jan Hus, Burned at stake - July 6, 1415

"My Lord Jesus Christ was bound with a harder chain than this for my sake why, then, should I be ashamed of this old rusty one?" Jan Huss, Burned at stake - July 6, 1415

"And I trust anon to be in heaven with Christ" Richard Bayfield Monk of Bury, Burned at stake - December 4, 1531

“For God’s love, good people, let me have more fire” John Hooper Bishop of Gloucester, Burned at stake - February 9, 1555

I have resolved to endure all pain and suffering which man can endure, even unto death, through the power of God, before I shall tell you this, and become a traitor. I well knew beforehand that this would be my fate. You have me in your power, do whatever Gad will permit you to do; if you want to tyrannize over me, you may do so; God will find you. I have nothing to say or to show."
"If you were true Christians you would not torture or kill any one." Offrus Greizinger, Former Priest, Burned at stake , Halloween, A. D. 1538

"Christ has gone this way before us; and His beloved apostles likewise, and we His servants are not above our Lord." -- Adrian Corneliss, Burned at stake A. D. 1552

"I am ready any way, to put off this flesh, whether in the fire or in the water, before the hall of justice or here in this fire (the fire on the hearth); it is not big enough, make it bigger." -- Joos Kindt, Burned at stake A. D. 1553

"Christ does not say, 'Them that will not believe you, shut into cells or put great fetters on their legs.'" -- Joos Kindt, Burned at stake A. D. 1553.

"This is the true way to eternal life, which is found by so few, and walked by a still smaller number; for it is too narrow for them, and would cause their flesh too much pain." - Jan Jans Brant, Drowned, A. D. 1559

"O Lord, thou art forever in my thoughts." - Joost Joosten, Burned at stake in Veer, in Zealand, A. D. 1560

"..You bind not me but yourselves." - Jan Wouterss, Burned at stake in Dortrecht, 28th of March, A. D. 1572

"This is the day of salvation." - Jan Wouterss, Burned in Dortrecht, 28th of March, A. D. 1572

"Yes, you will show me such mercy that I shall have my head cut off." - Hans Knevel, Burned at stake in Antwerp, A.D. 1572

"Behold, my children, this way has no retreats; there are also no byways, that lie on the right hand of the left... If you do what I write, you will see me again in great glory... Maeyken van Deventer, Put to Death , Rotterdam, A. D. 1573

"The Lord takes away all fear; I did not know what to do for joy, when I was sentenced." - Maeyken Wens, Burned at stake in Antwerp A. D. 1573

"What sect? I believe in God the Father Almighty, and in Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour, and in His holy Word and divine commandment; in this I stand-do you consider this a sect? Dare you call the true Christian faith a sect? what kind of faith have you then? If you have another faith, you are in a sect and in a new faith yourself; desist from it, and forsake your sinful, vicious and ungodly life." Hendrick Sumer minister of the Word of God, Drowned October 9, 1582, at Baden, in Switzerland

"O what woe" said he,"and eternal suffering will come upon such men that kill an innocent man because he has separated and turned from the ungodly, shameful life of the world. But I will commit this to God in heaven who will give such mouth-Christians their reward." said, "You priests are the serpents and scorpions, against whom Christ has warned us; that are full of abomination and destruction." Melchoir Platser, , Beheaded in Rankweil in the Feldkirch, A. D., 1583

"All that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution, as the Scripture says. And to the same I will adhere, and I daily pray to God, my heavenly Father, that His will be done. Now if it be God's will, He can order it that I shall be released; but if it is not His will, I will die patiently." "No, that cannot be; may God keep me from breaking my promise and being found a liar before Him; for that were acting like the dog that swallows again that which he has once vomited. So it would also go with me; I would have to recant and stamp as a lie that which I have long known and confessed as the truth and the will of God; of which I should not be able for a long time truly to repent, and who knows whether I should be able to repent and obtain grace? Hence I neither will nor can do it, and I will rather die, and hope by the help of God to be a living martyr for His truth." Andries Pirchner, Beheaded in Schlanders, October 19, 1594

Now since we must die, we die solely for the sake of the divine truth, for we have done no evil or wrong to any one, and here is not a single person to whom we have done any injury, or who can complain of us; since we then must lose our lives for the faith and for the Word of God, we shall find it again in eternity, as the holy Gospel testifies." - Wolfgang Raufer, George Pruckmair, Beheaded in Berckhausen, A. D. 1585

I am ready every day to die, and I hope to God in heaven, that He will keep me valiant and faithful unto the end, so that I shall not depart from the truth; and may His will be done concerning me." - Christian Gasteyger , Beheaded by Jesuits in Munich, Bavaria, December 13,1586

"Come hither; there is nothing else left to do, I will valiantly adhere to the faith and die upon it." - Michael Vischer, Beaded by Jesuits in Ingolstadt in Bavaria A. D. 1587

Today I will confess my God before all the world." "Be it done in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost;" - George Wagner, Burned in Munich, Bavaria. February, 8,1527

