Formula of Concord, Epitome, XII: Other Heresies and Sects
The Anabaptists are divided among themselves into many factions, as one contends for more, another for less errors; however, they all in common propound [profess] such doctrine as is to be tolerated or allowed neither in the Church, nor in the commonwealth and secular government, nor in domestic life. ...
 1. That under the New Testament the magistracy is not an estate pleasing to God.
 2. That a Christian cannot with a good, inviolate conscience hold or discharge the office of magistrate.
 3. That a Christian cannot without injury to conscience use the office of the magistracy against the wicked in matters as they occur [matters so requiring], nor that subjects may invoke for their protection and defense the power which the magistrates possess and have received from God.
 4. That a Christian cannot with a good conscience take an oath, nor with an oath do homage [promise fidelity] to the hereditary prince of his country or sovereign.
 5. That under the New Testament magistrates cannot, without injury to conscience, inflict capital punishment upon malefactors.
 1. That a Christian cannot with a good conscience hold or possess property, but is in duty bound to devote it to the common treasury.
 2. That a Christian cannot with a good conscience be an innkeeper, merchant, or cutler [maker of arms].
 3. That the married may be divorced on account of [diverse] faith, and the one may abandon the other and be married to another person who is of his faith. ...
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