This paper surveys the origins and development of one of the most interesting
underground movements of the pre-reformation period. They were not evangelical in
doctrine, particularly in their soteriology, but they had important connections to later
reform movements. Specifically, they earned the ire of the Roman church because they
translated the Bible into the vernacular of their day, and allowed lay people to read it
and preach it. They formed house churches all over Europe in spite of bitter persecution,
including genocidal military campaigns. Their history contains important lessons for those
who would champion lay ministry today.
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