Monday, May 08, 2006

#1902-To Franz Koler-a fragment

...One says that a crazy dog doesn't live more than 9 days but our LOrd God is permitting Duke Georg to live well nine years and longer while crazy. He is nothing other than a crazy dog. I would gladly see an end to him before my end since he is opposed to us and his citizens do not want to go along with him and he must know that they depend more on our LOrd God than him...
NOTE: Looks like from the Codex Gotha that Koler was ordered by Duke Georg of Ducal Saxony, along with other Evangelicals, to either sell their properties or appear in white garments for three Sundays and recant; thereafter they could be absolved. They replied that they would rather forsake their properties than forsake Christ and suffer for a brief time bodily than to have their souls suffer everlasting pain. This fragment is thought to be from a letter of June 8,1532.
Do you think that you have it bad? If being a Christian were a crime, would there be enough evidence to convict you?

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