Martin Luther wrote, “If we had to do without one or the other, it would be better to lack the works and the history than the words and the doctrine.”

The reformers agreed with Anabaptists that Jesus was “the source of our life,” but it seems clear that it was the death of Jesus, rather than Jesus himself, who was at the center of their faith.It is clear from their writings that he was not “the central reference point for our faith and lifestyle, for our understanding of church, and our engagement with society.”

…[This is why] in many Christian traditions, ethical guidelines derived from the Old Testament or pagan philosophy trump Jesus’ call to discipleship.

Stuart Murray, The Naked Anabaptist

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