Nicholas Chewney (1610-1685)A nonconformist Puritan Minister.
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“Hell was framed before sin was hatched, as heaven was formed and fitted before the inhabitant was produced. The plagues of hell are external, internal, and eternal.”
Biography of Nicholas Chewney (1610-1685):
Little is known about Nicholas Chewney, A.M. (1610-1685). He was the minister of St. John the Baptist in the isle of Thanet, Margate and was ejected from his parish in 1661 for nonconformity. He was reinstated in 1662. He was a Reformed Minister and held to the doctrines of grace. Later he received his D.D.
He spent much of his time writing against Socinianism, and wrote 7 works, one which was a reply to Samuel Richardson in 1660 called, “Hell’s Everlasting Torments Asserted.” Richardson (a Socinian) wrote a pamphlet (in 1658) that attempted to overthrow Christ’s doctrine of hell called, “A Discourse of the Torments of Hell…searched, shaken and removed.” Chewney wrote against it, and thus we have the reason for the work in hand.
We know later that Chewney went to reside in Essex or Kent, and died in 1685. He was succeeded in his parish by a minister who referred to him as an able doctor of theology.
Two of his best known works are: 1) Anti-Socinianism, or, A brief explication of some places of holy Scripture, for the confutation of certain gross errours, and Socinian heresies, and 2) Hell, with the everlasting torments thereof asserted.