What does this graphic picture say to you, my dear brother and sister?
John Huss was burned at the stake because he refused to remain silent and renounce his opposition to the errors and corruption of the Roman Catholic Church of his day. Preaching the "positive gospel," never-condemn-anything teaching has never made a martyr!
Look at stanza two of the song, Faith of Our Fathers.
Our fathers, chained in prisons dark,
Were still in heart and conscious free;
How sweet would their children's fate,
If they, like them, could die for thee!
Can you sing the above and really mean it? Martyrs, nor faithful saints, are not made of those who never raise tongue or pen in opposition to the powers of darkness in their day. Where are the martyrs of today?
Revelation 6:9: "And when He broke the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God, and because of the testimony which they had maintained; and they cried with a loud Voice, saying,"How long, 0 Lord, holy and true, wilt Thou refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?" And there was given to each of them a white robe; and they were told that they should rest for a little while longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brethren who were to be killed even as they had been, should be completed also."
II Timothy 3:12: "And indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.
Matt. 5:10-12: "Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when men revile you, and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely, on account of me. Rejoice, and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you."