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Stanley Gower (1600–1660)

A Member of the Westminster Assembly

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“To keep the saints from sinning for time to come, tribulations are not only medicines, but also antidotes. God in this works as wise States-men, when they see a man busying himself much with matters of state at home, prying into things that do not concern him, they send such into wars abroad. So God sends tribulations to exercise his people, and keep them pure, least they fall. In this way he did it with Paul, who had his thorn, least he “should be exalted,” etc. and in this way they are purified both in heart and lift, to cure sin past, and prevent sin to come.”

Biography of Stanley Gower:

Stanley Gower (possibly baptised 29 March 1600, died 1660) was a puritan minister in the Church of England. Notably he was one of the Westminster Divines.

In 1613 Gower became a pupil of the notable puritan minister Richard Rothwell who later on prepared Gower for university. In 1621 Gower went up to Trinity College, Dublin, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in 1625. In 1630 he was appointed the curate of Attercliffe, remaining there until 1635. After a period in Hertfordshire, Gower went to London in 1643 where he took part in the Westminster Assembly until 1649.

His son Humphrey Gower was born in 1638.

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