From: Danielle Ayers
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Danielle Ayers History 67 1/31/00
Primary Reading Assignment: 2) John Winthrop, A Modell of Christian Charity John Winthrop was the governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. He was a very dedicated Christian, and followed the Lordís will whole-heartedly. Winthrop believed that God had a plan for the Puritans when they came to the New World. They were to live in harmony as a single body of Christ. Love was to keep them closely knit together in a bond that would not be broken. Winthrop told the community of his plan for them in the New World before they had actually landed. This may have been to lay down some sort of religious plan for the community. With a solid structure of Christian morals to follow, the New World had a good chance of successfully living out Godís plan. John Winthrop told the citizens that they had to act as a whole; that they must have faith in each other and the Lord to survive. Every individual had to be loving towards another, and any burden had to be absorbed by the entire community; not just one person. Winthrop warned that if they did not follow Godís plan for them, they would fail in the New World, and God would punish them for violating his covenant of Christianity.