“Eighty-six years have I have served him, and he has done me no wrong. How can I blaspheme my King and my Savior?”
-declared the aged Polycarp, a disciple of the Apostle John, as he stood in 155 AD before the Roman judge who ordered him to deny his faith or be killed.
The church had been born into a one-world anti-christian government — the Roman Empire, and experienced three centuries of severe government persecutions.
One of the notable church leaders who was persecuted in the late 3rd century was St. Nicholas. To learn more go to ->