According to church historians, Simons’ greatest achievement came when he “assumed the responsibilities of leadership at the crucial moment of the movement when it was in danger of losing its original identity under the influence of chiliastic and revolutionary leaders who succeeded in winning large followings. He maintained original peaceful Biblical Anabaptist concepts and won many who had been in danger of being swallowed up by the Münsterites.”
To learn more about Simons and the early Anabaptist movement, check out this video. (Gotta love the Masterpiece Theater music — so not Anabaptist.)
My favorite Simons quote goes like this: “True evangelical faith cannot lie dormant. It clothes the naked, it feeds the hungry, it comforts the sorrowful, it shelters the destitute. And it serves those who harm it. It binds up that which is wounded.” Words to live by, indeed.