The cost of discipleship

 

 

On January 15, 1549, a young Mennonite woman was brought to trial in Holland. Elizabeth was asked to swear under oath whether or not she had a husband. She answered, "I can take no oath." To the question regarding whom she had taught, she would only answer, "I will confess only my faith." They said they would torture her. She replied, "I hope that with God's help I shall keep my tongue and not be a traitor." He asked why she had been re-baptized, she replied, "I haven't been baptized again. I have simply been baptized." "Do you think that saves you?" they asked her. She replied, "No. All the waters in the sea cannot save me. Christ saves me." With this, they tortured her with thumbscrews until blood gushed from her nails and she fainted. Coming to, she still refused to give in to her inquisitors. She was then sentenced to death by drowning. Roland H. Bainton

 

From: 2700-PLUS SERMON ILLUSTRATIONS By Duane V. Maxey

 

 

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