We Mennonites and our ilk tend to think we have a good handle on what it means to follow Christ. Not everyone agrees. Until the 20th Century, most Christians considered Anabaptism to be a radical, militant heresy. Today’s Link Potluck is dedicated to the spirit of divisiveness in the Body of Christ.
- The Lutherans apologize to the Mennonites for 16th Century persecution. But as James Juhnke points out, the Lutheran World Federation will not be changing the 1550 Augsburg Confession from condemning Anabaptism in four articles.
- Roll Over Menno has been naming the postmodern heretics in MCUSA, MC Canada and the Mennonite Brethren who are causing “Menno Simons to roll over in his grave.” The road back to the Catholic Church is apparently paved with contemplative spirituality and the emergent church.
- Reformed theology professor F.N. Lee calls upon the Anabaptists and their “stepchildren” — i.e. Baptists, Mormons, Jehovah Witnesses and atheistic Communists (!) — to repent of the “great sin of leaving one’s own babies unbaptized.”
- An anonymous blogger who calls himself “Defender of the Faith” seeks to expose Anabaptist heresies, but runs out of steam after two lengthy posts.
- The satiric blog Online Discernmentalist Mafia provides a handy guide on “How to Spot A Grace-Hating Anabaptist Heretic In Your Church.”
- Finally, John Shore tells us how we can win friends by condemning their relationships with God since God’s too busy keeping the universe aligned to worry about every individual person’s soul. Besides, don’t people love being criticized by strangers?
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