A Colonial Dissenter.
March 23/24th, 2008
Santa Cruz, California
Received by FAB
I am here, Roger Williams.
As you read my biography (Liberty of Conscience, Roger Williams in America by Edwin S. Gaustad), you see parallels with your own time. Of course, the nature of the tyranny is different, but the principles are exactly the same.
I had believed that no mortal church could attain true spiritual eminence without divine intervention. I now know that all along, this intervention was possible by receiving the Divine Love by the Holy Spirit. It was transformation of soul in the Divine Love that started the church to begin with at the Pentecost, and it was the same process that could have transformed my earthly church as well.
Roger Williams (December 21, 1603–April 1, 1683) was an English theologian, a notable proponent of religious toleration and the separation of church and state (because he was worried about contamination of the church), and an advocate for fair dealings with Native Americans. In 1644, he received a charter creating the colony of Rhode Island, named for the principal island in Narragansett Bay. He is credited for originating either the first or second Baptist church established in America. (Source: Wikipedia)