Hutterian Church Excommunicates The Bruderhof,
The Hutterian Brethren Church of the Darius &
Lehrerleut Conference to the Society of Brothers who call
themselves Hutterian Brethren: 12/11/90: Greetings: The
reuniting of the Hutterian Brethren Jan 7, 1974, at
Sturgeon Creek Colony, Manitoba, with the Society of
Brethren, or Arnold Leut, Woodcrest, New York, was the
topic of the meeting and conversation. We were all in
unison that you were accepted on a probationary basis, so
that you would get acquainted and accept the teaching
and tenets, rules, Ordnungen and Principles of The
Hutterische Church as they were practiced by us at that
time and our forefathers, so that you may adopt and
adhere to them, which up to that time you shunned and
trod with your feet, and in fact disgraced and abused the
messengers that were sent to you from time to time, all
out of love for your salvation.
First: Regarding Millennium: You still cling to the false
doctrine of The Millennium, the so-called 1000 years of
The Kingdom, which is against The Apostolic Creed
(articles 6 & 7) to which we all said 'Yes and Amen' in our
baptismal vows, and again those of us in the ministry of
the 'Word.' Our forefathers made no mention of this 1000
years of The Kingdom of God here on earth, in their
abundant writings and epistles in which they recognize
the 1st and 2nd Advent, or The Coming of our Lord; of the
third they know not. We agree wholeheartedly with
them. This Blumhardt teaching we cannot accept.
Secondly: The Rearing of Children: We cannot agree
with you on the issue of sending young people to school
outside of our communities at the age when they need the
most protection from the wiles of the devil which are
rampant in this world as never before. The reasons stated
in Johann Christoph Arnold's letter of Nov 2, '86
(especially reason No. 2) are totally not acceptable to us,
even though he erroneously tried to prove that our
Hutterian forefathers sent their young people out in the
world for a trial period of up to two years. We have many
other sermons that prove that the passage he quotes from
Heb. 12:5-9 was only intended as an analogy or
comparison. The rearing of children (your letter of Nov. 3,
1986 defending your position) is not in harmony with the
teachings of Ehrenpreis (pps. 70-74) or in Peter Rideman's
book, (p. 130). You on the contrary need teachers, nurses,
doctors, for your business, for your means of income,
people with technical knowledge. Why didn't Jesus think
of that when he chose his disciples? He must have been
very naive not to know how to build his church to make
such a selection.
We fear that sending our children, and especially our
young people who have reached the age of puberty, into
outside schools is like throwing lambs out to the wolves.
At this age, young people are most vulnerable to evil
influences. This is not a good way to test for 'dead wood.'
Third: March to protest Death Penalty: Referring to
'The Plough' # 25 (Aug, 1990) 'Hutterites March Against
Death Penalty.' What a disgrace. Surely Christians are
against any kind of killing, whether by the Death Penalty
or any other form, but have we ever heard of Hutterites
marching with other denominations, or taking part in such
activities? No! Never in Hutterite history or in biblical
history. What would our forefathers say to such
practices? Or Paul 2 Cor 6:13-16. How did you dare to
say that you were representing the Hutterites in
Fourth: Torches, Idols: Your use of fire and candles in
your gatherings and services is also foreign to us. We
believe that this is on the road that leads to idolatry.
Five: Presentation of babies to the church: Your
presentation of babies to the church may look like an
innocent ritual to you, but seems to us as being only half a
step away from infant baptism.
Six: Supporting Courts: The condoning or abetting of
one Colony or Colony Member suing another in a secular
court of law, in which you have been a willing and
aggressive partner in complete contrast to the advice of
Paul: Dare any of you having a matter against another go
to law before the unjust, and not before the saints, etc. etc.
1 Cor 6. It is also against the stand Hutterites have taken
for 4 1/2 centuries. (Matth 5:25-26, 38-48.)
Seven: Hutterite Sermons, Musical and Acting:
Wedding at Elm River in Manitoba. Where in the 500-
year history of the Hutterites have we ever heard of play
acting, putting on a live show or imitating any part of the
scripture, or the words of the bible or any parable (The
Ten Virgins)? Surely this was a dishonor to God and
church. Imagine imitating the devil and our Savior Jesus
Christ! What blasphemy and impious act before God! And
when asked at a meeting Oct 8, 1987, this was denied, and
the truth was refused deliberately. Where are the
teachings of Peter Rideman, whom you said and claimed
you were following more fervently than any of the three
Leut? And this was also affirmed by some of the
Schmiedenleut Ministers, when all along they and you
knew that this was not being done. One can only imagine
how much more of this is going on in the eastern colonies.
