Did you know there had been a super-cool extremist religious state on German ground? Condeming all worldly powers by force. You know, like ISIS. Violent insurgents, a ruthless zealous jihadist bunch trying to install god’s holy kingdom by force through terror?
No I am not talking about ISIS, I am talking about the so called “Täuferreich Westfalen” (Anabaptist kingdom of Westfalia/Münster, northern Germany). In the apocalyptic times of the reformation it lastet from 1534 until its violent defeat already in 1535.
Their motto had been Malachi 3:21
“You will trample the wicked, they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day when I take action”
As a result of their failure, succeeding Mennonite groups under Pastor Menno Simmons rejected any form of weapons and terror and so it is with Mennonites until this day.
The gun-ho mighty anabaptist kingdom of westfalia lastet only year and half.
The sheep-like Mennonite successors, while extremely zealous and authentically faithful last until this day and even thrive.
Gives one something to think about…