The Real Pilgrims
Shared first on Facebook, then here…you’re not crazy thinking you’ve seen this before.
I learned the other night that our forefathers, the Pilgrims, were known in England as Separatists. They had stepped away from the Church of England which was administered by the king/queen of England. These people were persecuted — hunted down, jailed, tortured for their simple belief that they were to follow the rules of Scripture instead of the monarch’s.
They met in secret for about four years, then tried to escape to The Netherlands. The captain of the ship played them, got their money and turned them in to authorities. Captured and jailed, these folks spent about two years waiting for the next opportunity.
Finally arriving in Amsterdam, they tried to assimilate and serve as missionaries, sharing with everyone they could what the Bible said. They even developed a printing press to publish the Word and expository teaching.
After 12 years, the majority returned to England and served their homeland until they could escape to that New World, now known as New England. Because of ship problems, only half could make the trip, and because of disease and other problems, many died, yet those who survived took the seeds their pastor had sown in them and sowed them in the new land, which later became a nation.
Be blessed today as you celebrate our nation’s heritage.
(The photo is of the dedication plaque on the statue “National Monument to the Forefathers” in Plymouth, Massachusetts. I challenge you to learn more about that statue…it’s amazing.)