Why the Anabaptists wouldn’t attend church

Anabaptists rejected hierarchical leadership structures, emphasising that ministry was the responsibility of the entire congregation. If Martin Luther restored the idea of the “priesthood of all believers,” the Anabaptists restored the idea of the “prophethood of all believers.”

This truth is clearly seen in a Swiss Anabaptist document dated 1532-1534 and entitled “Answer of some Who Are Called (Ana) Baptists: Why They Do Not Attend Churches.” The primary reason they had given for not attending state churches is that these churches did not allow congregational members to exercise spiritual gifts according to “the Christian Order as taught in the gospel or Word of God in 1 Corinthians 14.”

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