Would Menno Simons Blog Anonymously?

When Menno Simons renounced the Roman Catholic Church in January of 1536, he was considered an enemy to the church he had served faithfully for many years. When he was eventually forced to hide from the authorities for one year, he used this time to devote himself to reflection and writing. Had there been computer technology in the 16th century, would Menno Simons have used it during the time he was in hiding?

Today a reader (who has chosen to call themselves Menno Simons) has made the following thought provoking comment which deserves consideration:

I think if Menno Simons had a blog, he would include his name.

Do you really think so?

Menno Simons went into hiding for a time from those who did not accept his message.

Just because there are those who are reluctant to reveal their identity on the internet does not mean that their message is cowardly or false. It could simply mean that they are obedient enough to speak under the conviction of the Lord, even if it is with fear and trembling, but do not feel free to jeopardize themselves, their career, or their families, by stepping into the public spotlight. But somehow, their message needs to go public.

Consider also the fact that there are many well known writers who have chosen to use pen names for personal reasons. Does this invalidate their words, books, or opinions in their articles?

Not too long ago there was a group from a certain Mennonite seminary that called themselves the 18 Men, who came on the blog scene temporarily to try to make a difference. They had biblically based concerns and godly convictions regarding some serious doctrinal issues within their Bible seminary, but chose to remain anonymous for personal reasons. Their efforts were successful. Does this mean that their message was invalid? Hardly.

Also to consider are the following well thought out comments (which surprisingly have thus far been allowed to remain) under the famous article below. These are very helpful in regards to the valid reasons why some bloggers might choose to blog anonymously, and whether Menno Simons would have done the same:

The Trouble with Blogs
http://www.usmb.org/the-trouble-with-blogs

When the bold and outspoken ministry of Menno Simons jeopardized his safety, he went into hiding after a spiritual struggle of 11 years. This is what he wrote during this time:

“Pondering these things my conscience tormented me so that I could no longer endure it. . . . If I through bodily fear do not lay bare the foundation of the truth, nor use all my powers to direct the wandering flock who would gladly do their duty if they knew it, to the true pastures of Christ — oh, how shall their shed blood, shed in the midst of transgression, rise against me at the judgment of the Almighty and pronounce sentence against my poor, miserable soul!”
-http://www.history.com/topics/menno-simons

At the above link we also read:

Menno spent a quiet year in hiding, finding a sense of direction for his future work. During this time he wrote “The Spiritual Resurrection,” “The New Birth,” and “Meditation on the Twenty-third Psalm.” Late in 1536 or early 1537, he received believer’s baptism, was called to leadership by the peaceful Anabaptist group founded in 1534 by Obbe Philips, and was ordained by Obbe. He also married. From this time on his life was in constant danger as a heretic. In 1542 the Holy Roman emperor Charles V (1500-58) himself issued an edict against him, promising 100 guilders reward for his arrest. One of the first Anabaptist believers to be executed for sheltering Menno was Tyaard Renicx of Leeuwarden, in 1539.

-http://www.history.com/topics/menno-simons

Thankfully, we are not in danger of arrest and martyrdom for telling the truth about what is happening to the Mennonite Brethren denomination today as it leads its members back (via the emerging church and contemplative spiritual formation) to the Roman Catholic church and her doctrines which their namesake, Menno Simons, so bravely denounced.

Related:

The Emerging Church: Another Road to Rome
http://www.understandthetimes.org/commentary/c46.shtml

Also see:

Anabaptist Anonymous Blogging Throughout History…
http://mennoknight.wordpress.com/2010/10/23/anabaptist-anonymous-blogging-throughout-history/

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Where are all the Discerning Menno Blogs?

Where are all the writers? The Mennonite writers who are concerned about what is coming out of MB seminary and into MB churches (as evidenced in so many recent issues of the MB Herald)?

Where are all the concerned MB bloggers in all of this mess? Are they even aware of these things? So far, most MB bloggers seem to have well written blogs that address an issue here and there. But where is the concern about the down slide that is happening and what is being disguised as evangelical Christianity in the latest MB Herald? Who is sounding the alarm?

The Mennonites are blogging, but what are they blogging about?

There are lots of them, from nice Mennonite cooking blogs to gay Mennonite blogs, Mennonite writer’s blogs, and even a hateful Mennonite anti-israel anti-zionist blog.

One of the better Canadian Mennonite blogs called Borrowing Bones is pleasant reading, but offers no warnings. Another Mennonite blogger writes about hockey, NT Wright and Phyllis Tickle’s divine hours. Believe it or not, this blogger is an Associate pastor of the the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches. Another blog by a pastor of a BC Conference of Mennonite Brethren Church seemed hopeful, until it became evident that he has been blogging about lent, Henri Nouwen, and resonating with Brian McLaren and Leonard Sweet, thanks to Regent college.

What we are left with are the blogs of Mennonite organizations, which offer no warnings, but only endorsements of new emerging trends, such as the Menno Weekly Review blog, where Brian McLaren’s articles are at the top of the list.

As this (Menno-lite) blog has recently shown, and will continue to reveal (stay tuned), the bloggers of the Mennonite Brethren Conference and her churches are not much better in the discernment department, promoting emerging trends such as the new monasticism, contemplative spiritual formation and Ignatian spirituality.

The search for discerning bloggers so far has only revealed how far the Mennonites have come in the last few years, thanks to the MB Seminary and their new line up of emergent post-modern clones. Their frog in the pot experiment has been a success, and the Mennonite masses are readily accepting the ‘new Christianity’ as gospel truth. But not all of them.

Where are all those Mennonite writers they keep talking about? Doesn’t anyone else care except for a few discerning Mennonite bloggers?

If Menno Simons had a blog today, what would he say?

If there are discerning Mennonite writers and bloggers out there, please get the word out! Your heritage, and the purity of the gospel in the MB denomination, depends on it!

“Go to the exiles, to the sons of your people, and speak to them and tell them, whether they listen or not, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD.'” Ezekiel 3:11