Anabaptists

Living 450 years ago, and called Anabaptists by their enemies because they insisted only believers could be truly baptized, these people typified the “Radical Reformation” which questioned literally every human tradition that had propped up the state church for a millennium and a half. Refusing to defend themselves with political or military power, this people’s influence spread even under persecution and foreign occupation. Perhaps one-tenth of the inhabitants of the Low Countries (now Holland and Belgium) came to believe as the Anabaptists did, despite mass tortures and executions under the Inquisition of their Spanish rulers. (Martyrs Mirror, Thieleman J. van Braght, Introduction)

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  1. John says:

    The Anabaptist church/movement was organized by six members on April 6th 1525, the same day as both the 1320 Declaration of Arbroath and the 1830 Restoration. Also, the Whitmer family, who represented a full 1/2 of the 12 witnesses to the golden plates (including Mary), likely traces back to Anabaptists from Witmar-sum in Europe, the epicenter from where Menno Simons began preaching contemporary with Martin Luther. I believe that Anabaptists were the true reformation, a reality swept under the carpet by political opportunists.

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