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Thomas Watson (Puritan)

Data de nascimento: 1616
Data de falecimento: 1686

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Thomas Watson was an English, Nonconformist, Puritan preacher and author.

He was educated at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where he was noted for remarkably intense study. In 1646 he commenced a sixteen-year pastorate at St. Stephen's, Walbrook. He showed strong Presbyterian views during the civil war, with, however, an attachment to the king, and in 1651 he was imprisoned briefly with some other ministers for his share in Christopher Love's plot to recall Charles II of England. He was released on 30 June 1652, and was formally reinstated as vicar of St. Stephen's Walbrook. He obtained great fame and popularity as a preacher until the Restoration, when he was ejected for Nonconformity. Notwithstanding the rigor of the acts against dissenters, Watson continued to exercise his ministry privately as he found opportunity. Upon the Declaration of Indulgence in 1672 he obtained a licence to preach at the great hall in Crosby House. After preaching there for several years, his health gave way, and he retired to Barnston, Essex, where he died suddenly while praying in secret. He was buried on 28 July 1686.[1]

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„The excellence of a thing is the end for which it was made; as of a star to give light, and of a plant to be fruitful.“

—  Thomas Watson (Puritan)
Context: The excellence of a thing is the end for which it was made; as of a star to give light, and of a plant to be fruitful. So the excellence of a Christian is to answer the end of his creation, which is to hallow God’s name, and live to that God by whom he lives. from The Lord's Prayer.

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„Obedience carries in it the life-blood of religion.“

—  Thomas Watson (Puritan)
From The Ten Commandments - first published as part of A Body of Practical Divinity (1692).

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„Though heaven be given us freely, yet we must contend for it“

—  Thomas Watson (Puritan)
Context: Though heaven be given us freely, yet we must contend for it, "Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might" (Eccl. 9:10) The Christian Soldier; or Heaven Taken by Storm http://www.fivesolas.com/watson/soldie_i.htm (1669).

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