[quote=Reformed Rob;] Then they claim the Waldensians and those Anarchist Anabaptists!! I’d rather go up against a band of Muslim savages than a congregation of Anabaptists that knew I was Presbyterian!!
Just to hijack this thread a little…
This is not the first time I have heard the phrase “Anarchist Anabatists”. I heard a well known Catholic apologist use the same phrase. I will be charitable and assume the folks that use the pharse are really not well versed in anabaptist belief and practices. However when I see this phrase, I feel obligated to speak up and defend my Mennonite brothers and sisters in Christ because I really feel it is doing them a disservice.
The anabaptists did become the Mennonites (and related branches) of today. Here is a good website that will provide a better understanding of the anabaptists and their history and practices.
If you read this site, you will discover two of the three underlying anabaptist principles are non-resistance and community (not involved in the state). Sounds harmless to me if I were a Presbyterian. You might actually become very sympathetic and fall in love with these folks if you read the accounts of their martyrs (by both the Catholic and Reformed).
This “anarchist” connection is presumably made because what happened at Munster is erroneously applied to all anabaptists. If you read the account, what happened at Munster happened because a small group of anabaptists followed a “heretical” anabaptist (Melchior Hoffmann) who rejected thef underlying anabaptist principles and led a small branch of them into wierdness.
If you read the article, however you will learn that ascribing to all anabaptists the characteristics of the Munsterites is akin to ascribing to all Baptists the characteristics of Fred Phelps.
Now hijack over and back to the “Trail of Blood” which I agree seems sketchy to me.