Zwingli on the Anabaptists

They are mostly a class of rabble, homeless from the want of means, who make it their business to win old women by pompous discourses upon divine things to extract from them the wherewithal to support themselves, or to gather in considerable alms. — Huldrych Zwingli.

It sounds like he knew the Pentebabbleist televangelists too…

6 thoughts on “Zwingli on the Anabaptists

  1. Acidri 8 Jul 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Eeck! Eeck! Feisty Zwingli 🙂


  2. Luis A. Jovel 14 Jul 2012 at 5:34 am

    Sorry Dr. West, Zwingli started out with them, but didn’t have the guts to see it through!!! I’ve done a video (in Spanish 😦 ) regarding the 7 types of Anabaptists, not all were like Zwingli saw them. True, there were some radicals, but not all. I still admire Zwingli, and you too!!!! But on this point, I am willing to live with our differences, jeje.


    • Jim 14 Jul 2012 at 8:05 am

      Incorrect. They started out with him and then didn’t have the patience or intelligence to allow reform to unfold. Further, they tossed scripture aside and asserted, heretically, that all they needed was the spirit. Hence, they were true schismatics. Those are the facts.


      • Luis A. Jovel 14 Jul 2012 at 9:44 am

        Well, historically, it has been shown that to be a caricature. True, some were of that type, however, to throw the whole Anabaptist movement into one bag, it’s throwing the baby with the bath water.
        What you assert, it’s true to one of the many movements within the Anabaptist movement, so it at least, it could be said that I am partially incorrect. Menno and others, didn’t tossed Scripture out of the window. That’s a fact!!!
        But yes, they didn’t have the patience, on top of it that Zwingli did a back flip regarding children baptism!! Who wouldn’t had lost patience with him?


        • Jim 14 Jul 2012 at 9:56 am

          I’m talking about the beginning of the movement – during Zwingli’s lifetime- mot its many later manifestations- some good and some bad. The Grebelites were loons. But of course he had syphilis so there’s that cause.


          • Luis A. Jovel 14 Jul 2012 at 9:22 pm

            Thanks for the response!!! Funny historical things as well!!


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