Puritan Belief

The Puritans are the men of God who started in the 16th century building on the purity of the gospel message that Salvation is by Grace alone.

Michael Servetus - Burnt for Denying the Trinity

Michael Servetus was Burnt Alive after evidence given by John Calvin to the catholic inquisition. Michael was charged with heresy for denying the number one catholic doctrine the trinity.

John Calvin - Good & Bad
Firstly John Calvin is the man who first formalised TULIP at the Synod of Dordt and for this I respect him. However in many aspects of his belief he was still a catholic. He held the trinity and infant baptism. Both of these things Michael Servetus opposed and as a result he was burnt alive.

Michael Servetus Early Years
Genius would be a good word to describe his mind in his youth. He read the bible front to back in its original languages and also was an amazing scientist with vivid knowledge in astronomy, meteorology and geography. He had an intimate understanding of anatomy and medicine and spent most of his life as a doctor. He was also the first European to describe Pulmonary circulation.

Writings
Michael servetus wrote books on medicine and many topics however it was his books on theology that led to his death. Their titles are:

* On the Errors of the Trinity
* Dialogues on the Trinity
* On the Justice of Christ's Reign (He also knew a lot about laws or jurisprudence)

During his time he sent many letters to John Calvin on the subject and Calvins friends. These discussions were often heated and caused them to have a hatred towards him.

Imprisonment
Michael was imprisoned on numerous occasions and released due to inconclusive evidence from the catholic church. He was hated by many and was recognised attending a sermon by John Calvin in Geneva to which authorities were alerted and he was captured and tried by a court for denying the trinity and infant baptism.

John Calvins Evidence Used to Sentence Michael Servetus to Death
John Calvin sent much of their correspondence as evidence against Him which was used to sentence him to death by burning. John Calvin thought death by sword was more appropriate.

Last Words:
Even after all the backstabbing it would appear Michael still regarded his friends such as John Calvin a Christian. Salvation belongs to the Lord and not our intellect.

"I will burn, but this is a mere event. We shall continue our discussion in eternity... Jesus, Son of the Eternal God, have mercy on me." (29 Sep 1511 - 27 Oct 1553)(ONLY 42 Years Old)

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Michael Servetus - Burnt for Denying the Trinity
Posted by Correy Edmed Thursday, April 27, 2006
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Isaac Watts - Burnt His Hymn Books

When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.

Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
Save in the death of Christ my God!


People Still Burn His Hymn Books TODAY
Although in each and every line of his hymns the Word of God is proclaimed and exalted many people have burned his hymn books making a mockery of him and his beliefs. WHY? Because he opposed the catholic doctrine The Trinity. Many now label him a Unitarian. (blanket statement such as oneness or Arian)

Spurgeon & Isaac Watts Hymns
The greatest hymn writer of all time is Sir Isaac Watts in many of the Old puritans eyes. Charles Spurgeon in his youth was given 1 penny for every Isaac Watts hymn he memorised by his grandmother. Unfortunately for her bank account his memory was amazing.

Early Years
Isaacs father was twice imprisoned because of his beliefs in the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ. When home he exhorted all his children to go to Jesus for salvation.

At the age of 16 Isaac had mastered Latin, Greek, Hebrew and French and excelled in philosophy and mathematics. At 24 Isaac preached his first sermon in the congregationalist church after refusing to be part of Anglicanism.

Sickness
For most of Isaacs life he was weak and ill however he applied himself to scripture for the Lords sake quoting "for Satan finds some mischief still for idle hands to do"

Hymns became Alive
In Isaacs day hymns were paraphrases of the Psalms and his father encouraged him to write new hymns and Isaac said: "Behold the glories of the Lamb Amidst the Father's throne, Prepare new honours for His Name And songs before unknown" His endeavour was to change the older paraphrase of the Psalms by weaving The New Testament into the Old Testament Psalms. We all know at least one Isaac Watts Hymn here is one you will know. Joy to the world

Died at 74 (1674 - 1748)
Over 500 Hymns later many of his hymns are still sung and studied today such as "When I survey the wondrous cross" or "Alas and did my Savior bleed"

Christ-Centered Hymns by Isaac Watts
Well might the sun in darkness hide
And shut his glories in,
When Christ, the mighty Maker died,
For man the creature’s sin. (Full Hymn)

He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness,
And wonders of His love, (Full Hymn)

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Isaac Watts - Burnt His Hymn Books
Posted by Correy Edmed Friday, April 21, 2006
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Who Raised Jesus From the Dead?

