The Last Words and Letters of Christopher Love: With a Clear Vindication of His Principles and Practices
by Christopher Love (1618-1651)
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Christopher Love was born in Cardiff, Wales in 1618. He was converted at the age of 15, attended New Inn Hall, Oxford, and later assumed the pastorate of St. Lawrence Jewry in London, later becoming a Presbyterian. He married Mary Stone, and had five children (two girls who died early in life, and three boys, the last who was born a week after Love’s death). Because of Love’s political leanings and involvements he was arrested by Oliver Cromwell’s forces for his “alleged” 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, including Thomas Watson), for treason. The rest were released after six months, but Love was beheaded on Tower Hill, London on August 22, 1651.
This work is a “vindication” of his position, while also housing a number of documents that have not been previously published, including the last sermon he ever preached which was on Job 30:23, and his final words immediately before being executed. The letters contained in this volume are eminently spiritual and practical. And the vindication itself demonstrates a thoroughly biblical pattern of being zealous for a good name. Throughout this work Love’s last words are a testimony to God’s grace and his convictions of standing before God and men without guile.
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