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ANABAPTISTS VS. QUAKERSKevin EdwardsFYS: Give Peace a ChanceOctober 18, 2017
Anabaptists and Quakers are two separate, pacifist, Christian groups who defied government influence. They did this because their faith in Christ required that they do so to avoidinvolving themselves in the world’s evil. While both of these groups held many of the same values, they still held some that differed from one another. The biggest difference is the fact that Anabaptists believed that they should shut themselves out from the outside world as to avoid involving themselves with the evils that were going on, unlike the Quakers who believed that theworld needed their influence to help bring the kingdom of God closer to earth. Even though this is only one difference among the many similarities that these two groups share, it is a difference that ultimately leads both groups down two very different paths. To fully grasp how big of a difference this one difference makes, it is important to know some of the similarities between Anabaptism and Quakerism to better understand what led them to this different belief and why this belief makes such a difference in the choices that they make.Anabaptists believed that baptism and renewal of the spirit was very important and that it signified the cleansing of their spirit. After they had been baptized, they were not supposed to sinanymore. If they did they were accused of not truly repenting. This was done so that their movement could be a group of people that was pure before God. If anyone was found guilty of sin, was confronted about it, and still refused to repent the sin, they were treated as if they had never repented in the first place and they were excommunicated from the movement. These sins included violence because they believed the only being with the authority to punish someone’s physical self was God. They believed that it was more important to follow Christ than to involve themselves with violence and “sinners”.

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