Lieder der Hutterischen Brüder, 525
The Father showed us how to walk the right way, not like men would walk, but with love, in faith, like Christ. No hypocrisy, or vain “showing off” will do. God hates it. The religious show-off may fool himself and others. But he will not fool God. If he has faith it will produce good works.
Without faith it is impossible to please God, but faith would not be complete without love. The two must stay together. Losing one means losing the other as well. And where the two do not result in works of obedience—works according to the will of God—they are dead. Simply dead.
The Lord cursed the tree that did not bear fruit, and cuts every barren branch from the vine. So prove your faith with your works. Let godly love compel you and you will inherit life. This is the way to the Kingdom! This is the middle and safe way. Let no man teach you otherwise!
Peter Ridemann, 1506-1556, Hirschberg, Schlesien, Germany