Alexander Peden was a Scottish covenanter and preacher in the 1600’s. He was and still is a great example of Christian faith. Read on!
An incident in the life of Alexander Peden
One day, while he was walking on the rock*, some soldiers passing by him, one of them cried, “The devil take him!” He replied, “Fie, fie, poor man! Thou knowest not what thou art saying; but thou wilt repent that.” At which words, the soldier stood astonished, and went to the guard distracted, crying aloud for Mr. Peden, saying the devil would take him. Peden came and spoke to him, and prayed with him. The next morning, again visiting him, he found him in his right mind, under deep convictions of great guilt. The guards being changed, they desired him to go to his arms; he refused and said, “I will lift no arms against Jesus Christ’s cause, nor persecute His people; I have done that too long.” About three days after he was put out of the garrison by the governor, who sent him ashore. Having a wife and children, he took a house in East Lothian, where he became an eminent Christian.
* The Bass Rock, a prison for Covenanting Christians.