The Persecution & Martyrdoms of Lyons in 177AD
- During these days that are dominated by the pagan festivities that go
on all around us, Satan tempts us with thoughts that focus on our
feelings that we are social outcasts.
The account of the Persecution & Martyrdoms of Lyons in 177AD is a great
antidote for these temptations.
The following is the prologue of this blessed account.
We cannot accurately tell or describe in detail the magnitude of the
distress in this region, the fury of the heathen against the saints, or
the sufferings of the blessed Witnesses. For with all his strength the
enemy fell upon us, giving us a foretaste of his future unrestrained
activity among us. He used every means to familiarize and train his own
subjects against the servants of God. Not only were we excluded from
houses, baths, and the forum, but it was forbidden for any one of us to
appear in any place whatsoever. But the grace of God acted as our
general against him. It rescued the weak and set them as firm pillars,
able through patience to bear up against the whole force of the
assaults of the wicked one. These encountered him, enduring every form
of shame and torture. They made light of their great sufferings. They
hurried on to Christ, showing in reality that the "sufferings of the
present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be
revealed in us." First they nobly endured the evils heaped on them by
the people,-namely, mockings, beatings, draggings, robberies, stonings,
and imprisonments, and everything that an infuriated mob delights to
inflict on those whom they consider bitter enemies. Then, being brought
to the forum by the tribune of the soldiers and the rulers that had
charge of the city, they were examined in the presence of the whole
crowd. Having confessed, they were shut up in prison until the arrival
of the governor.
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