A Companion to Anabaptism and Spiritualism, 1521-1700 by Stayer, J.M. (ed.), Roth, J.D. (ed.), John D. Roth, James M.

By Stayer, J.M. (ed.), Roth, J.D. (ed.), John D. Roth, James M. Stayer

This instruction manual of Anabaptism and Spiritualism offers an informative survey of modern scholarship at the Radical Reformation, from the 152s to the tip of the eighteenth century. each one bankruptcy deals a story precis that engages present examine and indicates instructions for destiny learn.

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Whenever the image of God is distorted or damaged, people’s souls and the church or the community are imperiled, since they are not corresponding to the divine will as revealed in the Holy Scriptures. Those who make images to venerate or worship, violate the Decalogue’s prohibition of graven images and show that their souls are cleaving to the creaturely, instead of submitting to the divine will. A city with beggars in the streets, the public squares and before the churches damages the image of God and shows thereby that it is no “Christian” city in which each person takes responsibility for the other and all poverty is abolished within city walls.

So as to avoid provoking the Imperial Regency Council in Nuremberg, the Electoral Saxon court saw itself forced to intervene against these reforms and to call the leaders to account—however, with limited results. Martin Luther turned out to be more successful. In leaving the Wartburg without permission, he decided to take charge of the Reformation in Wittenberg. ”14 In his Invocavit Sermons of March 1522 he warned against precipitate reforms and against burdening the consciences of those who were not yet inwardly convinced that the old rituals were invalid and harmful.

The object of this ordinance was not only to ensure the progress of Reformation innovations, but also to direct community life, which had been shaken by occasional disturbances, into an ordered course and to give it a more Christian form than it had had previously. In January 1522 the Augustinian Cloister was abandoned by its occupants and on January 24 the council promulgated the Praiseworthy Ordinance of the Princely Town of Wittenberg. The ordinance sought to combat poverty and begging, establish a community chest, and remove from the churches religious images, which encouraged idolatry, citing the Decalogue’s prohibition of images.

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