Tuesday, September 22, 2015
22 September 1692 A.D. Final executions on Witch Hill, Salem, Massachusetts--compare/contrast with America's great Holocaust, 1973-2015? 19 hanged versus millions of boys and girls slaughtered?
22 September 1692 A.D. Final executions on Witch Hill, Salem, Massachusetts--compare/contrast with America's great Holocaust, 1973-2015? 19 hanged versus millions of boys and girls slaughtered?Dr. Rusten tells the story.
Rusten, E. Michael and Rusten, Sharon. The One Year Christian History. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 2003. Available at: http://www.amazon.com/The-Year-Christian-History-Books/dp/0842355073/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1393302630&sr=8-1&keywords=rusten+church+history
The witch hunts began in 1692 with the daughter of Mr. (Rev.) Samuel Parris, the Pastor of the church in Salem, MA.
Rev. Parris’ daughter began acting strange, exhibiting psychotic symptoms, violent convulsions, hallucinations, and trance-like states. A cousin of the daughter also was acting out. The hysteria spread. Blame came to be associated with Tituba, a slave from the West Indies, who offered the children stories of the occult from her homeland.
150 suspects were involved. Some were imprisoned. 19 were hanged. Most were women and most were social outcasts.
The final public executions happened on 22 September 1692 – 8 middle-aged women and 1 man. At the gallows was the judge at the trials, William Stoughton.
Cotton Mather, a young and allegedly brilliant cleric, had been one involved in the interrogation of witches.
After the executions, neighboring ministers made an effort to stop the witch hunts.
1 year later, Rev. Parris would lament and regret his involvement. He preached such in a sermon, saying, “…the wounds of the victims accuseth us as the vile actors.”
1. What of the confessions of foul and dark deeds?
2. What of David, adultery and premeditated murder?
3. What of Paul, a murderer? Paul was conscious of this into his later Christian life.
4. What of the words of Confession at Holy Communion in the Book of Common Prayer?
5. 1 John 1.9? 1599 Geneva Bible (GNV): 9 [a]If we acknowledge our sins, he is [b]faithful and just, to [c]forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1:9 Therefore the beginning of salvation is to acknowledge our wickedness, and to require pardon from him who freely forgiveth all sins, because he hath promised so to do, and he is faithful and just.
1 John 1:9 So then our salvation hangeth upon the free promise of God, who because he is faithful and just, will perform that which he hath promised.
1 John 1:9 Where are then our merits? for this is our true felicity.
6. What deep and grievous sins do you confess?
7. What of the massive and individual sins of abortion? And America’s great Holocaustalism dwarfing Hitler’s oven-camps?
8. Divorce? Single-parented homes where fathers disappear? Can it compare to Salem Witch Trials? Perhaps a stretch, but God describes adultery and divorce as “violence” to the wife of one’s youth. If so, how so? That is, emotional violence?
9. How does the 6th commandment play here? The 9th commandment?
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Stout, H.S. “Salem Witch Trial.” DCA. 1041.
Strauss and Howe. Generations. 116-20.
Weinstein, Allen and Frank Otto Gatell. Freedom and Crisis: An American History. 3rd ed. New York: Random, 1981. 80-104.