Lieder der Hutterischen Brüder, 619
Listen, everyone, in these last times! Young and old, poor and rich, let yourselves be guided by God’s Word that can free you from sin and unite you with all pious souls.
Do not hesitate! Step boldly, bravely, out of the world’s fellowship. If you do not want to suffer eternal damnation with the world, flee from it! Repent of your sins and turn from your godless ways.
Strive for peace and unity—true godliness—at all times. Let God’s Word transform your heart, your motives, and your will. Leave your old way of life completely. Turn around, learn from God, and be born again, or else you will never see eternal life.
Do not ignore what Christ said, “Unless you are willing to forsake everything, including your wife, your children, and your own understanding, you will not see the Kingdom.
And if you want treasure in heaven, get rid of your possessions, stop serving God and money at the same time, be baptised in water and Spirit, and commit yourself to Christ’s body. Accept its teaching and order. Celebrate with them a holy communion in love, one in faith and works, one in fellowship with God, and one suffering with Christ his Son.
Do not let your flesh control you. Subdue it rather so it shall mind the Spirit’s rule. All you that are one with Christ and his Church, watch so the devil does not tear you from grace again. Take God’s Word for your shield. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
Do not stop telling people the truth. The world needs to hear it! If they persecute you in one city, shake the dust from your shoes, and go to another. God will take care of all that oppose what you say. But the sincere he will carry directly into unspeakable joy. Truth will flourish forever under the fair rule of Christ where the righteous will sit at his wedding feast.
Matthias Schmidt, -1559, Moravia
Captured on mission journey, strangled and burned at Aachen, Germany.