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The Puritan Vision II, The Six Great Truths That Formed the Puritan Vision

What was it that drove thousands of Christians to leave the familiar surroundings of their homeland and cross a wild sea, to dwell "in a wilderness"? It wasn't merely the desire for adventure or the hankering to "see the world" It was a desire to have a hand in building a nation which would conform to the Word of God and seek to advance His purposes.

The central theme of the Reformation, "Sola Scriptura," drove hundreds of men and women to seek reformation in all areas of life. Christ was Lord of all and thus all things should be conformed to His Word. The "crown rights of King Jesus" demanded a reformed society. Thus, the goal of the Pilgrims and Puritans was expressed not merely by a desire to found a godly church, but to establish a City, a "city on a hill." A place where there would not only be faithful worship of the living God, but faithful, covenant living under the God whom they worshipped.