This was originally posted on Facebook. It went a lot farther than I wanted, but it started what I think is a good conversation. I think it’s a conversation that should be had, but this is a better place than Facebook to have it. So, I am going to paste my original post and then try to paste each comment that was made so that the whole conversation is here and can be continued here if anyone desires. I’m also putting it here because I think there are people who don’t use Facebook that could contribute to the conversation.
—original Facebook post—
I’m a Baptist, but I won’t deny that God used many leaders of the Reformation to break the chains that the Roman church had on the Western world. Of course, the Baptists were always there, but they weren’t the ones God used to give tremendous numbers of new liberties to hundreds of thousands of people throughout the world. While many Reformers did persecute Baptists, we have also gained many freedoms because of their work. No freedoms were gained because of the Roman church’s work.
Today is a day to thank God for the liberties He gave us through the efforts of men we disagree with 🙂 —through men who sometimes persecuted our forefathers. Like it or not, we (Baptists) wouldn’t be where we are without the work of the Reformers.