All the true understanding of God comes by the preaching of the one true gospel. And the one true gospel is the Mashiach, Yeshua of “Nazareth”, died for our sins according to the Old Testament, He was buried and He rose again the third day according to the Old Testament.
Below is a small part of the legacy of those who call themselves Christians. “In Antioch they were first called followers of the Mashiach”. May God call us a follower of Yeshua the Mashiach.
The Byzantine Emperor Justinian (r. 527-565) ordered death by fire, division of his estate, and confiscation of all possessions by the State to be the punishment for heresy against the Christian faith in his Codex Iustiniani(CJ 1.5.), ratifying the decrees of his predecessors the Emperors Arcadius and Flavius Augustus Honorius.
In 1184, the Roman Catholic Synod of Verona legislated that burning was to be the official punishment for heresy, as Church policy was against the spilling of blood. This decree was later reaffirmed by the Fourth Council of the Lateran in 1215, the Synod of Toulouse in 1229, and numerous spiritual and secular leaders through the 17th century.
Civil authorities burnt persons judged to be heretics under the medieval Inquisition, including Giordano Bruno. Burning was also used by Protestants during the witch-hunts of Europe.
Among the best-known individuals to be executed by burning were Jacques de Molay (1314), Jan Hus (1415), Joan of Arc (May 30, 1431), Savonarola (1498) Patrick Hamilton (1528), William Tyndale (1536), Michael Servetus (1553), Giordano Bruno (1600) and Avvakum (1682). Anglican martyrs Hugh Latimer and Nicholas Ridley (both in 1555) and Thomas Cranmer (1556) were also burnt at the stake.
In Denmark the burning of witches increased following the reformation of 1536. Especially Christian IV of Denmark encouraged this practice, which eventually resulted in hundreds of people burnt because of convictions of witchcraft. This special interest of the king also resulted in the North Berwick witch trials with caused over seventy people to be accused of witchcraft in Scotland on account of bad weather when James I of England, who shared the Danish kings interest in witch trials, in 1590 sailed to Denmark to meet his betrothed Anne of Denmark.
Edward Wightman, a Baptist from Burton on Trent, was the last person to be burnt at the stake for heresy in England in the market square of Lichfield, Staffordshire on April 11, 1612.
Read about the killing of Joan of Arc. A 19 year old girl burned at the stake as an heretic by the Roman Catholic “church”. And then for political reasons several years after her death the sentence is recanted by the same “church” who executed her, and then 500 years later is made a saint of the same “church”. I cannot tell you if the true grace of God was present in her life (we only have the writings of others), but in the true grace of God you will not find the murder of people! Quite the contrary in the true grace of God you will find the murder of the children of grace. Thisis according to the purpose of God in the Mashiach. In the true grace of God in reguards to a heretic or any person, you will not find the taking of life, but you will find the weeping of tears of the Spirit. The same as Joan of Arc, there was Calvin consenting to Servetus’ death. How many who call themselves Christians have had hate in their hearts, which is murder.
And in the New World:
Despite being generally known as the “Salem” witch trials, the preliminary hearings in 1692 were conducted in a variety of towns across the province: Salem Village, Ipswich, Andover and Salem Town. The best-known trials were conducted by the Court of Oyer and Terminer in 1692 in Salem Town. Over 150 people were arrested and imprisoned, with even more accused but not formally pursued by the authorities. At least five more of the accused died in prison. All twenty-six who went to trial before this court were convicted. The four sessions of the Superior Court of Judicature in 1693, held in Salem Village, but also in Ipswich, Boston and Charlestown, produced only three convictions in the thirty-one witchcraft trials it conducted. The two courts convicted twenty-nine people of the capital felony of witchcraft. Nineteen of the accused, fourteen women and five men, were hanged. One man (Giles Corey) who refused to enter a plea was crushed to death under heavy stones in an attempt to force him to do so.
Men and women killed in the name of Christ. All that can be said ” We have sinned greatly against the Lord”. And we make our boast as having the greater light of the gospel (they know not the gospel), and we sin as those who have no light, and worse. But I tell you in every generation God has a people, the children of grace, who do not have murder in their heart, but love. “The gates of sheol (the grave) shall not prevail against the assembly of the living God in every generation.”