Where did the Day of Thanksgiving come from?
Most people connect it with Turkey Day or football. They have little or no understanding of the origin and the significance of Thanksgiving Day.
The churches in England went through some dramatic changes in the 16thand 17th centuries. Henry VIII came to the throne of England in 1509. He severely attacked the writings on Martin Luther earning him the title, “Defender of the Faith,” from the Pope.
However, twenty-four years later he lost favor with the Pope, by divorcing his wife, Catherine and marrying Anne Boleyn. The outcome of this conflict was King Henry VIII declaring England’s separation from the Roman Catholic Church and the establishment of the Church of England.
Edward VI became King of England following the death of his father, Henry VIII. However, he only lived six years and in 1553, Mary Tudor, the only child between Henry VIII and his first wife Catherine became queen. She was “Roman Catholic to the core,” as Earle Cairns said, in his book Christianity Through the Centuries.
Five years later Elizabeth, the daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, came to the throne. Because she was born in a marriage by divorce she could not be a member of the Roman Church. She restored much of the Church of England but also maintained much of the Roman tradition and practices. This gave rise to the Puritan Movement which sought to restore:
- Final Authority of the Holy Scriptures
- Jesus Christ is the head of the Church not the Monarch
- A child of God is in covenant with God through new birth and they make covenant with other members of the family of God and not the State.
- Bishops should be spiritual leaders only and not political leaders.
- Local congregations should manage their affairs, select their pastors and establish policies.
- In 1560 when the Geneva Bible was published, it became the accepted Bible of the Puritans.
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