Who’s Trying To Kill You? (history of the Anabaptists & why it matters to you…important msg from Jon Zens)

Posted on June 21, 2011


None of us live in a vacuum. This might sound silly to say, but the world did not begin when we were born. Every context that we live in today has a history behind it that directly affects us. I’m talking about things like our nation’s history, and yes, even our context and understanding of the church. It is for this very reason that we need to adequately understand history. There is nothing new under the sun. If you study history, you will see that one thing is certain…history repeats itself.

A few days ago I posted an article titled:

A Tale Of Two Women…Which Woman Do You Belong To?

As a result, there was a lively discussion that followed…imagine that (grin). In the course of the discussion, it became clear that some people were shocked to hear that the Protestant Reformers were just as guilty as their Roman Catholic counterparts regarding their persecution & murder of believers in Jesus Christ who refused to recognize their religious system. A group of believers commonly called the ‘Anabaptists’ are a great example of this.

The Anabaptists are a group that came on the scene around the time of the Protestant Reformation in the 1500’s. The term ‘Anabaptist’ is a name given to them by others. This is not a label they gave themselves. Sadly, there is much disinformation and ignorance today about this vitally important group of believers in Jesus Christ. Here are a few questions that I’d like to ask you:

1. Why were scores of Anabaptists nailed to trees, stoned, burned, and drowned by both Roman Catholics and Protestant Reformers?

2. Why did Protestant Reform leaders like Martin Luther and Zwingli actually agree with the Anabaptists, yet refuse to stand by them?

3. What is the connection between the struggle that the Anabaptists faced in the 1500’s to the struggle that we are currently facing today regarding the institutional / Organic church situation here in the West?

If you are interested in knowing the answers to these questions, I’d like to challenge you to listen to a message given by Jon Zens about the subject. Jon Zens is a scholor and an incredible resource for the body of Christ today. Jon Zens is also very well qualified to talk about the history of the Anabaptists.

I guarantee you that you will not be disappointed by taking the time to listen to this message. It has direct implications for us today. Click here to listen to Jon’s message that he gave about the subject.

If you’d like to know more about the ministry of Jon Zens and resources that he has available, please visit his website: www.searchingtogether.org