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Falsehood is criminal (1828)

Speak every man the truth to his neighbor—Ephesians 4:25 (KJV). We should suppose the odious vice of lying would b...

Events

630

Death of Modestus of Jerusalem who had become acting Patriarch of Jerusalem and then patriarch in his own right when the Persians captured the city and slaughtered or imprisoned many Christians, including Patriarch Zacharias.

Authority for the date: Wikipedia.

693

Death of Begga, a daughter of Pepin of Landen, mayor of the palace of Austrasia. Following the death of her husband, she had become a nun, founded seven churches, and built a convent where she was abbess.

Authority for the date: Wikipedia.

1559

Matthew Parker is made Archbishop of Canterbury and supports Reformation under Elizabeth I. Implementing Elizabeth’s policies, he will be cruel with Puritans and other dissenters. In an effort to undermine the legitimacy of his apostolic succession and the validity of Anglicanism, Catholics will later assert his consecration was invalid.

Authority for the date: Hughes, Philip. Popular History of the Reformation. Garden City, N.Y.: Hanover House, 1957.

1801

Ordination of William Bengo Collyer. At eighteen he had accepted the pulpit of the Presbyterian Church of Peckham, Surrey, which had been declining under Arian teaching. Under Collyer’s faithful and articulate preaching, the congregation will increase tenfold, attracting large crowds. Later he will preach at Salter’s Hall, another church destroyed by Arian teaching and it, too, will come back to a flourishing state.

Authority for the date: Hatfield, Edwin. The Poets of the Church. New York: Anson D. F. Randolph & Co,, 1884.

1912

William Borden (Borden of Yale) boards a ship for Africa to work as a missionary among Muslims. The rich young man will die in Egypt before his work can begin.

Authority for the date: Morgan, Robert J. On This Day. Nelson, 1997.

1917

The Bolsheviks in Russia confiscate church lands, cancel state subsidies for the church, make marriage a civil ordinance, and nationalize the schools, abolishing all religious instruction.

Authority for the date: Hutten, Kurt. Iron Curtain Christians. Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg, 1967.

1949

Czechoslovakian bishops declare that their nation’s November 1st 1949 law regarding religion is in contradiction to the law of God.

Authority for the date: Hutten, Kurt. Iron Curtain Christians. Minneapolis: Augsburg, 1967.

1961

Death in Asyut, Egypt, of Lillian Trasher, an Assemblies of God missionary, known as the “Mother of the Nile” for her development of a large orphanage complex in Egypt which also accepted widows and blind people.

Authority for the date: http://www.barr-family.com

1976

The Moravian Church in Southwest Tanzania officially starts with its first synod at Utengule, at which delegates elect Tulinawo Luhomano Msinjili as their first provincial chairman.

Authority for the date: Dictionary of African Christian Biography.

1999

Speaking to an international symposium, Pope John Paul II expresses regret “for the cruel death inflicted on Jan Hus,” commending Hus’s “moral courage in the face of adversity and death.”

Authority for the date: Christian History 68 (2000).

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