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Though de Ries was only twenty-four years of age in 1577, he was soon to play a leading role among the Dutch Mennonites, continuing until his death in 1638.
Jacob Jansz, living in De Ryp, had left Emden in 1557, having been excommunicated for refusing to sanction the ban against Swaantje Rutgers, who had been banned because she continued to live with her husband after he had been banned.
At one point, in apparent despair over continuing disunity, de Ries wrote, "In order to find unity, would it not be better if we forgot all about confessions or statements and held ourselves simply to the Word of God?
" We agree that the Holy Scriptures are the confession of the Christian Church in the sense that they contain all that is necessary for the understanding and knowledge of the believer concerning his salvation. Not, we answer, to give support to our opinions in the manner of the Scriptures, but to testify to the unity of our teaching with each other and ministers of old, against those who accuse us of teaching falsely and not in keeping with the tradition of the church.
No attempt has been made to prepare a "modern" translation.
The following articles, having been written and signed by us, are grounded in the Word of God.
We the undersigned are of one faith, one heart and mind, one feeling concerning these articles, united to the praise and glory of the Lord.
Furthermore, we confess before God and men that the following is the pure, eternal, and everlasting truth.
The early Dutch Mennonites likewise produced a host of statements on specific doctrines, the Incarnation, the written and unwritten Word of God, baptism, the ban.
Thus the confession was not written to enforce conformity.
Rather, it was to unify the church within through discussion and consensus and to be an instrument in bringing about understanding with other groups, particularly the Flemish and the Frisians, who were more critical of the Waterlanders than the High German group.
Furthermore, the confession bears a remarkable resemblance to the one written a year later by Hans de Ries while in prison at Middelburg, testifying to his presence at Alkmaar and his involvement in the preparation of the confession.
The known movements of de Ries at this time make it probable that he was in Alkmaar in the fall of 1577. Hans de Ries and Albert Verspeck had just fled before the fires of persecution in Antwerp, their native city.