The Testimony of Maeyken Boosers

Maeyken Boosers was an Anabaptist[1]. She was imprisoned for her faith in the city of Doornick in the year 1564. From the letters she wrote from prison we know she was a loving mother and daughter and that she loved her brothers and sisters in Christ and sought to encourage them in the faith in spite of her trial.

 

The following is taken from a letter she wrote to her mother and father from prison. She is describing the interrogations she was receiving from the authorities.

 

They [her interrogators] then asked whether Christ was not of Mary’s flesh. I said that Mary had conceived him of the Holy Ghost, even as the angel said to her. “The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.” Luke 1:35. They asked once more whether he did not assume flesh from her, since He has not brought it from above. I replied that I believed the testimony of John, where he says: “The Word became flesh, and dwelt among us.” John 1:14. They asked whether I did not believe that He is Mary’s son according the flesh, and the Son of God according to the spirit. I replied that he was God’s own begotten and only begotten Son, without beginning of days, nor end of life, and was now at the last born of Mary, through the power of the Holy Ghost. Heb 7:3. Hence he is not of the earth, earthy, like Adam, nor will he return to earth [dust]; for He is the Lord from heaven. I Cor 15:47. Now if He had flesh of our flesh, He would have to see corruption, for God said: “Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return;” but this was not spoken of Adam alone, but of all his descendents. Gen 3:19.

Martyrs Mirror[2]

 

Maeyken Boosers was burnt to ashes for the testimony of Jesus Christ, in the city of Doornick, the 18th of September, A.D. 1564.

 

Maeyken believed that Christ came from God alone, the Word of God made flesh. Her belief is clearly different than that of the religious authorities who interrogated her. Maeyken believed that Jesus was simply the Son of God; born of the Holy Ghost, not of this earth in any way, the Lord from heaven. The religious authorities believed that Jesus was Mary’s son according the flesh, and the Son of God according to the Spirit.

 

The belief the authorities held has persisted through the centuries and many Catholics and Protestants still hold this belief today. Maeyken believed as I do[3], that Christ came from heaven in the flesh. The purpose of this booklet is to explain why Maeyken held to this belief more dearly than life itself and to help you understand why Christians should be the same way today.

 

I once heard that when we study the Bible we should just “let the scriptures speak.” That’s what I’ll attempt to do in this blog. Take scriptures that speak of the Son of God and simply let them speak..

[1] The word Anabaptist means to baptize again. In 16th century Europe this name was applied generically to any group that baptized believers upon profession of faith in Christ. They were considered to be baptizing again because most of those living in Europe at the time were baptized as infants.

  

[1] van Braght, T.J., pp. 667-668, The Bloody Theater or Martyrs Mirror of the Defenseless Christians, 5th edition, 1950. Scottdale, Pennsylvania, Waterloo, Ontario: Herald Press. (Original work published 1660, translated by Sohm, J.F. 1886)

 
 
 
 

 

[3] Maeyken was not alone in this belief. Menno Simons, Dirk Philips and other Anabaptist leaders wrote of their belief that Jesus’ flesh came from above. They not only held this believe, they were known and persecuted for it. Thieleman J. van Braught’s Martyrs Mirror of the Defenseless Christians contains numerous testimonies from Anabaptists who held fast to this testimony in spite of severe persecution and death. These testimonies are listed in the appendix of this booklet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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