Hello everyone, and thanks for coming back. We left off last post with the question. Is Britannica Encyclopedia being biased, or just plain hiding the facts? Well because our topic for this part of the study is King James and his part with the Puritans, I scrolled through this thirteen page article to where King James Is mentioned and this is what was written.
Puritan hopes were again raised when Calvinist James VI of Scotland succeeded Elizabeth as James I Of England in 1603. But at the Hampton Court Conference in 1604 he dismissed the Puritans’ grievances with the phrase “no bishop, no king.” Puritans remained under pressure. Some where deprived of their positions; others got by with minimal conformity; and still others, who could not accept compromise, fled England. The pressure for conformity increased under Charles I. (Britannica.com).
Really? That’s it? That’s all we are going to get on that Britannica? Give me a break. Look friends, at some of the words they used. Pressure, conformity, compromise.
We see they where under pressure, they would not conform and they would not compromise. And this I’m to believe caused them to take their wives and children, brave the sea and all it’s dangers, illness and lack of rations, to finally make it to the New World, and then brave the elements and dangers on land, establish relations with the Indians, and begin building first, their shelters, and find means for food, and eventually build a colony, because of pressure. A phrase “no bishop, no king” and all of a sudden it’s, Oh no we can’t put up with that! We will not compromise! You sir, although your a wonderful King and a great upstanding Christian Calvanist from Scotland, there will be no way we can compromise, with some of us losing our positions (probably in the church, however Britannica didn’t even clarify that). We shall, our great Christian King, risk perils, disease and possibly death to flee England! This our great noble Christian King is OUTRAGEOUS! This article my friends to me is OUTRAGEOUS!
It gets even worse though. I looked up the same thing in Encyclopedia by Farlex, which is an on-line encyclopedia that searches many different encyclopedias for answers to one’s search. This is what I found.
Throughout the sixteenth century British Puritans lobbied for Church reform. The majority of high-ranking officials in the Church of England opposed them, as did Queen Elizabeth I and her Stuart successors. In the early seventeenth century, small groups of English Puritans sought religious freedom by immigrating to America.( Encyclopedia by Farlex)
Can you believe what you just read above? I swear they think we’re all stupid, to think, that’s all it took for the Puritans to just up and leave. High ranking Officials opposed them. That’s it? How? Why were they opposed? And what’s worse they used King James and his son Charles’s last name Stuart. You could ask the so- called millions of Christians in the world today, and I bet 99% could not tell you what King James last name was. That my friends is a bold face cover up, plain and simple, they don’t want you to know that King James and his Son Charles persecuted Christians, and the reason is… they would be persecuted by Christians. They don’t want that mess, so they keep it hidden to appease the Christian masses. That’s how hailed, how great of a saint, how wonderful of a Christian King James is thought to be by Christians today. If they knew the truth about the man whose name is on their Bibles, it would rock their faith to the core. There would be a huge shift in the church, many just walking away world wide, and there would be a massive decrease in Church membership, because, if they found out that King James was this horrible power hungry madman, how could they trust the very Bible his name is on.
But not the Congregation of Jesus. His children do not put their faith or trust in any man. Remember the movie A Few Goodmen? Where Jack Nicholson said the famous line “You can’t handle the truth.” Well most Christians today really can’t handle any truth at all, they don’t want to hear it, they like things just the way they are, and whatever you do, don’t rock their world with all this crazy conspiracy stuff.
But we as members of the one true congregation of God, we can handle the truth, and not only that, we don’t want to remain asleep, we want the truth, we are truth seekers, give us the truth, we are tough, we can take it. That’s right, I would rather deal with the truth, and acccept the facts, than believe and live under a bold face lie.
And they sent out unto him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, Master, we know that thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth, neither carest thou for any man: for thou regardest not the person of men. Matthew 22:16
But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. John 4:23
God is a spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. John 4:24
You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:32
Even the spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. John 14:17
That’s us, that’s what I want. I want the truth because the truth is the Lord. I want the Lord, and I want to know him, and he know me. I don’t want to follow the world or mans lies, because it suits me and sounds so good to my ears, it just makes them tingle it sounds so good. Nope not me, give me the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. The truth is in God and is God, lies and deception are of the devil. I choose God. So I knew, to get the facts of what really happened to the Puritans, I needed a eyewitness account, so I went in search for that very thing.
