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Who were the "Pilgrims"?

Discussion in 'History Forum' started by Dr. Bob, Nov 18, 2003.

  1. Dr. Bob

    Dr. Bob Administrator

    Jun 30, 2000
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    Lots of fact, fancy and fiction get bantered around this time of year (Thanksgiving).

    Who were the Pilgrims and what exactly were their religious beliefs?

    One thing I know for certain is that they didn't have a AV1611 with them since that was a "government" Bible endrosed by the King and they believed in separation of church and state.

    Sounds like our "Versions Forum" bunch!!
  2. PastorGreg

    PastorGreg Member
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    Jul 12, 2000
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    I know you know this Dr. Bob, but the Pilgrims were Separatists from the Church of England, largely because of the unbiblical ties of church and state. They were outlawed in England, eventually ending up in America after a stint in Holland. They were a local church that chose to pursue the ability to rear their children as they thought right and to evangelize. They were believers (IMO) although they were Covenant Theology and baptized babies. They carried their faithful old Geneva Bibles.

    They purchased land from the Indians, made treaties that were never broken during the whole history of their colony, and celebrated the Thanksgiving feast that we know of in 1623 after Govenor Wm. Bradford rightfully violated the financial agreement under which they were sponsored by making individual families responsible for their own land and crops. Two years of almost starving under communal society proved to them that socialism didn't work. Individual property and responsibility put a permanent end to their want. Bradford's "Of Plimoth Plantation" is fascinating reading. Ever been to Plimoth Plantation?