Rise of Arminianism 1625-1629
Arminianism gained more influence once Charles I became king. William Laud was chosen to preach the opening sermon of the first parliament of his reign and Montagu became Chaplain and later Bishop of Chichester then went on to become Bishop of London in 1628.
Predestination teachings were forbidden, all leading church posts were filled by Arminians and Calvinists were progressively excluded from the Kings council.
Arminians were united by a concern over church ceremony and worship though not all Arminians accepted free will. One feature of the Arminians was they wished to worship “in beauty of holiness” in buildings decorated only for sacred use. Much in the Church of England caused them distress- many churches were in a serious state of…