(Pic) Dietrich Bonhoeffer
with his students (1939)

Who were the Anabaptist?

To conclude our history of the church it is very important to take a moment to review the group called Anabaptists. As mentioned earlier, the Anabaptist were simply devout followers of Christ who were giving the name "Anabaptist" which meant re-baptizer (which was illegal for much of church history since only the official church supposedly had the right to do so). They were Lollards in many ways just like those of Wycliffe's days or with such groups as the Waldensians before them and much of what they were condemned for (and killed by both Protestant as well as Roman Catholics) has since been fully endorsed as biblical and right in-line with the New Testament. Practices such as believer's baptism (not infant), the symbolism of communion, seperation from the secular state and war as well as the priesthood of all believers. Today's offshoots would be the Amish, Mennonites, Hutterites and Brethren. This short documentary like the Lollard one is important in seeing just how we too may one day be persecuted for our faith and will have to seperate from the secular authorities in the same manner as Abraham had nothing to do with Sodom or Gomora.

*Again - the purpose of this site and course is NOT to say one should be this group or not this group, etc. but instead just to follow and glorify Christ and live in His fellowship, light and truth. *But the reason I bring up the Anabaptist or the Church of Christ model for example is simply because we live in a day and age where the church is luke-warm (the very think Christ warns us against in Revelation) and we are so linked to materialism that we become compromising Christians; what Dietrich Bonhoeffer famously referred to as "cheap grace" Christians. These nominal Christians will give up and submit as soon as it is politically correct to do so or interpret the Bible in anyway they or the age they live in sees fit. For these reasons I am simply stating that there is a case to be made for groups like the Anabaptists (Mennonites, Amish, Hutterites, Brethren, etc) in the fact that they literally LIVE IN THE FAITH OF CHRIST everyday. Their education, their economy, food, family/friends are all linked together through Christ and He is the one they trust in through all of these things - not the media, 401k, governmental help, 10 televisons in their house, etc. etc. For these reasons they like the persecuted church are the church of Acts/Christ and should be considered as a lively option for all of us. Just food for thought.

The entire video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOkpYVi6zHw&list=PLB5F1E688954E6A5A

Homeschool sources: http://www.clp.org/christian_light_education

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