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Friday, May 29, 2009

First Blast Of The Trumpet


Archbishop David Beaton was a Scottish Cardinal who lived from 1494-1546. Heavily involved in political matters, he was constantly embroiled in conflict with Henry VIII, the king of England. This was mainly on account of Henry's strong support of the Anglican church, while David was a Catholic.
Beaton was also known for his persecution of Protestants. The first two martyrs of the Scottish reformation, George Wishart and Patrick Hamilton, were murdered under Beaton's orders.
Wishart was an elderly gentleman who had gained much support from the Scottish population, so much so, that the Scots rose up against Beaton's tyrannical rule, stormed his castle of St. Andrew's, and killed him on this day in 1546. One of the leaders of that group of men was a man who was very close to Wishart and had served as his bodygaurd. He was none other than John Knox.

Through the blessing of God on the work of men like Wishart and Knox, Scotland became the Godliest nation on the face of the earth, much like America once was. Scotland has had the greatest impact on any nation since ancient Israel and without the Scottish Reformation, there would be no English Reformation. Without the English Reformation, America would not have been the city on the hill that she was for the first 200 years of her existence.

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Blogger Ishkie said...

Fact: The first Protestant monarch in England was Elizabeth.
Fact: The second Protestant monarch in England was King James VI,I.
Fact: James VI,I was a Presbyterian.
Fact: The Scottish Reformation happened largely through illegal means and with the tacit support of an indifferent, ineffective Catholic monarch (Mary Queen of Scots).
Fact: James VI,I strongly disapproved of the Puritans and it was because of religious intolerance, the most dangerous intolerance in the world, that *Boston* became a city on a hill.
Fact: Those same Puritans gave way to men like Lord Jeffrey Amherst, who sanctioned the use of smallpox blankets against the very people who saved the lives of the Puritans when they arrived in Plimoth.
Fact: Those same Puritans became the perpetrators of the Salem Witch Trials, one of the most astonishing instances of mass hysteria and mob mentality in American history. They crushed people to death with stones.
Fact: I just spent five months in Edinburgh studying the Scottish Reformation. John Knox was a narcissist. I'm also not sure how you can condone murder.

In fact, Scotland was a "Catholic" country for a much longer time than you seem to realize. It was only with the reign of James VI that it became officially, legally Presbyterian.

June 20, 2009 at 3:42 AM  
Blogger Stephen Boyd said...

Politically, Elizabeth was a Protestant, only because her goals as a queen were to keep her crown and her head. Secretly, she was a Catholic.
I guess you could say that James the first of England was a protestant but a Presbyterian? He was not. He was raised by Presbyterians, including the Godly George Buchanan, but he became a blatant homosexual and eventually turned on his Scottish Presbyterian kin and persecuted them fiercely.
As to your statement that the Scottish Reformation happened through illegal means, I ask you, what is your definition of "illegal"? It certainly wasn't illegal by Biblical terms.
In answer to your next three facts, I must confess, I know very little about the Puritans. My research has mainly focused on the Scotch Irish Presbyterians who settled the South and expanded west. I might ask, what is your definition of religious intolerance? Isn't charging a person with a hate crime religious intolerance?

I'm not sure what you mean by calling John Knox a narcissist? He was a mortal and as such he was sinful.
I don't condone murder, defined as killing an innocent person.

Again, politically I would agree with you. But there was the incredible resistance to the papacy prior to the Stuart kings. There was also St. Patrick and the chapel at Iona where Celtic Christians were taught an early form of Presbyterianism.

June 20, 2009 at 4:44 PM  

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