"Lord judge, here I pluck a flower; if you can burn this flower and me, you have justly condemned me; but,. on the other hand, if you cannot burn me and this flower in my hand, consider what you have done and repent," Leonhard Keyser, Former Priest - Burned on St. Lawrence day, in August 1527. Scharding, Bavaria

"It is the truth which I have taught you; and I will testify to it with my blood." - Thomas Hermann, a minister of the Gospel and Word of God and 67 others - Executed in Kitzbuehl, A. D. 1527

"do what you will; I have committed myself into the hands of my Lord." "O Lord, receive Thy servant." - Fije, strangeld in Leeuwarden , A. D. 1549

"My God, I will praise Thee in my last hour; Thee who .art high above in heaven, I will praise Thee with heart and mouth, for Thou art worthy of it; strengthen my faith (Luke 17:5), now that I must go on this pilgrimage of suffering; remember me in mercy in the severe conflict. I commend my spirit into Thy hands (Luke 23:46); in Thee I rejoice. Christ, help me to stand in my sufferings. Heavenly Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do. Because I cannot forsake Thy Word, I am hated, and they seek to separate my body from the soul. Therefore I call upon Thee, O God, for gracious help; I trust in Thee, for I have no other comforter. That which is so clearly written, Mark 16:16; 'He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved," can certainly not be contradicted by any one; hence it is to be heeded. O ye blind, why are you troubled and grieved because the command of Christ is observed? acquaint yourselves With the holy Scriptures, and you will find what Christ the Son of God has commanded us to do. I beseech you all, beloved brethren and sisters, that you would firmly trust in God, and let not my bitter death grieve you; 'for God will richly reward it; we must once take our leave of this vale of 'sorrow. The Scripture clearly declares, that he who would have laughing and joy here, shall hereafter mourn and weep: Luke 6:25; we must suffer here with patience; the Lord grant that it be done innocently. He that would here bring his gift to the altar; and remembers that his brother has aught against him, must leave his gift at the altar, and first go and be reconciled to his brother, and then come and offer his gift. Matt. 5:23, 24. Therefore, I beseech Thee, O God, graciously to forgive those who put me to death. I commend my spirit and soul into Thy hand, O God; deliver me out of all my distresses, and never turn away from me; deprive my flesh of all its power, that I may overcome and be victorious in Thee. Amen." Rev. 2:11. Leopold Schneider, Beheaded in Augsburg, A. D. 1528

"In our extremity we now begin to cry unto our God, to deliver us from all our distress, that our hearts may offer up to Him a pure sacrifice acceptable in His sight. Rom. 12:1. The sacrifice which I mean is my whole body, life, skin and bones, and also wife and children. We are willing to offer up all our members, love impelling and constraining us. Pharaoh would fain prevent and alter this; but we care not for it, and have not the least desire to desist from it, but to bring the offering before the Lord, and to press our way through with His assistance (Matt. 1.1:12); He will aid and succor us. Come hither, beloved brethren, let us valiantly take hold, of the matter: We are now members of Jesus Christ (Rom. 12:4, 5); He is our Captain (Ephesians 1:22); He has prepared a glorious crown, with which He will crown those who shall persevere unto the end. Matt. 10:22. Be of good courage and undaunted, thou worm Jacob. Isa. 41:14. The Red Sea shall stand open; if Pharaoh will pursue thee, he will perish in it. Thou little flock, be not afraid, for it is but a little while here, and our flesh is of no consequence. But in the city which God has prepared us in the everlasting kingdom, we shall be as the angels of God. Heb. 11:10; Matthew 22:30. Who can estimate their value? This God has promised us; yea, through His Child, Jesus Christ, He promises us much comfort and joy, and everlasting rest, if we continue steadfast in Him. But we must also drink the cup of suffering, and suffer with His Son Christ Jesus (Matt. 20:23), and He will deliver and well succor us. Though the heathen slay us, He will not forsake us, but break their power in pieces, snatch us out of their hand, and through grace gloriously crown us. God is the Lord who can protect. He is also our shield (Genesis 15:1), since we have Him for a Father, who is so good and gracious; that though men drive us away from them, yet will we always adhere to Him. His great power is over us, and He does not suffer them to faint, who keep His covenant; therefore, though we be defamed and accused, rejoice over it in your hearts. Have confidence in God, and He shall help you. Therefore fear neither pain nor death. I give praise and thanks to my God, that I have become a sacrifice. I have long longed for it, for to die is gain for me. Phil. 1:21. O God, let me partake of the sacrifice of Thy Son Jesus Christ. Amen." Heb. 9:14. - Little Hans of Stotzingen, Beheaded with the sword in Zabern, Alsace, A. D. 1528

