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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Saturday, February 28

870
The Fourth Constantinople Council closed, under Pope Adrian II in the West and Emperor Basil I in the East. The council had condemned iconoclasm, and became the last ecumenical council held in the Eastern Mediterranean area.
1546
George Wishart, a Scottish reformer, is arrested by Roman Catholic authorities, and will be burned to death as a heretic the next day by order of Cardinal David Beaton.
1638
Scotland's national covenant is signed at Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh, giving rise to the Covenanter movement among Scottish Presbyterians, insisting that Christ, not the king of England, is head of the church. Eighteen thousand will be martyred for this belief.
1751
Death of Kyranna of Thessalonica, a beautiful Christian woman, after seven days of torture, having refused to convert to Islam and marry an Islamic suitor.
1763
Date on which God's judgment would end the world, according to George Bell. Bell had been a Methodist until Wesley expelled him because of his (Bell's) extravagant claims.
1784
English churchman John Wesley, 80, formally chartered the movement within Anglicanism which afterward came to be known as Wesleyan Methodism.
1873
The Society of Mary, founded in 1816, was officially recognized by Pope Pius IX. This religious order seeks to combine the work of education with foreign missions.
1944
Nazi soldiers arrest Corrie Ten Boom and her family in Harlaam for harboring Jews. Her father and a sister will die in concentration camps, but Corrie will be released because of a clerical error and become an international speaker for Christianity, author of The Hiding Place, and subject of a movie by the same name.
1994
Joel Gamonal gives his life to Christ in Peru two weeks after hearing a sermon on Proverbs 6, "These six things the Lord hates." The sermon had left him miserable. He will become a church planter with Heart Cry mission.
2007
Members of the violent Hindu group Bajrang Dal attack The Gospel for Asia Bible School in Kutabaga, India, hospitalizing five Christians.

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