He turned to the Anabaptists, was rebaptized in 1533, and for some years led a wandering life.
It is probable that in 1541 he had been rebaptized (he maintained the duty of adult baptism at the age of thirty).
Then the execution, in March 1531, at Leeuwarden, of the tailor Sicke Freerks, who had been rebaptized in the previous December at Emden, introduced further questions.
This alteration was regarded by the orthodox as so serious that Eunomians on returning to the church were rebaptized, though the Arians were not.
After his death the Novatians spread rapidly over the empire; they called themselves Ka6apoi, or Puritans, and rebaptized their converts from the Catholic view.