Sorry for missing out on one week of Meet the Puritans, was extremely busy with it, and thus was delayed for one week.
Today we meet with 3 Puritans.
Although there was only a short section on Henry Airay, yet it was shown that he was an impressive student. Began studying at the age of 20 and obtained his 4th degree, a Doctor of Divinity at the age of 40! And an impressive career, he was elected provost in 1599, and became vice-chancellor of Oxford in 1606.
Although Joseph Alleine was schooled in Oxford, under both John Owen and Thomas Goodwin, and lived a life like a scholar whilst in Oxford. Joseph Alleine was no arm-chair theologian, rather devoted much time to preaching to prisoners, visiting the sick and ministering to the poor.
With regards to his piety, Joseph Alleine, as a student often spent excessive amount of time studying, often depriving himself of food and sleep. And daily he would often devote the time between four and eight o’clock in the morning for private worship. His own wife remarked that Joseph Alleine “would be much troubled if he heard smiths, or other craftsmen at work at their trades, before he was at communion with God: saying to me often, ‘How this noise shames me! Doth not my Master deserve more than theirs?‘” Indeed, He does, and Joseph Alliene puts me to shame, often being too lazy to wake up any earlier to have private worship.
With regards to his preaching, Joseph Alleine preached on average one or two sermons everyday, before he was arrested and thrown into prison. Even in prison, he continued to preach and also wrote theological and pastoral letters.
His most famous work, An Alarm to the Unconverted, which as the title suggests is an evangelistic treatise on conversion and call of the gospel, and is still an important read for pastor to know how to call sinners in their congregation to repent and believe in the Lord Jesus. You can get it here, and here (free shipping). Free PDF and mobi found here.
Richard Alleine (1611 – 1681)
Richard Alleine is the uncle and father-in-law of Joseph Alleine. He was enrolled into Oxford at the age of 19. His father was not only the rector of the parish church, he also served as Richard’s tutor prior to his enrolment to Oxford. Richard completed his studies with a Bachelor of Arts (1631) and a maters’s degree with high honour (1634).
Following which, Richard began to serve as a priest in the diocese of Salisbury, until 1642 where he declared himself to be a Puritan, subscribing to the Solemn League and Covenant of 1643. Richard was loved by his congregation for his tender care of souls and preaching and was well known for his writings, his piety and his soul-searching ministry.
Richard Alleine is most well known three works are as follows:
The World Conquered by the Faithful Christian – A book that encourages christians to continue to fight the good fight in the Christian warfare against spiritual evil. Here (for free shipping). No fee PDF could be found, sorry.
Lastly, a quote from Richard Alleine:
“Repentance, if it is sincere, will be universal. It will extend to every known sin. He who does not repent of everything that is evil truly repents of nothing”