Huldrych Zwingli

Third major reformer, founder of Reformation in Switzerland.

What was Zwingli's early life like?

He was born in Wildhaus, Switzerland on January 1, 1484. He was the 3rd of 8 sons, born to a middle class rural family. He was sent as a child to a neighboring village for education, where one of his uncles was the pastor. At 10 years old, he went to Basel where he spent 4 years in studies with Gregory Bunzi. Then he was sent to Bern to study under Lupulus, who was a humanist scholar. He was in Bern for 2 years and attended Vienna for 2 more. At the young age of 18, he became a teacher, while also earning his Bachelor and Masters degree at Basel. He was ordained in Constance, the seat of the local diocese, he celebrated his first Mass in his hometown.

Heresy or Truth?

Bad Guy, Zwingli Was.

After studying priesthood, Zwingli became acquainted with and entered into friendly discussions with humanists such as Heinrich Loriti, Erasmus, and Vadian. While serving as a priest, he fell into sin against priestly celibacy, and soon after had many people believing his anti-Catholic views on Church-state relations, the veneration of the saints, the removal of images, good works, and the Sacraments. He did not have much political power behind him, but being head of the Church and government, he used the state to seize Church property, suppress the Mass and the Sacraments (Penance and Anointing of the Sick), destroy images, statues, and relics, and melt down chalices and monstrances into coins. Because he was high in rank, he was able to establish and stabilize Reformation at this time.

In Titus 3:10, it says "As for a person who stirs up division, after warning him once and then twice, have nothing more to do with him," but people at the time of Zwingli didn't pay attention to that. So for these types of people, it also says in 2 Peter 2:1-3 that false prophets are among all people, denying all correct spiritual reasoning. And people will follow their sensuality. So in the Bible it even describes the exact situation from Zwingli's leadership, saying also that they "are of their father, the devil, and their will is to do their father's desires."

Madelyn Brown, Cole Cassano & Meredith Chiles