Lingg, Martin (16th century)

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Martin Lingg (Lincki) was an Anabaptist leader of Schaffhausen, Switzerland, who is identical with "Marti Weniger called Lincki" and is called one of the "principal baptizers and ringleaders of the sect." In the difficult struggles of the beginning Anabaptist movement in Zürich until he was banished from the country after the disputation in Zürich on 6-9 November 1525, together with Ulrich Teck of Waldshut and Michael Sattler, he was an active leader.

But this zealous Swiss Brethren preacher was not intimidated in his successful work. We find his traces in Lostorf, canton of Basel, and in the cantons of Solothurn and Bern. An Anabaptist named Flückinger confessed before the court in Bern in July 1531 that he had been baptized on the past Easter Day by the Anabaptist leader Lincki of Schaffhausen.

Lincki played the chief role in the disputation at Zofingen  in July 1532 as spokesman for the Anabaptists. Bern had demanded that the authorities of Solothurn should see to it that at least the Anabaptist preacher Lincki, who preached openly, take part in the disputation. Lincki defended the Anabaptist principles at Zofingen with skill. According to the court records he was again preaching in the canton of Zürich at Andelfingen and Ossingen in October 1532. But his period of activity as an Anabaptist preacher did not last much longer. Having returned home, this zealous advocate of Anabaptism gave up the struggle and made a public recantation at Schaffhausen. "God be thanked," said the lords of Bern, that this "outstanding leader" has recanted.


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Author(s) Samuel Geiser
Date Published 1957

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