To be fair to the Puritans, they neither coined the term manifest destiny nor believed in the idea. They believed that God had a providential purpose for all nations, including the United States. It was not for the United States alone. The term manifest destiny was first used in 1845 by John L. Sullivan, the editor of Democratic Review. It was a secular, nationalistic distortion of calling that needs to be challenged in a nation as much as in an individual."
The Call, p. 115