"Hearken, all of you, and take to heart, that God will visit all sinners great and small,. who now despise Him and revile His name, and do not consider their sinful life. God shall speedily awaken, and deliver His children. If we consider the doctrine of the prophets, we see that this is the last time, and in this time God calls upon all men that they should turn unto Him (Isa. 45:22), live according to His will, and keep His commandments; and that if they do this, His wrath shall cease, and He will be their God and Father; for God, because of His great goodness, is longsuffering in His judgment; therefore beware of sin, and do not follow the devil;. but free yourselves from unrighteousness, and your God will not forsake you in this last hour; for God is rich and gracious, and with Him there is much grace; He willingly forgives the sinner who will forsake his sins, who believes in Christ, and calls upon His name; to such He will not only, through grace remit his sins, but also freely give him the eternal reward. Heed well these things. Oh all of you who belong to the Church of Jesus Christ, and have become children of God. Praise God with shouting, young and old, great and small; you who, have believed His Ward, love God as His dear children, and walk before Him with pure hearts, and you shall never be forsaken, but He will ever preserve you. O God, who art rich in grace, keep us Thy children, that we may hold to Thee, and that those who have come to Thee, may not be confounded; lead them diligently with Thy right hand into the promised land, the eternal heavenly kingdom. O God, honor be unto Thee in Thy high throne, who hast given us Christ Thy Son, and imparted divine grace to us, by which we now confess Thee with heart and mouth, and are not ashamed to call them our brethren who call upon Thee in truth as their Father. Praised by Thy holy name, Amen." - Vilgard and Caspar, Beheaded at Ries, in the Fluchtthal, near Brixen A.D. 1528.

"Brethren, sisters, all, good-bye! We now must separate,. Till we meet beyond the sky,With Christ our only Head. For this yourselves prepare,. And I'll await you there." - Gerrit Hasepoot, Burned at stake in Nimeguen. 1556 A.D.

"This is what you say, but I have a better assurance." Claes Lecks, strangled and burned in Ostende, 1548 A.D.

"No, my lords, but I will seal it with my death." - Elizabeth, Drowned March 27,1549

“Wherever you see persecution, there is more than a probability that truth lies on the persecuted side.” Hugh Latimer Burned at stake - October 16, 1555

We suffer not as thieves or murderers, but for the name of,the Lord; therefore, O Lord, forgive them that do this to us." - Willem Jans

This is the narrow way to salvation. O Lord, receive my spirit. And you lords of the council, only consider what great injury you are doing to your souls, in shedding innocent blood; hence repent, like those of Nineveh; for we suffer, not on, account of heresy or sedition; we seek not to contend, save with the sword of the Spirit, which is. the Word of God." Thereupon, commending thir souls into the hands of God, they offered up. their sacrifice, presenting an acceptable savor to God, for, which they will hereafter not lose their reward. - Maritgen Jans

"Dear citizens, do not avenge this; for it is done for the name, of the Lord, " "Lord, look upon' us, who suffer for Thy word; for our trust is in Thee alone." - Dieuwertgen Jans. (All Brethren - Sentenced to Death 1550 A.D. in Leyden, Holland )

Pious Christians, I give you this as a brotherly adieu, for your good. It has been written with a faithful heart, and I hope to seal it with my blood." - Teunis van Haustelraed, Burned at stake in Limmick, province of Jueelick. 1550 A.D.

"I thank Thee, O Lord, that I am worthy to suffer for Thy name. I now stand at the touchstone, at which God's elect are tried. O Lord, strengthen me, and delay not." - Elizabeth, Executed in Ghent, Flanders. July 21,1551

"Be it known to you, that we do not die for theft, murder, or heresy." - Joris

Citizens of Ghent, we suffer not as heretics or Lutherans, who hold in one hand a beer mug, and a testament in the other, thus dishonoring the Word of God, and dealing in
drunkenness; but we die for the genuine truth." - Wouter

My lords, save three stakes; we can all four die at one; for we, are spiritually of one mind." Rom. 12:16 - Greitgen

This is the day for which I have longed so much." - Naentgen Joris, Wouter, Greitgen and Naentgen. All burned at stake in Ghent in Flanders. 1551 A.D.

"I stand so firmly to my faith that for it, to the honor of God, I will suffer my self to be burned at the stake. What would you do for your faith? not much, I think. Hence repent, before you be brought to shame." "I am put to death for the truth's sake; whatever you are able to inflict upon me, I am freely ready to suffer." - Catherine, burned at stake in Ghent in Flanders. 1551 A.D."No one will ever be able to prove by the Scriptures, that the faith for which I must now die is heresy." David, burned at stake in Ghent, Flanders. 1554 A.D.


The pope claims to be the vicar of Christ; but how does his character bear comparison with that of our Saviour? Was Christ ever known to consign men to the prison or the rack because they did not pay Him homage as the King of heaven? Was His voice heard condemning to death those who did not accept Him? When He was slighted by the people of a Samaritan village, the apostle John was filled with indignation, and inquired: "Lord, wilt Thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did?" Jesus looked with pity upon His disciple, and rebuked his harsh spirit, saying: "The Son of man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them." Luke 9:54, 56. How different from [571] the spirit manifested by Christ is that of His professed vicar. The Great Controversy, p.571-72. Chapter 35: Liberty of Conscience Threatened. EGWhite