In my recent study of the Puritan pastors and their theology, I have noted a number of truths that resonate with my own practice. Some have spurred me to intensify what I am doing, some have encouraged me to do something new, but most have simply affirmed my direction.
I will list some of these randomly from memory, later I may go back and make a more exhaustive list.
- The Puritans emphasized the Glory of God.
- The Puritan leaders were pastors and thus pastoral in their approach to theology.
- The Puritans viewed this life as a journey, and Christians as pilgrims in an alien land.
- The Puritans stressed expository analysis, followed by intense applicatory preaching.
- The Puritans accepted the fact that their movement had been distorted by their popular enemies.
- The Puritans viewed salvation as both event and process.
- The Puritans viewed the heart of a man as a court (this requires explanation and I will give that explanation later).
- The Puritans saw the whole of life as sacred.