How timely are these words today as they were to the early Pilgrims back 400 years ago. The original Thanksgiving is a product of the Pilgrim's obedience to God's truth.
In spite of the Papal woke alliance's condemnation, the first Thanksgiving was a true work of God. We often recall the physical adversity the Pilgrims in Massachusetts faced. Less often do we consider the spiritual threats.
The Pilgrims chose to separate from the Church of England because they sought to honor God without compromise. Many fled to other countries. Some remained in England under threat of persecution. Some ended up in prison for their faith, such as John Bunyan, the author of Pilgrim's Progress.
Yet, what many historians neglect is a common conviction that united not only the Pilgrims, but also Puritan reformers within the Church of England and believers throughout Europe.
These believers feared the corrupting influence of Rome and her tyrannical Popes. In fact, this is one of the main reasons Pilgrims like William Bradford departed the Church of England and came to America. They saw the encroaching danger of Papal rule and ritual infiltrating the Anglican Church. (Another big reason is their desire for purity of Christian life and doctrine, both threatened by Romanism.)
It is helpful for us to remind ourselves why the Reformers in history guarded against Rome and her Popes. Let us consider her deceit in our own day.
1) Would you support the beatification of John Paul II?
A recent article in The Sun details a friendly meeting between John Paul II and child sex traffickers Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell. Why would a sitting Pope whose Vatican is infested with pedophilia take this meeting? Why would anyone trust what he teaches?
2) Can you really trust Pope Francis with your body and soul?
Previous articles have documented the collaboration of Pope Francis in pushing vaccines on the world and abolishing Biblical freedom and private property with the Green New Deal and the Great Reset. Let us not forget his striving to liberalize LGBTQ and Ecumenism.
Let us remember how the Pilgrims faced similar threats.
Instead of succumbing to a spirit of fear, the Pilgrims chose to trust God. By identifying with His true spirit, they received a spirit of power, love, and sound mind. They rejected the schemes of men for the truth of God. As a result, they (and we) were able to celebrate God's blessings on Thanksgiving Day.
In the midst of the turmoil in our world, let us pause and thank God for the daily mercies he continues to give us (Lam. 3:22-3).