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Monday, May 19, 2008

About The Name


The year was 1672.

The protestant Netherlands had been invaded by the vastly superior army of the Catholic king of France, Louis XIV. After many calamitous defeats, the Holland turned to Prince William of Orange for help. On July 11, the French camp raised a flag of truce. After agreeing to the truce, Prince William rode to meet the envoy. In charge of negotiations on the French side was the Stuart crony, the Duke of Buckingham. After promising the protestant prince wealth if he capitulated, he said wonderingly ,"Don't you see that your country is lost?" William replied: "It is indeed in great danger, but there is a sure way never to see my country lost, and that is to die in the last ditch!"
The last ditch refers to the ditches that run along the base of the dikes in the
Netherlands. William of Orange was saying that he would break the dikes and die, drowning the country with water rather than submit to the tyrannical rule of the Roman Catholic King of France. Through the providence of God, "the tide turned" and William of Orange defeated the French in two campaigns, preserving Calvinism in the Netherlands for all time. He would continue on to bring religious liberty to England during the Glorious Revolution.



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3 Comments:

Blogger Gravelbelly said...

I like your blog, Stephen. Keep it up. You may be interested in a post I wrote awhile back:

http://warskyl.blogspot.com/2007/11/thanksgiving-hymn.html

You seem to be a knowledgeable young man. Are the Alabama public schools that far ahead of the rest of the nation? Or do you owe your education to another vector?

May 21, 2008 at 10:11 AM  
Blogger Stephen Boyd said...

Very interesting article! The Netherlands have had a great impact on our reformed heritage.

My education I owe, first to God, to my parents, the good books I have read, and great men and women of the past.

May 21, 2008 at 11:57 AM  
Blogger R said...

Interesting aticle. My family attends a variant of the Netherlands Reformed Church, the Heritage Reformed Church. Almost everyone except for us is of Dutch decent.

RG

August 14, 2009 at 8:14 PM  

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