Jesus raised Himself
Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. Jn 2:19

God raised Jesus
Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it. Acts 2:24

The Father raised Jesus
Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places. Eph 1:20

The Spirit
But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead Rom 8:11

Jesus took back his life
I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father. Jn 10:18

If Jesus did not raise Himself from the dead He is a false prophet. (Deut 18:22) and disobedient to the Fathers commandment. It is abundantly clear which person raised Jesus from the dead in every instance of scripture.

So when He was raised from the dead, His disciples remembered that He said this [I will raise it up]; and they believed the Scripture and the word which Jesus had spoken. Jn 2:22

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Who Raised Jesus From the Dead?
Posted by Correy Edmed Thursday, April 20, 2006
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Having not Seen

Jesus is described for us like this:
Having Not Seen
ye love; in whom though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory. 1 Peter 1:8

Brotherly Kindness
Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned/sincere love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: Being born again. 1 Peter 1:22-23

Destruction of things that are seen.
The joy of the Lord shall be our strength which is found in things not seen. Things that are seen can be destroyed. We can see a house and as such we can tear it to the ground, same as with our brethren.

Impossible to destroy
Therefore with unveiled faces/eyes beholding the Lord we are being transformed from glory to glory just as from the Lord the Spirit who is unseen and will never be torn down. A Christian is defined simply because they have a love of the truth namely Jesus who is unseen.

Our Brother
Jesus is our brother and we are called sons of God. We know that when He shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see Him as He is. (1 Jn 3:2)

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Having not Seen
Posted by Correy Edmed Wednesday, April 19, 2006
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What is Worship?

What is Worship"... 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

Satan: "All this I will give you," he said, "if you will bow down and worship me."
Jesus Responds: "Away from me, Satan! For it is written: 'Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only." Matt 4:9 -10

The definition of worship: Exalting/Worshipping Jesus

...We saw his star in the east and have come to worship Him. Matt 2:2
Suddenly Jesus met them. "Greetings," he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped Him. Matt 28:9

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What is Worship?
Posted by Correy Edmed Monday, April 17, 2006
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Jesus

JesusTo the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen. Romans 16:27

To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen Jude 1:25

But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen. 2 Peter 3:15

That we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.... Amen 1 John 5:20

...Taking a break from blogs and will be back soon. Best Regards.

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Jesus
Posted by Correy Edmed Friday, April 07, 2006

What is the Fathers Name?

What is the Fathers NameJesus Speaking:
"I have manifested Your name to the men whom You gave Me" John 17:6

"Holy Father, keep them in Your name, the name which You have given Me," John 17:11

Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I AM" John 8:58

Saints are all Brothers in Christ, disciples of Christ, CHRISTians. We have one and the same Father namely JESUS CHRIST. To Know the Father Just ask Jesus:

Philip said, "Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us." Jesus answered: "Don't you know me, Philip (John 14:8-9)

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What is the Fathers Name?
Posted by Correy Edmed Thursday, April 06, 2006

Show us the Father?

Show us the Father"God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them." Genesis 1:27

I have said, You are gods; and all of you are children of the most High. Psalm 82:6

Jesus is the Son of God we are the sons of God, He is flesh and we are flesh, He has the Spirit of God and we have this same Spirit THEN....

If We are gods then who is Jesus ?
"He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how can you say, 'Show us the Father'?" John 14:9
JESUS AFFIRMS THIS AGAIN WHEN HE SAID:
"I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, "who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty." Revelations 1:8

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Show us the Father?
Posted by Correy Edmed Sunday, April 02, 2006