Walled In – Jesus Freaks

Posted: February 2, 2011 in harlot church, Jesus
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Wrunken, Reneses, Flanders, 1500’s

“I found one!”

The Inquisitor held up the forbidden book as he called to his assistant. “Bring in the mayor and his family. Someone is studying the Bible in this house!” In the 16th century, Philip II sent the Duke of Alba to Flanders to stamp out the Protestants who insisted on reading the Scriptures in their own language. Anyone found studying the Bible was hanged, drowned, torn to pieces, or burned alive at the stake. The Inquisitors had found a Bible while inspecting the house of Mayor Brugge. One by one, family members were questioned, but everyone claimed they knew nothing about how the Bible got to their house. Finally the officials asked the young maid-servant, Wrunken, who boldly declared, “I am reading it!”

 The mayor, knowing the penalty for studying the Bible, tried to defend her, saying, “Oh, no, she only owns it. She doesn’t ever read from it.” But Wrunken chose not to be defended by a lie. “This book is mine. I am reading from it, and it is more precious to me than anything!” She was sentences to die by suffocation. A place would be hollowed in the city wall, she would be tied in it, and the opening would be bricked over. On the day of the execution, as she stood by the wall, an official tried to get her to change her mind, saying, “So young and beautiful – and yet to die.”

 Wrunken replied, “My Savior died for me. I will also die for Him.” As the bricks were laid higher and higher, she was warned again, “You will suffocate and die in here!” “I will be with Jesus,” she answered. Finally, the wall was finished, except for the one brick that would cover her face. For the last time, the official tried to persuade her. “Repent – just say the word and you will go free.” But Wrunken refused, saying instead, “Oh Lord, forgive my murderers.” The brick was put in place. Many years later, her bones were removes from the wall and buried in the cemetery of Brugge.

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Comments
  1. fleebabylon says:

    “This book is mine. I am reading from it, and it is more precious to me than anything!”

    “So young and beautiful – and yet to die.”

    “Repent – just say the word and you will go free.”

    “I will be with Jesus,”

  2. Mark D Ketchum says:

    Thankfully the Lord gives us the trials that we can handle. I don’t know if I could have handled what she went through and kept strong for the Lord. Praise God for her testimony.

    • Sean Scott says:

      “Thankfully the Lord gives us the trials that we can handle. I don’t know if I could have handled what she went through and kept strong for the Lord. Praise God for her testimony.”

      Hi Ketch, If the Lord gives you the trial then you can handle it in Christ. Many people have been given trials like this lady and failed. They failed not because God gave them more than they could handle but because they failed to trust God.

  3. Loretta says:

    I remember reading this story. This book and also Foxe’s Book of Martyrs are dear to me. Most of the martyrdoms of true saints were carried off by the leaders of the religious institutions. And it shall be so, again.

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