This statement on baptism is so clear that an

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This statement on baptism is so clear that an interpretive statement is unnecessary as it regards to the differences he has with baptizing infants as he states above is “the chief abomination of the Pope”. It is close to impossible to escape the close connection with which they viewed baptism and discipleship. For the Anabaptist, believer’s baptism was reserved for committed disciples only. Sattler stated his position on baptism in a letter to Bucer, which stated that “one must believe and be baptized, in that order, to be saved.”22However, he does believe that baptism is necessary for salvation and that “faith and baptism are simply two aspects of one response…the act of baptism incorporates all believers into the body of Christ, of which He is head.”23In this position, the very nature of baptism rules out the possibility of infant baptism. New Testament baptism requires prior conviction and repentance of, sin, and faith in Christ. 21William L. Lumpkin, Baptist Confessions of Faith(Valley Forge: Judson Press, 1969), 25.22Arnold C. Snyder, The Life and Thought of Michael Sattler(Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1984), 112.12
Baptism is viewed as a symbol of initiation into the church and a sign of the new life which the believer has in Christ. Furthermore, baptism is a symbol and not a sacrament. It has no meaningwhere faith in Christ is absent. One must remember that Sattler came to his conclusion based on what was revealed to him in the Scriptures and thus the priority of the Bible in the formation of the Anabaptist doctrinal position. In Michael Sattler’s sixth article of the Schleitheim Confession, he presents their view of the state and the use of the sword. One can see his view more clearly in his statement during his last statement during his trial: I admonish you to consider the end for which God has appointed you, to punish the evil and to defend and protect the pious. Whereas, then, we have not acted contrary to God and the gospel, you will find that neither I nor my brethren and sisters have offended in word or deed against any authority. Therefore, ministers of God, if you have neither heard nor read the Word of God send for the most learned men and for the sacred books of the Bible in whatsoever language they may be and lit them confer with us in the Word of God.24Sattler, in his response gave a concise summary of the Anabaptist position on the state. He insisted that the state exists to make possible an orderly society among the evil doers. In addition, the state has an obligation to protect the righteous which, in this case, it was obviously 23Ibid. 11324Arnold C. Snyder, The Life and Thought of Michael Sattler.128.13
not doing. Furthermore, he recognized the magistrates as “servants of God,” and in so doing denied them the jurisdiction in spiritual matters. Lastly, he gave quite a challenge to his accusersto judge him and themselves on the basis of the only real authority that they recognized in spiritual matters, the Bible.

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