One of the most important groups, contributing to these new religions were the Mennonite Branch of the Anabaptist movement, which started in Switzerland in the early 1500’s as a branch of Calvinism. The Anabaptists were a revolutionary religious movement, which saw the system as being evil and sought to overturn the existing system and transform the world. Most Anabaptists practiced their religion peacefully, but some were more militant.
In Münster, one branch of the Anabaptist movement took over the city and a man named “Jan van Leyden” declared himself “King” and “Messiah of the World.” The Pope was declared to the Antichrist and the arrival of the new millennial kingdom was heralded. Van Leyden was an entertainer, an actor. His totalitarian rule was marked by multiple marriages, orgies and great suffering after the city was put under siege. Those, who did not believe in him, were mostly afraid to speak out and challenge him for fear of suffering the social disapproval of the true believers, or worse. That is, they appeased the tyrant. Even public officials gladly did his biding.
The clip below shows a scene from a German TV movie about the true history of Münster and the Anabaptists, “Koenig der letzten Tage (King of the last Days). In the clip a minister declares that the polygamy was allowed in the Old Testament, so it should be allowed again, the King having as many wives as he wants. In fact, God gave us the ability to reproduce and it would be a sin to waste ones seed, he says. Jan van Leyden, the Messiah, is selecting his wives for the very large harem that he maintained, as an orgy breaks out among the crowd in the cathedral.
Jan van Leyden taught his followers that he was God and was worshiped by them as the Messiah. For this reason, the cult can be described as “satanic” or “Luciferian.” The local Catholic princes raised an army and defeated the Anabaptists. The bodies of the three leaders were hung in cages from the Münster Dom for the bones to be picked clean by birds and the cages are still hanging there today as a warning to other would-be messiahs of the world.
You can still see some similarities to the Anabaptists in Mormonism and Black Liberation Theology, not to mention in other radical home-grown religions in America. Both have doctrines that the members are gods or can become Gods. Both religions hold the existing system to be evil and teach that a theocracy will be established in America in their version of the end times after the existing system is destroyed. Both Mormonism and Black Liberation Theology can be described as “Luciferian” doctrines, because they teach that man can become God and thereby transform the world into millenarian Utopia.
The demiurge of this world, who teaches that man can become God is Lucifer, the Great Deceiver — according to traditional Trinitarian doctrine — not the Christian God. Whether you are a believer, or not, history shows that religions, which teach these concepts, sometimes become destructive. It is religion that attracts megalomaniacs.
The Anabaptist movement is not the only movement to produce messianic cults (See Hitler and the Nazis). Also, most of the followers of such religions ideas may be normally peaceful, but at different times in history, various sects have arisen — from this and other traditions — that attempt to use a cult mentality to force their version of Utopia on the world and create a dictatorial and theocratic kingdom of God on Earth. Times change, but the psychology of humans has not changed very much. We should be aware of such things that have happened in the past, because history repeats itself, though maybe not always in exactly the same way. Implementation of the messianic idea is always updated to suit the current situation.