“The Puritan Movement is to the Elizabethan Church what monasticism was to the Medieval Church. It expressed Gospel energy always unsatisfied with the lowest common denominator syndrome of Reformed religion, and in its desire for disciplined and holy lives it formed evangelical brotherhoods of preachers dedicated for the pursuit of those ends.”
Irvonwy Morgan, Puritan Spirituality (London: Epworth Press, 1973), 105.
It seems in the history of the Church, God often stirs up certain groups of men and women who are so filled with “Gospel energy” they are perennially “unsatisfied” with status quo Christianity: the Desert Monks, the Mendicant Orders, the Protestant Reformers, the Puritans, the early Methodists. As must be the case this side of glory, these groups are always mixed in the means they use to attain deeper godliness; if they take their eyes off Scripture as our final authority and the finished work of Jesus as the grounds of all our holiness, they can even plunge clear off the deep end. But most of the time, they have a way of changing the subject of the conversation for God’s glory. They remind us there is more of God to experience, and that is something for which we should give thanks.