The Godly Man's Picture Analysis

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Good day to you, my friends, and thank you so much for inviting me to be with you this fine morning! I trust you have all been hard at work, being studious of the Scriptures? Yes? No? In any case, since all of you have hopefully read my work, The Godly Man’s Picture, Dr. Brewer has seen it fit for me to come and tell you a little bit about my life. I must admit that my memory is hazy, but I believe that I was born around 1620 in the area of Yorkshire. I do not remember much of my early years, only that I received my education at Emmanuel College in Cambridge. I earned my Bachelor’s degree of arts in 1639 and then my Master’s in 1642. Upon graduating, I chose to stay in the home of a widow by the name of Lady Mary Vere, whose family …show more content…
The Act of Uniformity and the opposition to it, in particular, is a good example of how the relations between the monarchy and those outside of the Church of England were in a perpetual state of tug-of-war. The Act was initially written and passed during the reign of Elizabeth I, but it was modified many times. What this document did was make it mandatory for all worship meetings and services to use the Book of Common Prayer. Remember how I said that Charles I was executed? This was because he tried to force these Anglican practices on his people and it failed, especially against my Presbyterian brothers and sisters in Scotland. Oliver Cromwell actually sided with the Puritans and fought against the king and won, but the problem came later when Cromwell’s then Puritan-heavy Parliament divided into two sides, the Presbyterians and the Independents. The two sides could never agree with each other, so that is why he dissolved Parliament and assumed total authority over England. By the time Charles II took over, things did not improve for Puritans because of the enacting of the Clarendon Code, which included a renewed version of the Act of Uniformity, the Five-Mile Act, and the Conventicle Act, just to name a few. In short, those in power did their best to …show more content…
We had all types: Presbyterians like myself, Separatists, Independents, Baptists, and even some Anglicans. I understand that many of you may have misconceptions of what we Puritans stood for, meaning that you think that we took all of the fun out of worship. Or, maybe you think we were “killjoys” as you say. This is not true! Spiritual comfort, joy, and pleasure were huge motivators in our attempts to live out the godly lifestyle. This might seem surprising, since it comes from a predominantly Calvinistic group! So much of the Puritan mindset that we tried to instill in ourselves and others stems from the desire to enter into a more intimate relationship with God the Father. Union and communion with God was the chief focus of our worship goals. As we strove to commune with God, I’m sure that all of you could understand why we would bristle against heavily structured methods of worship like praying out of the Book of Common Prayer just to name one. One needs more liberty in order to spend quality time with the Father, since people have their own unique mystical experience with Him. You only read a portion of The Godly Man’s Picture, but I list twenty-four attributes or tell-tale signs of the godly person. This work is basically my opinion of what the Christian’s purpose is. After being justified through the acceptance of Christ’s sacrifice, we are to relentlessly pursue

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