Luther and the Zwickau Prophets

Luther and the Zwickau Prophets

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  • In 1521-1522 Luther was in Wartburg Castle where he changed his name an grew a beard. He translated the New Testament into German.
  • My name is Junker George.
  • Meanwhile, Andrew Carlstadt (senior colleague) and Gabriel Swilling (Augustinian preacher) take his place at Wittenburg.  They decided to speed up the Reformation. 
  • I, Carlstadt, want Church reform now!
  • I, Zwilling, agree!
  • The Mass was denounced. The laity in Wittenburg were offered communion of both kinds, bread and wine. Led by Zwilling, monks denounced their vows. They grew out their tonsures and wore secular clothing. 
  • You're right. We must denounce them.
  • Your vows are redundant due to the doctrine of 'Sola fide'.
  • Carlstadt announces his support for clerical marriage and marries a 15 year old girl
  • I do.
  • I do?
  • December 1521, the Zwickau prophets, who had been radicalised by Thomas Muntzer, arrive in Wittenburg. They announce that they were inspired by direct revelations from God.
  • The Turks are going to invade!
  • Unmarried priests will be slain 
  • The end of the world is nigh! no impious or wicked sinner will be left alive!
  • They denounced Luther for excessive caution. Theyt preached that since Jesus was baptised as an adult, all true believers should be baptised this way. Carlstadt stopped baptising infants, going well beyond anything Luther had advocated. 
  • I can't possibly baptise babies, only adults.
  • Luther didn't go far enough!
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