The Rule of the Saints

Tonight, we considered the 'Rule of the Saints', the time under Cromwell when evangelical Christians ran the country. We looked at the Barebones Parliament and the rule of the Major Generals, with particular reference to our local puritan strong man, General Worsley. 
 
We discussed those verses which seemed to indicate that believers would rule and judge the nations and whether it is appropriate for the saints to use force to establish godliness. We concluded that the puritans were right to uphold biblical morality, but wrong to enforce it with violence and legal sanction.