“I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel–which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned! “ (Reference: Galatians 1:6-9 )
I am grateful, beloved, that the historic Anabaptist quoted today has made such a clear and emphatic statement. Paul Glock spoke directly to the issue of not listening to false prophets and in addition made very clear why historic Anabaptists did not baptize infants. Read his words.
“Nowhere in the Acts of the Apostles do we find anyone baptized without faith as you do. The apostle said that he wanted to be free from all responsibility for any destruction that would arise after his departure for, he said, “I have declared to you the whole counsel of God and kept back nothing” [Acts 20:27]. He ought to have told them, “See to it, that you baptize your infants,” since for them too he was responsible. But he never had that in mind, and therefore it must not have been a counsel of God. In addition he earnestly warned them when he said, “If an angel from heaven preached a different Gospel than the one we preached to you, let him be cursed” [Gal. 1:8] Then I said to the priest, “You are not even angels from heaven and preach other than the Gospel. Therefore I do not believe it.” Thereupon they said I was quite perverted and that I would not allow myself to be corrected and taught. “I will not be taught by false words,” said I, “as Christ warns me.”
The historic Anabaptists had long felt that the state religious leaders misquoted or misunderstood key scripture passages. And they passed that misinformation on to the congregation. They were convinced they has the more truthful/better understanding and clung to that with tenacity. In the centuries following Anabaptists/Mennonites have “mended fences” and offered the hand of Christian friendship to those churches that evolved out of that state church.
You may think, beloved, that modern Anabaptists/Mennonites may have risked embracing “false prophets.” But it was the movement of the Spirit that has unified what was once divided. The differences between what Paul taught and what he saw/heard false prophets preaching is not the same differences or types of differences that are between different Christian denominations. It is the gospel, with the same message and expectations. It is why, beloved, we can speak the common language of believers in God and Christ.
May you beloved find commonalities amongst other circles of faith, testing what is said and done in those other faith communities with what you have heard from God. Selah!