Joseph Alleine (1634-1668) began his studies at Lincoln College, Oxford, in 1649 and sat at the feet of such great divines as John Owen and Thomas Goodwin.
Ejected for nonconformity in 1662, Alleine took the opportunity to increase his public labors, believing that his remaining time was short. He preached on average one or two sermons every day for nine months until he was arrested and cast into prison. The night before, Alleine had preached and prayed with his people for three hours and had declared, “Glory be to God that hath accounted me worthy to suffer for His gospel!” Alleine’s prison cell became his pulpit. Released on May 20, 1664, after about a year in prison, he resumed his forbidden ministry until arrested again on July 10, 1665. Once more released from prison, his remaining time was “full of troubles and persecutions nobly borne.” He returned to Taunton in February, 1668, where he became very ill. Nine months later, at age thirty-four, weary from hard work and suffering, Alleine died in full assurance of faith, praising God and saying, “Christ is mine, and I am His—His by covenant.”
- Excerpted from Joel R. Beeke and Randall J. Pederson, "Meet the Puritans: With a Guide to Modern Reprints"
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