Samuel Rutherford on America’s Jezebel, John Cotton, and church government

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The first Authors of these wicked opinions were N. [John] Wheelwright some adherents to M. Wheelright, and Mistress [Anne] Hutchinson. This woman is called the American Jezebel, she was the wife of M. William Hutchison of Boston, the daughter of M. [Francis] Marbury, sometime preacher in London: She was haughty, bold, active in wit, eloquent, vain, and self-conceited, would not stick to lye, and brought these opinions from old England and so was holden for a time out of Church communion, yet admitted, deceived many with extolling of Christ as working all in the souls of believers, as in dead and passive Organs and depressed sanctification and all qualifications of inherent graces as nothing held union with Christ and justification without faith, she drew to her way many godly people and many loose and prophane by a weekly lecture she held in her house, under pretence of repeating sermons, took on her to sit in a chair and to teach men. ...

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