Those who have boldly stood for truth should not be forgotten. Simons is illustrative of the fact that believer’s baptism by immersion has the stream of freewill and God’s grace saving and sustaining us. Both streams are flowing to the river of truth. One can accept free-will without believing you can lose your salvation. It is just as much a possibility as believing in predestination and eternal security while not being a 5-point Calvinist.
Believer’s baptism by immersion and the right to freely practice our faith are more than just nice ideas. It is a conviction that people who believed the scripture were willing to die for. We must tell the story of Sattler and the Ana-Baptists lest their sacrifice be relegated to obscurity.
It is a sorry state of affairs when government tries to enforce religious belief to a certain religious group. In this case it was the Reformed church of Switzerland. We must not say from this negative experience how God and His moral law have no place in government. We need His influence today more than ever.
It’s a solemn responsibility for a people to claim to know God and profess to do His will. It isn’t enough for a nation to put ‘In God We Trust’ on its currency, to mention God in its pledge to the flag, or to ‘tip the hat to God’ by quoting the Bible in political campaign speeches. It’s righteousness, not religion, that exalts a nation.
Conrad Grebel’s impact earned him the title “The father of Anabaptists” because of the stand he took for baptizing believers. Today, we look at men such as Grebel and understand that they have been forgotten during the era of the Protestant Reformation. Our heritage as Baptists comes from men like Grebel who refused to be mandated by the state church to baptize infants. They stood for believer’s baptism, as we do, and the gathered assembly of believers in the local church. For this cause–may we stand with Grebel. We owe him a tremendous debt of gratitude.