Farwendel (16th century)
Farwendel, an Anabaptist elder at Kreuznach, Germany (according to the chronicles of the Hutterian Brethren) was a preacher in the Anabaptist congregation at Neustadt. In 1556 a violent dispute arose between him and Theobald, the elder at Worms, "concerning original sin and concerning the sin of the soul and the sin of the flesh." About 1500 brethren at Worms sided with Farwendel. Theobald apparently violently upbraided him. Two preachers were deposed. Presumably this quarrel was laid before the large conference in Strasbourg in 1557, where 50 elders wrote a letter to Menno Simons.
In 1564 Farwendel was held as a prisoner in the tower at Oggersheim near Worms, where he defended his faith before the official preachers. Since he was subjected to many temptations, he summoned Klaus Braidl, a missionary of the Hutterian Brethren, to strengthen him in the faith. After his release in 1565 he moved to Moravia with his family, and with other members of his former congregation in the Palatinate he joined the brotherhood there.
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