Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Justification by Imitation

"Above all we should notice this fact: this call for a the radical reform of the rite of baptism [by Thomas Muntzer, a leading Anabaptist PJ] is found in a work which looks for the reform of the Church not in the direction of justification by faith, nor in a rediscovery of the authority of Scripture, nor in a renewed appreciation of the sovereignty of grace, but rather in a book which sees the reform of the Church in terms of medieval German mysticism. For Muntzer salvation is not through faith, but through the imitation of Christ." (Hughes Oliphant Old, The Shaping of the Reformed Baptismal Rite in the 16th Century, p. 83)

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Let the saints be joyful in glory, let them sing aloud on their beds, let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two edged sword in their hand, to execute vengeance on the nations, and punishments on the peoples; to bind the kings with chains and their nobles with fetters of iron. Psalm 149:5-8