[Papercut Press Publishing] 1997-11-24 - Faith of a Different Sort

Fight the good fight of faith.. 1 Timothy 6:12

352 years ago today, on November 24, 1645, there was a skirmish. It was of a military nature. Sir Henry Fred had established a garrison at Glousester loyal to the Parliament. The kings forces were at Farringdom, and being enraged that the enemy was so close a neighbor, they came with a party loyal to the king. It comprised 30 horse. The captain of the garrison, Capt. Morgan, dispatched 60 Musketeers, and slew two of the horsemen and shot the Captain of the horsemen in the thigh. The party of horse fled, but resolved to return. That evening, Major Duet returned with 100 footmen and 120 horsemen. Captain Morgan saw the ambush coming and once again dispatched the Musketeers. And so the battle was set, and poor Major Duet was mortally wounded. The kings army was routed, the parliament killed another Captain, 20 footmen, took 30 prisoners, (five of which were the kings Life-guard), took 40 horses, and 60 fire-arms. The Musketeers returned to their garrison with only three wounded, and none of the wounds being mortal. A true rout for the parliament.

So why were they fighting? They were fighting for religious convictions. What?!?! The thought is almost absurd today. You mean they had a faith they were willing to die for? Yes, this civil war in England was one that was fought over faith. These were people of conviction. They had a faith that was more important than their lives. And what I have in mind here is not which side of the Musket each person was on, but rather the conviction that each person, either side, must have had. It seems that this is a faith that is rare today. Were evangelicals, today, called to give up their faith or lose their lives, I doubt not that some would hold to Christ valiantly, but of the majority I fear. So on this anniversary of the battle of Glousester, the question is posed, “Is your faith like that of these men 352 years ago, is it worth dying for?” Many a preacher has said that a faith that is not worth dying for is not worth living for.

“A belief is what you hold; a conviction is what holds you.” Anonymous

“Convictions are the root on which the tree of vital Christianity grows.” Benjamin B  Warfield

“All is carried by conviction.” Jonathan Edwards

Soli Deo Gloria,
Tim