Download PDF by Harold S. Bender: Anabaptist Vision

By Harold S. Bender

ISBN-10: 058521946X

ISBN-13: 9780585219462

ISBN-10: 0836113055

ISBN-13: 9780836113051

"Judged by means of the reception it met by the hands of these in strength, either in Church and kingdom, both in Roman Catholic and in Protestant international locations, the Anabaptist circulation was once some of the most tragic within the heritage of Christianity; yet, judged through the rules, that have been positioned into play by means of the lads who bore this reproachful nickname, it needs to be mentioned some of the most momentous and critical undertakings in man’s eventful non secular fight after the reality. It accumulated up the earnings of past pursuits, it's the religious soil out of which all nonconformist sects have sprung, and it's the first simple declaration in glossy historical past of a programme for a brand new kind of Christian society which the trendy international, in particular in the US and England, has been slowly realizing—an totally unfastened and self sustaining spiritual society, and a nation within which each guy counts as a guy, and has his proportion in shaping either Church and State." those phrases of Rufus M. Jones represent the best characterizations of Anabaptism and its contribution to our smooth Christian tradition to be present in the English language.

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This Anabaptist critique of the Reformation was a sharp one, but it was not unfair. There is abundant evidence that although the original goal sought by Luther and Zwingli was "an earnest Christianity" for all, the actual outcome was far less, for the level of Christian living among the Protestant population was frequently lower than it had been before under Catholicism. Luther himself was keenly conscious of the deficiency. " 21 In December 1525 he had an important conversation with Caspar Schwenckfeld, concerning the establishment of the New Testament church.

They would die the bitterest death, yea, they would die ten deaths rather than forsake the divine truth which they had espoused. . They had drunk of the waters which had flowed from God's sanctuary, yea, the water of life. They realized that God helped them to bear the cross and to overcome the bitterness of death. The fire of God burned within them. Their tent they had pitched not here upon earth, but in eternity, and of their faith they had a foundation and assurance. Their faith blossomed as a lily, their loyalty as a rose, their piety and sincerity as the flower of the garden of God.

It is an error that in the church any sword other than that of Page 5 the divine Word should be used. The secular kingdom should be separated from the church, and no secular ruler should exercise authority in the church. The Lord has commanded simply to preach the Gospel, not to compel anyone by force to accept it. The true church of Christ has the characteristic that it suffers and endures persecution but does not inflict persecution upon anyone. 4 Bullinger reports these ideas, not in commendation but in condemnation urging the need of rigid suppression.

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