Wagner, Georg (d. 1527)
Georg Wagner, one of the strong men of faith of the Reformation era, a martyr who is claimed by both the Lutherans and the Anabaptists. The Hutterite Chronik devotes two pages to his martyrdom (pp. 69-71). He stemmed, according to the account in the Hutterite chronicle, from Emering in Bayerland (Bavaria?). The date of his birth is unknown. He was seized in Munich, and was severely tortured in the Falkenturm. He persisted in four articles of faith: (1) the priests cannot forgive sin; (2) God or Christ is not bodily in the bread; (3) a human being cannot bring God from heaven; and (4) the water of baptism does not save. The greatest efforts were made to convert him. "Even the prince had pity upon him and is said to have most urgently admonished him and offered him a prebendary for his lifetime if he would recant." When the sad fate of his wife and child was presented to him, he said the two were so dear to him that he would not give them up for all of Bavaria; nevertheless for the sake of the Lord and God he would give them up. Nor was his wife able to persuade him. He died on 8 February 1527. He was not Anabaptist.
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