“Woe be to fearful hearts, and faint hands, and the sinner that goeth two ways! Woe unto him that is fainthearted! for he believeth not; therefore shall he not be defended. Woe unto you that have lost patience! and what will ye do when the Lord shall visit you?” (Reference: Sirach 2:12-14 )
I read this passage several times beloved. And I do not believe I have much to say about the content and meaning of the verse. Neither do I have much to say about the historic Anabaptist writing that was matched to it. Jan Wouterss van Kuyck wrote that people must believe unwaveringly in God if they wish God to look upon them with approval at the last of days. And if one wishes and hopes that God will defend the believer in the time leading up to that day.
What I do want to say is that this explains much of their religious fervor and vehemence. We in our contemporary cosmopolitan times may think two masters is about living a Christian life that places emphasis on proper values and ethics . . . . or not. What the historic Anabaptists are meaning, I think, is whether you believe in God or not. We, now, think about how we believe and live out that belief. The historic Anabaptists are/were at a more basic level of if you believed or not. And they drew that line between how they believed and how they say every one else believing. They were very much biased about what constituted right belief. But, as I said way back at the beginning of the year, when such decisions and beliefs were literally life and death, you get to be a little emphatic and dogmatic.
I do not wish you to be so narrow-minded as to rule of varying perspectives on belief in God, beloved. But I do encourage you to be definite that you believe in God and that is the guiding principle and belief for your life. Selah!