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.

John Knox

(~1514 - 1572 ) only lived to ~58 years of age.
Picture a skinny dirty man with whip marks across his back amongst hundreds of men rowing a ship with chains on in the galleys. On one of his breaks he could see the guards approaching from the front of the boat one with a whip and the other with a statue of the Virgin Mary. He could see his fellow and helpless prisoners kissing her feet for who else could they get strength from? Finally the guard looked at him and handed him the statue yet he hesitated. Then as if reluctantly he says "give her to me". He grasped the statue and with one quick movement cast her overboard into the sea and exclaimed for all to hear "let our lady now save herself; for she is light enough; let her learn to swim".

John Knox is one of the most noted puritans yet was at first a priest in the catholic church before the Lord called him by His grace and made His abode in the heart of John Knox. No stranger to the hard life His best friend in his youth George Wishart was tried for heresy and burnt at the stake. Later he was captured by the pro-catholic French forces where he rowed in the French galleys for 18 months.

John Knox played a key role as a Protestant reformer and was instrumental in the institution of the Presbyterian church. He also was a friend of John Calvin in Geneva.

John Knox Quote
"No one else holds or has held the place in the heart of the world which Jesus holds. Other gods have been as devoutly worshipped; no other man has been so devoutly loved."
John Knox's Final Words
"Lord, Jesus receive my Spirit!"

Spurgeon said of John Knox
"John Knox's gospel is my gospel. That which thundered through Scotland must thunder through England again."

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John Knox
Posted by Correy Saturday, December 31, 2005


Blogger Doug E. said...

Great stuff as usual. I have a book on him I need to read. Thanks for the motivation.


December 31, 2005 5:40 PM   Edit
Blogger Rand said...

No stranger to the hard life His best friend in his youth George Wishart was tried for heresy and burnt at the stake.

Good old Romanism. The old Roman whore, she sure is drunk with the blood of the saints. How long will the Lord endure, and cast her down for her sin and wickedness?

Great post Puritan. I too am a big fan of John Knox. When you talk about a courageous and brave soul, his name must come up!



January 01, 2006 1:16 AM   Edit
Blogger T.B. Vick said...

wow, you've come a long way since I first saw your blog.

The pics really help. God Bless you and may God extend his Grace to you in 2006.

January 01, 2006 6:54 AM   Edit
Blogger Julianne said...

How come we don't burn heretics at the stake anymore? Are there no more heretics now?

(In one sense, I'm joking, in the other sense, I'm quite serious.)

January 05, 2006 2:16 AM   Edit
Blogger Julianne said...

For clarification: I don't mean heretics to Romanism, but to the truths of Scripture.

Heretic: One who espouses a view that is not consistent with an official church teaching or doctrine.

What about a Reformed person at a four-square church? Would that person be a "heretic?"

Or a Nazarene at a Baptist church?

I guess, what are the essential truths of Christianity?

January 05, 2006 2:24 AM   Edit
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you look back in History the heretics have always been the Calvinist or the true "born again" believers. The title heretic is a label like fundamentalist if you actually believe the bible then what would happen is someone would label you a heretic and from there they would take your life in a very gruesome way.

It really depends on who uses the word. Throughout History the catholic church has labeled people heretics and if they did have power like they have had in the past you would be labeled a witch and burnt at the stake during the inquisition for the "hericies" you post in your blog semper reformanda. I would similarly be burnt at the stake for this Blog and they would take all my land and give it to the Rome.

This is where the saying the catholic church (Vatican) got rich on the blood of the saints comes from".

Your country America if I remember correctly burnt at the stake the first 2 priests that ventured to America in the public square because they knew the wickedness that Catholicism does in a country.

As a Christian we should rejoice when there is freedom of religion and no one has the power to kill heretics of any type because the moment this power comes in it will not be the Catholics or the Muslims or the Jehovah witnesses being burnt. History shows us that it is the true Christians who get labeled a heretic because the truth of Christ offends the non-believer more then the false truths of other religions.

January 05, 2006 7:48 AM   Edit
Blogger Mickey Sheu said...

mmmm steak....

Sorry, that was in poor taste *groan!*

But excellent post. Thanks for the brief background. Maybe one of these days I'll start adding pics to my blog... but it requires so much effort! We'll see

January 06, 2006 4:33 PM   Edit
Blogger Modern Day Magi said...

you say that heretics have always been the calvinist or true cristian?
look into the council of Nicea where many heretics were discredited and expelled from the church, mainly ones which denied the Divinity of Christ.
Corect me if im wrong, but don't calvinists believe that Jesus is God? Heretics are, and have often been, false prophets who do NOT believe the Truth of the Gospel.

January 08, 2006 12:20 AM   Edit
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes you are defining the word according to what you believe to be true doctrine as you rightly point out from Nicea which were those denying the divinity of Christ.

Check out this definition Heretic

Notice the first definition to be a person who holds religious beliefs in conflict with the dogma of the Roman Catholic Church

Another definition down lower is this.

A Christian who holds beliefs which are contrary to what the Church teaches.

So as you see it is basically anyone who doesn't fit into the mold of a certain organisation would be a heretic.

Just say you started a church called modern day magi inc well anyone who didn't like your doctines is then a heretic.

I often find that the word heretic has been replaced with fundamentalist and I notice in Australian newspapers such as SMH they use the word puritanism

January 08, 2006 12:31 AM   Edit
Blogger Modern Day Magi said...

to clarify i was not saying the there has never been a Christian labelled as a heretic because of their correct understanding of scripture conflicting with the dogma of the established church. i was merly challenging you generalisation that "If you look back in History the heretics have always been the Calvinist or the true "born again" believers. The title heretic is a label like fundamentalist if you actually believe the bible then what would happen is someone would label you a heretic and from there they would take your life in a very gruesome way."
The fact remains that not all heretics knew the truth of Christ, there have been many who claimed to be Jesus in the last 2000 years and they would all fall into the category of Heretic.
i guess i just generally dont like generalisations.

January 09, 2006 7:40 AM   Edit
Blogger Modern Day Magi said...

thanks for the info on John though, a very interesting and couragoius man of Christ.

January 09, 2006 7:41 AM   Edit
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am glad you enjoyed John Knox it would be well worth your while to read some of his sermons.

In relation to heretics:
The question related to the death of heretics bought up because of George Wishart. How many Christians do you know putting people to death on the charge of a heresy against their belief? Please give names.

Yet as a very firm rule there were many true Christians mainly Calvinists like John Knox's friend George Wishart put to death on the charge of heresy. Many other religions are doing this around the world right now. Yet the puritans although most stood for the death penalty in some cases such as cold murder. They certainly did not preach death to anyone that did not believe exactly as they did.

As this no longer relates to John Knox but is rather a definition misnomer which I pointed out from my first mention
"It really depends on who uses the word."
please contact me if you wish to respond.

You have some great comments Modern Day Magi and I do appreciate you reading this blog.

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