Excerpt from History of the School of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church: In the City of New York, From 1633 to the Present Time
We can here-only make a brief reference to the._church of Holland. N o where was the struggle 'for the principles of the Reformation so severe and (we may say) so crushing. Charles V., who' held 'the.crown of Spain, and the. Patri monial inheritance of the Netherlands, was elected Emperor of Germany. He found it his policyto treat the Protestant princes, and the professors of the Protestant faith there, With comparative indulgence; while in the Netherlands, heredita rily devolving upon him, he introduced his Spanish armies and the Inquisition. The page of history is replete with the account of the severity and extent of the religious persecu tions by Spanish and Papal power. Thousands upon thou sands lost their lives, while many more ﬂed for refuge to other parts. But then the Word of the. Lord took deep root. The first religious societies of the Reformed faith called themselves De Kerhen van Christus. Antler het Kruys.
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