How to Read the Bible Like a Puritan

Wisdom from J.I. Packer: 1. Interpret Scripture literally and grammatically. Ask, "What do these words actually mean?" 2. Interpret Scripture consistently and harmonistically. If Scripture is God's word, then the expression of a single divine mind, all that it says must be true, and there can be no real contradiction between part and part. 3. Interpret … Continue reading How to Read the Bible Like a Puritan

5 Myths About Puritans You May Still Believe

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Maybe it’s the smug servant Malvolio in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Perhaps it’s the extremely suspicious Boston community in Nathaniel Hawthrone’s The Scarlett Letter. Or it could be the more recent TV drama named for the location of the infamous Salem witch trials of early colonial America. High school history books continue to tell tales of America’s Pharisaic progenitors and their overly concerned moralism with attempts to establish God’s pure “city on a hill.” Many of us have grown up with an understanding of Puritans as those gloomy religious folk who found joy in making sure others had none. The tale of spoilsport Puritans continues to be told, and it couldn’t be further from the truth. Here are 5 myths about Puritans which you may still believe.

1) Puritans were legalists with no room for grace.

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