Maximilian, the son of a Roman soldier in present-day Algeria, was required to join the army at the age of twenty-one.
Before the court of the Roman proconsul Dion, Maximilian testified, “I cannot enlist for I am a Christian. I cannot serve, I cannot do evil.” He was a soldier for Christ which meant he could not fight the wars of man. He insisted that we can die for Christ, but we cannot kill for him.
Because of his refusal he was beheaded.
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