Oh, examinez vos coeurs,
veillez sur vos coeurs,
gardez vos cpeurs !
(John Flavel)

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John Flavel (c.1627–1691) was an English Presbyterian clergyman, puritan, and author.
Flavel, the eldest son of the Rev. Richard Flavel, described as 'a painful and eminent minister,' who was incumbent successively of Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, Hasler and Willersey, Gloucestershire (from which last living he was ejected in 1662), was born in or about 1627 at Bromsgrove.

Having received his early education at the schools of the neighbourhood, he entered University College, Oxford, at an early age, and gained a good reputation for talent and diligence.

On 27 April 1650, he was sent by 'the standing committee of Devon' to Diptford, a parish on the Avon, five miles from Totnes, where the minister, Mr. Walplate, had become infirm. On 17 October 1650, after examination and the preaching of a 'trial sermon,' he was ordained Mr. Walplate's assistant by the classis at Salisbury. He continued to minister at Diptford for about six years, succeeding the senior minister when he died, and endearing himself greatly to the people, not only by his earnestness, but by his easy dealings with them in the matter of tithes.[1]

In 1656 he removed to Dartmouth, though the Diptford emoluments were much greater. On the passing of the Act of Uniformity (1662) he was ejected, but continued to preach in private until the Five Mile Act drove him from Dartmouth. He kept as near it, however, as possible, removing to Slapton, five miles off, and there preached twice each Sunday to all who came, among whom were many of his old parishioners. On the granting of the indulgence of 1671 he returned to Dartmouth, and continued to officiate there even after the liberty to do so was withdrawn. In the end he found himself obliged to remove to London, travelling by sea and narrowly escaping shipwreck in a storm, which is said to have ceased in answer to his prayers. Finding that he would be safer at Dartmouth he returned there, and met with his people nightly in his own house, until in 1687, on the relaxation of the penal laws, they built a meeting-house for him. Just before his death he acted as moderator at a meeting of dissenting ministers held at Topsham. He died suddenly of paralysis at Exeter on 26 June 1691, and was buried in Dartmouth churchyard. Wood bitterly comments on the violence of his dissent.

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John Flavel

John Flavel (c.1627-1691) was an English Presbyterian clergyman, puritan, and author. Flavel, the eldest son of the Rev. Richard Flavel, described as 'a painful and eminent minister,' who was incumbent successively of Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, Hasler and Willersey, Gloucestershire (from which last living he was ejected in 1662), was born in or about 1627 at Bromsgrove.

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John Flavel (c.1627-1691) était un pasteur presbytérien anglais, puritain et auteur.
Flavel, le fils aîné du révérend Richard Flavel, le décrit comme `` un pasteur douloureux et éminent '', qui succéda successivement à Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, Hasler et Willersey, Gloucestershire (dont il fut éjecté en 1662 pour la dernière fois de sa vie), . Il naquit vers 1627 à Bromsgrove.

Ayant été reçu à la fin de ses premières études dans les écoles du quartier, il entra très tôt à l'University College d'Oxford et acquit une bonne réputation de talent et de zèle.

Le 27 avril 1650, il fut envoyé par «le comité permanent du Devon» à Diptford, une paroisse de l'Avon, à cinq milles de Totnes, où le ministre, M. Walplate, était devenu infirme. Le 17 octobre 1650, après examen et prédication d'un «sermon d'essai», il a été ordonné assistant de M. Walplate par les Groupes de Salisbury. Il a continué de servir à Diptford pendant environ six ans, succédant au ministre en titre à sa mort, et se faisant beaucoup aimer du peuple, non seulement par son sérieux, mais par ses relations faciles avec eux en matière de dîme.

En 1656, il part pour Dartmouth, bien que les émoluments de Diptford soient beaucoup plus importants. Au moment de l'adoption de l'Acte d'uniformité (1662), il fut évincé, mais continua de prêcher en privé jusqu'à ce que le Five Mile Act le conduise de Dartmouth. Il s'en tint cependant aussi près que possible, se dirigeant vers Slapton, à cinq milles de là, et il prêcha deux fois par dimanche à tous ceux qui venaient, parmi lesquels bon nombre de ses anciens paroissiens. Dès l'octroi de l'indulgence de 1671, il retourna à Dartmouth et continua d'y officier même après que la liberté de le fairelui fut retirée. Il s'est finalement retrouvé obligé de se rendre à Londres, voyageant par mer et échappant de peu au naufrage dans une tempête, qui aurait cessé en réponse à ses prières. Constatant qu'il serait plus en sécurité à Dartmouth, il y retourna et rencontra son auditoire tous les soirs dans sa propre maison, jusqu'en 1687, de par l'assouplissement des lois pénales, ils lui construisirent un lieu de réunion. Juste avant sa mort, il fut modérateur lors d'une réunion des ministres dissidents tenue à Topsham. Il mourut subitement de paralysie à Exeter le 26 juin 1691 et fut enterré dans le cimetière de Dartmouth. Wood commente amèrement la violence de sa dissidence.

 

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