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Christopher Love
1618 - 1651

      Rev. Christopher Love was born in Cardiff, Wales in 1618. He was converted at the age of 15 and attended New Inn Hall, Oxford, against the wishes of his father, but supported by his minister and mother. While at Oxford, Love was tutored by Dr. Christopher Rogers, a man with Strong Puritan leanings.

      Love pastored in London after several short stops along the way. Before he assumed the pastorate of St. Lawrence Jewry in London, Love catechized and taught theology to the children of the sheriff of London. He married Mary Stone, the daughter of a London merchant, whom he met while they were both employed by Sheriff Warner. They had five children, two girls who died early in life, and three boys, the last who was born a week after Love's death. Love, a Presbyterian, obtained ordination in the Church of England after much difficulty. He would have had it easily in Scotland, but not without leaving England to live in Scotland, which he was loathe to do.

      Because of his political leanings and involvements, he was arrested by Oliver Cromwell's forces for his alleged involvement with a plan to raise money for the restoration of the monarchy, a charge Love denied. He was arrested along with six other prominent ministers in London (all Presbyterians, the venerable Thomas Watson being the most noted), for treason. The rest were released after six months; Love was beheaded on Tower Hill, London on August 22, 1651.

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Article2 Queries about Hell
       QUERY 1. Is there a hell or not? To answer this, I shall make it appear, first, from the confession of heathens who had only the glimmerings of nature and never saw the Bible, and, second, from the testimony of Scripture. First, from the confession of heathens. Though they could not tell distinctly (never being acquainted with the Word) yet, ...read
SermonA True Map of Man's Miserable Estate by Nature
      I will show you the eight particular properties of a man without Christ. 1. Every man without Jesus Christ is a base man. 2. He is a bondman. 3. He is a beggarly man. 4. He is a blind man. 5. He is a deformed man. 6. He is a disconsolate man. 7. He is a dead man; and 8. He is a damned man. These are the eight properties ...read
SermonDirections Concerning Immoderate Joy for Worldly Comforts
      Though Christians must take heed that they are not immoderate in their joy for worldly comforts, yet you must know that you are allowed by God to rejoice in the outward comforts that He gives you here in this world. Solomon says, "There is a time to mourn, and a time to laugh" (Ecclesiastes 3:4). And, "Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink ...read
SermonHow Should We Understand the Doctrine of Election?
      The last doctrine I drew from these words was this: Christians should put forth a great deal of diligence to make sure to their souls that they are eternally elected by God to life and glory. In the prose cution of this I have gone over some questions. There are four difficulties or questions I am farther to insist upon in this point. First, is ...read
LetterLove's Last Letter
      Christopher Love was beheaded for alleged conspiracy against the current Lord Protector of England, Oliver Cromwell. Love, Thomas Watson and William Jenkyn were among those imprisoned for treason. Cromwell charged them with conspiring to bring back the monarchy and the King after parliament had charged the king with treason and beheaded him. Wat ...read
SermonThe Mortification of Sin
       "But if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live." Romans 8:13 The Necessity of Mortification Mortifying the deeds of the body cannot be understood of the religious deeds of the body, for they are to be cherished, nor of the natural deeds of the body such as eating and drinking; but it refers to the sinful act ...read
SermonWeak Measures of Grace in Christians
       "Because in him there is found some good thing toward the Lord God of Israel, in the house of Jeroboam." 1 Kings 14:13 Having dispatched the observations which may be gathered from the circumstances of the text, I come to the main doctrine I intend to handle: God not only exactly takes notice of, but also tenderly cherishes and graciously rewa ...read
SermonWhen will Prayers be Heard?
       DOCTRINE: A man must be brought into a state of friendship or reconciliation with God before any prayer he makes can be accepted. I will prove this doctrine by three reasons and then apply it. 1. God does not accept the person for the prayer's sake, but the prayer for the person's sake. We read in Genesis 4:4: "God had respect unto Abel, ...read
SermonWrath and Mercy: Sermon 1
       "For God hath not appointed us unto wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ." I Thessalonians 5:9 This text contains in it the immutable decree and unchangeable counsel of God touching mankind. Though all men are made by the same hand, yet they are not appointed to attain the same end by that God who made them. Some are made to ...read
Wrath and Mercy: Sermon 2
       "For God hath not appointed us unto wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ." 1 Thessalonians 5:9 We come now to handle what is expressed in the text: We are not appointed unto wrath, but to obtain salvation through Jesus Christ. Here are three things expressed: 1. What a Christian is not appointed to: he is not appointe ...read
Wrath and Mercy: Sermon 3
       "For God hath not appointed us unto wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ." 1 Thessalonians 5:9 In order to further prosecute this great doctrine of predestination, I shall lay down eight doctrinal conclusions concerning it: 1. A man who is ordained and appointed by God from all eternity to obtain salvation may know th ...read
Wrath and Mercy: Sermon 4
       "For God hath not appointed us unto wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ." 1 Thessalonians 5:9 I shall now speak something to you by way of consolation and comfort, lest there be any poor, humble dejected soul among you who fears he is rejected of God, and not in the number of those appointed to salvation. Let me tell you ...read

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