Menno Simmons on Evangelical Faith

The short version (popularized by MCC):

True evangelical faith cannot lie dormant;
it clothes the naked;
it feeds the hungry;
it comforts the sorrowful;
it shelters the destitute;
it serves those who harm it;
it binds up that which is wounded;
it becomes all things to all men.

Menno Simons, 1539

The long version (quoted from page 307 of the published text “Why I Do Not Cease Teaching and Writing, 1539” from The Complete Works of Menno Simons, Herald Press, Scottdale, Pennsylvania, 1978. This has also been included on the Church Bulletin cover, published by Mennonite Publishing House, January 25, 1987, designed by Jan Gleysteen.

For true evangelical faith is of such a nature that it cannot lie dormant, but manifests itself in all righteousness and works of love;

It dies unto all flesh and blood;
it destroys all forbidden lusts and desires;
it seeks and serves and fears God;
it clothes the naked;
it feeds the hungry;
it comforts the sorrowful;
it shelters the destitute;
it aids and consoles the sad;
it returns good for evil;
it serves those who harm it;
it prays for those that persecute it;
teaches, admonishes, and reproves with the Word of the Lord;
it seeks that which is lost;
it binds up that which is wounded;
it heals that which is diseased and it saves that which is sound.
It becomes all things to all men.

Menno Simons, 1539

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