When times are tough, the great temptation of nations is to leave the tested and true path and follow emotions and charismatic leaders who promise to save them. We are entering a difficult time such as this in America. Our liberties, our heritage and our prosperity are hanging in the balance. What will we do? The good news is that we need look no further than our own cultural heritage to find the brave stories of our ancestors. Against all odds they turned back to the documents of liberty, the universal laws of history and the Bible. They then were able to stop their unaccountable leaders in their tracks. The story of the incredible transformation of England in the 17th century is a lesson for the ages and their strategy of liberation is timeless.
At the start of the 17th century, the English were filled with hope that their new young, "Christian" leader would bring real change. The English believed he would bring reform and solve their problems. But instead, King James I used his "Christianity" as a cover for even further economic, religious and political corruption. He was like many of today's seemingly unaccountable leaders in America. James I proceeded to bankrupt his nation. He spent the nation's wealth on fighting foreign wars and giving money and lands to his lovers, insiders and special interest groups.
When James I finally died in 1625, his son, Charles I, continued his father's ways and was even more intolerant of true believers than his father. He used the Star Chamber, a kangaroo court with no jury or appeal, to persecute biblically sound Christians such as the Puritans, Presbyterians, and Independents. In Scotland, Charles simply sent his assassins to kill the faithful ministers of the land. (He and his sons tortured and martyred 18,000 ministers and their wives.) In England, the king used the Star Chamber to persecute believers, bypassing the Parliament and the courts.