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The French Huguenots by Dr. Peter Hammond (Free MP3s)
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"So many Protestants, called Huguenots in France, were leaving France under the fiery persecution of the Catholic Church. They were coming to Geneva, really, to save their lives. When they arrived in Geneva, there was John Calvin, teaching the Word of God. He had established a seminary, and according to some reports, he trained 2,000 pastors to go back with the true message of the Gospel, 2,000 preachers to go back into France with the Gospel and the true reformation faith. His seminary became known as, 'The seminary of death,' because so many of the preachers he trained went back to France and died as martyrs. The seminary of death. Might be a little hard to recruit people to that today." - John MacArthur, Satan's Strategy for Stealing the Church, emphases added
Volume one covers the period from the beginning of the French Reformation to the Edict of January, 1562. Volume two takes in the period from the battle of Coutras to the death of Henry the Fourth (1610).
What the Puritan was in England, the Covenanter was in Scotland, and the Huguenot was in France. - "CALVINISM IN FRANCE" from Calvinism in History By Loraine Boettner
History of the Rise of the Huguenots of France (2 Volumes, 1886) by Henry Baird (Enhanced SWRB PDF) is also on the Puritan Hard Drive
Illustrations of Antichrist's Rejoicing over the Massacre of St. Bartholomew by David Hay Fleming contains accounts of Papal rejoicings (translated into English) over the savage butchery and mass murder of Huguenots (French Protestants) in Paris -- and beyond -- during what is know as the St. Bartholomew's day massacre. It is estimated that over 30,000 Huguenots were slain in France during a six week period in 1572. Baird, in his Rise of the Huguenots (volume two) notes that,
...on the plea of religious zeal the most barbarous acts were committed... The weaker sex was not spared in the universal carnage, and, as in a town taken by assault, suffered outrages that were worse than death. Matron and maiden alike welcomed as merciful the blow that liberated them from an existence now rendered insupportable. Women approaching maternity were selected for more excruciating torments, and savage delight was exhibited in destroying the unborn fruit of the womb... the very innocence of childhood furnished no sufficient protection -- so literally did the pious Catholics of Paris interpret the oft-repeated exhortations of their holy father (Pope Saint Pius V) to exterminate not only the roots of heresy, but the very fibres of the roots.
Such is the face of the man of sin when he wields power and lets down his mask of false piety and toleration -- and many nations still wonder after the Papal Antichrist to our very day.
The Puritans in England and those who early settled in America, as well as the Covenanters in Scotland and the Huguenots in France, were thorough-going Calvinists; and it is little credit to historians in general that this fact has been so largely passed over in silence. ... The great majority of the creeds of historic Christendom have set forth the doctrines of Election, Predestination, and final Perseverance, as will readily be seen by any one who will make even a cursory study of the subject. On the other hand Arminianism existed for centuries only as a heresy on the outskirts of true religion, and in fact it was not championed by an organized Christian church until the year 1784, at which time it was incorporated into the system of doctrine of the Methodist Church in England. - The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination By Loraine Boettner
This two volume hardback set forms the first part of Baird's history of the Huguenots. His work, which appeared in three parts, entitled respectively History of the Rise of the Huguenots of France (2 vols, 1879), The Huguenots and Henry of Navarre (2 vols, 1886), and The Huguenots and the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes (2 vols, 1895), is described by the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica as being "characterized by painstaking thoroughness, by a judicial temper, and by scholarship of a high order".
This is the complete eight volume edition of Foxe's classic work! A very rare set, now available again after more than 150 years, for just $14.97 as of this writing.
The Roman Catholic (Papal Antichrist) Inquisition, the Tools of Torture and Faithful Christian Martyrs by Richard Bennett, A Former Roman Catholic Priest Who Is Now A Bible-believing Christian and Preacher of Sola Scriptura and God's Sovereign Grace (Free MP3)
The Roman Catholic (Papal Antichrist) Inquisition, the Tools of Torture and Faithful Christian Martyrs by Richard Bennett, A Former Roman Catholic Priest Who Is Now A Bible-believing Christian and Preacher of Sola Scriptura and God's Sovereign Grace (Free Video)
The Jesuits and the Inquisition, Roman Catholic Terrorism, Torture & Murder of Reformation Martyrs by J.A. Wylie (Free MP3)
Christmas, Easter, Lent, And The Cross: Pagan/Roman Catholic/Antichrist Holy Days [Holidays] In The Church, Family, And Society (Free MP3s)
Life under Louis XIV was not easy for the French Huguenots. They loved to sing psalms, but the king made an edict that forbade the singing of the Psalms almost everywhere. So the Huguenots went out to the fields and forests and continued their singing. Psalm 125 was a favorite of theirs, maybe because it said that the wicked would not rule the godly. Or maybe it was because the Huguenots could see something that Louis XIV couldn't see.
Remember the story of Elisha and his servant (2 Kings 6:8-23)? The servant couldn't understand why Elisha wasn't bothered about the hordes of enemy soldiers surrounding them. It looked like disaster, but Elisha could see horses and chariots of fire surrounding the enemy soldiers.
The same has been true for many other saints, including Paul and Silas, who sang at midnight in the Philippian jail, and Shadrach, Meshech, and Adednego, who calmly entered the fiery furnace. ...
John Paton, missionary to South Sea Island natives, was surrounded by men seeking to assassinate him, but he wrote, "I never left without hearing, 'Lo, I am with you always.
How does it look for you today? Hopeless? Then take another look.
- Adapted from The One Year Book of Psalms
St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre (YouTube Video)
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Richard Bennett, Berean Beacon
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