Meet young, fatherless William Bradford, born in 1590, joined the Scrooby congregation and would be among the 125 uncompromising separatists who fled to Holland in search of religious freedom. Loving God’s Word, he read through the Bible at age 12. Through this man, we now have actual written documentation of what really happened during the reign of this fine upstanding Christian madman King James I.
Isn’t it strange to see those two words together, Christian and madman. Can you be both? The more I find out about King James the more I’m leaning toward madman. So let’s take a journey back in time with William Bradford and get to the truth, from what I would call a reliable source, and not the Britannica Encyclopedia. Let’s do a little recap starting with Queen Elizabeth to really get a full view of the times Mr. Bradford was about to be born in. William was born in 1590, so let’s go back about thirty years in England to around the year 1560.
1560- The Geneva Bible was translated from the early Greek and Hebrew texts by British Puritans. Refusing to compromise their faith, they fled to Geneva for refuge from British persecution.
1564- Jan Hus, a teacher at Charles University in Prague, Bohemia ( oChzechoslovokia) was “burned at the stake” for following his conscience and preaching from the Bible to thousands of people, thus defying the Catholic hierarchy. He translated Wycliff’s books on church reform and, like the Puritans that followed him, stressed the authority of God’s Word and personal purity. ( Pilgrams, Bible, Persecution and Thanksgiving www.crossroads.to)
Here we see again what I have written about earlier many times. We see division, evil, chaos, violence, between two different faiths. Both are wrong, in this case the Anglican Church of England. Remember under “Bloody Mary’s” rule she persecuted Protestants, but under Queen Elizabeth’s rule now they are persecuting anybody that does not conform to the Church of England. Remember that the Anglican Episcopal Church is nothing but a conformist Church, they take a little they like from the Catholics, and take a little that they liked from the Protestants, came up with their nice little can’t we just all get along doctrines, started by Henry the VIII.
Then put the King or Queen, whoever is charge at the time, in full power and control of it, and then make nice Christian like decrees, such as follow this church, and this church only or suffer persecution and possibly death. Death if your speaking out to a large group of people and influencing the masses, if you do that then you die. And even though we are such wonderful, loving upstanding Christians, (sarcasm) we are not going to kill you in a loving gentle way, NO WE WILL NOT! We are going to kill you in a tortuous, horrific way.
Perhaps, Britannica left all this out because the Anglican Episcopal Church of England, and the Catholic Church are still around to this very day, they wouldn’t want to get the churches hierarchy all up in a frenzy, they might burn the editors of Britannica at the stake, or better yet maybe a nice little beheading, who knows. Again, does this sound like the congregation Jesus said he would build upon Peter? Absolutely not, this is of satan, and it’s a clear case of satan persecuting Jesus’s congregation of believers, and doing it through the quise of the “church,” the man made church that satan uses all the time. Ok let’s continue.
1596- The term ‘Pilgrams’ was first used…in the ‘Confession of Faith’ they adopted and, in later references, to their own idea of life on earth as a pilgrimage toward “heavenly bliss.”
1590’s- Committed Christians with access to Bibles began to guestion the old Catholic traditions which still influenced the new Protestant churches in England. These “Puritans” longed to see a more “pure” church, freed from the bureaucratic forms that clouded the truth of the gospel. They wanted to continue the “reformation” of the Church, bringing into line with Biblical guidelines. Some of these Puritans called “Pilgrams” or “Separatist” had little hope that the government controlled church could be reformed. They wanted to separate themselves completely from the Anglican Church of England. But that was against the law. So when they decided to start new congregations (proper word used here) and live by God’s word, they were persecuted.
Early 1600’s- One of the Separatist congregation was led by William Brewster in the village of Scrooby in Nottinghamshire. But these Puritans had little freedom to worship God and follow His Word and their consciences. Non- conformity was punishable by imprisonment and torture. (crossroads.to)
And that takes us to William Bradford, and also my stopping point for today. Next post we will be looking at writings by William Bradford concerning the persecutions of that time, so keep coming back. May the Lord bless your search for truth.