The Anabaptist Purity of Life Ethic Page: 4
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to live by its directives. Although Anabaptists taught that
mankind was totally depraved, that did not prevent their
quest for a godly life, because Christ's work on the cross
renewed the believer's spiritual life and the subsequent in-
dwelling of the Holy Spirit enabled the believer to imitate
Christ's life. These supernatural provisions, Anabaptists
believed, were to be facilitated within the context of the
church which they described as being a voluntary entity com-
posed of believers only. Believers joined that assembly by
demonstrating by adult baptism that they were leaving the
old life for a new one which would necessitate the support
and aid of the entire assembly. This church life could only
be pursued in an environment in which the state did not in-
terfere. The last two chapters describe the life that Ana-
baptists achieved. Anabaptists taught that the human race
was obliged to determine which of the two powers vying for
their allegiance they would embrace--God or Satan. Those
who chose to be a child of God were aliens whose conduct was
offensive to the world. Armed with a distinctly Christian
way of life and an apocalyptic message, Anabaptists volun-
tarily aided their brothers and sought to evangelize their
world while enduring severe persecution and hoping for ul-
timate justice in Christ's return to Earth to set up His
kingdom. The Anabaptists' interpretation of life suggests
an answer to the ultimate questions that have been investi-
gated over the centuries.
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Dalzell, Timothy Wayne. The Anabaptist Purity of Life Ethic, dissertation, May 1985; Denton, Texas. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc331869/m1/4/: accessed April 18, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; .