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Feanwâlden Mennonite Congregation

Baptizing what empowering is, speaking that Curt is released into the Christian believe, deeds go beyond words


History of Mennonites

History About 1524 returned some followers of Zwingli in Zurich Li's reform away from him, because in the eyes of these radicals the reformers sought the support of the authorities again as usual, what Jesus had not learned.They alienated itself from the ' world ' af, studied the Bible and founded itself (secret) municipalities where everyone voluntarily, thanks to the baptism for adults, Member of could be. They were much maligned by Catholics and reformers as ' Anabaptists ' or ' Baptists ', with which the prosecution began. At the same time also in Germany and Netherlands except in Switzerland were Baptist movements. They had in common that dogmatic canons were the norm, but the Gospel certain taboo. The Fellowship of believers filed her life to Christ's example.After a short phase of religious fanaticism and extremism in the violent ' new Jerusalem ' to Münster (1534-35), it was the ex-pastor of Witmarsum (Friesland), Menno Simons (1496-1561), which offered a new perspective doperdom confused in our country. He took the Gospel preached as literally as possible, the seclusion of the ' world ': the carrying of weapons and swearing of oaths was banned; faith came less on words and rituals than on actions. Also the Mennonites or mennisten were severely persecuted: several thousand followers were executed, others fled mainly to Poland. Although Menno also constantly on the flight was, he managed to organize the municipality life. He is the first and only (radical) reformer of Dutch origin.

After Calvinism ca 1550 as a new competitor to mind and about 1578 persecution would stop, were the more or less tolerated dopers very divided. In the golden age left the most progressive part, the Mennonites, the seclusion of the world sailing, while an ever smaller part, preferentially Mennonite doctrine and traditions clung to the old naming,. In the 18th century, many Mennonites for fighters of the enlightenment with its ideal of General tolerance and political freedom, which, however, had a strong result in loss of members. In 1811 the General Baptist Society established and thus put a second period of bloom in. Baptist Netherlands developed itself further to a non-dogmatic direction with great attention to practical Christianity. The Gemeentedagbeweging at the beginning of the 20th century caused a floor of the life of faith and recalibration of lost principles; It would also the fraternal houses originate.

So by trial and error, thanks to a strong Committee individually believe is experienced in community, the main characteristics of faith ever survived. This development has created vrijzinniger, the Dutch Mennonites & doopsgezinden ' different ' than their fellow believers in other parts of the world brotherhood. The Baptist faith and social awareness in the 20th and 21st century often manifest themselves in practical work in South America, Africa and Asia and also in the own environment in Netherlands. The stewardship of the Earth and the fight against the armament are parts of working on a religious life.

citation: Commission spiritual things ADS


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