The Exemplary Courage of Obediah Holmes

 

In 1651, in Lynn, Massachusetts, Obediah Holmes and several others gathered in a man’s home for a small worship service. Even though European immigrants were fleeing religious persecution by coming to North America, they still brought with them much of the established expectations of Church/state relations. Obediah and his friends were Baptists, and this put them at odds with the established Church. Their worship service was private but it was not secret, and it was illegal.

Not long into their service, constables broke in and arrested three of the men…

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