Monday, January 23, 2012

Do you have Puritan pride?


Most remember the importance of the Puritans when it came to the founding of the American colonies.  In fact, Alexis de Tocqueville, the French wrote that Puritanism was the very thing that provided a firm foundation for American democracy.
Puritans also have given us great theology.  They gave us John Bunyan and his work Pilgrim's Progress.  But don't stop there.  Desiring God's blog recently provided a list of Puritans and their works.  Check it out if you'd like to learn more both historically and spiritually!
Here's an example:
“For you that are parents, or to whom the education of children is comitted, I beseech you mind the duty which lies on you. … For to what purpose do we desire them before we have them, rejoice in them when we have them, value them so highly, sympathize with them so tenderly, grieve for their death so excessively, if in the meantime no care be taken what shall become of them to eternity? … If you neglect to instruct them in the way of holiness, will the devil neglect to instruct them in the way of wickedness? No, no, if you will not teach them to pray, he will teach them to curse, swear and lie. If ground be uncultivated, weeds will spring up.”
~ John Flavel

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