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(Reformers and Their Stepchildren) Catharer! - Part 1

A people zealous of good works .... Titus 2:14 WE HAVE OBSERVED IN THE PRECEDING CHAPTERS THAT IN the Constantinian change the Church of Christ came to be viewed as coextensive with the empire. The side effects of that change were many. We shall be dealing in this chapter with the side effects which... Read More

(Reformers and Their Stepchildren) Catharer! - Part 2

As has been said earlier here are two irreconcilable delineations of the Church. The one camp wanted to raise up a "confessional Church based on personal faith," and the other camp was determined to keep a Church "including all in a given locality." For the former, one's way of life sets him off as ... Read More

(Reformers and Their Stepchildren) Donatisten! - Part 1

My kingdom is not of this world .... John 18:36 ONE OF THE TERMS OF REPROACH USED BY THE REFORMERS as an incriminating label of the Second Front was "Donatists"; the form "neo-Donatists" also occurs in the sources. This reproachful name was used very freely and frequently. This name leads straight t... Read More

(Reformers and Their Stepchildren) Donatisten! - Part 2

When Constantine came into the Church he did not check his imperial equipment at the door. No indeed, he came in with all the accoutrements that pertain to the secular regime. He was not just a Roman who had learned to bow to the Christ; he had been pontifex maximus hitherto, the High Priest of the ... Read More

(Reformers and Their Stepchildren) Introduction

BEFORE THE REFORMATION WAS TEN YEARS ALONG IT HAD become evident that not all who were rebelling against the medieval order were of one mind and heart. It had become apparent that within the camp of the dissenters there were deep-seated differences, tensions of such dimensions that a parting of the ... Read More

(Reformers and Their Stepchildren) Kommunisten! - Part 1

As though they possessed not .... I Cor. 7:30 STILL ANOTHER AREA OF TENSION BETWEEN THE REFORMERS and their Stepchildren involved what was known as "community of goods." It finds its classic expression in Article 36 of the Belgic Confession, where we read; "Wherefore we detest the Anabaptists and ot... Read More

(Reformers and Their Stepchildren) Kommunisten! - Part 2

Concerning August Wurzlburger the Clerk of Courts wrote down: The thrust of his position is that the people of this sect are minded not to let anyone live by begging, but the rather that they who have more than enough lay money together and give sustenance from this. He who is able to work and fails... Read More

(Reformers and Their Stepchildren) POSTSCRIPT

In this book we have dealt with the rift that developed between the Reformers of the sixteenth century and the men of the Second Front. This rift was the result of a problem that perennially besets the Church of Christ, the problem of how to relate that Church to its environment. It is the problem t... Read More

(Reformers and Their Stepchildren) Rottengeister! - Part 1

Fear not, little flock …Luke 12:32 IN HIS DAY LUTHER SAID THAT THERE HAD GONE FORTH FROM his camp Wiedertäufer, Sacramentschwärmer, und andere Rottengeister. In earlier chapters we have busied ourselves with the first two of these terms of reproach applied to the Stepchildren; in this chapter we tak... Read More

(Reformers and Their Stepchildren) Rottengeister! - Part 2

What the Stepchildren had against the Reformers was that they had "welded the Cross to the sword," an operation whereby in the Stepchildren's eyes they lost the right to the name of Christian. As Leonard Schiemer put it, in words written from the prison where he was incarcerated for being an Anabapt... Read More

(Reformers and Their Stepchildren) Sacramentschwarmer! - Part 1

So then faith cometh by hearing .... Romans 10: 17 THE STEPCHILDREN OF THE REFORMATION WERE FREQUENTLY given the spiteful name of Sacramentschwarmer, or, more simply, "Sacramentarians." It is with this term of reproach that we shall be engaged in this chapter -- or, more correctly, with the aspect o... Read More

(Reformers and Their Stepchildren) Sacramentschwarmer! - Part 2

Plainly we are concerned here with folk who were both Sacramentarians and Restitutionists. In 1516, on the very eve of the Reformation, a man writing about this Tanchelm asserted that at Tanchelm's death his "heresy" had been "sown by the devil in various places, most of all in Bohemia, Thuringia, a... Read More

(Reformers and Their Stepchildren) Slabler! - Part 1

Else would my servants fight .... John 18:36 WE HAVE SEEN, IN THE PREVIOUS CHAPTER, THAT "THE SWORD was welded to the cross" at the time of the Constantinian change. From this point on the cause' of Christ had the benefit, if benefit it was, of a second sword, one made of steel. And we have begun to... Read More

(Reformers and Their Stepchildren) Slabler! - Part 2

The advocates of "Christian sacralism" fared extremely less well in the light of the New Testament, which failed to provide a decent argument. When a Restitutionist, Leendert van Maastricht, maintained that evil men persecute the good but that the good persecute no one, Bucer came back with "That ev... Read More

(Reformers and Their Stepchildren) Winckler! - Part 1

Come ye apart into a desert place .... Matt. 6:31 ANOTHER TERM OF REPROACH WITH WHICH THE REFORMERS regularly belabored their Stepchildren was the derogatory name Winckler. It is with the name and the issue involved in it that we shall be engaged in this chapter. The word Winckler is derived from th... Read More

(Reformers and Their Stepchildren) Winckler! - Part 2

Just as in pre-Constantinian times the Christians were taunted for holding meetings in private, so were the "heretics" reproached for their conventicles. Quoting the Scriptural passage about "Their sound is gone out through all the earth," their foes contended that the very secrecy of these gatherin... Read More

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