How did you dare to willfully violate the ordinances and
humble practices of the scripture and the church by
introducing musical instruments on any occasion? Has
this not infiltrated in some of our dear Schmiedenleut
Colonies and caused a drifting in your direction? This is
why we are so concerned and therefore, try by all means,
to not let this happen, to our Lehrerleut and Dariusleut
Colonies. So help us God.
And also the main downfall of your people is that you
do not preach the Hutterian Sermons, or Lehren,
which to us are so sacred, and indeed biblical, and were
written by men of suffering and inspiration of the Holy
Ghost, and were sealed with blood and tears. These
sermons are the solid foundation that keeps our church
alive and in order, and Jesus is the head of this true
church. The booklets that you publish and send to all the
colonies are as far apart from these sermons as heaven
and earth, especially the last one was utter nonsense.
Note 2 Cor 5: 6-7.
Eight: Regarding Baptism: It has been brought to our
attention that you still baptize by immersion. If so, we
advise you to read p. 417 or the whole letter that Elder
Peter Walpot wrote the Polish delegates in the year 1570,
written in 'The Chronicle of the Hutterites.' Because of
this, the Hutterian Brethren did not accept them even as
Nine: The Letter from New Zealand [quoted KIT II # 9
Oct '90 - ed.]: Your blaspheming attitude about the Word
of God (see letter of April 27, 1987) by Neville Cooper to
1. The Bible is the greatest weapon of the devil.
2. The Bible is not the Word of God.
3. The living Word is the Word of God which God
wants to speak to us at this moment, not what he
said to Moses, or Elijah, or even to Jesus.
Ten: Lovemeal: Our opposition to your lovemeals
which you practice today, which our former Elder Rev.
Joseph Waldner refers to in his letter to you April 6, 1975,
wherein he tells you they do not belong to us.
Although it is true that in 1974 the Schmeidenleut,
Lehrerleut and two of the Dariusleut ministers agreed to
the uniting with the Arnoldleut after they heard the pleas
of the then present Arnoldleut, and we earnestly thought
you would adopt the Hutterian Brethren Customs and
traditions and ordinances as much as possible (and all
Elders acted in good faith), however we are very well
aware that you did not keep your promises, and instead of
coming closer to us, you are so to speak, deliberately
drifting in the opposite direction. Especially like in the
case of musical instruments and radios, you seem to have
absolutely no concern whatsoever whether we agree with
you or not. It doesn't seem to bother you the least bit, let
the other Hutterians think what they may, therefore, even
if it is hard for us to do:
We are forced to revoke the 1974 unification.
We fear that such forbidden sins may slowly
infiltrate into our colonies. Although it is said,
that you say you don't live on customs and
traditions but on love, may we point out to you
that a church without customs and traditions is not
a true church. God is a God of ordinance, and he
wants ordinance to be adhered to by his followers,
and that includes customs and traditions.
In German: Gott ist ein Gott der Ordnung, und er
will haben dasz unter seinen Volk Ordnung sein soll.
Now what causes division between us? Let us read Jes.
59 v 2. 'But your iniquities (Untugend) have
separated between you and your God, and your sins have
hid his face from you that he will not hear. And 1 John 5
v 7 says "All unrighteousness (Untugend) is sin."
Now we do not claim to be infallible, because we are
prone to sin like all humans, but when the Elders of a
church deliberately and without any considerations
openly exercise play-acting, music and all such things, as
mentioned in this letter, we feel we have to voice our
objections, lest we should be found guilty in the eyes of
the almighty God.
Therefore we, the Darius and Lehrerleut
Congregations, declare and reveal to you the Arnold
Congregation, that hereafter you are not recognized as
Brothers in Faith, and ask you to refrain, yes, stop using
and tarnishing the Hutterite name and image with your
anti-Hutterian deeds. We ask that in the future you not
send any of your literature and 'The Plough' for fear of
being led astray, because we have sadly experienced that
our counselling was in vain all these years. Very Sincerely,
signed for the Dariusleut, John K. Wurz, M. S. Stahl.
For the Lehrerleut, John S. Wipf, John Kleinsasser.
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