William Perkins was born in 1558 in Warwickshire county, England. He was converted to Christ while at Cambridge and though the details are scarce, one story is that he overheard a woman on the street instruct her child by referring to his drunkenness, which the Lord used to convict and then save him.
The depth, clarity, rigor, and scope of Perkins’ teaching made him unusually influential. As a Calvinist, he preached the sovereignty of God, but not in the hotheaded, divisive manner that some before him had. He sought to wed the truths of providence with human responsibility and to focus on the entire spiritual lives of people and not just their theology. Instead of seeking to reform the Church of England through polity, he sought to bring change from within through biblical teaching, spiritual development, and pastoral care.
Perkins died from complications with kidney stones at the age of 44.
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