Luther and the Zwickau prophets

Luther and the Zwickau prophets

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  • From 1521 to 1522, Luther stayed in Wartburg castle, under the alias of Junker George. Here he farmed and translated Erasmus' New Testament into German
  • Thank God for Frederick the Wise. I could have been killed! I now have the perfect opportunity to develop my new ideas. 
  • In December 1521, the Zwickau prophets arrived in Wittenberg from Saxony.  They announced that they were inspired by direct revelations from God, and they made many prophecies. 
  • All true believers must be baptised as adults, as Jesus was
  • Luther was WRONG
  • It's in German????
  • In 1521, the Christmas day service was delivered in German and the clergy did not wear the normal vestments
  • They look really comfy and relaxed
  • Frohliche Weihnachten
  • Church reform is finally being offered!
  • The pace of their radicalism quickened, and Carlstadt and Zwilling led the iconoclasm. They burned the images, banners and crucifixes, as well as cutting the heads of Christ statues. They stripped the walls of paintings
  • Holy statues and images are the works of the Devil.
  • They are symbols of materialism and they must be destroyed!
  • Courtyard of the Augustinian friary
  • What is going on?! This too extreme! 
  • In March 1522, Luther returned to Wittenberg to stop the extremism and prevent bloodshed if Fred decided to use force. 
  • What is he going on about? This is the improvement we need!
  • He's mad! Where's he been all this time?!
  • Luther preached sermons, commonly known as his eight 'Invocavit Sermons' - he also made sure to wear his Augustinian clothing while he delivered them. He had gained back control of Wittenberg
  • I insist on slow and cautious change. No one shall be compelled to do anything!
  • Uh oh...
  • I supposed that taking things slowly won't do any harm...
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