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Episode 9- The Albigensian Massacre

Adam Ramdin
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Pope Innocent III was anything but innocent. During his reign, numerous groups were persecuted at the start of the 13th century, in particular the Albigensian's. Over a 20 year period he attempted to wipe out this faithful, Bible believing people in Southern France. 

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Adam Ramdin

Youth Director for the North England Conference of SDA

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  • March 15, 2017
    12:00 PM
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The one then Z. is live on the a tally inside of the out a group with similar fate lived on the front side stretching across southern France from the out in the east to the Pyrenees in the west they had the Bible in their own language and they were a freedom loving industrious and prosperous people they were known as the Alba Jency And unlike other groups scattered around Europe they remained true to God's word and resisted attempts to come under the banner of Rome some historians note that had this movement been allowed to grow in did that the reformation would have started in the century and not the sixty's and the base of it would have been in Southern friends and not Germany. In the early thirteenth century Pope Innocent the was raining though he was anything but innocent he surveyed the landscape of Europe at the time and determined that these groups however small needed to be exterminated in order to preserve the church he issued an edict that authorized the killing of all such believers. A crusade was launched that became immensely popular with the worry is from Northern France they no longer have to travel all the way to Palestine but right here in their own country they could attain all the same benefits they were told that by killing they would wash away their sins that they were entitled to the property of those whom they killed and that when they died they would immediately go. Heaven all of this was promised in return for just forty days of service one can only imagine the type of people who made up the armies that came down here to southern France year after year twelve o nine to twelve twenty nine twenty years this crusade with waged against the Albert Jenkins by Pope Innocent the. During the first season the Crusaders attack and conquered the city of Toulouse they then made their way south in July of twelve zero nine to the city of barriers as the forces were gathering around the city in large numbers the men made a rush to attack them before they had a chance to fortify the camp it was in vain though and the assault was repelled as they hurried back to the city the Crusaders mingled with the citizens and made their way into the city before they had a chance to close the gates there was not a problem what would they do there were Catholic Crusaders in the City alongside the Alba Jensen's upon consulting the papal League the reply was given they'll all kill all the law will know his own. History records the blood flowed like water as everyone in the city was brutally murdered no one was spared even those who stored refuge in the church will cut down the population of the city at the time with around fifteen thousand but on that fateful day historians estimate that around sixty thousand people were here as people from the neighboring villages and towns had come here seeking refuge after the killing before they left they set fire to the city burning everything to the ground one house was left standing. One person was left alive but the towns and cities in the area would full as well suffering the same gruesome fate. Even though they were not a race of people but rather a group who shared the same faith the destruction and systematic killing has been compared in some circles to genocide the prestige of the papacy suffered greatly during this time as news of the slaughter spread throughout Europe the average unseals were not totally wiped out though and small pockets of them did remain over the centuries. Perhaps most tragic was how the propagators linked divine salvation with murder a dangerous combination vend and still today we should never allow religious extremism to take away freedom of worship we must never impose our beliefs on others nor allow others to impose their beliefs on us no matter how true one thinks they are no one has the right to force their beliefs on anyone else one thing that God has given to us is the freedom of choice the freedom to love God in return for the love that he has given to us may we be gracious in how we share our faith and I will believe giving the people the room to make their own decisions as they are led individually. Right.

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