Stephen, one of the chosen Deacons of the first church, was its first martyr. He was framed by a formidable bunch known as the Synagogue of Freedmen whose passion for the Jewish tradition blinded them to the good news of Jesus Christ and prompted them to use the rhetorical weapon of half-truths to justify the killing of Stephen. It is clear from reading this passage in Acts 6-7, that Stephen’s reliance on God gave him the upper hand even though the battle resulted in his death