But of those who resisted the encroachments of the papal power, the Waldenses stood foremost.
Among the leading causes that had led to the separation of the true church from Rome was the hatred of the latter toward the Bible Sabbath.
But this did not satisfy the papal leaders. They demanded not only that Sunday be hallowed, but that the Sabbath be profaned; and they denounced in the strongest language those who dared to show it honor. It was only by fleeing from the power of Rome that any could obey God's law in peace.¹