The Wrath of the King - A Destiny Book Author:Walter C. Utt The story of the Huguenots reads like a continuation of Hebrews, chapter 11. These devout Pretestants conbined faith and works in herioc proportions. They were famed for both their religious zeal and their diligence in business. In the severe persecutions to which they were subjectedome abandoned their repigion to sace their lives and property. ... more »But other thousands died or rotted in dungeons or galleys "that they might obtain a better resurrection." Many escaped to the Low Countries, England, and America, leaving their homeland the poorer for their exit.
The Huguenots loved the Scriptures, and liberally sprinkled their daily conversation with Biblical allusions. They studied the book of Revelation and knew themselves to be a people of prophecy. Thye referred, for example, to their beloved country, in its apostate condition, as "spiritual Egypt." (Revelation 11:8) The state church they often called "the Scarlet Woman." (Revelation 17:4) Their rural environment in southern France they denominated the "wilderness" or "desert" to which the virtuous woman fled. (Revelation 12:14-17)
The author of this volume, a devoted Francophole, has immersed himself in books on French history for 30 years. He has traveled in France and done research in the Huguenot library in Paris. He has delved into the quarterly "Bulletin de la Societe de l'Histoire du Protstantisme Francais" from its 1896 issues onward. For additional background material he has used such sources as "The Huguenots and the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes", by Baird; "History of the Edict of Nantes", by Benoit; "Torments of French Protestant Slaves", by Arber; and some seventy other volumes. He is conversant with French lore and cutoms, especially those of the Huguenots--their cities and streets, their churches and manner of worship, their homes and family life, their kings and clergymen, their sufferings and hardships, their journeys and escapes.
As students in his college history classes have often testified, the author is unusually gifted in the art of making history come alive. In this volume, rather than exposing the dry bones of historical names and dates before a jaded and possibly somnolent reader, the author has clothed with flesh the skeleton of fact as he weaves the narrative of a typical Huguenot family and of an army officer forced to choose between allegiance to his king and loyalty to his God. The incidents related are true ones, substantiate by existing historical records.
The issues the Huguenots faced are those which Christ's followers in other times and places have had to meet: Can Christians outwardly observe the commands of an idolatrous ruler, while in mind and conscience they cling to their faith? When persecuted, should Christians defend themselves if they are able, meeting vioulence with violence? When is it the part of wisdom to flee the persecutor, and when is it cowardice?
Someday we as individual Christians may have to answer the greatest question of all: Am I willing to surrended possessions, even life itself, to obey God rather than men? May the reader be better enabled rightly to answer this great question, as he ore thoroughly acquaints himself with the inspiring epic of the Huguenots.