Puritan Thomas Wilcox – Despairing Sinner! / Honey Out of the Rock 1665
From Chapel Library:
Honey Out of the Rock is mentioned in 1740 by Thomas Crosby in his History of the English Baptists, where he wrote of Willcox: “He writ a small piece, which was printed before the Fire of London, entitled: A Drop of Honey from the Rock Christ, a piece that was very well esteemed, and has done much good and been oft reprinted.” It was also translated into numerous languages. Now entitled Honey Out of the Rock, it continues to encourage God’s people wherever Christ is served.
Thomas Wilcox was born in August, 1621 at Lyndon, Rutland, and probably was well educated. He was a Particular Baptist elder of a small congregation, which met at his house in London before the Plague. In those days of persecution, he was known for moderation, and preached frequently among the Presbyterians and independents. He was imprisoned in Newgate more than once, and suffered much for the sake of Nonconformity. After 1665, he pastored a Particular Baptist church, whose meeting-house was a small wooden building in Three Cranes Alley, Tooley Street in the Borough of Southwark. He labored lovingly, with pen as well as tongue, until his death onMay 17, 1687 at the age of 65, leaving a widow and three children.