Menno Monday – for Menno-lites

For all those neo-Mennonites (Menno-lites) who are returning to Ash Wednesday and Maundy Thursday and 40 days of Lent, and are calling themselves after Menno Simons in name only, whose pen exhorts from the grave….

“. . . Christ says, “Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish,” Luke 13:5. Here do not understand such repentance as is taught and practiced by an erring world, which consists only in an outward appearance and human righteousness, such as hypocritical fastings, pilgrimages, praying and reading Pater Nosters and Ava Marias, hearing frequent masses, auricular confessions, and the like hypocrisies which Christ and his apostles did in no wise teach and command. Hence it cannot be a propitiatory sacrifice, but rather will be a provocation, and tend to excite the divine displeasure. Such doctrines are unavailing and fruitless commands of men, the accursed and enchanted wine of the Babylonian whoredom, which those who have dwelt upon the earth, through the just anger of God, have drunk for so many ages, Rev. 17:2. But we speak of a repentance possessed of power and works, as John the Baptist teaches, saying, “Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance, and think not to say within yourselves, we have Abraham to our father,” Matt. 3:8. “And now also the age is laid unto the root of the trees; every tree, therefore, which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down and cast into the fire,” Luke 3:9.



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