The Saints did continue to suffer much persecution, some did apostatize, others did die of exposure, disease and privation.
But his wife and one of his daughters refused to apostatize with him.
God grant that under like persecution I do not apostatize more deeply.
The upshot was that he advised Nathan not to apostatize too suddenly.
He then returned to Cologne, where he again met Bucer and Melanchthon, who were endeavoring to induce the bishop to apostatize.
This was an eye-sore to the law-church, who deemed the very existence of these men, who refused to apostatize, a libel on her.
He was immediately cast into prison, and alternate threats and promises were employed to induce him to apostatize.
This was an eye-sore to the Law-Church, who deemed the very existence of these men who had refused to apostatize, a libel on her.
In former times, the Christians who refused to apostatize were summarily consigned to execution.
Thus the import of the question is: Is it natural to apostatize and never to repent of it?