November 21 – 1705 = Emperor Franz Joseph I gives Reformed freedom of worship again in Germany
Romans 11:4 “But what is God’s reply to him? “I have kept for myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal’.”
The Simultaneum was an order issued in the Palatinate in 1698 that made every Reformed church open to house Roman Catholic worship, but the edict did not go the other way. Roman churches were still reserved for only Roman Catholic worship. 240 Reformed churches were immediately used from Roman worship under the idea of religious tolerance. This went further so that even some of the tithes and offerings given at Reformed Churches were given to the Roman Catholic churches. Resistance was no use. Soldiers often forced open churches, people were thrown in prison, and Heidelberg Catechisms were confiscated. The Reformed of the Palatinate were being persecuted into submission. Then the Lord intervened. The Emperor of Germany died and the new Emperor was Franz Joseph I. This Emperor was not Reformed, but put an end to the horrible treatement of the Reformed. On November 21, 1705, the Emperor issued an order that gave the Reformed freedom of worship and returned to them the use of their buildings and their offerings. The freedom of worship that we so often take for granted was restored, and now it serves as a reminder that while the church of God may be persecuted, it can never be destroyed.
Details found in “Germany Post Reformation” by James I. Good. pg.240-243
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