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John Brown of Wamphray (1610-1679) was one of the great theological writers in the later period of the Second Reformation. Samuel Rutherford said that he “saw Christ in him more than in his brethren”. He was a man of “very great learning, warm zeal, and remarkable piety”.
He was the minister of Wamphray near Dumfries. Together with other faithful ministers he was removed from his congregation after the restoration of Charles II. He was imprisoned in 1662. After a while, he was so ill that he was at the point of death and was exiled to Holland. Here he pastored the Scots Church at Rotterdam and wrote a large number of books. It was said of his sermons that they breathed “nothing but faith in Christ, and communion with Him”.
“Our strength must be in Christ the rock of ages. We must fly to our chambers. In Him must we retire and there must we hide ourselves. Only on Christ’s side can we ride safe and be free of the hazard of the storm” – John Brown of Wamphray
“They may cast a man in prison, that neither wife not any of his relations shall have access to him to be refreshing and comfortable to him. But neither lock nor key, nor strong walls nor doors can keep out his God from him” – John Brown of Wamphray
“We wonder that ’tis not always hot summer days, a flourishing and fruitful season, with souls and with churches. But know we the thoughts of the Lord; see we to the bottom of the deep contrivance of infinite wisdom? Know we the usefulness, yea, necess …
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“What a wonder is this. Will the Lord be content to hear all our heart secrets and admit us to intimate familiarity with Him as one heart friend with another…and shall this be our burden” – John Brown of Wamphray