Dutch Anabaptists Persecuted
Why our Founders in America Insisted on a Bill of Rights
On April 3rd 1575, a small congregation of Dutch Anabaptists convened in a private house outside the city of London. While they were at worship, a constable interrupted the service and took twenty-five people before a magistrate, who committed them to prison. They remained there for two days when, upon posting bond, they were released on giving promise to appear before the court when summoned.
Information was given to the Queen (Elizabeth I0, and a Royal Commission was issued to Sandys, Bishop of London, and some others to interrogate the parties and proceed accordingly. The Anabaptists appeared before the commissioners, where their confession of faith was rejected, and they were required to subscribe to four articles that condemned their own principles. Of course, these involved pedobaptism.
These staunch believers refused to subscribe to the articles presented to them.
Sandys said “that [their] misdeeds therein were so great that [they] could not enjoy the favour of God. . . . He then said to [them] all, that [they] should be imprisoned in the Marshalsea.” The Prison was later called the “Queen’s Bench.”
Dr. Dale R. Hart: Adapted from: This Day in Baptist History Vol. I: Cummins Thompson /, pp. 136-37.