Chapter

Thwarting the Errand

Robert C. Fuller

in Naming the Antichrist

Published in print February 1997 | ISBN: 9780195109795
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853281 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195109795.003.0003
Thwarting the Errand

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Convinced that salvation history was moving from east to west, the early American colonists knew themselves to be on God's “errand into the wilderness.” As fate had it, however, this errand repeatedly fell on hard times. The first legions of the Antichrist to be reckoned with were the pagan Native Americans and the Catholic French. This fiendish power of iniquity later attacked the very heart of this community of saints by inspiring internal discord in the form of such self-styled dissenters as Anne Hutchison, Roger Williams, and the infamous witches of Salem. No sooner were these threats dispatched than the colonists began to discover that both the Church of England and the whole institution of monarchy were merely the instruments through which the Antichrist sought to exercise his tyranny over the fledgling new Zion in the west. Apocalyptic rhetoric from influential clergy provided a religious impetative for colonists to sever their ties with England and launch themselves headstrong into the building of a new nation under God.

Keywords: Antichrist; colonists; Native Americans; Anne Hutchison; Roger Williams; witches of Salem; Church of England; monarchy; tyranny; England

Chapter.  16244 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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