The Martyrs of Jesus: The Waldenses -- Some moral precepts
left by the Waldenses to the churches

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Although many martyrs have been slaughtered and their belongings pillaged and razed by agents of the Roman Catholic "Church", some of the martyrs' beliefs are still extant. The subject holy precepts of the Waldenses have been excerpted from--

The Bloody Theatre
Martyrs Mirror
of the
Defenseless Christians
Who Baptized Only Upon Confession of Faith, and Who Suffered
and Died for the Testimony of Jesus, Their Saviour, From
the Time of Christ to the Year A.D. 1660

Compiled from various authentic chronicles, memorials, and
testimonies by
Thieleman J. van Braght
Translated from the original Dutch or Holland language from the edition of 1660
by Joseph F. Sohm
[Our note: This book is commonly known as The Martyrs Mirror.]

(Martyrs Mirror, pp. 287-288)

We turn again to to Jean Paul Perrin, whose testimony regarding matters of faith of the Waldenses has, from of old, been very highly esteemed. Among other things, he gives an account of the precepts which they left for the building up of a virtuous life; in regard to which, the following is designed to promote a virtuous and God-fearing deportment towards those that are without. In the History of the Waldenses and Albigenses, 3d part, 1st book, 10th chapter, page 153, we read literally, in the Waldensian and in the English [Dutch, the original] tongue as follows:

En qual modo le oble se de aver a aquilli guae son de fora?

"How shall our intercourse be with those that are without?"

  1. Non amar lo mond.
    We must not love the world.

  2. Fugir la mala consortia.
    We must shun evil company.

  3. Si es possible aver paz cum fuit.
    We must, if possible, live in peace with all men.

  4. Non contendre en judici.
    We must not go to law.

  5. Non veniar si meseine.
    We must not avenge ourselves.

  6. Amar li ennemic.
    We must love our enemies.

  7. Voler sustenir trabails, calomnias, menasas, reprovance, vergognas, eriurias, &totas generations de tormens per la verita.
    We must willingly bear labor, calumny, threats, rejection, shame, injuries, and all kinds of torment, for the truth's sake.

  8. Possessir las armas in patientia.
    We must possess our souls in patience.

  9. Non amenar joug cum li non fidel.
    We must not be yoked together with unbelievers.

  10. Non communicar a las malas obras, & totalment a las, savent idolatria, & del servici sentent zo meseine, & enaimi de las autes.
    We must have no fellowship with evil works, especially with such as savor of idolatry, and all services which tend in that direction; and thus we are to judge of all matters.

In said tenth chapter some further rules of these people are found, which have reference to the believers themselves, how they must well govern their own lives and bodies. They read as follows.

Encar en qual maniera li fidel debian regir li lor corps.

"Also, how believers are to govern their own bodies, or themselves."

  1. Non servir a li desirier mortal de la carn.
    They shall not serve the deadly lusts of the flesh.

  2. Gardar li lor membres quilli non sian armas d'iniquitas.
    They shall keep their members that they do not become instruments of wickedness.

  3. Regir li lor sentiment.
    They shall govern well their thoughts.

  4. Sot mettre la corps a l'espirit.
    The shall keep the body in subjection to the spirit.

  5. Mortificar li membres
    They shall mortify their members.

  6. Fugir la ocioseta.
    They shall shun idleness.

  7. Gardar sobrieta &mesura en maniar & beavre, &en parolas & en las curas del mond.
    They shall observe temperance and sobriety in eating and drinking, as well as in their words, and in the cares of this world.

  8. Far obras de miseridia.
    They shall practice works of mercy.

  9. Viore per fe, & per vita moral.
    They shall live in faith and morality.

  10. Combatre contra li desirier.
    They shall fight against lusts.

  11. Mortificar las obras de la carn.
    They shall mortify the works of the flesh.

  12. Istar en temp debit a la Religion.
    They shall, at the proper time, attend divine worship.

  13. Ensemp recordar la divina volunta.
    They shall speak to one another of the will of God.

  14. Examinar diligentament la conscientia.
    They shall diligently examine their consciences.

  15. Mundar & esmendar, & pacificar l' espirit.
    They shall purify, improve, and compose the spirit or mind.

These and like precepts the Waldenses presented to their fellow believers, that they might know how to lead a virtuous and pious life, with regard to God, as well as to their neighbor, and to themselves.

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Hebrews 11:35 . . . and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance;

that they might obtain a better resurrection:

36 And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings,

yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:

37 They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword:

they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;

38 (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts,

and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.