Anabaptism In The 1500s

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The Anabaptists: The third major branch of Protestantism in the 1500s was the Anabaptist movement. Historically they were quite significant. The movement began among followers and supporters of Zwingli in Zurich, Switzerland. We can trace early Anabaptist thought back to 1523 the same year Zwingli articulated his Reformed theology by his sixty-seven conclusions. The motivation for the Anabaptists was the search for purely scriptural Christianity. They took an approach similar to that of Zwingli but went much further, attempting to establish all doctrine and practice from Scripture alone. They decided to discard everything not found in the Bible. The Anabaptists desired the restoration of New Testament Christianity not only in theology but…show more content…
Their opponents gave them this label because they baptized believers who had previously been baptized as infants. They banned infant baptism and promoted baptism of believers only. It was their most visible one. According to them, infant baptism is not scriptural. According to their understanding of these doctrines, infants cannot have faith or repent, both of which are scriptural prerequisites for water baptism. The Anabaptists only baptized those who repented and confessed faith in Jesus…show more content…
They taught that baptism of believers is still necessary; it is a command for everyone to obey. The Anabaptists had baptized by immersion or pouring. They came to see immersion as the scriptural norm. The Church The Anabaptists taught that the church is composed of believers who have separated themselves from the world. Believers must hold a godly lifestyle. The church is a congregation of holy believers. To join the church, a person must repent of sin, place his faith in Jesus Christ, and begin living a new life. In this type of structure, each local congregation makes its own decisions rather than having its affairs controlled by the state or officials of a general church organization. They held that the basic form of church government should be congregational, not hierarchical. The Anabaptists were unique in holding that the local congregation should control its own affairs, determine its membership, enforce its discipline, and choose its leadership. In their understanding, the body of Christ is composed of self-governing congregations that have fellowship with one another. Freedom of the

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