On this date, February 24, 303 the emperor Diocletian decreed that all Christians where forbidden to meet for worship. Later he decided that wasn’t enough. He also decreed that all Christian teachers be imprisoned, tortured and killed. Historians write that he later issued a third decree making Christians sacrifice to gods, or suffer and die.

Though they faced certain persecution, devout Christians refused to worship and offer sacrifices to pagan gods. Some were crucified, some had their skin scraped off and others had their limbs ripped off. In the midst of this persecution, Christianity still grew like wildfire.

Christianity grew during times of persecution

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