Wednesday, February 21, 2007

A Moment in Time

The true reformation wasn’t a consequence of 95 theses posted on a Wittenberg door for debate, but rather it was the revelation of the light of His Word. For a thousand years it had been encrypted in Latin and sequestered in cathedrals and seminaries and monasteries while untold masses perished. But at an opportune moment in time Tyndale, and others who translated His Word into the languages of the lost, caused even the “boy that driveth the plow to know more of the Scripture than” those who inhibited the cathedrals and seminaries and monasteries of that world. The Scriptures, replicated by a revolutionary technology, quickened multitudes to be “born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the Word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever” (1 Peter 1:23). These new believers were the meek, the merciful, the pure in heart, the peacemakers, the persecuted, they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness, those who desired to be called the children of God. Because "believers only" baptism was an easily identified act of obedience, they were often referred to as Anabaptists (re-baptizers). However, they never regarded themselves in this way, preferring instead to be called the Brethren: those who obediently followed His plain and simple and literal Word.

And they were not a just another sect, they spring up everywhere in a moment in time.

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