Hello everyone, and thanks for coming back. Before I start this part of our study, I need to update you. In my last post, I re-edited it to clarify myself when I wrote that the man made institutionalized church is of satan. I hope you will go back and read it, but in essence what I was saying is this. The church is a man made entity, there are good ones and there are bad ones. Some are of God and used by Him, and some work for satan and his agendas, and purposes and may not even realize it. There are over 5000 Protestant denominations alone, not including the Catholic Church and so on. When I talk about the church, I’m talking in the biggest picture ok. If I’m going to talk about an individual church, I will name it out. Satan can control and influence the church, but he can’t the congregation of Jesus. He can persecute us, imprison us, kill us, tempt us to fall into sin but we will repent and turn back to God, we won’t stay in that sin, because we belong to Him. However satan does not have the power to control or influence the Ekklesia, The Congregation of Jesus. We are His and He is ours, we make up His body of believers. I hope it’s making more sense to you, if you were confused or offended. Remember this, it’s the easiest way to explain it to others also. The Congregation is only one and we are one with God through our Saviour Jesus. The church is thousands and can belong to God or satan.
In this study I will be able to show an example of what I’m trying to explain, so this part of our overall study came at a perfect time. Now to continue with the topic at hand. Here is where I’m going to embarrass myself a little, but it is what it is. In High School I got D’s in History and English, which should be no surprise to you considering my writing, grammar, spelling and punctuation and so on. If it wasn’t for industrial arts classes I wouldn’t have even graduated probably. I was much more into music, guitars and cars, and definitely not into school. Here’s how bad I was. If you were to ask me who George Washington was, I would probably at the time answer something similar to this. Well there’s something about a Cherry tree and he couldn’t tell a lie, he crossed a river in a boat, maybe the Delaware, I think, and our first president, and he fought a war to get that, LOL. Maybe I wasn’t that bad, I’m laughing because that’s pretty bad. The Lord is saying, well you just lost half your readers on that one. Seriously, if you would have asked me why the pilgrims came to the New World, I would have answered something about being oppressed by a king, but I don’t know which king, and the Catholic Church. That is what I really believed, for many many years. So for those like me who didn’t know, let’s explore the truth.
The Christians that we will be exploring during this time of persecution, were called the Puritans. Their religion was called Puritanism. The following will be excerpts from Britannica.com
Puritanism, a religious reform movement in the late 16th and 17th centuries that sought to “purify” the Church of England of remnants of the Roman Catholic “popery” that the Puritans claimed had been retained after the religious settlement reached early in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. Puritans became noted in the 17th century for a spirit of moral and religious earnestness that conformed their whole way of life, and they sought through church reform to make their lifestyle the pattern for the whole nation. Their efforts to transform the nation contributed both to civil war in England and to the founding colonies in America as working models of the Puritan way of life.
Now when I read that, it really sounds to me at the end that it was actually the Puritans fault, to try and change a nation, and by doing so they caused a civil war to break out in England. Is that how it sounded to you? Well let’s look closer at this right here before we go any further, because the truth seekers we are, we really don’t trust the way Encyclopedia’s like to word things. Their information may be correct but their wording and phrasing can really lead one astray, so let’s find out for ourselves. Was Britannica being biased? Because what I just read sounded more like this. If it wasn’t for them dang Puritans, we would have never had a civil war in England over all this religious reform.
Let’s take a look again at what was going on at the time of King James’s rule of England. King James I took over where Queen Elizabeth left off. King James was also King James VI of Scotland, so by being king of Scotland he also became the head of Scotland’s church, which was Protestant and of the Presbyterian faith. So King James was Head of the Church of England and the Church (Kirk) of Scotland.
The Presbyterian beliefs are rooted in the thought of French reformer John Calvin. In addition to common Reformation themes of justification by faith, the priesthood of all believers and the importance of the Bible. Presbyterianism also reflects Calvin’s distinctive emphasis on the Sovereignty of God and a representational form of church government.
Let’s stop here, because of lack of time, but in my next post we will look at what the Puritans beliefs were, and then continue to move on from there. Until next time, may the Lord bless your search for truth.