CHHI 300 paper 1 - LIBERTY UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF DIVINITY Anabaptist Movement Submitted to Dr Jeffrey S Mayfield Adjunct Instructor in partial

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LIBERTY UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF DIVINITYAnabaptist MovementSubmitted to Dr Jeffrey S. Mayfield, Adjunct Instructorin partial fulfillment of the requirements for the completion ofCHHI 300-D07 Survey of the Church History of Christianity ByNathan ConnorApril 8, 2019
The Anabaptist began in 1517. From the time period of 1520-1580 a broad religious movement of the Radical Reformation was spreading across Europe by German speaking people and given the name of Anabaptist, a Greek translation of “again” and “rebaptiser”. “In its firstgeneration, converts submitted to a second baptism, which was a crime punishable by death under the legal codes of the time.”[CITATION Edi16 \l 1033 ]This group was made of many different sects, with even some estimates of up to 40 independent sects of the larger Anabaptism group. This people group referred to themselves as Brethren instead of Anabaptists. The Anabaptists people rejected the doctrines of the Roman Church claiming the doctrines were corrupt as well as the new Protestants Churches of the Reformation. Anabaptists referred to as Continental Anabaptists saw themselves as the one true Church made up of the new saints and based on the concepts of the early New Testament congregations. The leaders of this groups and its sects were called “Spirituals”. They were the ones who established the norms for the local congregations and its leadership. These leaders were seen as a threat to the local state and many times sought out for imprisonment or execution.Congregations of Anabaptists held tight to their spiritual values of the inspired Word of God and their true love for fellow man. The tenet of discipleship was elevated with their beliefs, but they would not allow contact with the corrupted society of the world outside of their own Anabaptist community. The key issue of disagreement when it comes to theology was the position the Anabaptist had with infant baptism. Their view of no New Testament authority over infant baptism was seen as outside the norm. “From the rural communities there now emerged animpulse to reject infant baptism, a move which struck an anticlerical blow against the despotic character of the old church.” [ CITATION Han80 \l 1033 ] They believed it was “believer’s baptism” or adult baptism after a personal testimony of faith assured them of their true salvation. Often this would be called rebaptism and sometime baptism would become a metaphor for Anabaptism due to its rebirth in the nature of religion or newness of life. Anabaptist did partake in Communion, but only as New Testament memorial service and not a sacrament. The literal Bible and its foundation of religious freedom was their main focus of preaching. Independent control of their own churches and congregations as well as the selection of their own clergy was a common practice. Anabaptists did have a form of apostolic succession in the way of their Elders only, which was unique to their beliefs. Agreeing with

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