“Do not get angry with your neighbor for every injury, and do not resort to acts of insolence. Arrogance is hateful to the Lord and to mortals, and injustice is outrageous to both. Sovereignty passes from nation to nation on account of injustice and insolence and wealth. How can dust and ashes be proud? Even in life the human body decays. A long illness baffles the physician; the king of today will die tomorrow. For when one is dead he inherits maggots and vermin and worms. The beginning of human pride is to forsake the Lord; the heart has withdrawn from its Maker. For the beginning of pride is sin, and the one who clings to it pours out abominations. Therefore the Lord brings upon them unheard-of calamities, and destroys them completely.” (Reference: Sirach 10:6-13 [From Reading the Anabaptist Bible])
The editors of Reading the Anabaptist Bible said, “Pride begins when one forsakes the creator God. Arrogance, injustice, and insolent wealth are built on pride, and bring down people and nations.” It seems quite clear according to the historic Anabaptist world that belief in God keeps one humble; but unbelief leads to sin, pride being the initial one. Historic Anabaptist Hans Bret wrote this his brother David who did not yet believe, “My dear, flee such works [such as pride], and turn to the Lord and you shall live. Isa. 55:3. Remember the instruction which Tobit gave his son, when he says: “My son, let not pride dwell or rule in your heart.” Tob. 4:13. For Ecclesiasticus says: “That pride is hateful before God, and that it is the beginning of all sin, and he that has to do with it shall be destroyed with many curses.” Sir. 10:13. Thus shun now all pride and all sin, and set yourself to serve the Lord, renouncing all the lusts of the flesh.”
Do you think, beloved, it is a matter of pride not to believe in God? That one believes that one does not need or salvation? Is this where/why the “sin” of pride becomes such an issue for historic Anabaptists? For if this is the case, then generations of Anabaptists/Mennonites (all from the end of the Reformation to contemporary/modern) have possibly avoided the wrong pride!
May you beloved search your own heart and determine for yourself if you have humbled yourself before the Lord, confessing your need for God. Selah!