Henry Hall (n.d.)A Member of the Westminster Assembly and a Great Preacher
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Heaven ravished: or A glorious prize, achieved by an heroicall enterprize (1644) by Henry Hall
Biography of Henry Hall:
HENRY HALL is marked in Mr Neat’s list of the Assembly of Divines at Westminster, as giving constant attendance. He was appointed one of the select Committee for the examination and approbation of those ministers who petitioned for sequestered livings. He appears to have been a divine of considerable eminencej for he was employed by the Assembly in work of very great utility and importance. Mr Robert Baillie, one of the learned Commissioners from the Church of Scotland, to the Assembly at Westminster, reckons Mr Hall among the ablest divines in that venerable Assembly, where he is speaking of him being against the institution of ruling elders by divine right. (a Baillie’s Letters, vol. i. p. 401.)
One Henry Hall, B. D. some time Fellow of Trinitycollege, in Cambridge, has published a Sermon, which is entitled, Heaven Ravished; or, A Glorious Prize, achieved by an Heroical Enterprise. Probably, he was the same person, who sat in the Assembly at Westminster; but I am not able to say, certainly. That Sermon was preached from Mat. xi. 12. to the Honourable House of Commons, at their solemn Fast, May ’29, 1644. 4to. pp. 71.—In it he says, “A Christian is never so glorious, as when he suffers most reproach and ignominy for Christ’s sake.”. Speaking of zeal in religion and reformation, according to knowledge, he says, “Let us all labour to blow up, and to keep alive this sacred fire, upon the altar of our hearts, that it may inflame our devo tion toward God, kindle our love toward men, and burn out all our own corruptions. Let it never cool with age, nor abate with opposition, nor be quenched with any floods of persecution.” It is a good Sermon.