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Who are Moravians
What do Moravians believe
The Moravian Church is one of the very few Protestant
churches that predates the Reformation. It had been in
existence for 60 years when Martin Luther posted his famous
thesis in 1517.
The Moravian movement takes its name from its beginnings in Moravia and Bohemia, now parts of the Czech Republic, when the Roman Catholic Church dominated religious and cultural life in Europe. John Hus, Rector of Prague University, recognized the excesses of the church's power and influence as it demanded strict adherence to church law over biblical law. Hus began using his pulpit and his brilliance as an orator to preach the abuse of church power. He looked to the Bible for the word of God rather than to the pope. He also held that individuals could talk to God without an intermediary, and that the Bible should be available to all in their own language.
From its humble beginnings , the Moravian Church has emphasized a simple message, a liturgy accompanied by music, education, missions, and fellowship of believers.The modern Moravian Church is a mainstream Protestant Church sharing a common body of beliefs with all Christians. The heart of that faith is that Jesus is our Lord and Savior and salvation comes by His grace, through our repentance for sins, and through our faith in Him.
Moravians understand that there may be doctrinal differences within the Church, and their guiding principle is:
In essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty, and in all things love.
Essentials relate to the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Holy Trinity, the universal nature of sin, and the Bible as the sole standard for all our Christian beliefs.
Moravians come from all walks of life, some are liberal and others are conservative. The nature of one's politics does not need to interfere with worshiping God together, as long as the emphasis is on God's promise of salvation and His love for all people as attested to by the life and teachings of Jesus Christ and preserved in the Holy Scripture.
Through out it's over 400 year history Moravians have found when theological and doctrinal issues began to divide its members that restoration was accomplished by restoring our focus on the "message" embodied in Christ and recorded and preserved in both the Old and New Testament.