Early Anabaptists and Pacifism

“What was the early Anabaptist view on pacifism and nonresistance?” Historically, there have been groups of Christians who have restrained from violence in all its forms (cf. Mt. 5:38-42; Rom. 12:14-21). Perhaps most famously today as far as traditions advocating nonresistance and pacifism are the Mennonites. Of course, Mennonites have their origins in the initial … Continue reading Early Anabaptists and Pacifism

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Ravenna and Immersion

When did sprinkling become an acceptable mode of baptism, and what role did the council of Ravenna play in this shift? Though the topic has continually been controversial, baptism is clearly linked to the forgiveness of sins and the joining of Christ’s covenant in the New Testament (Acts 2:38; 22:16; Rom. 6:3-7;1 Cor. 12:13; Gal. … Continue reading Ravenna and Immersion

Alexander Campbell & the Indwelling of the Holy Spirit

What was Alexander Campbell’s belief regarding the indwelling of the Holy Spirit within the Christian? The debate over how the Holy Spirit indwells the Christian has been contentious in the past. While it is rationally unavoidable that the Holy Spirit does indwell the Christian (cf. Rom. 8:9-11), the debate continues over how. Campbell’s view on … Continue reading Alexander Campbell & the Indwelling of the Holy Spirit