The Orthodox Evangelist
(This historic book may have numerous typos and missing te...)
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1654 Excerpt: ...them their due; by denying any preparatory use of them: tjt qiustltm. more on the other, by giving them too much: we all being prone thereunto, by reason of that legal self, the remainders of which are yet dwelling in us; Albeit we take so much from Christ, asweovergive to them: whose differing tenets together with their gradual aberrations from the truth, and defections even unto the PtU&lan hcrefie, it may not be unprofitable in this place to take a brief notkeof: beginning with the last. PiUgiits affirmed that, man merited grace by the Worn AUa er of Nature. Scrip Sj The MiJ/ilienses (by Prosper called the resumes of PtUgi-nod. Jrt. 4w,and commonly Semi-P ctdgians)& ffirmed that man by previous dispositions, performed by the strength of nature, ob tained grace as a reward. The Papistjttscb, That there are certain pre-requisitc?r5r7' and preparatory Dispositions, that merit the infusion //»/ of grace and justification (which to them is the seme and more then conversion is with us) with die merit of congruity. «AUa.& The ArmiiiiAns taxe the Orthodox, for asserting all acts Scripta Sy before faith to be fin; and teach that there is in a man not HoJjtbisMpra regenerate (chat is without faith) a hunger and thirst after Pemble. & righteousness, a hatred of fin, and such other like acts, Alii. which ought to be accounted acceptable unto God, unto the communicating of further grace: that to all such God gi-vech sufficient grace to believe; and leaveth it in the power of such afoul, whether it will believe, or not. Others(vvich whom the fore-mentioned are not to be nam-ed) reverend,learned, judicious,and pious (though they justly abhor the tenets of the fore-mentioned, yet) seem to teach, chat there are some qualifications before faith t...
John Norton Edit Profile
Bachelor of Arts, Peterhouse College, Cambridge (England) University, 1624, Master of Arts, 1627.
He was 'called' to the new settlement of Ipswich, Massachusetts and ordained 'teacher' there in 1638. Mrs. Hibbins was hanged on June 19, 1656. In 1662 he accompanied Governor Simon Bradstreet as agent of the Massachusetts Bay Colony to present an address to King Charles II after his Restoration, and to petition on behalf of New England.
The king assured them that he would confirm the charter of the colony, but he required that justice should be administered in his name, and attached other conditions that the colonists regarded as arbitrary. Upon the return of the agents to Massachusetts, they were regarded with suspicion, and the report was circulated that they had sold the liberties of the country. This undermined Norton's popularity as a preacher, and it is supposed that it hastened his death.
He died, aged 56, in Boston, Massachusetts. He was renowned for his scholarship, a prolific author and polemicist. He wrote the first Latin book composed in the Colonies in 1645, which was published three years later in 1648, and his life of John Cotton was the first separately-issued biography to be published there in 1658.
He was an active member of the convention that formed The Cambridge Platform in 1648, and was a contributor to its drafting.
Married second, Mary Norton, July 23, 1656.