What are Anabaptists?

Some people may have heard of Anabaptists. Today I want to discuss this very thing.

It has been stated that the Anabaptist movement began in January of 1525. It would be more accurate to say that this was the beginning of the Swiss Brethren. This group included George Blaurock, Conrad Grebel, and Felix Manz. These men began their movement after they realized Ulrich Zwingli would not go far enough. Later, these men were persecuted for the move they made.

In all reality, the Anabaptists began in the first century A.D., and have continued to this very day. Other names for the Anabaptists included Donatists, Albigenses, and Waldensians. The Catholic Church, through the Dominican and Franciscan orders, persecuted Bible-believers relentlessly. They devised tortures such as the rack, pulleys, and other horrors. When the victims refused to recant, they were often burned alive at the stake. The Catholic Church also carried out crusades against the Bible-believing Christians. An estimated 50 million people perished for the crime of heresy, from 1209, when Innocent III began the inquisition, until the late 1800s, when the inquisition was brought to a close by world powers. Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain revived the inquisition in Spain, in the year 1492.

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