Menno Simons : The Regenerator Of The Anabaptist Movement

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Menno Simons: “He (Menno Simons) was not the founder but is often called the regenerator of the Anabaptist movement. He certainly was its most important leader in the Netherlands during the sixteenth century. Menno assumed leadership during a crucial period in which the Anabaptist movement was in danger of losing its original identity. His prolific writings and moderate leadership were essential in unifying the nonviolent wing of the Dutch Anabaptists and maintaining their peaceful beliefs.” Menno Simons was born in 1496 ( His exact birth date is unknown). From early on in life, Menno’s parents committed him to the service of the Roman Catholic Church. Therefore, He devoted himself to becoming a Monk, at a Monastery in…show more content…
"I did not get very far in it (the Scriptures) , before I saw that we had been deceived." Menno began to read Martin Luther’s writings, and found himself agreeing with Luther’s way of thinking. He found a way to free his conscience and to stop feeling guilty. However it inevitably led him away from the Catholic Church. In making his decision on mass, however, Menno did not follow Luther’s teaching. He instead made his own interpretation on the Lords supper. Menno, unlike some reformers, didn’t seem to be in too big of a hurry to leave the Catholic Church. He started out only questioning the Mass. He likely thought he could just remain a loyal Catholic and teach his new ideas and point of view to the congregation. However, he was met with great opposition, as can well be expected. (Bender, 05) “Menno’s progress of the Gospel was slow. One pillar of his Catholic faith had broken down, namely the mass, but he continued nevertheless, out of fear of men, to celebrate the mass as before”. Outwardly, he may have looked like a priest, but inwardly he truly didn’t believe in the rituals that he was doing. “He may never have left the Church, had it not been for the second pillar in his Catholic faith also broke down, the pillar of baptism.” It wasn’t something that happened overnight, It was a gradual process. It’s quite possible that the beginning of the breaking down of this pillar began with Menno reading a book written by a preacher who advocated the idea

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