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Guest Post – Fallout from Protestant Reformation in France

March 9, 2012

The following interesting article came from another blogger. It discusses the fallout from the Protestant Reformation in France 150 years after Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the church door. The author demonstrated what people, in this case Christians, are capable of doing to their own brothers and sisters when ever they think they have the corner on ALL of God’s revelation.

The author compared what happened to these Protestants to what took place in Germany with the Holocaust. Hopefully this will serve to open the eyes of that small group of Christians posting hate language against one another on the Internet. As we can see with the Holocaust, people do eventually start getting desensitized to the hatred they hear and start joining in over time! Some very outspoken people in the media, Internet, and in the educational sector as well as other places already think Christians are a menace to society.  So, it may not be long before they, too, begin to warm up the ovens for us if we are not careful! Don’t laugh. It can and, according to Scripture, WILL happen again! Just read the end-time prophecies in the Bible. Don’t forget, while the politically correct agenda says it is wrong to discriminate against anyone… that does not apply to Christians!

Remember Jesus said the world would not recognize that the Father sent Him to them from Heaven until we are united in love with our Christian brothers and sisters. He said, they would know we were His disciples by our love for one another (see John 13 & 17). While many efforts have been made by the vast majority of Christians to bring greater unity, some Christians still choose to use religion as a platform to bring division and strife.

The Revocation of the Edict of Nantes

by Joyously Saved, (c) 2012

Revocation of the Edict of Nantes

It has long been said that the Holocaust did not happen all at once. There were various changes — rights revoked, disruptive violence — over the years, and people became sadly accustomed to those small discomforts. Things came together so slowly that when everything exploded, few were prepared. This is what happened for the Huguenots in October 1685 when the Edict of Fontainebleau was passed. Here is a small sampling of the edict: (“We” likely refers to the “royal we” in this case)

“. . . we forbid our subjects of the Reform to meet any more for the exercise of the said religion in any place or private house, under any pretext whatever . . .”

“. . . and in consequence we desire, and it is our pleasure, that all the temples of those of the said Reformers situate in our kingdom, countries, territories, and the lordships under our crown, shall be demolished without delay.”

These were only a few of the decrees designed to dehumanize Protestants. Most knew something like this would occur, but few imagined the degree of horror. There had been sporadic persecution for years. French Protestants learned the meaning of perseverance and hardship, and yet they pressed on. The Edict of Fontainebleau (also known as the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes, that being an edict that gave French Protestants considerable rights) proved to be one of the most harrowing experiences they would ever face. Huguenots were first killed civilly, then physically.

King Louis XIV of France

They were forbidden to practice their faith for any reason, to preach the Gospel, to educate their children in the way they saw fit, and much more. All across France, Huguenot churches were burned to the ground, sacked and desecrated. Dragoons — King Louis the Fourteenth’s private soldiers, laughingly known as ‘missionaries’ for the way they harrowed their victims — were billeted in Protestant homes, where they caused immense damage. Huguenots were forbidden to work in most professions.

Anyone discovered to be Protestant might be killed, tortured, or sent to the galleys, which was considered a slow but certain death. Some were burned at the stake in a barbarous punishment many thought had died out in the previous century. There was no way they could remain in France. But they were forbidden to emigrate as well. French agents would actually command authorities at foreign ports to see if Huguenots had escaped aboard ship and to promptly send them back to France. While much of Europe underwent a flowering of art, culture, music, and fashion, French Protestants were living an unshakable nightmare.

Huguenots coming ashore in Dover, England in 1685 where the Black Prince gave them refuge.

It is greatly inspiring that so many Huguenots refused to give up their faith. Just as before, a few simple words and a promise of conversion, would have saved them. But enough refused that it was necessary to undertake a mass emigration. They fled to England, Switzerland, Germany, and even far across the sea to America. The Huguenots were commended for their godly nature and Protestant work ethic, and they were a great boost to the economy wherever they settled. Yet the shadows of persecution must have darkened the rest of their lives.

A few of my own ancestors came to New York and Pennsylvania via an escape route through Switzerland. I often imagine what it must have been like, most likely having witnessed horrors I cannot even begin to comprehend, two young parents and a small child fleeing through the icy mountain passes to a country they prayed and hoped would be the safe home France could never be.

Paul Revere (born 1734) was the son of a French Huguenot immigrant named Appolos Rivoire

Many of these Huguenots became a staple of American culture, bringing their fine skills and quiet devotion. As always, God turned a horrendous tragedy into a blessed in disguise, bringing multitudes of faithful Christians to a new and promising land. French Protestants passed the test with flying colors. They experienced what some might call the “Refiner’s fire” in its harshest form, yet they retained their faith and refused to give into hopelessness. For this reason, many Americans are intensely proud of their Huguenot heritage, and for good reason.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. March 9, 2012 9:39 pm

    Thanks for featuring my article! I was so excited to see it here 🙂

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      March 11, 2012 2:04 am

      Really enjoyed reading it. Thought it was well written. Thanks for letting me share it!

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