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Hutter. It is speculated that Hutter was baptized by George Blaurouc, and succeeded him as the leader and chief pastor of the Tirolean Anabaptists. The Tirolean Anabaptists under Hutter’s leadership adopted the early Christian practice of communal ownership and continued with the Schleitheim Confessions ideology of non-violence and adult baptism.26As with most of the other leaders of the Anabaptists, Jakob Hutter would suffer a martyr’s death on February 25, 1536. The Tirolean Anabaptists adopted the name of Hutterites and flourished for the next sixty years until they were expelled from Moravia by Cardinal von Dietrichstein. Menno Simons was the link between the early Anabaptist movement and what would propel them into the tomorrow. As the movement built momentum in the 1530 Menno Simons encountered a tramatic event that would change him forever. Simons was a catholic priest and his brother became an Anabaptist that would be martyred with three hundred others in 1535. Menno felt disgust at the idea that he was partially responsible for the persecution of the Anabaptists since he himself was a Roman Catholic priest. His later publication, Foundation of Christian Doctrine, would become a tool that would separate the Mennonites from the label of those associated with the Munster Anabaptists. Menno’s views on church discipline and a balanced view of holiness allowed him to become the most influential Anabaptist leader in the Dutch lands. The Mennonite Anabaptists would prosper and see a decrease in persecution since they were disassociated with the radicalism of the Revolutionary Anabaptists.27THESCHLEITHEIMCONFESSION25IBID26Estep, William Roscoe. The Anabaptist Story: An Introduction to Sixteenth Century Anabaptism. Grand Rapids, MI. William B Eerdmans Pub., 199627 Wiley, John M. The Other reformers: A Devotional History of the Anabaptists and Early Baptists. United States: John M. Wiley, 20169
The main contribution of Sattler to the Anabaptist movement was the The Schleitheim Confession. The confession was broken into seven articles and was a statement of Anabaptist’s ideological principles. The first article addressed the principle of Baptism, it’s purpose and the exclusion of infant Baptism. The confession stated that Baptism was to be administered to a repentant believer that amended their lives through obedience. The believer is requesting to be identified with Christ through His death, burial and resurrection. In order to be Baptized according to the Confession, one has to know that Christ is their Savior and they need to be resurrected in Him. 28The second article regards excommunication or “The Ban.” The confession stated that anyone who had given themselves to Christ and His commands could fall into error and sin. Admonishment would be done twicein secret and if need be a third admonishment would be directed at the sinner and if need be banishment according to the commands of Christ in reference to Matthew 18. Additionally banishment would be performed as a congregational body in observance of communion so that they could be of one mind and one cup.29